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Thursday, March 08, 2012

A Week in the Life of a Homeschooler - Starting With Wednesday

When I began homeschooling I often wondered what the day looked like for other Homeschool families.  "If only I could be a fly on the wall to see how others 'do school,'" I thought.  I'm sure there are many Homeschool parents who have had a thought similar to mine.  If this is you, then these next several posts are written just for you.  For the next five school days, I'm going to give you a glimpse into our family's Homeschool life.

I'll begin with Wednesday, which is one of our shortest days (meaning academically). This is how our day went:

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.:  Older son (5th grader) read two of his literature books

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.:  Children played (Usually they watch T.V.)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.:  Breakfast (This was early for them as they usually don't eat breakfast until 9:00 a.m.)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.:  P.E. (We had a little Xbox fun dancing to the Just Dance 3 video game.)

After we were finished dancing we moved on to our Bible Study which took about 20 minutes.

I then had my five-year-old play some learning games on the iPad while I read a book with my older son.  (Some of the apps my little one likes to play with include Stack the States, Stack the Countries, Teach Me First Grade, Math Bingo, Word Bingo, and Crazy Machines.) 

Once I finished reading Oliver Twist, my older son worked on his typing skills while I worked on reading with my little one.  (We use The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.)

Then while my oldest worked on his math, I worked on math with my little one.

My son loves Teaching Textbooks
I'm using Learn Math Fast System with my little one.
I then read a story to my little one while he built with his Legos.

While my older son spent 15 minutes writing all about why he loves R/C's, and my 5-year-old played some more learning games, I checked my Facebook page and emails.

I then made some lunch for the children and breakfast/lunch for me. (This was one of those days I never got around to eating breakfast.)

We then left our house to go to my older son's ballroom dance lessons.

My little one plays with the toys in the classroom or with other children during this time.

Wednesdays are usually our "errand" days after dance lessons, but since we didn't have any errands and it was unseasonably warm, I decided to take the children to a nearby park for some bird watching (nature study).

Wanting to fly like a bird.

After we left the park, we went to our local library where they have a special Civil War Exhibit for the month of March.

Once we arrived back home (about 4:00 p.m.), my older son finished his reading (a book on India), did his chore, practiced his piano lessons, and ended his "school" day.  We then all went out for a walk with some friends before dinner and Karate lessons. 

Once we arrived home from the lessons, it was time for baths and bed.

That was the end of our Wednesday.

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