I love doing these posts with Simple Homeschool each year.
Getting a little glimpse into how others do daily life has inspired our daily life in so many ways. I've spent years taking an idea here or an idea there and those bits and pieces have helped us puzzle together a homeschool day that is just right for us.
I hope you can get the same encouragement!
5:00AM We are unashamedly morning people around here, but I need a long lead time before the crazy of the day. I get up, read my Bible, workout, plan the day, just putter around a bit.
7:00AM The littles can get out of bed. They've long since been awake and playing in their rooms! I've always wanted to be a sweet family that starts with a slow quiet morning, but that isn't actually the family God gave me.
So instead we start chores. It helps with the crazy energy my kids wake up with. They also go ahead and do their copy work while Russ makes breakfast and I do laundry and school prep.
8:00AM This is where we have what most people would probably call Circle Time or some incarnation of that idea. Russ does Bible study, I do Verses and Vitamins, we sing a hymn together, and I run them through the plan for the morning. They all scamper off to get dressed and get started.
It takes them about 30 minutes to knock out their official work for the day. I try to keep their lessons extremely short. Reading and math rarely take us more than 15 minutes each.
9:30-ish we gather back around the table together. I brew them some tea or coffee-milk and they round up a snack so that we can read. While they snack and sip I read whatever subject we are working on for that day. Our week ideally looks like this:
Monday: History and Geography We use Story of the World and then I get crazy carried away buying picture books to supplement! (Yay books!)
Wednesday: Picture Study We are studying Van Gogh. Why? Because I like his work, that's why. I'm sure there is some "right" way to go through art study, but this is how we are doing it.
Thursday: Nature Journal I'm obsessed with Nature Anatomy right now, but often this ends up being about what is actually going on in our life. Weather, seasons, something we've stumbled across. If I'm feeling like an extra good mom we even do an experiment.
Friday: Math and Writing Russ leaves early so all normal school is out the window. They only have to read out loud for 15 minutes. We learn a new math lesson and the kids can write anything they want for 15 minutes. Then we go around the table and share our work over tea and snack. (Most of this comes from The Writer's Jungle, such an amazing resource.)
Truthfully it's always all mixed up and we can be carried away by inspiration at any moment by a holiday or even just an interesting question.
When we've cleared the table the kids grab their Drawing Journals. It's literally just a sketch book where I ask them to draw a picture, write some sentences, or a poem about whatever we read that day. It's like narration light.
10:30AM We head for the park. I can walk. They can play.
12:00PM We head home so they can make lunch. I found a knife skills for kids video a few months ago and it has been a game changer. It forced me to realize how capable my kids are and how much they love to help. The bigs can make anything from scrambled eggs to pasta salad. The littles still make a lot of PB&J and fruit salad.
I absolutely consider cooking part of their school day.
1:00PM Rest time. They load up books and go lay in bed. Obviously it isn't for them. It's for me.
3:00PM Play time. We read, go for walks, craft, dress up. Whatever they want. This is totally their time.
6:00PM Baths and Dinner. We try to have our bottoms on the couch by...
7:00PM Read Aloud and Bible Time. Russ covers this because by this time of the day I'm so done. Which makes this one of my favorite parts of the day, I laying back and watching them gather around their daddy begging him to read the books they've picked out.
That's about it, whenever that's done we shoo them to bed and follow shortly thereafter because 5:00AM comes early!