Ever wonder what homeschool families do all day? Here’s a peek into a typical homeschool day at Aslan’s Academy:
5:50 – 6:30* BookGirl gets up somewhere in this window of time, gets dressed, and heads to our school room. By the time everyone else has their eyes open, she’s already worked her way through at least two subjects. Occasionally, she comes to our room to ask me a question, but she usually works on her own, which is just the way she likes it. My husband is usually up too. He starts getting ready for work.
7:00 – 7:30 Princess Roo and I usually get out of bed during this time frame. I’m usually awake long before I get up. On most days I pray and read some devotionals before my feet hit the floor. Occasionally, Roo sleeps later, especially if she’s really tired or not feeling well. If that’s the case, we just carry on until she gets up.
7:30 – 8:30 All of us eat breakfast and try to get ready for the day. DH leaves for work. Princess Roo usually creates art work during this time. It’s relaxing for her and helps to get her focused and ready to learn.
9:00 – 12:00 We get some serious work done. I usually start with a reminder of the virtue (character trait) we’re working on and reviewing the memory verse that relates to it. I work with both girls individually on their math, language arts, and reading. Although BookGirl does a lot of her work independently, I go over all of her lessons with her each day and help her make corrections, reteaching as necessary. If possible, we go ahead and start on our science and social studies activities for the day, as well as any art or music I have planned. Those are classes that we all work on together.
12:00 – 1:00 Unless DH has a lunch meeting for work, we eat lunch together as a family.
1:00 – 2:00 We finish up whatever we didn’t get to before lunch.
2:00 – 5:00 This time slot depends on the day. Sometimes we run errands. Other times we stay at home, which means the girls get to read and watch some TV, I try to get some writing done, and we do laundry and prepare supper. Other days we schedule playdates for mid-afternoon. This is when we usually get P. E. in too. Occasionally, I find that the student becomes the teacher during this “free” time, and BookGirl teaches Princess Roo about _____. (Last week it was insects.)
5:00 – 7:00 We eat supper as a family. This is followed by having the kids get ready for bed, finishing up laundry, and cleaning up the kitchen.
7:00 – 8:30 We have a family devotional time and read aloud to the kids. This is when we do our Grapevine Studies like the Esther study we’re wrapping up now. We also use various devotional books and occasionally read books like Battlefield of the Mind for Kids. Our read-alouds are all over the map, but here are some of our favorite read-aloud books for the past year or so.
8:30 It’s bedtime for the kids and time for DH and me to wrap things up (more laundry or kitchen clean-up, read, watch TV) so we can go to bed around 10:30 (in a perfect world).
Now, lest you think all our days run this smoothly, let me list other activities that are part of Aslan’s Academy. We have to work around all of this as we plan our weekly schedule, and this is why we usually average almost 190 days each school year!
- Once a week, Princess Roo has occupational therapy for 45 minutes.
- Every other week, Princess Roo has counseling for 45 minutes.
- An average of once a month, Roo has an out-of-town specialist appointment. (Some months we have as many as three.)
- Both girls take dance lessons one evening a week and are involved in AWANA and Kidz Choir at church.
- Both girls are involved in our local homeschool group’s choir, which meets during our monthly meeting.
- Princess Roo will most likely have horseback riding therapy one evening a week this school year.
- We take field trips!
*All times are approximate.
What does a “day-in-the-life” look like at your house?
Other posts in the “‘Not’ Back to School” series:
- Aslan’s Academy – “Not” Back to School Photos
- Aslan’s Academy – Our Homeschool Room!
- Aslan’s Academy Homeschool Curriculum 2012-13
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