A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Mom

As I promised, here is a quick look at our daily routine.

“How do you organize your day?” is one of the most common questions I get from fellow homeschool moms, new moms taking my childbirth classes, and friends that know my list of responsibilities.

I decided to spend some time answering that question just for YOU.

First, I will admit that I am a very organized person. I thrive on schedules, lists, and to-dos. NOT EVERYONE would thrive in my world. We are all different, so if you are looking for a schedule for your day, please just use this only as an example. Find what works for you and your family.

When the list is long, flexible schedules are a MUST. There is NO way that everything will get done without some kind of a plan. If you deviant from that plan, like I do, that is OK. But, the plan has to exist and be at least 80% followed. I promise you, if you are overwhelmed today, making a schedule for your day tomorrow will bring peace and order in your mind as well as your home.

The KEY word above every schedule is FLEXIBLE. When you have kids, unexpected drama will surely arise. It is important to take a deep breath and let it come. If you do not, you will most always be disappointed.

Next, your schedule needs to be realistic. For example, if you have a 4-year-old boy like I do, you can’t expect him to sit still and listen to you read to him for hours. My son can’t really handle more than about 15 minutes at a time. I also have to allow him to occupy his hands while he listens. Yes, he needs to learn to sit still at the table with his siblings, BUT I can’t ask more than what his little wiggles will allow. He constantly takes a quick breaks and runs around the living room or the yard.

My Homeschool Plan:

I have a yearly plan of what I would like to complete to meet all our requirements for the year. Then, I make a detailed plan for 6 weeks at a time. I am a tutor for Classical Conversations, and this is how we plan for our weekly memory work. It just helps me to continue along that path for everything else.

I have weekly goals in each subject that is broken up into 4 lessons to get it done Mon-Thurs. Now, before that sounds like crazy talk, it is really very simple.

This is our FLEXIBLE Schedule:

Before 8am is ME time. My kids are welcome to go downstairs and play after about 7:15, but they know not to expect breakfast before 8am. (Flexibility is KEY during this time, because of course my kids forget this rule just about EVERY day.)

8:00-8:30am– Breakfast

8:30-9am– Kids playtime/Mom Prep & setup time

9-9:30am– Prayer, Bible Reading, & Missions (Kids are coloring or crafting while I read).

9:30-10am– Math (both kids) & Reading (K4 only)

10-10:30am– Writing (K4) & Reading & Writing (1st Grade)

Note: My K4 boy is ready for a break by 10:15

10:30-11am– Spelling/Grammar (1st Grade)

11-11:30am– Classical Conversation Memory Work Review (including reading from Story of the World) OR CC Presentation Prep

11:30-12:15ish– Lunch

After lunch-2pm- RECESS & my coffee break time (I revisit that coffee I made at 7am).

2-4pm– Baby naps, kids rest or find a quiet activity, and I work in my office on my home business and writing projects.

4-4:30pm– Hang Out, Laundry, etc.

4:30-5pm– Dinner Prep

5-6ish– Dinner

6-7pm– Hang Out Family Time

7-7:30pm– Clean-up & Chores (This is how cleanly and laundry gets done in my house!)

7:30-8pm-Bed Prep & Read Books

8pm– Bedtime!!!

8-9:30pm– Mine and hubby time

9:30pm– My bedtime

Note: During our school hours my 2-year-old is playing with a box of “school-time ONLY toys.” These are usually things I find around the house like leftover pipe cleaners and felt patches from craft time or big spoons and bowls from the kitchen.

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Our K4 and 1st Grade Curriculum:

Bible– We are reading through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) this semester.

MissionsHeroes Tales– 1 Hero per week (each hero is already broken into 4 “lessons”)

1st Grade SpellingAll About Spelling. I Introduce a new lesson every Monday and review it Tuesday-Thursday.

1st Grade WritingWriting with Ease (copy work and reading comprehension)- The book is already separated into 4 lessons/week.

1st Grade GrammarFirst Language Lessons ( I teach only Tuesdays and Thursdays)

1st Grade Reading– Reading other subject lesson instructions and reading 1 easy reader per day after lunch or dinner

1st Grade Math– 1st Grade Horizons– complete 2 worksheets/day Mon-Thurs

Pre K 4/K Reading & WritingTeach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Pre K4 MathHorizons & play with blocks, marbles, money, and a foam clock.

Geography/Science/History/Latin/Art/Music Theory/Math/English Grammar– Classical Conversations Memory Work. Go over all the memory work each day for at least 15 minutes.

Additional HistoryStory of the World. The book provides more information about the weekly CC history sentence as well as provides activities and coloring sheets.

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So, there you have it. This is the plan that works for us. It is very simple. Don’t forget that there is constant learning taking place when reading to your children, playing outside, imaginary play, etc. Lunch and recess also count as part of your school day!!!

Happy homeschooling!

Cathy

 

 

 

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