Our Not-so-typical Homeschool Day

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not so typical homeschool day



Okay, I must confess…we don’t really have a typical homeschool day or schedule! *gasp! I know, I know…bad homeschooling mom. *slaps own hand

BUT…we are changing all that this week (after I’m done being sick – cause Momma doesn’t do well when she’s sick)!!! That’s right!! While we have followed a loose – really loose – homeschooling schedule over the past few years, it’s time we set a more strict schedule. In the past, it was fine by me if we did school in the morning or waited until after lunch. That was fairly easy with just one child schooling. Now that I have three – yes, we jumped for one to three this year – schooling, we need a schedule. It is no longer a luxury…it is a necessity – for my sanity!!

With that said, here is the new schedule we are going to tryand follow.

5 am – My day starts (usually I’m up between 5 & 5:30)

  • This time includes breakfast & Bible Reading

6:30 – Blogging Time

  • During this time I check emails, finish up blog posts and make sure things are scheduled for the day. Depending on what time I wake up this varies. I usually start this an our after I wake up.

7:00 – Kids Wake-up

  • Mister Bull is usually the first one up and knows that he cannot come out of his room until 7am. The others wake up anywhere from 7 – 8am. I’m not too strict about their wake-up time. I figure God made our bodies to get the sleep we needed, so I let them sleep.
  • During this hour they also eat breakfast and have some free time.
  • I will continue working on my blogging duties.

8:00 – Family Prayer/Devo Time

  • This time is going to be dedicated to reading the Proverb for the day and a short devotion to start our day. This will last about 30 minutes (give or take a 2 year old), so the Hubster can get to work on time.
  • The remaining 30 minutes will be spent as semi-free time. The kids can watch PBS Sprout if they choose or play together in the playroom. I spend the time cleaning up from breakfast and starting some laundry.

9:00 – Television goes OFF!!!

  • At 9am the TV goes off and we start picking up the toys they have gotten out and scattered around the house.

9:30 – Begin School

  • Mister Bull will do his reading for the day (he’s required to read 45 pages)
  • The Littles and I will do some read alouds together

10:00 – More School

  • Mister Bull and I will do Science and History together
  • The Littles can watch learning videos or have more playtime together (it varies)

11:00 – Read alouds with all the children

11:30 – 12:30 – LUNCH TIME!!!!

12:30 – 1:30 – FREE TIME

  • For the kids this can include playing together, learning videos, playing outside (weather permitting), reading and on occasion watching PBS Sprout.
  • For me this time is when I can work on more blogging duties, check and answer any emails that may have come in during the morning, work on articles, etc.

1:30 – Naptime for Punkin (she sleeps for 2 hours)

  • Mister Bull does his papers (Math, Handwriting, Spelling work, Scripture copywork, etc.)
  • TOT SCHOOL for the Middles – this is when we will work on our letters, numbers and do fun activities together

3:00 – Earned Time and free time with Dad

  • Earned time is time they have “earned” or kept throughout the day as they’ve joyfully done their chores, school work and obeyed. I plan to write more about our system in the coming weeks as we try it out. But, basically they start with a defined amount of time, say 2 hours, for time on the Kindle, Wii, TV. Bad behaivor deducts time away from that 2 hours. Each action has a specific time consequence. So whatever time is left by 3:00 is what they have.
  • We are blessed enough to have Daddy home early in the day, so the kids get to spend time with him as well. Often times they go outside to the church parking lot next door and ride their bikes and play basketball. Things I cannot do with a little one asleep in the house. It’s a great way for them to spend time with Dad and me to start preparing for dinner!!

5:00 – Dinner time

  • Typically we try to eat between 5 and 5:30. That’s not always the case. As many of you know, ministers have varying schedules and ours is no different.

Evenings are flexible in our house. We don’t have a set schedule because each day is different. Mondays my husband goes calling in the community, Wednesdays we have church other times we have meetings or events we go to. It just depends. So we keep the evening schedule flexible – that is until bedtime. Bedtime is always 8pm, except Wednesdays, when it is 8:45 after we get home from church.

Our evenings are dedicated to spending time together. A few activities we enjoy together are movie night, walks (the kids seriously love going on walks around town), game night – anything but just watching television!! However, on special days or occasions, the kids do get to stay up and watch the Pajanimals on PBS, which starts at 8pm. It’s a treat for them!

This will be our typical day. However, on Mondays our schedule will be quite different because the older three kids participate in a Homeschool Choir that is 45 minutes away. I do not school the Middles on Mondays so that Mister Bull can get his schooling in before we have to eat lunch at 11am and they rush out the door at 11:30 to be at choir by 12:30. It’s a crazy day, but I know they are going to love it!! This is our first year and they start Sept 9th. I’m so excited to see them grow and learn about music!!

What’s your day look like? Is it structured or do you just go with the flow? Share in the comments!

If you want more ideas on how to structure your school day or you’re just a nosey-Nellie like me and want to see what others do, hop on over to the iHomeschool Network blog hop this week!! There will be hundreds of bloggers linking up and sharing their days too!!



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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Wow! 5am. “you are my hero”……good luck with that scheduling thing…meanwhile at my house…**utter chaos**

    1. LOL I LOVE it!!!! Utter chaos ensues at our house more days than not – that’s for sure!!! Today was not a 5am day and I feel like I’m running in circles and tripping over everything! I am feeling under-the-weather and that takes it’s toll for sure! Thankfully homeschooling is flexible!!! And hopefully we’ll pick back up tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by @lanaashadavis:disqus!

  2. I’m definitely a nosey nellie 😉 I love to read about to others peoples routines probably because I am sorely lacking in one!

    1. Me too!! haha I draw inspiration from them!! Let’s just hope it works!! lol

  3. It’s nice to see how another mom juggles the littles, middles, and bigs to accomplish school time. I’m still experimenting with how to do that in our home! Thanks for posting!

    1. I agree it’s helpful to see how others do it. This is yet another attempt to make it all work! We’ve been at this for 4 years and we’re still working on it! lol Thanks for stopping by @ProverbialHomemaker:disqus!!

  4. It is fun to see what others days are like! Our schedule has varied so much over the years, and each year I seem to get a bit more “relaxed”. Thanks for sharing! [email protected]’s House

    1. Thanks for stopping by @mistybailey:disqus!! I sure hope we can get to the “relaxed” stage at some point! lol So far this week hasn’t gone as planned. But, I’m determined to stick with it!! We’ll give it a couple of weeks before I make a decision.

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