Over at Simple Homeschool Jamie is having the “Homeschool Day In the Life” series where you post what one day of homeschool life is like. I participated in this two years ago (my boys have grown so much) and thought that I would do so again.
Here was a random Thursday that we had, but most days follow this routine.
I get up around 6:45 and get ready to go and workout (from an online video). I never set an alarm to wake-up and let my body naturally wake-up. Before I workout, I check some of my emails on my phone. I then workout for 30-60 minutes (today was for 45 minutes).
The boys are waking at the same time I do, or a little later, but they usually spend 20-30 minutes talking in bed before coming out into the family room where I am. If it is a workout that they like, they’ll join me :). After some prodding, my oldest gets in the shower and my youngest follows him (my husband is on a work trip, but if he is home he usually starts working out at this time). After the workout, I make breakfast for both of the boys, but many days they will make their own breakfasts or their dad does before he works out. I just have to remind them that they have to have a protein and not just sugar! After they are finished with breakfast they have been doing the online math program Smarttick (it’s good, but I saw the sticker price and we will not be continuing after our trial is up!). Each kid gets 15 minutes of Smarttick. Afterwards, they usually stay at our dining room table and draw pictures or they go and play with Legos. During this time I finish checking all of my emails (including reading blogs I follow) and check to see the status of April the Giraffe!
Around 9am I hop in the shower and get ready for the day. On good days I hope to get school started now, but I’m running slow! I also stay in the shower much too long, but the house is cold and the shower feels so good! Once I’m ready I gather all of the materials that I will be reading to the boys for school and we head into our family room to start school. The boys get a snack or a second breakfast (they are two bottomless pits!). We start “school” and I read stories from our Build Your Library (BYL) curriculum. This includes language arts, science, and geography. On Thursdays Nathan’s schoolwork goes first and then I move onto Anderson’s. The boys really enjoy this time because they like being read to. After the BYL work I read some picture books that complement what we are learning for history. I quit BYL for history and have gone back to using History Odyssey (HO). We are currently reading about the Middle Ages. HO has more book recommendations that I think work better for my boys and get them interested in the time period. Neither of my boys are independent readers, so much of our time is spent with me reading to them. I look forward to when I can give them instructions on what to read and they can do it without me :). If there are any activities to go with what we are reading and learning about we will do that now.
It’s now about 11am and we take a break so that I can have my breakfast. My husband and I are eating breakfast so late because we do intermittent fasting. We only eat for 8 hours during the day (11am-7pm) and so far this way of eating hasn’t been bad at all and is something that we both are happy with. Since my husband and I are making food this prompts the boys to want to eat too, so they make themselves an early lunch, which is usually a sandwich of some variety. The boys take a longer break to play because they aren’t as enthusiastic about the next portion of learning.
We have been using the program All About Reading for both of my boys. My oldest is categorized as being in third grade, but he is not independently reading yet. I had heard from many people that this is a great program for those who are not up to grade level with reading. I’ve found that this program has been great! Both of my boys like it and I’ve seen huge improvements with my oldest. Each lesson has just the right amount of reading to not be frustrating, which is a big plus. My youngest is in Kinder and I have found that he is beyond his level in the program (he started reading on his own), but we still do the lessons so that he has a good foundation.
After reading we do our math program Right Start Math (RSM). When we were starting out homeschooling this year I wasn’t sure what math program we should use and I took this quiz and it was suggested that RSM was the best fit for us (my husband got the same results). I like the program and my boys seem to enjoy it too, although sometimes they complain about having to do it. I think that they complain because it’s usually the last thing that we do for the day and they just want to be done!
For reading and math I work with one boy at a time. They alternate who goes first each day. I tried having one do reading and then the other one do reading, but that was a no go. While one of them is working with me the other one is usually playing or trying to find ways to annoy their sibling while they are working. My oldest does have to read by himself for 20 minutes. He can pick any book and read as much as he can. Lately, he’s been reading Captain Underpants.
My boys are finished with school and now it is time to do some chores! They clean up their messes and sweep. They have to do this before they get an hour to play video games. They play either Minecraft or Super Mario Brothers on our WiiU. We set a timer for this and almost every day it is a struggle to get them to quit playing. If I have to tell them to get off more than a few times and they don’t listen to me they lose it for the next day. When they are finished playing they either go outside or stay inside to play.
Around 3-3:30 they ask to go see if their friends (who go to public school) can play. I tell them that we should take a walk with the dogs since it isn’t raining! We get the dogs ready and head on out. On our walk, they stop at their friends’ houses and ask if they can play, but they have homework to do, so they continue on the walk with me.
I start working on dinner around 4:30 and the boys play. We eat between 5:30-6. After dinner I decide that we are going to do the Deep Space Sparkle (DSS) President’s Day art project that I never got around to! I read to them two books about Abe Lincoln and then we do the project. I’m pleased with how they turned out, but my oldest is being grumpy and says that he doesn’t like his artwork.
The boys now have time to play and I usually catch up on emails, social media, reading, learning to play the guitar, learning how to use my camera, or watching Gilmore Girls. The boys really like to bother each other and I think that I spend more time “yelling” at them to leave each other alone. At 7:30 I tell them to get ready for bed, but it takes them about an hour until they are finally ready for bed. Once they are ready I read to them and they go to bed. When their dad is home he is the one that reads to them before bedtime and that gives me some much needed alone time!
*On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my boys have either Fencing or Parkour classes, so that changes those days up a little bit. If we have extra time we like to do science experiments, play board games, or free draw. Every day doesn’t go smoothly and I’ve left out plenty of arguing and fighting from everyone in this day! 🙂