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A Day in the Life Photo Journal

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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!

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  1. I'm at the very front end of homeschooling – with two little ones and taking time to have "Tot Time" with them but I really enjoyed this because I'm already starting to look at more homeschooling options so I'm prepared before that time comes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. i love this! i will journal our day soon. i'm cracking up b/c our cat does the same thing! it's when i first roll out of bed – he wants out on the pool deck. yes, he's worse than ANY kid! 🙂

  3. Obviously I'm a visual learner!! This was great!!! I've read about lots of peoples homeschool days, and pictured it so different than mine, but maybe that's because I picture it wrong in my head! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! I'll try to do the same soon. Wonderful idea!

  4. What a productive day! Lately ours don't look anythng like that. 🙁 I'll be sharing a day in our homeschool next week on the HSB (HomeSchool Blogger) Company Porch and I think we're planning a link-up. Maybe you could stop by?

    Loved seeing the accompanying pictures to your day and your cat! Oh my, that is so funny!

  5. Great idea for a post! I am totally going to copy the idea!! Maybe you can do a linky?? Pretty please?? (if not, that is fine, too.)

    OH MY!!!! A marathon shirt & medal in your closet!! YIPPEEEEE!!! That is AWESOME!!! How awesome that must feel!! Go YOU!!!

    We use & LOVE Daily Grams & Easy Grammar. My youngest LOVES TT & my older daughter loves Math U See (so glad that battle is over!)

    I love that you take the time to make awesome lunches for your family. I thought of you while grocery shopping the other day and decided I may have to stop just giving my kids Ramen & p,b&j.

    Ok, I am going to take some photos!!

  6. Love this approach to journaling the day. And what fun to look back on months, years from now!

  7. Fun idea! 🙂 I'll be sure to let you know if and when I do it. I may wait until there's no snow so we can have some some photos. Oh & my dog seems to go in & out all day long too. She will just stare at the door until we let her out. If we take too long, she'll scratch at it. She scratches to come in too. Thank goodness we have a metal door!

  8. Thanks for sharing your day! We are wrapping up school so our days aren't normal right now. 🙂

    I love your cat. We have an indoor/outdoor cat too, but we have a kitty door. Sometimes that a good thing, sometimes it not! Like, when she drags lizards in the house!! 🙂

  9. @ Aimee — I told my husband just this morning, "Forget a cat door. We just need to get that cat a revolving door." He's in and out, in and out. So much worse than a kid because at least kids can open and close the door themselves (not that they always do, but they are capable).

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