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After the third graduated, we spent a year at home (no outside classes) with just the two children. We started with Bible, moved into science or history/social studies, and then moved on to math and writing. With only two left at home, we were able to enjoy field trips that year, and visit grandparents whenever we wanted because our school time was our time!
For the past two years, I’ve had one, and then two, at Tech again. After my daughter graduates in six weeks, I will be back down to only one student. But, this time, there will be no younger children vying for my attention as I try to teach reading or multiplication facts. It will be quite different than what I’m used to, but one thing will remain: we will have Bible first every morning.
A typical day at our house starts (after breakfast) with the Bible lesson. I like to start between 8:00 and 8:30 am. If either of my children are ready before I am, they usually begin working on their math assignment. After Bible class we move into history/social studies or science, then psychology and creative writing.
When they’re working independently, I do something simple that I can easily stop, like washing dishes, laundry, or prepping for supper. I keep myself available in case they have a question about something they’re working on. They’re both taking classes at the local technology center this year, so they make lunches and we’re out the door by 11:00 am.
Now that they’re getting older and some have moved out, I find more of the household chores are reverting back to being my responsibility. (Time for a smaller house!) Life is similar to what it was 20 years ago, and yet so different. I am teaching part-time, like when I was only teaching a Kindergartener, but there are no toddlers or babies in the house now. I’m teaching driver’s ed instead of phonics, psychology instead of tying shoes, and we talk about future jobs instead of what time we’re going to the park.
People ask what I will do with all of my free time now that there’s only two left at home. Ha! I’m as busy now as I’ve ever been. Household chores and improvements, yard work (have I mentioned how much I hate yard work?!), errands to run, writing to do. And sprinkled amidst it all are quick messages and texts with my children spread across the country.
Are we the perfect homeschooling family? Hardly. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the journey, but I would not change one single thing. I would do it all over again to gain the relationships I have with my children and they have with each other.
How about you? What’s a typical day at your house look like? Do you look back over the years and see how perfectly homeschooling fits your family? I want to hear about it! Leave a comment, or send me an email with your story!