Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Home Educator

Share a day in the life of your family?  Sounds kinda boring, but maybe our schedule can help someone.  We have three girls, ages 12, 10, and 8 currently.  We are quite structured in our homeschool.

We start at 8:30, and I let the girls choose which subject they want to do first, which is usually math as they want to get done with it.  They work independently in math unless a snag comes up, which we deal with.  They bring their work to me on the spot and move onto their next subject while I check their work.  This way, I don't have mountains of work to correct at the end of the day, plus they get on-the-site critique of their work and fix it right away.

Math usually takes an hour, and if the older girls haven't finished, I have them stop (because there is only so much math a person can take in one sitting) and move onto grammar, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes to do.  While they are working independently, I work with my youngest on writing and phonics one-on-one.  Youngest then moves into handwriting by herself.  If she finishes, she can take a break and get a snack or whatever she likes.

By this time, one of my older girls is usually completely done with independent work (math, handwriting, and grammar).  I move onto spelling with one of them. Then the oldest girls do writing together.  Finally, we finish spelling with the last oldest.

Usually this takes us to about 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. After eating lunch, we finish up with history and literature with Sonlight, which usually takes about a half hour to 45 minutes for older girls and 20-30 minutes for youngest.

That's how I weave our day together.  It has changed over the years of course.  I've purposely chosen several subjects that can be done as independently as possible, while choosing other programs that take more one-on-one time with subjects that need more practice.

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  1. I find my kids naturally stagger themselves as my daughter is an extremely early riser while my son likes sleeping in.

  2. I love how the kids learn to work more independently as they get older. Thanks for sharing a peek into your day.

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  4. Hi Julie, when do you do science? And art and music and the extras in your supplements? Thanks!

    1. Hello, this is what we were doing last year, but we actually had the opportunity to take science, art, and music at our co-op once a week. I never did everything included in the supplements. We would be completely bogged down! :) I generally went through the options for activities and asked the girls which ones they were interested in. Sometimes we didn't do any activities.

      This year, I only choose one recipe and one art project per week. The girls do science independently, and we use co-op for art.