Here is the last installment for being part of the Heart of the Matter Online Blog Hop series. I will try to portray a typical Day in the Life in our homeschool. Each day varies according the subjects for that day or the afternoon activities, but this will give a general day of how we do things.
We generally wake around 7 a.m., get ready for the day and while the kids take the dog out for a morning walk (think exercise for them and the dog to get those juices flowing and for me to have a chance to wake up), I make breakfast. The kids usually make their own breakfasts on non school days, but I like to make it while they’re walking to keep our day moving and get work started around 8 a.m.
I usually use the morning hours to work with the kids on subjects they might need one on one help or read a book aloud in history or literature that we are studying together. That leaves the afternoon for them to work on subjects that do not require assistance from me or labs they can do on their own while I move into my afternoon chores or dinner preparations.
We are changing things up a little this year in that subjects like Math will still continue every day for about an hour or less, while others like History, Science, or Literature will be 2-3 times per week with double sessions. I found that once my guys start reading in these areas or an activity they don’t want to break away after about 45 minutes; they want to keep working a bit longer. So we are kind of doing a modified block schedule where they will be able to do this. The rest of our school time will be daily lessons in Spanish and Latin for my younger and Arabic and Latin for my older. To fill in the days not doing literature, writing and grammar/vocabulary/spelling will fill in that time. Bible will be a few days a week supplemented with Sunday School and Wednesday evening Bible study, while personal devotions and journaling takes place during personal time daily.
I prepare our schedule for each day, not with the exact time, but with a starting time for the day and then the number of minutes each subject will take for that day. We tend to do areas of music and art in a more tidal learning mode, where when art or music comes up in our history studies, we devote time during that particular unit of study in a specific time period. We also tie in music and art when an art class is offered by a fellow homeschooler or a workshop is available. Music has come in the form of individual pursuit in experimenting with an instrument to see if that is something they wish to further pursue, or taking part in a musical with local community theater. Also, seasonal concerts for a nursing home twice a year is also part of our musical instruction.
Physical education is something we also build into our daily lives through natural activity and pursuit of particular interests, like swimming lessons, family hikes, walking the dog a lot, Civil Air Patrol Fitness Training, shooting sports, baseball, all around regular play outside.
The morning and two hours after lunch are devoted to formal school time, while the rest of the day is devoted to personal time or scheduled activities. These may include getting together with friends, shooting team, swimming lessons, theater rehearsal, Civil Air Patrol, Bible study evening, teen group or library trips.
Two Fridays per month are mostly devoted to 4-H and social time afterward. One Friday per month is devoted to 4-H community service, while the last Friday is devoted to catching up on work or a project, or going on a field trip. We spend longer hours on formal subject areas the other 4 days so that we have a more leisurely Friday and unwind with friends.
Hope this offers some ideas to others. I look forward to looking at other blogs and glean some helpful tips from schedules from other Blog Hop participants.
If you wish to share any ideas of your own from your own “Day in the Life”, please share in the comments box. Would love to hear from you!
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