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This is a guest post by Kristie from Family, Home and Health.
Have you ever wondered what homeschoolers do everyday? Let me show you an average homeschool day for us.
First let me explain that we are more relaxed homeschoolers. We believe academics are important, but we also believe in helping our children to be thinkers. I don’t want my children to simply memorize answers for a test only to forget about them next month. I want them to think about the people in history and the dilemmas they faced. I make it a priority to discuss subjects that my children are thinking on. If they wonder how Corrie Ten Boom survived in a concentration camp then we talk about that right then. (Of course occasionally there isn’t time for this, but on the whole it is a priority in our house to discuss important things).
I also believe my children will remember the loving warm atmosphere of our home and family more than they will remember what we studied for history in 4th grade. I am intentional about creating a good atmosphere for my children. And that takes time (and a relaxed mom-which means taking care of me as well).
Because I take time for discussions and to work on the atmosphere, our “school day” looks a little different than some other homeschoolers. And that is alright. Each family must find their own path. But I do enjoy our relaxed days and my kids are learning lots! Here is what an average day can look like for us.
A Random Homeschool Day at Our House
- First we do chores. Once the house is at the point that we can walk around and there isn’t any food out :), we go for a walk. We talk about the recently harvested corn. We examine a corn cob, and discuss how Laura Ingalls had a corn cob doll. We pick various flowers and weeds from the ditch bank. When we come back in we make this arrangement.
- When we are ready for bookwork I read from a children’s Bible while my younger daughter colors a Bible picture. (My oldest daughter works independently.)
- Then I do some math with my younger daughter in her Singapore math book. We do math until I think we are done :). Which means between 1-5 pages depending on how hard or time consuming the pages are.
- We work on some phonics and reading. I have her write a sentence or two from one of our easy reader books. Or she copies from her Printing with Pictures book. For history I read to her from North American Indians. She really likes this book by the way! We stop reading history when a) she starts getting too distracted or b) one of us gets too hungry. 🙂
That is what our beautiful relaxed homeschool day looks like! I want you to know that your homeschool day may look completely different. It is important to take your own personality as well as your childrens’ personality into account when planning your homeschool days. So, if your current homeschooling is working for you keep doing what you are doing! But if you are really struggling trying to fit in lots of “school”, than you may want to consider being a relaxed homeschooler.
I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments please comment below!
Kristie has had the privilege to be a stay at home wife (and then mom) for 18 years. Homeschooling became a passion for her after she was blessed with her first daughter. Kristie is often in the kitchen making family-approved, allergy-friendly meals – unless she’s busy researching her next health topic or homeschooling! You can connect with Kristie at her Facebook page. Or check out her latest posts at Family, Home, and Health – Regaining health, Joyful Homeschooling and Homemaking, Frugal Living, and Allergy Free Cooking, or her latest pins on her Pinterest page.
This Post Has 9 Comments
Kristy10 Feb 2015
I don’t homeschool, but the part that you wrote about doing chores first resonated with me. We do chores. It’s part of how we bless each other and our home.
Some friends have criticized me for it, and it makes me sad. My kids know how to work as a team with mom and dad, know how to build a home together rather than just a house, and are cheerful and kind when doing chores. That’s a gift that they will bring into their adults lives.
School is important. But it is not the most important thing.
Paula10 Feb 2015
I just wanted to tell you how much this post meant to me. I often hear friends talking about an 8 hour homeschool day, and yes, her kids are “above grade level” but my son is highly gifted and really does much better when our days look like yours. You’re the first person I’ve heard of who doesn’t try to make homeschooling like class room school. Today I needed a little affirmation that we’re doing okay. Thank you!
Kristy Howard10 Feb 2015
Kristie, I have learned to be a pretty relaxed homeschooling mom, although that still takes some effort on my part since I’m pretty rigid by nature.
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Kara11 Feb 2015
This beautiful and all, and I am glad you can enjoy your children this way. But all I have to say is, you need a boy or three, and then tell me how to have a “beautiful, relaxed” day…
HLC12 Feb 2015
You don’t have a screaming toddler under foot, do you? 😉 Or an athletic little boy who jumps from couch-to-couch and tries to perform dangerous gymnastics stunts off the windowsill while another child is reading to you? Still, I congratulate you and look forward to the beautiful-relaxed days to come!
Christina Strickland17 Feb 2015
Looks like yours is a really relaxed homeschool day to me, but I can also imagine that there’ll always be those little distractions in between. 🙂
Claudia5 Aug 2015
I’m sooo glad I found this post! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It’s just what I needed to hear! We are planning on homeschooling too. My oldest is only 4, so she is not school age yet, but I have already started worrying about it. You make it sound so easy and enjoyable! That’s the way I wanna do it too!
Tauna5 Aug 2015
I am so glad to hear it Claudia! 🙂 Glad you could find encouragement here.
Kathleen Justice19 Aug 2015
Thanks for a peak into your day. we are relaxed homeschoolers too.