A Week in the Life of A Homeschooling Family

I have no idea if we are a typical or untypical homeschooling family as I’ve never actually sat in with another family for their homeschool day. There are a lot of posts on the net sharing how days go for homeschoolers. I have written a few myself {here, here, and here; there are undoubtedly more}.

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I’m going to attempt to condense our week into this post without making it too long. The image is from my son’s school schedule that he fills in each week {but looking at it, the left side, that’s my handwriting; sometimes he misses things and I have to ‘help’ him with that lol}

Sunday:  Up at 7:30am, feed the cat, make coffee, shower. Eggs for breakfast; everyone else is up. Leave for church at 9:30am; get home about 12:30pm. Eat lunch, go grocery shopping. Hubby usually naps the rest of the afternoon. Finish laundry started Saturday. Hopefully get dinner made or at least started. Leave for church at 5:45pm; get home about 7:30pm. Eat? Make sure laundry really was finished. Play a game? Head to bed by 9:15. Watch a show with hubby {lately it’s Chips}.

Monday: Hubby gets up at 6:00am and wakes me at 6:30am; I feed cat, make coffee. Shower? Kids up about 7:00am. Morning walk? If the weather is nice. Round Table: hymns, prayer, art study, folksong, drawing. Daughter works on some school; heads off for class at 10:50am. Son gets comfy on the floor near the heater vent to do school; narrates throughout the day. Work on science and math together if necessary. He uses computer upstairs for Duolingo. Chores. Daughter home about 4pm; school work, chores. I go work on my school stuff. Dinner started at 5:45pm; ready by 6:45pm. Hubby home around 6pm. Eat dinner. Kids head downstairs to use ‘screen time.’ I work on more school stuff. Might get a game in with the kids before heading to bed as usual around 9:00pm for evening tv show watching with hubby.

Tuesday: Same as yesterday morning but daughter is also awake. She leaves for class at 7am something; will be home about 1pm. No Round Table or walk. Get to work with son on school; it’s mostly independent. He does chores; I study school or read whatever is in my current reading pile. Daughter gets home and son demands her attention. *wink*  Back to school for the boy; chores. Evening is about the same as Monday. Sometimes I will head out to a Charlotte Mason group that meets once a month. That is from 6:00pm until… I get home. The last time it was after 11pm.

Wednesday: Repeat Monday until the afternoon. Dinner is started at 4:45pm or 5:00pm; leave for evening church at 6:45pm. Get home about 8:15pm. Relax until bedtime.

Thursday: Repeat Tuesday, except daughter leaves again at 4:30pm for another class. Sometimes we get a game in but she may be busy with homework. Sometimes she works after class, sometimes not. If not, she’s home about 7pm. My first assignment for the week is due on Thursdays so I am usually finishing that after dinner.

Friday: This is like Monday or Wednesday morning. After lunch we have tea time so someone usually makes a treat to have. We take turns reading from a book {right now it is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe}, play a game, watch a movie/show, or just drink tea and eat the goodie. This is also the day we usually do errands if we have any. By the time we are done with errands and tea time, the day feels done! But it continues on of course. Dinner is made and eaten; kids watch a movie and play games; hubby and I *might* find something worth watching {it doesn’t happen often as we are apparently picky movie watchers}. Bed time is still the same: 9ish.

Saturday: Sleep in! This day I let the kids sleep almost as long as they want- but one of them has to feed the cat. I refuse. Breakfast is pretty much ‘fend for yourself.’ If we do not have plans for the day, the kids do chores, eat lunch and then have screen time. I work on school when I’m not doing housework, laundry, or something crafty. When the weather gets nicer we’ll spend more time outside. The afternoon pretty much mirrors other afternoons. And then it’s bedtime.

Sometimes we do have doctor’s appointments. Those we try to get done in the morning, and on a Friday since that’s the day our daughter doesn’t have outside classes. Occasionally we have other things we do, such as meet ups at church, or group activities with other homeschoolers. The latter has become less since the kids are older. It seems homeschoolers we know are mostly younger.

That is pretty much our week. Most of the time it feels like the same ol’, same ol’ thing. It gets mundane but it’s predictable. We can be spontaneous, and are. Sometimes.

How does your week go? Care to share a day at your house?


North Laurel (19 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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The Beauty of a Homeschool Routine

If you’re anything like me, you’ve stressed about creating the perfect homeschool schedule on more than one occasion. There are a TON of articles, books, and blog posts about homeschool scheduling. (Trust me, I’ve probably read them all.)

Even though I tried several different schedules over the years, I just couldn’t get the hang of following a timed plan with my kids. I tried getting them up at the same time every day, starting school at the same time every day, and even having lunch and brain breaks at the same time every day. But I just couldn’t stick with it for more than two or three weeks. In fact, I ended up obsessing more over following the schedule than teaching our lessons!

Then, I tried something different. I put together a homeschool routine to follow, instead of a timed schedule. And I was amazed at how quickly things improved. Here a few reasons why a homeschool routine worked better (for our family) than a timed daily schedule.

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How a Homeschool Routine Can Help Your Family

1. A routine is simple to create.

Making our homeschool schedule was a time-consuming process each year. How much time should we spend on math? Will I have enough time to cover music this week? It was an endless cycle of “what ifs”.

When I changed to using a homeschool routine, though, I could simply list which subjects needed to be covered on which days and then decide which order was best to cover them all. For example, math is an everyday subject but music is not. So I scheduled music for Friday afternoons when we were all in a relaxed mood.

2. A routine is flexible.

What if your routine doesn’t work? It’s so much easier to change a routine than a schedule. I tried having reading in the afternoon following lunch, but everyone was tired and disinterested and it was like pulling teeth. I just swapped it with Quiet Time and things worked much better.

Since our routine needed so many changes, especially at first, I used a dry-erase board to list all of the subjects we would cover each day. If I needed to make an adjustment, I just erased a few lines and rewrote them. No biggie.

3. A routine is easy for your children to remember.

The best thing about using a homeschool routine, though, is that your kids will pick up on very quickly. They’ll start to recognize what subject or activity comes next and they’ll begin doing the preparation for you.

After we left the breakfast table, our sons knew it was time to do math and they would go directly to their rooms to get their notebooks and pencils. And if your kids remember the routine, you’ll find yourself having to fewer reminders during school hours. :)

Do you use a timed schedule or a homeschool routine with your children? Which method works best for your family? Let us know in the comments!

Selena (8 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.


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