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A day in the life of a homeschool mom. #schedule #homeschool

One of the questions I’m frequently asked, is how do I accomplish everything I need to get done in the day?

My answer is less sleep and more coffee.

THE END.

I actually considered stopping there and doing a follow-up post the next day but hey, that just wouldn’t be nice of me, would it?!

Well, aside from having to do lists and plans, I have a strict schedule that I follow. Since many of you have asked what my typical day looks like, I thought I would share my schedule with you… I hope it’s not too boring!

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A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Mom

5:30  am

I wake up. I start my day by drinking 1 cup of warm lemon water followed up with 10-15 minutes of oil-pulling. The oil-pulling is usually done while I ride my exercise bike and read the Bible.

6:00 am

I make my breakfast, eat, drink my morning cup of coffee, read some more of my Bible, and pray.

I always start my homeschool day with breakfast, coffee, prayer, and the Bible.

6:30 am

I shower, dress, and then start a load of laundry. I may also tackle one of my daily chores from my Home Cleaning Schedule.

7:15 am

Usually at this time I read and respond to emails and/or comments on my blog.

ARE YOU BORED YET?! Really, the only reason why I’m sharing is because I’ve had so many of you lovelies ask! It will get more interesting once the kids get up and homeschooling starts.

8:00 am

Both my girls get up. Sometimes a wee bit earlier but often a bit later. I usually put on the jazz music station in the morning… I love it and I think it makes for an inspiring learning atmosphere.

8:15 am

I serve the girls breakfast. They usually like granola, oatmeal, toast, or bagels for breakfast.

While the girls are eating, I make sure I have all the needed materials for homeschooling. Then I clean the kitchen.

8:45 am

After the table is cleared and cleaned off, we start homeschooling.

Bible and Language Arts are done first thing.

10:00 am

Fresh juice or smoothie break! Served with a little snack of muffins, sliced bananas, or apples.

While I am preparing the smoothie, I usually have my girls watch a short educational video, listen to The Story of the World on CD or do a Brain Pop video & quiz.

Fresh juice or smoothie break. This is an important time in our homeschool schedule!

If they didn’t get dressed first thing, then I get them to do it now. I have better success in the day when they get dressed as soon as they get up in the morning.

10:30 am

I try to schedule a brief excursion outside at this time.

A little outside break before we continue with our learning.#homeschool #schedule

Even if it means collecting something for science or art. A bit of fresh air usually recharges us for the rest of the morning.

We continue homeschooling (usually 3 more subjects depending on the day). The subjects may be Math, Social, Science, or Health.

Science - exploring magnets #homeschool #schedule

11:45 am

Art project, music lesson with KinderBach or watching another short educational video to reinforce something we’ve learned that morning.

While they are busy with that, I prepare lunch.

12:15 pm

Lunch time. We all sit together to enjoy lunch.

12:45 pm

I clean up from lunch while the girls have some play time.

1:00 pm

I prepare my youngest daughter for her rest time.

1:15 pm

My youngest daughter is resting!

My oldest daughter watches a children’s show of her choice for her “rest time” and/or reads.

Reading is scheduled into my daughter's homeschool day #homeschool #schedule

After her rest she does 1/2 hour – 1 hour of physical fitness. I have a scheduled rotation of dance, kids’ fitness, and yoga DVDs that she does daily.

I make myself a green tea and sit down to quickly document the learning from the morning. After this, I do blog-related work; during the month of November, this has been my NaNoWriMo writing time (if you haven’t read a snippet of what I’ve written so far, you can do so by visiting HERE).

3:00 pm

I make a snack for my oldest. Usually my youngest is still resting.

Help my oldest daughter find something to work on (a craft project, research for a project, an educational game, etc.)

I ride my exercise bike for about 15 minutes while reading the Bible or if I’m feeling depleted, I might take a Stay-At-Home-Yoga break!

4:00 pm

I start dinner preparations.

I may read with my oldest daughter or do some prep for the next day’s homeschool lessons while supper is on the stove.

Help my youngest transition from nap.

5:00 pm

Supper time! Pictured here is one of my favourite “go-to” meals, “breakfast for dinner”!

My homeschool day... dinner time! #homeschool #schedule

5:45 pm

After dinner clean up.

Kids have free play time.

Our homeschool schedule includes play time. #homeschool #schedule

I may tackle a small cleaning project.

7:30 pm

Start the evening bedtime routine.

Eat a bedtime snack; apples and peanut butter, a banana, or a handful of carrots.

Brush teeth, go to the toilet, wash hands. Change into PJs (if they’re not already in them).

We do not bathe every day. We usually bathe 2-3 times per week and that takes place at about 6:30 on the evenings that are bath nights.

Read the Bible, goodnight hugs and kisses.

8:00 pm

Lights out for my youngest.

My oldest daughter goes to her room and reads from 8:00 – 9:00/9:15.

My husband and I have independent “work time” from 8:00-9:15. I may do blogging stuff, sewing, or homeschool prep. He may do writing or animation work.

9:15 pm

At 9:15 we convene in the living room (usually with popcorn) and watch a TV show off of Netflix or something we’ve recorded on the PVR.

10:15 pm

I do a quick 5-10 minute tidy of the kitchen and living room.

Get ready for bed, I read my Bible, and lights out usually by 10:45.

That’s my day! Of course this schedule changes if we have a field trip, grocery shopping, or a special outing planned. However, I try to keep it consistent throughout the week.

*Please note that we have rough days and some days we throw the schedule out the window because that’s what we all need. Homeschooling, just like anything else, has its good days and bad days. I find that by keeping a schedule we are more likely to have good days.*

Do you have a daily schedule that your family follows?

 

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.




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