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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?
Other posts in the 2013-14 “Not Back to School” Series:
- Aslan’s Academy Curriculum Choices for 2013-14
- Aslan’s Academy: Our Homeschool Room 2013-14
- Aslan’s Academy: Student Photos 2013-14
This post and many more are linked with iHomeschool Network’s Not Back-to-School Blog Hop. Be sure to check out all the great student photos, and link your own!
I’m planning to attend Teach Them Diligently Convention in 2014! Find a location near you and save the date!
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