Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A day in the life...


We've completed our first week of homeschooling. Look at these happy boys!

Of course they aren't always so happy.

It's the 4th week of Not Back to School blog hop. I can't believe I've actually kept up with this, although I was beginning to think I would never find the time to put this post together.

Anyhoo, this week is "a day in the life..."

My day starts at about 6:45 am. I get showered and dressed and have my personal Bible and prayer time. That personal time makes all the difference. When I miss it, we all suffer!

Breakfast is at 8am and we start school at 8:30. Well it's usually more like 8:45. The boys are responsible for getting themselves up, dressed, and downstairs on time.

Zachary (high schooler) is on his own. He usually starts with PE - a walk, bike ride, Wii Fit; then does his on-line courses in the dining room downstairs (where he can keep an eye on our destructive puppy!) He calls me when he needs help.

Jonathan (5th grade), Benjamin (2nd grade) and I start with Bible time (we are reading The Case for Christ for Kids) and reading aloud, well, listening to me read aloud. We are reading an Adventures in Odyssey Passages book right now.

Then it's on to the books. They each have a basket of work that need to be completed. They can do it in any order they choose. I go back and forth between them as needed. We take a break from 10 - 10:30 and have lunch around noon. They are usually done with book work by lunchtime or shortly after. Then they have to read for 30 minutes (anything they want) and practice their music.

I've started something new this year. (I read it on someone else's blog, but don't remember who's.) School is not over until 3:30. This means no TV or video games until then. If all their schoolwork is done, they have to find something else to occupy them - Legos, playdough, games, trampoline, bike riding, etc. They didn't like the idea at first, but they are getting used to it and getting creative too. Right now it's 2:30 and Ben is playing with Legos and Jon is drawing pictures (from a newly re-discovered Learn-to-Draw book).

So that gives you an idea of what our homeschool day looks like.


The Wades said...

Full and fulfilling! Way to be a good mom. I don't know if I would have the discipline.

Your boys are lucky to have you (and that pink room!)

Daddy's Chick's said...

Thanks so much for sharing . . I love to read how everyone does thinks differently. Have a blessed day

Nicole said...

I like the idea of declaring the school day not done until a set time to encourage more creativity and quiet time.

Thanks for sharing!

knit1kids4 said...

Your day sounds relaxing. That is how I like mine to be. So far (day 2) we are doing it!

Thanks for visiting me!

Marbel said...

Nice post. Your days sound similar to mine. I found at one point my son was asking for "fun computer time" every time he finished a task. Now, if he asks before 4 pm, he doesn't get any that day. Sometimes I surprise him by offering it early, but never if he asks early!

Regina said...

i need to come up with a better schedule! yours sounds pretty great, except for the waking up at 6.45 ~ though i should consider waking up earlier to have some alone time in the morning to gather myself would be nice.
we are usually done by lunchtime. . . i am hoping to incorporate music this year and possibly a foreign language which might take us past that lunch mark.

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