A Homeschool Day in the Life (7 Months In)

Hey all!  How’s it going?  I decided to do another Day in the Life post.  It seems they’re all the rage right now. 😉  Anyways, I’d been wanting to catch y’all up on our homeschooling journey.  When I saw that Simple Homeschool was hosting a Homeschool Day in the Life hop, I figured this was the perfect time.  Except that now it’s 10pm the night before and I’m just getting around to typing it… Oops.

Okay, let’s get on with it!

So we’ve been homeschooling for about 7 months.  WE LOVE IT!!!  But do our days always go smoothly?  If you are actually asking this question, I invite you to look at the title of my blog… ahem...

Things don’t always (ever?) go super smoothly.  It is bumpy.  It is messy.  It is exhausting.

But it is incredibly worth it.

Still, I wanted to streamline a bit.  We’d gotten away from the strong routine we started with.  The house was looking a bit disaster-zone-ish.  There was too much whining and not enough “YES Mom!”  at chore time or school time or any time.  I decided a new written schedule was in order.  So I called Finn and Beau to help design a schedule.

“Guys, what would you guys like to put on the schedule?”

Blocks World!” cheered Finn.  What is Blocks World?  Just a gateway drug to gaming addiction, that’s all. @_@

“Chocolate Chip Math!”  (Finn’s suggestion again, which involves doing as little math as possible to eat as many chocolate chips as possible.)

Shockingly, no one asked for time to clean bathrooms?  Unexpected!  We discussed things a little further, making a list of “Want to Do’s” and “Need to Do’s”.  Finally, Beau typed our new schedule up on the computer.  It took him a really long time because he wanted to find a way to put the word “Butt” in the title.  AT LAST it was done, no Butts included.  And…..

No ink in the printer!!!  AGGGGHHHHH!  (Did I mention how things don’t always run smoothly???)

Good thing I had been writing it out on notebook paper as well.  The newly proposed “Homeschool Day In the Life” looks a little something like this:

  • 6:00 5:30 Mom: Workout/ Shower/ Dress
  • 7:00  Boys get up, Breakfast and Daily Scripture Text
  • 7:30  Mom:  Clean up kitchen, Boys: Get Dressed/ Brush Teeth
  • 8:00  Chores for all
  • 9:00  Reading together and discussion
  • 9:30  Exercise break
  • 10:00  Math
  • 11:00  Lunch
  • 12:00  Games INCLUDING Chocolate Chip Math
  • 12:30  Recess
  • 1:30  Rotating subjects (such as Science, History, Art, Music)
  • 2:30  Reading (Quiet for Beau, with mom for Finn)
  • 3:00  Free time (Yes, Finn, including Blocks World!)

Yay for STRUCTURE!  Feeling highly motivated, we were ready to implement it straight away, even the Mom gets up at 6:00 5:30 and works out part.  And then…

This is Dash, being up at 3AM. By 3:30AM, he was getting hungry for breakfast.  That wasn't on the schedule???

This is Dash, being up at 3AM. By 3:30AM, he was getting hungry for breakfast. Um…is this on the schedule???

So that whole thing kind of threw me off.  Like threw me off so that I didn’t get up until 8:30. UGH.

We still got quite a bit done, just not by way of the schedule.  The next day we’d try again!  Failure is not an option!  And then this happened:

Now, really, who can do school when there's a Snowpocalypse???

Now, really, who can do school when there’s a Snowpocalypse???

A Snowpocalypse is no time to be following a schedule.  It's a time to be holding your own Winter Olympics using baby ride on toys!

A Snowpocalypse is no time to be following a schedule. It’s a time to be holding your own Winter Olympics using baby ride on toys!

Okay, so our schedule is a flop so far.  But is it a failure?  NO!  It’s a work in progress.  And if I’m done proofreading this before midnight I just might get up at 5:30 6:00 6:30 and workout.  The rest of the county is still shutdown for the Snowpocalypse, so I’m cutting myself a little slack, okay?

Lately I’ve been thinking about an old favorite book I have sitting on my shelf by John Maxwell.  Maybe you’ve heard of it?  It’s called Failing Forward, and that is exactly what we do around here.

We aren’t perfect.

We make a plan.  It goes awry.

We set lofty goals.  We fall flat on our faces trying to reach them.

We get up and we try again.  We reassess, change our plans, push through it, and sometimes…

We still fail, but we fail better than last time.  Sometimes what looks like failure is just laying the groundwork for greatness.

Or perhaps what looks like Failure is just Success sleeping in a couple hours because Success was up late with a toddler.  You got a problem with that?

😉

By the way, I’m not saying our 7 months of homeschooling have been a failure!  Not at all!!!  But homeschooling is a living, breathing, growing process and I am exploring and learning right along with the boys.  I’m not about to sit back and say “Good enough!”  That’s why we’ll keep tweaking our Days and trying to find a good balance between being structured and spontaneous, between being productive and getting burnt out.  I’ll keep trying to get up early and Dash will keep interrupting my sleep.

Whatever life and the Polar Vortex throws at us, we’ll be here, just trying to make each day better than the last.

Thanks for visiting and hearing about our Homeschool Day in the Life!  Don’t forget to visit Simple Homeschool and see what everyone else is up to!

Talk to you soon,

Jennifer

 

 

Comments

  1. Sounds like you’re doing pretty well for a house of chaos. Keep it up. The nice thing about homeschooling is that you CAN make adjustments for super early/late night things that come up. Keep on keepin’ on. You’re doing great.

  2. It’s hard to pay attention to books when it’s snowing outside, but I like your schedule. You are doing great.

  3. Awesome post! My little boy sure misses the snow! (We’re in sunny Peru.) You’re a fun mom.

    • Thanks, Camie! The boys have been excited about the snow, but I am so over it! I am dying for summer to come, so we can complain about how hot it is again, lol. Peru sounds beautiful! 🙂

  4. Funny, I don’t get as many “YES, mom!” replies as I’d like either. Thank you for the post. We truly have snow envy here. We are surrounded by it but haven’t had anything this year. Enjoy!

    • Yes, my kids definitely got their wish! I think this year is the first time they’ve got to play in snow in 3 years, and we’ve had it twice. I need to invest in a sled, as soon as I do I’m sure we won’t get any more for another 5 years, lol!

  5. We are newbies to homeschooling, only a week in!! There are also three littles here. Love that your just looking for that balance between living and enjoying life and making sure they get the basics! We are right here with you! Keep up the great work, beauty is always found in the small things 🙂

    • First week, that’s so exciting! I hope you end up finding as much joy in it as we have here. I really think homeschooling is the best thing we ever did and I only wish we’d done it from the beginning. If you popped through from Simple Homeschool, I know you are finding some great resources. It was there that I found out about TJED which was just what we needed. Enjoy this special time with your littles! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Mallory!

  6. We found lots of reasons to be out in the big snow. It is all learning! Thanks for sharing your day.
    Blessings, Dawn

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