As some of you know, we are a homeschool family. My kids are 7, 5 and 21 months. Right now I am juggling preschool and 2nd grade. This is our first year. When we first decided to homeschool, I frantically Googled anything I could about homeschooling. What should our routine look like? How many hours a day should I teach? What in the world do I DO? I was most interested in people’s daily schedules, or un-schedules as I have seen, and I wanted to find out what was normal. Turns out there is no such thing, but here is our basic schedule in case you are wondering!
6:30 ~ I’m up and seeing hubby off to work. I make his lunch, we chat for a few minutes and say a quick prayer before he is out the door.
6:40-7:30 ~ I (ahem) try to stay away in between the time my hubby leaves and the kids wake up. Sometimes I fall back to sleep. If I’m awake I’m usually reading or working on a Bible study (someone remind me why I signed up for TWO with homework?!?)
7:30-8:00 ~ Kids are mostly awake and we are having breakfast – I try to rotate through oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, yogurt and cereal.
8:00-8:30~ Getting ready for the day. Everyone is expected to brush hair/teeth (even me), get dressed and put their pajamas away. Little Bruds usually watches an installment of Daniel Tigers Neighborhood during this time. God invented it for my son. Miracles do happen.
8:30-11:00 ~ This is school time. This time is mostly dedicated to my 7 year old getting her schoolwork done. My 5 year old has one preschool lesson 3 days per week, but it is very short.
Here is the order we usually go in:
~ Language Arts/Cursive
~ Read aloud
~ Quiet reading/journaling
11:00 ~ Lunch time
11:30-12:00 ~ This is free time. We sometimes watch a short show together, or play in the baby’s room, etc.
12:00-2:00 ~ Nap/Quiet time. My little guy takes a nap, the big girls get to watch a movie on Netflix.
2:00-2:30 ~ Chores – We don’t have a chore chart or allowance, I just usually make a short list of things that need to be done around the house. Tidy bedrooms, clean bathrooms, organize toys, sweep/mop, vacuum, etc.
2:30 ~ Snack time. This is the motivation to get chores done
3:00 ~ Free play/outside play
4:00 ~ Dad is home and we are hanging out and catching up.
5:00 ~ Dinner time
The rest of the evening is pretty standard, playing, reading, running an errand, baths, etc. The kids start going to bed around 7:30 so that everyone is in bed and asleep by 8 or 8:30!
I hope this helps if you are planning for your homeschooling adventure. If you are just curious, I hope it wasn’t too boring!