Aslan’s Academy: A Typical Homeschool Day 2013-14

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Aslan’s Academy: A Typical Homeschool Day 2013-14

Truth: There is no “typical” day in our homeschool.

There is, however, an ideal day, and then there’s a real day.

The Ideal Homeschool Day

I get up at 5:15 am or so, do Bible study and pray, and get some exercise in before I wake the kids up at 7:00 am. They wake cheerfully and get ready quickly, eating breakfast without a fuss and starting on their lessons immediately afterwards—no later than 8:00 am.

While BookGirl works on reading, language arts, and math independently, I help Princess Roo with those same subjects. BookGirl finishes up about the same time that Princess Roo does, and I correct her lessons while the girls have a morning snack. Then we all settle in for social studies, science, art, and music appreciation together.

If needed, we take a quick lunch break and finish up no later than 1:00 pm. The girls have the afternoon to play, read independently, work on arts and crafts projects, and rest before the evening activities—extracurricular activities, family Bible reading, and household chores. I get work done so that I can spend the evening with my family.

We all get to bed on time so we can get up early the next day to do it all again.

This hardly ever happens.

The Real Homeschool Day

I try to roll out of bed at 5:15 am or thereabouts to do my Bible study, prayer time, and exercise, and most days I make it. The kids are roused around 7:00 am, unless DH and I get busy with our morning routines and forget to wake them. In that case, they get up between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Unless they were up late the night before, and then BookGirl gets to sleep until at least 8:00, and Princess Roo gets up when she gets up.

Getting ready for the day, breakfast, etc., usually happens fairly quickly, and then school begins. BookGirl works independently and I help Princess Roo, and at least once or twice a week we have to take a break—not for a snack but so we can attend a doctor appointment or therapy session. Then we come home and try to get back into the groove. Well, Princess Roo does. BookGirl often takes her books with her and works in the waiting room.

Around lunch, BookGirl is ready for help with corrections, and Princess Roo is mostly finished with reading, math, and language arts. I begin reading science or social studies to them while we eat, and then we do some of the hands-on activities after lunch.

Of course, the phone rings periodically, and I have to stop and answer it. Sometimes it’s the infusion company wanting to discuss a shipment of Princess Roo’s infusion medication. Sometimes it’s my husband checking in from work. Occasionally, it’s a specialist’s office calling with changes to Princess Roo’s medications—changes that will help her days to run more smoothly. Often, my mom checks on us to see what kind of day we’re having. Sometimes it’s a friend with a question or a need to chat. I try to be careful about answering the phone while we’re doing school, but sometimes I pick it up when I shouldn’t. I also have days when I check my phone every time the text message notification goes off. *sigh*

Sometime after lunch, usually around 2:00, although sometimes as late as 3:00, we are done with school for the day. We may or may not have accomplished all of the art and music I wanted to do, but I turn the kids loose to play, do arts and crafts, read, or *gasp* watch TV.

Then I check email and voicemail and do my work as an AVON District Assistant, which usually involves lots of emailing and phone calls. Sometimes we have errands to run, AVON deliveries to make, or a playdate to attend. Then my DA work gets pushed back further.

At night, after a family meal and Bible study time, I can finally settle in to blog and social media work. Except often I’m too tired to type anything that makes sense, so it gets pushed to the next day. I vow to go to bed early so I can get up early with enough hours of sleep under my belt, but I end up going to bed at least an hour later than I planned.

The alarm goes off at 5:15 am anyway.

Occasionally, the ideal day happens, but more often than not, life does.

What does your typical homeschool day look like?

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24 Responses to Aslan’s Academy: A Typical Homeschool Day 2013-14

  1. Nita says:

    You schedule sounds efficient. I’d love it if I could start school that early. I’m usually at work at 5am, so we actually don’t start school til around 2pm. And I usually have to throw the pre-prepped dinner in the oven while my kids do their online and DVD based school. That runs about 3.5 hrs then it’s off to sports practices. Sometimes we even end up finishing up from 9pm-10pm at night. Luckily for me my kids are nigh owls.

  2. Michele says:

    Thank you for such honesty! It’s refreshing not to read a “our world fits perfectly into 30 minute increments” post. :)

  3. Barbie says:

    Thank you for sharing your homeschooling reality!

  4. Joan says:

    HA!!!! I started reading the ideal day and I was thinking, “Man, what’s she putting IN that coffee of hers?” And then I read on and thought, “Ah, yes, there we are.” Thanks for sharing a real look at your life. :)

    • It’s a good thing I don’t drink coffee, Joan! I would have spit it all over my keyboard when I read your comment! Yes, I’m just keeping it real. There’s already too much self-condemnation going on because we don’t have Pinterest-perfect lives. :)

  5. Jennifer, it’s wonderful that you give the ideal and the real life. I think so many moms compare themselves to someone else’s ideal schedule and feel bad.

    I am amazed that you can do Avon as well as everything else, but your Avon is probably my four extra kids. :-)

  6. Joy says:

    Loved how you started out and then ended it! No two days are alike in our house and the day varies at that! Most of all, your honesty was much needed! It is good to know that others have those days that just don’t go as planned. :) Love you!

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  8. Meleasa says:

    Wow, Jennifer, your reality sounds like mine, except I could never set my alarm for 5:15! Lol Kudos to you for getting some exercise in. You’re doing a great job! Even in the absence of academics our girls are learning some valuable life lessons. :)

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  10. Carmen says:

    Jennifer, you really made me laugh as you described the dichotomy between “perfect” and “real” days at school. I have known you for twenty years, and I know what a diligent, hard-working person you are. I’ve been there with you from the beginning when you first started homeschooling Book Girl. You do a tremendous job. Your girls are thriving and learning, and they are a joy to spend time with; I learn something new every time I’m with them. I know you put a lot of work into your jobs as mother, teacher, wife and friend, and I admire your determination to lean on God and give him the glory.

    The girls are very well rounded and have a ton of opportunities to make friends and experience new things that they just wouldn’t be able to do in a traditional school setting. I see that this is the optimal choice for you kiddos and your family as a whole. You and DH are doing a great job to raise good, Godly human beings. It really is refreshing.

    I hope you and the girls have a wonderful school year with lots of learning, lots of fun and lots of bonding with each other. I support everything you’re doing with them. May God watch over you and protect you and keep you from having to spend so much time on extra things like doctors’ visits.

    Aunt Carmen <3

    • Thank you so much, Carmen! Your comment brought tears to my eyes. We don’t do what we do for accolades, but some confirmation and affirmation is wonderful to hear sometimes—especially from someone who has intimate knowledge of how we run our household! You are such a blessing to us. I look forward to getting together again soon and sharing even more of our learning experiences with you! <3

  11. Carmen says:

    P.S. I love the name of your school! :)

  12. Carmen says:

    You’re welcome. I’m only telling the truth. I think everyone needs to know they’re doing a good job and that they are appreciated. You are all blessings to me, too, and I hope to see you soon. 😉

    I also meant to write this: I know that being a parent is a tremendously difficult job, and I know that being a school teacher (in a regular school or a home school atmosphere) has challenges that not everyone understands (I know from the brief time I was able to teach). To do either or both well is commendable. I want to wish all your readers a happy, successful, wonderful school year. I know your readers have the best intentions in their hearts, and I hope they have great rewards this year. :)

  13. Carmen says:

    Oh, I know where the name originated. Was naming your school a collaborative effort, did the girls do it, or did one person come up with the name? You are all so good at coming up with names for things (pets, articles, projects, schools) that you should go into the publishing business giving names to books. :)

    • I think I suggested it as we finished the series, and the girls readily agreed. My hubby didn’t really care one way or the other, I don’t think.

      I don’t know if we’re that good at naming things, but I used to think that naming shades of nail polish or lipsticks would be a fun job!

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