A Typical Homeschool Day
The word typical makes me laugh when applied to homeschooling.
Whether you have one child or an entire Duggar brood, your days will be anything but typical, normal or regular.
For us, a schedule is in place, but subject to change at a moment’s notice. For those of you with little ones, you know how important schedules are. But, how open to change you must be.
Here’s what a typical day in my homeschooling world looks like:
5:00 am – Mommy wake up time, 30 minutes on treadmill, get ready for the day.
6:00-8:00 am – My time. Writing, working, reviewing the day.
8:30 am – Big Sis wakes up, gets ready for the day. We are relaxed with wake-up time. My oldest is a gymnast. She practices 16 hours per week. Sleep is as important as eating. Well-rested kids perform better in their studies and are more bearable to be around.
9:00 am – School starts for Big Sis.
9:30 am – Little Sis (age 2) wakes. She is a late sleeper and short napper. For now, this is working well.
9:00 am (5 days/week) – Logic and critical thinking. These are great puzzles and problems for waking a sleepy brain. Even if your child wakes up alert and ready to solve Einstein’s theory, there are benefits to puzzle working in the mornings.
9:30 am (5 days/week) – Math is my daughter’s passion. If allowed, she could spend hours on the subject. Somedays we work for an hour, others two. While Big Sis works independently, I get my little one ready for the day.
10:30 am (3-4 days/week) – Science. On lab days, my toddler partakes at her own station. Smelling, exploration and sensory stimulation.
11:30 am (5 days/week) – Grammar, writing and language arts. We continue these subjects after lunch.
12:00 am – Lunch and outdoor time when the weather’s nice.
12:45 pm or 1:00 pm – Continue with language arts, grammar, Latin word roots and literature discussion.
2:00 pm (2 days/week) – History and geography. This year we stuck to two days per week and next year will be three days per week.
3:00 pm – Free reading or assigned literature. My oldest is a bookworm. In order to hone this love even more, I allow a lot of free reading time. Reading often occurs at night. I am extremely flexible with reading schedules. She completed 37 books in 9 months, from Oliver Twist to Little Women, I want her love for books to continue – so I try to back off and allow her a lot of freedom in this area.
4:00 pm (4 days/week) – Gymnastics for Big Sis. Play time for mom and toddler. Dinner prep, straighten up the chaos from the day.
My Toddler Schedule
Always subject to change:
9:30 am – Wake up and get ready for the day.
10:00 am – Still munching on breakfast and listening to music.
10:15 am – School time. Science with Big Sis, sensory play, looking at new books or chasing the dogs with a bamboo stick. I’m flexible.
I believe a toddler should have freedom to play and my child does better if she gets a lot of activity and stimulation. This means if Big Sis needs quiet time, I am outside with my toddler. Even 15 minutes outdoors can flip a switch in their brain and ward off a temper tantrum.
12:00 pm – Lunch and outdoor time.
1:00 pm – Reading, drawing and coloring.
2:00 pm – Nap.
Flexible Homeschool Schedules
Adhering to a strict homeschooling schedule does not work for my family. We have found that flexibility is required for success.
My daughter puts in 5-6 solid hours of studies four days/week. She reads another 2 hours on most days. As studious as she is, I find that Fridays need to be cut short – for her sake and mine. We wrap up school no later than 11:30 am and call it a day. Sometimes earlier if necessary. Field trips are reserved for Fridays.
The beauty of homeschooling is that you are in charge of your schedule. It may take time to establish a workable schedule for your family, but when you find the right lane – it will be smooth sailing
most part of the time.
What’s your day look like? Feel free to share your schedule with us.