A day in our homeschool – The Good the bad and the Ugly

Day in Morrow Homeschool

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.


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  1. Linda  November 27, 2018

    I think it still seems a little too rigid, I found with my son (now 17) it was easier to go with his flow, when he was interested in doing work we would concentrate on that, if not we would go and do some physical activity, bike ride or walk or find something else to do. Around 15/16 I got him interested in doing some woodwork, boys like to do things with their hands. I finally bought him a computer so he taught himself coding from books from the library, he found it more interesting than playing games. He is not connected to the internet. We also joined bird watchers group, great fun and nice people, and combined with photography was another great learning thing. Follow their interests and don’t stress about what is right or wrong, just as long as they are learning something. We just had our first homeschooling review and passed with flying colours, finally I get the reassurance we have been on the right track. I went through many years of doubt before that. Good luck homeschoolers, you are all doing a wonderful (if not challenging at times) job.

  2. Kathleen  November 16, 2016

    To me that is an amazing day, how did you get your kids to do their work by themselves, without the squabbling and nagging? I’m exhausted just trying to get them to stay still to do some work. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michelle  November 21, 2016

      We still get some winging.
      I think workboxes were my first steps in training my children to work independently.

  3. Samantha  July 26, 2016

    Great post, Michelle. I think it’s wonderful for others to see some of the realness of a homeschooling day, rather than just the blogs which look like everyone else has it all together. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kylie Sykes  February 27, 2016

    Hi Michelle,
    I enjoy your encouraging posts and have bought and am using many of your wonderful resources. I really liked how you wrote a very real account of your day in today’s post. Reminds me of the importance of fitting a little time in for me like you did with Bible study and journaling. Thank you.

  5. Alyssa  February 24, 2016

    Hi Michelle, I’m just starting out in my Charlotte Mason journey even though I’ve been homeschooling for going on 6 years now. My sons are going into year 4 and year 6 this year. It’s literally the first time I’ve felt calm, in control and happy, and is largely due to your website. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! My moderator is coming on Monday and I’m not stressing out about it for the first time as I’m so well planned. I’ve bought lots of your wonderful resources and suggested books, and I feel that the plan is doable.
    So once again thank you!!!


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