• Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschoole

    by Published on 10-09-2013 12:48 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....Aandwsmom ! She has been homeschooling 5+ years, is a homeschooling Mom of 2 teens and Daycare Mom of 5 toddler/preschoolers and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    Rise and shine, it is crazy time!
    • 5am Up with the husband, feed the dogs, cat and get him ready and out the door by 6am.
    • 6am: Load up the dishwasher with load #1(countertop portable as we have a tiny, old home), toss a load of clothes in washer, start picking up from evening before because in 2 hours.... daycare kids start showing up. A tiny house of 2 teen boys and a husband plus 3-4 toddler/preschoolers running around during the day makes for constant mess it seems. Tidy up the toy shelves, return things to their rightful spots, note the chalk is low and/or missing from the chalkboard-AGAIN. Decide what today's preschool agenda will be while I wipe down all surfaces and sanitize them from the lovely cooties kids carry and smear everywhere!
    • 7am: Shower, dress, toss clothes into dryer, next load of dishes, vacuum whole house except boys room as they are still sleeping. And yes, they can and will sleep through vacuum running. Check to make sure their schoolwork schedule is out for them, as most of their work is independent.
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    by Published on 09-18-2013 05:29 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....playmisty4me! She has been homeschooling for 4 years, is Mom to two kids and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....

    I get up before my kids, about 6:30, to have a cup of coffee and check my email. I get together any lessons for the day. The kids get up and fix themselves breakfast most days. Sometimes I'll cook if I am feeling it.

    All our days are different. We try to do our schoolwork before lunch every day, though. I have a fourth grader and a first grader. We do math and language arts and handwriting at the dinner table. We do science, history, geography, art, Latin and music together on various days.
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    by Published on 09-02-2013 06:24 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....MistyDixon! She is has been homeschooling for 3 years, is Mom to three kids and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    My day begins a peaceful, quiet hour before my kids wake. I rise at 7:30 with the intention of working out, but I usually just drink coffee and check the news. I start cooking breakfast around 8:15, which easily rouses my eldest son, the bottomless-teenage-pit. I then open the blinds in my daughter's room, garnering a hilarious, vampiresque response. My 3 year old is awakened by the noises from across the hall, and we all stagger to the breakfast table. My husband passes through for a few kisses and a bite or two (of breakfast, you dirty birds), on his way out the door.
    The kids wash up and get dressed, as I unload the dishwasher and feed the pets. School officially starts at 9am, but it's almost always closer to 9:15 by the time we all make it to the classroom. Then, on good days, it looks like this:

    9 (or whatever)- 10:45
    9th grader-Algebra, then Earth Science
    4th grader-Spelling, Language Arts, then Science
    preschooler- ABCmouse.com then coloring or play dough

    15 minute recess/morning snack

    11-12:30
    9th grader-Literature, then Civics
    4th grader-Math, then Social Studies
    preschooler-puzzles, blocks, active play, counting, matching games (the list goes on, basically whatever he's "feeling" that day) ...
    by Published on 07-31-2013 01:44 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....CarolJ154 ! She has been homeschooling 5 years, is a homeschooling Grandma of 1 and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    Our day begins at 8, yes 8! I love the fact that with homeschooling I don't have to get up at 5:30 to scoot off my grand daughter, Leigha to the bus that arrives at 6:30 am! What a ridiculous hour for children to be sitting on a bus for an hour!

    Leigha likes to relax a bit before starting school and I agree completely! As I sip my coffee she drinks her chocolate milk!

    We start school at 9 am and eat our breakfast at the table in our pajamas. Don't you just LOVE wearing pajamas to school? I certainly do.

    I usually start her with Spelling since it's one of her favorite subjects. Then on to language arts, writing, art, science and math. We are using Teaching Textbooks. I highly recommend it for the struggling math student. Leigha isn't struggling anymore!

    By the time we complete all our lessons it's noon and time for lunch. I found that Leigha is done with school at this time. As a matter of fact, so am I!
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    by Published on 05-24-2013 01:17 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....crunchynerd ! She is has been homeschooling 4 years or so, is Mom to several children and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    With the disclaimer in place that there is no average day, it makes sense to outline the changes the seasons have made, and then give a description each of two very different days, because some days look so full of accomplishment, and others look so lazy, that it's necessary to present both types, in order to be realistic.

    First of all, the seasons have an impact on our daily lives. Last summer, the kids loved spending most of the day except when it was too hot out, riding bikes and hanging out with their neighbor friends who were free for the summer. In summer, we also garden and walk to the park, and during heatwaves, we take shelter indoors with a portable AC that cools 1 room adequately, and do sedentary things, or go air-conditioned places, or the community pool, to get by.

    Now it is the Back End of Winter in the Howling Northeast, and we are coming out of a spell of voluntary hibernation. Without my quite meaning for it to happen, we had a couple of weeks' hiatus from lessons over the holidays, and I have found that my daughter's ability and willingness to focus on the lessons really benefits from periodic breaks of a few days. If she does it every day, even for just a short while, she gets bogged down and progress grinds to a halt.

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