I thought you may be interested in what a homeschool day looks like for our family so I will do a rundown of a typical day at our house.
We try to start our day around 9:30. I know this may sound late for some, but it is what works for us. I am not a coffee person, but I need some time to wake up in the morning before jumping into my day. We begin our day with 20 mins. of read a-loud time. (During this time my kids will work on their daily handwriting practice.) This is usually a book that ties into one of our other subjects. Then we work on Bible and Character Education together. Next my daughter will read the Beginner’s Bible to me, while my son works on his daily devotional. Then we move on to meditation. After we finish up 15 mins or so of meditation we jump into math. I will work with my youngest daughter on her Math lesson, while my son does his on the computer.
After morning lessons we take a 2 hour break for Recess (PE) and Lunch. Then we pick up afternoon lessons around 1:30pm.
We begin our afternoon lessons with me reading their Science and History lessons to them and then working on their History work with them. Next we move into Spelling which I have created a program for both of them to do together. After this is finished we take a quick break for a snack.
After our quick break I will do English and Reading with one while the other works on a daily elective downstairs. Right now Mon. is Typing, Tues. is Art. Wed. is Music, and Thurs. is Computer Skills. Then we switch. This is a change from last year so I am hoping this continues to work for us. We end our formal homeschool day between 4 and 4:30. Then before bed my daughter will read to me for 15 mins. out of a book she has selected and my son will read on his own.
I work a schedule from August to June where we have a vacation every 8 weeks or so. I find it easier to schedule them the same time as the public school because these are the weeks the kids usually have off from activities also. The one exception is our October vacation where we usually go away somewhere. Rates are generally much lower due to being off season. We also schedule Fridays as a light day so that if there was a doctor’s appointment or for whatever reason we missed a subject or two (aka Life) we can get caught up then.
I would love to hear what works for you and your family in the comments below. Please remember this is just what our family does. Like in every other home, things don’t always go the way we want them to, tomorrow is another day. Our families are different, are personalities are different therefore what works for one family won’t necessarily work for the next.
If you are interested in what we are using for curriculum this year, click here.