A Day in the Life of an Eclectic Homeschool

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Today, Vicki is giving us a peek into her home and sharing what a homeschooling day with her 5th, 4th and 2nd graders {and an 18 month old} looks like.

A Day in the Life of an Eclectic Homeschool

Our homeschool is eclectic. We use a variety of curricula for our 5th, 4th, and 2nd graders. We are going through a season of change in our homeschool, as well. But I have already written about that.

Today, I am going to share a day in our life. As I share my day, please remember we are a work in progress and few days actually look the same. This is the day we aim for.

5:10 a.m.

My alarm goes off and I usually snooze it a few times (honesty is good, right?). I spend some time reading my Bible and praying. Then I hop (stumble?) downstairs and start my blog/computer work for the day. I work until my 18 month old gets up, which varies greatly.

7:40 a.m.

My kids are to be up by 7:40 a.m. to give them time to get their morning routines finished on time. This includes getting ready for the day, eating breakfast, and a quick pick up of their house area of the day.

9:00 a.m.

Our daily screen free time starts. Kids start their independent work and I get ready for the day. I have my breakfast, if I haven’t already. I also get the 18 month old settled for our group work time. If I’m really on top of things, I toss in a load of laundry at this point.

10:00 a.m.

It’s group work time! This includes Bible, science, history, and read alouds currently. Though our productivity at this point seems spotty at best.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch prep. I am realizing the need to streamline our meals more, but right now lunch ranges from simple sandwiches to leftovers to veggies, fruit, and dip (known around here as monkey platters). My kitchen helper helps me while the other two feed their animals, work on their designated areas, or finish up schoolwork.

1:00 p.m.

The 18 month old goes down for a nap, which means quiet, indoor or outside playtime for the older kids. I do some housekeeping type work like switching laundry loads, starting the dishwasher, or sweeping a floor.

2:00 p.m.

While the kids nap or play, I work. The 18 month old is not napping very well lately. Some days he naps for a few hours and I get a lot of work done. Other days he’s down for 30-45 minutes and I don’t. Sometimes this is when we have playdates, run errands, or do household projects like getting ready for a yard sale.

4:30 p.m.

Dinner prep should start now. Note the should and see the next point…

6:00 p.m.

Dinner time. Though this gets pushed back more often than I’d like to admit.

7:30 p.m.

Kids clean up, shower, and generally get ready for bed. All on their own, all that nagging from me is in your imagination…sigh.

8:30 p.m.

This is our children’s bedtime. One or both of us pray over each child and kiss/hug/tickle (Daddy…) them goodnight.

Those are the times I aim for each day. Daily we also have laundry that needs folded and put away; diapers that need changed; messes that need cleaned up; and tantrums/emergencies that need dealt with. Weekly I also have menu planning and grocery shopping; bill paying; and 1-2 days each week I watch an extra kid or two.

See how I can easily get off track?

Life is chaotic, often messy, and sometimes stressful, but it’s mine. I am thankful that God fills my days with blessings, including plenty of opportunities to get over myself. 😉

Vicki Arnold is the blessed wife of Andrew and homeschooling mama of four awesome kids. She writes about homeschooling, loves doing giveaways, and rounds up free sewing tutorials on her blog, the Vicki Arnold blog. She is currently working with a great team of writers to launch The Library Adventure later this month.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Oh yeah, my day is as hectic as yours. The funny thing is when I’m at work it’s the only time I feel like I’m calmly able to do a task. Getting home to school the kids I’m contstanly running. Somedays we get off track but hey, that’s life 😀

  2. Oh, Nita, I hear you! I’m learning to accept that life doesn’t go as planned most of the time. 🙂

  3. Hi, visiting your blog from the Let’s Homeschool High School blogroll. I love that you have a schedule, even if you deviate from it on occasion. At least you have an idea how you want the day to go! I homeschool an only child. She is just beginning some high school work. Two days a week we are pretty structured because she goes to co-op classes on one day, and on the other she attends 3 hours of concert choir practice. The other 3 days I just push hard enough to get her to do enough school to make up for the two “out of house” days! Anyway, I do admire the schedule. Happy homeschooling!

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