My Homeschool: A Look Inside Our Day

Welcome to a day in the Squires Homeschool!  I can’t guarantee that my house is spotless as we begin this morning, but I can promise that the joy of learning will be evident in this place.  You are about to see what the homeschooling portion of my day looks like.  Please know that there is no one right way to structure a homeschool day.  What works well for us this semester may not ever work for you… and there will probably come a time when it no longer works for me, either.  Schedules, curricula, and family dynamics change over time; but the beauty is that a homeschool can, too.  I invite you to take a look at what is currently working for us, both on a normal “classroom” day and on a co-op day.

Our Classroom Days

6:30-7:30 a.m.:  Angela prepares herself for the day and prepares breakfast.

7:30-8:10 a.m.:  Kids arise, get ready for the day, and eat breakfast.

8:10-8:30 a.m.:  Angela cleans up breakfast and transforms the kitchen table into the school table while the kids play in the living room.

8:30-9:30 a.m.:  School begins for all four kids with Bible, Science, and History.

9:30-10:00 a.m.:  Angela works with Amariah on Handwriting, Language Arts, and Math while Abel works independently on Handwriting and/or a writing assignment.  Isabel and Elliana stay seated at the table while doing a silent hands-on activity such as coloring/writing, cutting/gluing, beading, or playing with clay.

10:00-10:20 a.m.:  Everyone moves into the living room where Abel works on Math while Angela and the girls snuggle up on the couch to read picture books.

10:20-10:45 a.m.:  Everyone returns to the kitchen table for read-alouds.

10:45 a.m.:  Amariah, Isabel, and Elliana are dismissed for (quiet) free play.

10:45-11:45 a.m.:  Angela works with Abel on Language Arts and Reading.

11:45 a.m.:  Abel is dismissed, and our school day is complete.

Our Co-op Days*

(*as anticipated, beginning October 2012)

6:30-7:30 a.m.:  Angela prepares herself for the day and prepares breakfast.

7:30-8:10 a.m.:  Kids arise, get ready for the day, and eat breakfast.

8:10-8:30 a.m.:  Angela cleans up breakfast and transforms the kitchen table into the school table while the kids play in the living room.

8:30-9:20 a.m.:  School begins for all four kids with Bible and a Science experiment.

9:20-9:40 a.m.:  Angela works with Abel and Amariah on Language Arts while Isabel and Elliana quietly write/draw in their notebooks.

9:40-10:00 a.m.:  Everyone moves into the living room where Abel and Amariah work on Math while Isabel and Elliana play quietly with math manipulatives.

10:30-Noon:  We all attend our homeschool co-op where the kids have Art and P.E.

12:30 p.m.:  We arrive back at home with our school day complete!

Extra-Curricular Activities

As you can tell from “watching” the school portion of my days, I run a pretty structured homeschool.  Outside of that setting, though, you will likely see our kids participating in extra-curricular activities such as Tee Ball, Basketball, Soccer, or Gymnastics (the girls only).  (And, lest I sound like too much of a “soccer mom,” you should know that Travis and I each have a night of the week that we participate in some sport of our own while the kids get a turn to be the spectators play with other kids! :-))  We believe that besides being fun and educational, extra-curricular activities can be a very good arena for the development, exercise, and testing of character; and, as such, they are an important part of our children’s education.

Coming up next in this series on My Homeschool: What Curriculum We Use!  And after that, find out Why We Decided to Join a Co-op!