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(Editor’s Note: This week we welcome the Schwartz family to Tuesdays at Our House. We love to read about what homeschooling looks like in other homes. It’s the best way to see the variety of styles and “flavors” of homeschool! If you’d like to share a typical homeschool day with us, please send an email to Tuesdays@thehomewriter.com.)
I like to let everyone ease into their mornings (it works best for all of us) because this suits our differing personalities. The twins (6-years-old, 1st grade) like to get up and get going. My older child (10-years-old, 4th grade) likes to sleep in and have a slow, relaxed start. (His favorite way to get started is by having me read aloud to him.) I enjoy having morning coffee and time for emails, so this laid back approach works for all of us.
Our official homeschool time typically begins around 9:30. The twins like to get up and have breakfast around 8:00. After that, they start on their math, spelling, or phonics (independent) work. The oldest child gets woken around 9:00-9:30. He starts independent work around 10:00 after he finishes breakfast.
By 10:30, everyone is in the schoolroom. I help Sam and Trinity (the twins) with any questions they have and review their completed daily lessons. Peyton organizes all his independent work while I read aloud for a couple of chapters from whatever book we’re currently reading.
We use My Father’s World (MFW), so we dive right in together with our Bible lessons, History and Science. We take as long as needed and usually stop for lunch around 12:30. Anything left unfinished will get completed after lunch. The kids love MFW, so this is always our favorite part of the day.
Everyone has a mandatory 20-minute reading time that is required each day before any electronics are allowed. Typically, this takes place mid-afternoon. The kids enjoy this for the most part, and will often read longer. Sometimes they even listen to a book on CD in their rooms for hours while they play.
Most days, even when we start at 10:30 or 11:00 AM, we finish with schoolwork by 2:30-3:00 PM. This leaves plenty of time to run outside and unwind.
On days that Sam needs his allergy injections (we go weekly), we take independent work along if possible. I love using workbooks because I can tear out the day’s work and take it along wherever we go. We try to get to the allergy clinic by 1:00 PM because we must sit there after the injection for at least 30 minutes. If he has a reaction during that time–and he has–it can cause us to spend over 2 hours there. I am always grateful to have the kids’ work, NOOK, and Kindle with me. The kids have their book bags, too; we usually stop at the Library since we are already out and about.
These “shot” days often cause the MFW part of our school day not to get done. Thankfully, the program is set up for a Monday-Thursday week, with Fridays off. This modified set-up gives us the flexibility to move everything over one day without the feeling of falling behind.
How About You?
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