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A Day in Our Homeschool

Most non-homeschoolers are surprised when we describe our typical homeschool day.  They expect our days to be structured just like school, starting at 9am and ending around 2 or 3pm, with scheduled breaks, with all work done at desks.  This is far from the truth in our homeschool.

Our typical homeschool weekday starts with a staggered breakfast, as each of us awakens on our own schedule.  Although today we all seemed to tumble out of bed around 9am 🙂  I am not a morning person – up until recently only my son was a morning person, but now that he’s almost 13, he sleeps in too!

9am – noon/1pm – My two children, aged 8 and 12 will typically work through their individual work first: Math, Latin, Mind Benders, Logic, Literature/Reading, Spelling, etc.  Some of their work is done at the computer, some on the floor or the window seat, and some even does get done at a table.  We will then snuggle up on the couch and do History, Science, French, and some reading together.  We are typically done our formal homeschool day by noon or 1pm.

1-3pm – My children engage in some of their personal interests.  My 8 year old daughter will often make some jewelery or draw or engage in something crafty, or practice her gymnastics moves on our gym mats.  My 12 year old will often work on his chainmail creations or work on some of the plays or books he’s working on writing.  Either child will also be found practising dance, reading, practising their lines for their plays, singing, or playing piano.

3pm onward – Screen time – The children can play video games, Wii games, or watch tv.  Almost every day there is an activity of some sort to go to, starting sometime between 4 and 6pm: Dance (ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, technique, productions), gymnastics, drama, musical theatre, playwriting, and then usually at least one of us in the family is involved in a play somewhere and has weekly rehearsals.  Today we all headed to our family Musical Theatre class at 6pm.

On a typical week, we homeschool Monday through Thursday.  Friday is our day to go to the library and sometimes to wrap up some work that didn’t get completed throughout the week.  We love the flexibility of homeschooling, and the time it gives our children to pursue their interests!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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A Homeschooler’s Schedule


Many people assume that a Homeschooler’s daily and yearly schedule must be the same as the local school’s.  If the local public school’s day starts at 9am and ends at 2pm, and runs from September through June, they assume that homeschoolers must adhere to the same schedule.  The truth is, that a Homeschooler’s Schedule varies widely from home to home.  Some homeschoolers do work on school for 5-6 hours per day, while others school only in the morning, only the afternoon, or even only in the evening when their parents get home from work.  Some homeschoolers work on schoolwork from Monday-Friday, some Monday-Thursday, and some include the weekends.  While a September through May or June schedule is typical, some homeschoolers opt to homeschool year-round.

Here in our homeschool, we tend to follow a September through June schedule much like the public school schedule.  However, we are flexible and often will take a week off around our own activities.  For instance, when both my children were in a week-long run of shows for a musical last year, we took the week off.  We get most of our homeschool work done Monday through Thursday, with Friday afternoons at the library being a time to get together with some other homeschoolers and friends, do some crafts and/or tie up some homeschool loose ends.  We also find that, without 20 or 30 children in a classroom, we get a lot more done in less time per day.  As a result, our homeschooling is usually done for the day around noon or 1pm.  This leaves a lot of time for my children to explore their own interests, read, practice their dance or drama, or play outside.

Whatever the schedule being followed, most homeschoolers will tell you that homeschooling is a way of life.  Even when homeschooling has technically finished for the day or for the week, the children will keep on learning, and even excitedly come to their parents to show them what they’ve learned in those “off hours” 🙂

Love, Luck &
Laughter,