Two Days in the Life of Our Homeschool (with an 8-year-old and nearly-11-year-old)

Updated: May 18, 2018

I wanted to share a snapshot of what our homeschool days are looking like right now. Because our days can vary pretty widely, I decided to share two consecutive days from our life, so you can see some of the ebb and flow that happens in a typical week. Currently, my daughter Alina is nearly 11-years-old, and my son Ian turned 8-years-old last week.

I follow the Leadership Education model, and that means that I don't require or coerce my kids to do schoolwork. Instead, I focus on inspiring my kids to want to learn, following their own interests, and giving them optional opportunities to engage in academic pursuits. So all of the academics mentioned below are things that my kids chose to do.

Day 1 ended up being what I consider a near-perfect homeschooling day. Things just seemed to click that day, with lots of time for working, schooling, playing, and cooking. Our "school" time was spread throughout the whole day and evening. Plenty of energy all around and good moods.

Day 2 was not quite as smooth. I didn't sleep very well the previous night, so I woke up later than usual and feeling a little meh. One child was having a bit of an emotional day, I kept having the urge to check my email and Facebook (as I often do on days when I'm overly tired), and we needed a bit of a boost to get back on-track. We recovered thanks to a rejuvenating outing, and the rest of the day went a bit smoother than the morning had.

Day 1


  • I woke up and hopped on the computer for some work time: blogging, homeopathic case study and inquiries, etc. I used my under-desk elliptical to get in a little physical activity while working.

  • My husband arose around 6:10am and started his own morning routine to get ready to go to work.


  • I made my bed and started a 43-min power yoga video.

  • My husband left for work at 7:20am.

  • The kids woke up around 7:30am. They quietly came to where I was doing yoga, snuggled a bit with the dog, and then went back to their own room.

  • When I finished my yoga video, I found the kids already dressed for the day and playing nicely in their room. I gave them notice to meet me in the kitchen at 8am.

  • I washed up my face, pits, and parts, then got myself dressed.

  • I started a load of laundry.