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Homeschool Day in the Life

We are back to school this week.  3 weeks off was what we needed.

With the new planner, new lesson plan sheets, and a serious schedule, we are back in business.

For us, a typical day, with no interruptions, looks somewhat like this:

8:30- kids turn off their Kindles, eat breakfast. Their chores need to be done as well.  They get dressed and brush their teeth.  (Some get dressed. Others just wear their jammies.)

9:30- they start their school work on their own because I am still finishing up my own chores and breakfast.

10- We get together and do Bible time.   This year we have been working through the ABEKA curriculum, “Joshua and Judges”.

10:30 or so- Math.  All go work on their individual math lessons and if I am needed to help or correct pages, I do that.  I usually want them to work for about an hour so those that finish quicker can go online or work on worksheets of drills and facts practice.  The older 2 can work on Khan Academy on their own when time allows.

11:30- Language Arts.  Writing, handwriting or Grammar.  Whichever we are working on for the day.   We haven’t been doing all of them every day.  Grammar is Winston.  Writing, I am not sure on yet.  We had been attempting to do Institute for Excellence in Writing, but that has been incredibly difficult to do for one reason or another.  Not the fault of the program, it is ours.  I like the program but I am thinking we may go back to “Writing Strands”.

For handwriting, I found some free handwriting pages online which I downloaded and we have been doing.  They are a different kind of script for us, which I actually like.  It gives us another style.  They are all old enough that we can do that. Before Christmas break, we had been using “Prescripts” which I also liked because we were copying out passages with meaning.

We have also been reading through “Fallacy Detective” every once in a while. The oldest, I know needs a literature program yet, but we have been focusing on other areas and I haven’t gotten to that.

12:30- lunch.  Break time, chores, get outside and play for a bit.

1:30- read, draw, work on school work on your own.  The younger 2, I have been having read or credit: #34 SERIOUSLY. via photopin (license)

The older 2 work on their school work. We have been trying to work on a Latin program.  We found Dwayne Thomas has some good videos that keep us interested along with a free book from Google books, “The Vulgate Latin”.

2- Monday and Wednesday, we work on Science.  Tuesday, we go to “Gym and Swim” at the YMCA.  Thursday, we work on history.

3- (Or so) they finish up any work they need to finish up until 4 pm which is when we are officially done with school.

Fridays are catch up day.  Any work that we didn’t get to, we work on then.  At the end of this month, we will start a co-op program for the rest of the semester.

And that is what typical day in our homeschool SHOULD look like.  I am not saying it always does, but that is what I shoot for.  I have to say that this past semester has been a start and stop sort of schooling.  We have had more hiccups this past semester than ever!  But I think this next semester, we should be back on track.

Part of the problem is that I brought the oldest one in school back home this year and so we have been sorting through what homeschooling high school looks like for us. I haven’t homeschooled through high school before, not since Horse Daughter.  Not totally new territory for us, but it is different because I do not have a plan in place for high school.  I will talk about that another time.

and then I saw this graphic on my fb feed today.  Perfect for this post!


What are your suggestions for the high school literature program?




6 thoughts on “Homeschool Day in the Life

  1. I’m not sure I have any recommendations for a high school home-school literature program, as I’ve never home-schooled (though we seriously considered it at one point). I liked the idea of classical education, and read Susan Wise Bauer’s book Classical Education at Home–I think that’s the title–and she and her co-author go into detail what each grade “should” be doing in the various areas. Lots of classical readings (from Greeks, Romans) through modern times, focusing on the original texts in translation. If the kiddos are learning Latin, it might be interesting for them to read the Aeneid. Like i said, I liked the concept of classical education but I don’t know how my children would’ve responded!


    1. Oh I understand that! We are not a classically educated family. We are more eclectic!! heehee.. And I have heard much about that book, Classical Education, and I think its time I actually read it. I tend to follow a Charlotte Mason approach which uses lots of books like the Aeneid. I think I will seek that one out and add it to the list of books to read. Great idea!! I also would like to have them read the Illiad. Thanks for your tips!!! Blessings,


  2. Right after I made my comment, I read the next blog post in my WP reader feed: Five Books that are Great Introductions to Studying English Literature.

    This blog is interesting (after all, it’s called “interesting literature”!) and you may get some ideas for how to approach literature at a high school/ college prep level. Also, the high schooler may benefit from reading “How to Read Literature like a Professor”, by Thomas C. Foster. I’m pretty sure there’s a lower-level student version, too, which I tried to get my literature-resistant, high-level-reader to read.


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