A Typical Day in My Homeschool Family
Before breakfast the children wake up, dress, and make their beds. I prefer to have morning chores done while I make breakfast. We don't do weekly chores at this time. We just tidy up from the night.
During breakfast, the kids and I sit down and discuss the day. It's also a handy time to review memory work.
After breakfast we tidy the kitchen and sit down to work on our skill subjects such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. I spend about 30 minutes tutoring each child. I've found our homeschool works best when I give each child some individual attention during the morning.
It's time for lunch and read-alouds. I enjoy reading to the children as they eat. They're quietly occupied.
After lunch it's quiet time. The high school kids are able to finish any studying they have left from the morning, the younger children curl up with books or toys, and babies are able to take a nap. It's also gives me a chance to relax and enjoy a few minutes to myself.
Afternoons vary. Some days we take off for field trips, nature hikes, or homeschool park days. These are fun activities that give us a chance to meet with other homeschooling families. Other afternoons we work on history or science as a family. It's a great time for science experiments, history projects, and artwork.
Shortly before dinner we tidy up the house. The preschoolers make certain their toys are picked up while the older children do a quick run through the house. I aim for 10 minutes of tidying before allowing the preschoolers to watch a TV show while I prepare dinner.
During dinner, we sit down as a family and discuss the day. It's also a chance for the children to discuss their schoolwork and activities with their father. With 6 children at the table, dinner times can get a bit noisy!
After dinner we tidy the kitchen and chores get done. As a family working together, it never takes us very long to put the house in order. The preschoolers head to bed, the older children enjoy personal hobbies, and the family relaxes.
The goal of my typical homeschool day is an atmosphere of relaxed learning.