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.
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.
The kids and I emptied the dishwasher together.
I asked the kids if they wanted me to read aloud some Life of Fred math before we continued on with our morning routine; since they gave an enthusiastic, "Yes," I read aloud two chapters from the book and the kids worked out their answers to the problems on dry erase boards. (There is more info about how we use Life of Fred with multiple ages at the same time here.)
While the kids worked on their Life of Fred problems, I dealt with the chicken bone broth that had been slow-cooking overnight. I only needed to scoop out a couple jars of broth and add some fresh water to make more broth. We each had a cup of warm, salty, yummy broth.
We all did our morning chores and personal care.
Alina washed breakfast dishes, washed her hair, cleaned a toilet, and made her bed.
Ian vacuumed the living room carpet, gave the dog fresh water, cleaned a toilet, and watered our winter container vegetable garden.
I filled the bird feeders, cleaned a bathroom sink, changed over the laundry, and got my hair and makeup set for the day.
The kids and I had circle time together with candles, play silks, poetry, and movement.
My kids wanted read-aloud time, so they settled into the living room with their drawing and craft supplies. While they were working on their projects, I read aloud from a book of Chinese fables and The Chocolate Touch (the read-aloud chapter book for our monthly kids' book discussion group).
The kids had play time.
I did my portion of the day's laundry load and prepped for the night's dinner.