A day in our homeschool life
What I wished our homeschool days look like and what they actually look like are usually quite different. Every week I have some interruption that ruins my ideal plans. This week it is no different:
- Monday morning started with tired children and a lethargic mother following a three-day church camp.
- Tuesday included some work experience piano teaching for one of my children in a school in the middle of the day
- Wednesday was doctors’ appointments for two children.
How do I get school done with all these interruptions?
It took a while but I’ve stopped feeling guilty when life interferes with my homeschool schedule. Whilst I do my best to try to make my plans work, when they don’t I do my best to steer things back towards my schedule as best I can.
Here is a day faithfully recorded complete with interruptions
My husband and oldest son were out the door to work and uni before 07.30.
I got up around 7.30, ate breakfast and had some tea and did some Bible study and journaling. I put a load of washing on.
My two youngest kids were allowed sleep-ins till 9am. When they got up they mucked around for a while making breakfast, checking Instagram accounts and emailing a few friends.
By 10am school work was happening and I had done some Homeschooling Downunder business. The kids steadily work through their workbox trolleys and I can hear them testing each other on capital cities. They came in to me to ask me to hold a completion for them. I did!
They do most of their work without any assistance from me. Quite often I get asked to help with Math but today they didn’t need any. They are both high schoolers now.
Another load of washing goes out on the line – the kids help and I put away all the gazillion towels that were on the line after a weekend away.
My daughter gets me to do a What Do You Remember from her Apologia book.
Around 1pm we make our own lunches.
After lunch we gather to do our read alouds for about an hour. I read Economics in One Easy Lesson, The Story of Christianity and Frankenstein. While I read my daughter draws and my son, who is still tired and sore from water skiing, listens. I ask questions as I read and ask for narrations as I go. I usually do some prompting to get them to tell me back what they have read.
By 3pm the kids have finished their work. I could have added Winston Grammar and Latin but we were all feeling a bit lazy – we’ll catch up on another day.
The two kids now practice their instruments. At 4pm I take one to drumming lessons. I then do a quick Aldi shop. At 5.15pm I take my daughter to choir and pick up some of my son’s friends who come over to play for a few hours.
I cook dinner – chicken, basil, sour cream and pine nut pasta – a big favourite here.
I then collapse on the couch and watch the news and a show with my husband.
My son’s friends get picked up at 8, the girls come home from choir at 8.45. We have a chat for a while. All of us are in bed by 10pm.