Not Back to School: Day in the Life

This week at the Not Back to School blog hop is day in the life week. This is your chance to see what a day in our homeschool life looks like.

I usually wake up around 6 am so I have a little alone time to work on my own projects and get set up for the day. Danger Girl is usually up around 7:30 herself. She has not yet learned the joys of sleeping in 🙂

Sometime between 8 – 8:30 am we begin our school day with a prayer. I have Danger Girl say a prayer on her own, then I follow up with my own. I really want to teach her the importance of speaking to God on a regular basis. Then it is time for Bible reading and memory verse work. On Monday and Wednesday we do hymn study as well during this worship time. Starting the school day this way really helps set the tone and keep us focused.

After our worship time, we dive right into math. I have found that doing math first thing helps us get through it better as she is still pretty focused at this time. We do our Math Mammoth worksheets through most of the week until Friday when we have a game day (this is Danger Girl’s favorite day). We also occasionally throw in some reading from living books.

After math it is time for Latin on Monday and Wednesday. We listen to the lesson on our Prima Latina CD then practice reading the words she has learned from the workbook.

After Latin we do science. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we read one of our books (right now it is Among the Pond People) and on Tuesday and Thursday we read and do the experiments from Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.

After science we normally have a 15-20 minute break to give Danger Girl a chance to get some of the wiggles out of her. Then it is time for spelling. She copies the spelling words through the week, and on Friday we have a spelling test to see how she is doing with her spelling.

After spelling it is time for either artist study, composer study, poetry study or Shakespeare study depending on what day it is. On Friday we take time to read from the book “If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do” during this time. This seems to be one of her favorites.

Next is history/geography time. We do the lessons from “Joshua-Malachi and Ancient Greece”. This usually includes reading the Bible account or one of our books about Ancient Greece.

Usually around this time we do lunch which also gives Danger Girl another wiggle break.

After lunch it is time for her to read to me, and for us to work on our reading flashcards. On Friday we do game day for reading instead, and she gets to play one of the games from “Happy Phonics” which is another one of her favorites. After she reads, we have our read-aloud time, then school is over and she gets to pursue her own activities for the day.

Occaionally we have a “life skills” day where I have her help me cook or clean. We are also beginning to learn how to sew and Danger Girl wants to learn how to knit as well.

 

So that is what our homeschool day looks like for the most part. I know everyone does things differently, so I look forward to reading about other homeschool parent’s daily schedules.

If you are interested in checking out what other homeschool days look like, check out the Not Back to School Blog Hop and see for yourself. Good luck to all those who are getting started with their school journeys this year!

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4 thoughts on “Not Back to School: Day in the Life

  1. 7 or 7:30…oh that would be a glorious time to wake up! My kids are up at 6 every day. It doesn’t seem to matter if I put them to bed at 7 or 11 🙂 Would love to know how you incorporate hymn study. Is it singing hymns, or is there a book you use?

    1. We have a hymn book that we use to learn the words. I can not read music, so I will find a good version of the song on Rhapsody (one where the music doesn’t drown out the words) to listen to it with the hymn book open for Danger Girl to read the words. I also like to find some information about the origins of the songs to read to her. I also have Danger Girl do copywork with the words from each hymn. I focus mainly on her learning the hymns though. I get my hymn list from Simply Charlotte Mason.

  2. Thanks for sharing your day. We’re unschoolers in Australia and love hearing about other homeschoolers’ lives and meeting them as we travel!

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