We homeschoolers are a bit notorious for wanting to take a peek into the average – if there is such a thing – day of another homeschooling family. I thought a fun twist on that might a photo journal of a day in our lives.
Of course, I didn’t choose one of those illusive “average” days. What would be the fun in that? This one wasn’t too unusual, though. It was last Friday and the only big differences in Friday and any other day are that we sleep in a bit and have a lighter school day.
Also, since I’d run my second 5K the night before, I didn’t start my day with a workout like I normally do.
This is a little more than an hour later than I normally get up. I did take a picture of my normal wake time…well, at least I dreamed I did! I realized it was only a dream when I discovered that the picture wasn’t on the camera.
Do you ever have those dreams where you’ve gotten up, showered, and gotten completely ready for whatever it is you have to do that day? It’s always so disappointing when you wake up and realize that you have to do it all again. Or, for the first time. Whatever.
Unless Brian has the day off, I always wake up to this sweet face:
Megan always asks Brian to wake her up before he leaves for work so that she can come get in the bed with me for a few hours.
I had to smile when I walked into my closet to get some clothes and saw something I never, in a million years, ever thought I’d see in my closet:
Until yesterday, my day has been starting with a little email/Facebook/blog reading and breakfast.
However, I’ve realized that I’ve been letting that squeeze out my quiet time with God, so now the computer time will have to wait until lunch. I usually head down to my home gym to workout after breakfast, but today, it was straight to wake the kids and start on our chore chart.
After we get all our housework done, we start school. There are usually plenty of these sorts of things joining us:
And, of course, since making Gus in indoor/outdoor cat, I have to open the door about 50 times a day to let him in or out. He’s worse than a kid. The humor factor takes away a little of the irritation, though, since this is how he lets me know that he wants to go outside:
He stares in the dining room window when he wants to come back inside. Crazy cat!
We always start our day the same: everyone together for Bible study and scripture memorization. Then, Brianna goes off on her own while Josh and Megan work on Explode the Code, Daily Grams and Easy Grammar.
Once we’ve completed that, Josh and Megan each go to their rooms to do their math – Teaching Textbooks – while I work on fixing lunch. I am loving Teaching Textbooks! I love that they can work independently and have detailed instruction while I’m otherwise occupied.
This was last Friday, so, of course, it was chicken nugget and fries for homeschool lunch.
Josh and I broke with tradition, though – yes, that meant no yummy turkey burger for me. Brian’s mom had sent home chicken salad. She makes some of the best, so Josh and I chose to have that instead.
Lunch is my catch-up time online and almost always looks like this, with that all-important glass of sweet tea:
After lunch, I usually tackle science and history with Josh and Megan. Brianna does most of her work independently.
After science and history, I listen to each of the younger kids read to finish off the formal schooling part of our day.
And, of course, our day would not be complete without these two:
So, what about you? What does your homeschool day look like? If you decide to photo journal it, let me know. I’d love to stop by and take a peek!