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    by Published on 03-15-2019 01:04 PM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler" 2019 Version! We are featuring a day in the life of....
    Aandwsmom, our Site Admin ! She has been homeschooling 11+ years now, is a homeschooling Mom of 2 young adults and Daycare Mom of 4 toddler/preschoolers, lives in Portland and has an urban farm with lots of critters….and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool....



    So, 6 years later(in case you read my previous DITL) and it is still crazy time at my house! Boys are grown up, still living at home, still doing online school…. Though it is college now. One has a full time job, the other is actively searching. Hang on, you are in for a wild ride!

    • 5:45am Up with the husband, feed the dogs, cat and get him ready and out the door by 6am.
    • 6am: Debate on crashing back to bed for an hour OR tackling dishes, laundry, etc. Youngest son has a job and often works until LATE at night. I refuse to let him ride the bus at that time of night(very sketchy). He gets to sleep in, but Mom has to be up for daycare kids so this is often a hard sell on what trumps what, more sleep for me or chores. Sleep often wins. This Mom gets crabby on less than 6 hours.
    • 7am: Much needed coffee, toss in dishes, laundry if I didn’t before. Check emails, online work, post the first social share of the day and head for the shower by 7:30am.
    • 8am: I am open for business and the boys are still sleeping. Lucky bums!
    • 8:30-9:30: All 3 kids show up during this time approximately. All hungry and ready for another day at my house! TV is on something educational for 30 minutes, breakfast is prepared and served. The boys are still sleeping….Zzzzzzz Somehow they can through all the chaos, I have a toddler that screams. A LOT
    • 10am: The zombies have awoken. This is the rule now. Unless you have to be up earlier for work, you MUST be up by 10am. This gives them time to be on a somewhat normal schedule and have time for their day. They collect their computers and return to the quiet haven of their room to check their emails, do some schooling and connect with homeschooling friends. The daycare kids are free playing as I have a mixed age group right now.
    • 11am: 1st lunch prep of the day. Daycare kiddos need to be sitting down to eat by 11:30 and I make a full lunch of 1 protein, 1 grain, 1 vegetable and 1 fruit and most of the time, it is a hot lunch. Sit them down, lunch is served. I no longer make the boys lunch! Well, that is not 100% true. About once a week, I make a hot lunch for all 3 of us so that youngest has leftovers for work. Otherwise, I list off what is in the fridge available to them for lunch.
    • 12-3pm: Daycare naptime(thank goodness as they were WILD today!). Check in on boys school. Boys will be boys and I still need to play Mom. If youngest needs to leave soon, I keep him on track. Though, he is very good about knowing his schedule and being on time. Another load of dishes in the dishwasher, dogs out, lunch scraps to the chickens and I get to sit for a few minutes and check emails, Facebook, eat my lunch and watch something on the DVR. Boys know to ask for help they need it...otherwise, let Mom chill for a few.
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    Published on 10-06-2015 08:54 AM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler" Fall 2015 edition! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....ondreeuh ! She has been homeschooling 6+ years, is a Homeschooling Mom of 2 and College Mom of 1 and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....

    I have a 2-for-1 -- between the two consecutive days, this is a pretty good picture of how our days go.

    DAY 1 6:45– wake up to sound of boys arguing in the playroom below my bedroom. I have no need of an alarm clock.Make them breakfast, pass out meds, and distract punky 2nd grader by hiring for the job of vacuuming the stairs. Pay him $1. Feed dogs, take them outside, etc.Drink coffee, check email until 2nd grader drives me nuts with attention-seeking behavior. I swear I would pay good money for a Ritalin nose spray.8:00 -- Convince him to play Qwirkle with me, with the caveat that we can quit if he doesn’t like it after a fair try. He does fine, but we don’t keep score to keep the drama down.Start math with 2nd grader (cumulative review), he falls apart when he doesn’t understand how they want him to write down every intermediate step in long-form multiplication when he can do it swiftly. I bring him to the couch and scribe for him to get him through that part. He finishes up on his own and does his Math Minute easily.Send 2nd grader off to a break (finish Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle) while I correct 8th grader’s Math Minute, finish the history reading (French and Indian War), and correct his math (proportions) and science (work).Quiz 2nd grader on his spelling words (100%!) and introduce the new composition assignment (compare/contrast essay about audiobooks
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    by Published on 06-01-2015 12:44 PM
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    The full discussion thread for this post can be found here.

    When you hear the word gifted, what immediately pops into your head? Do you think of the straight-A student? Or, a musical prodigy? A prolific artist? A pint-sized mathematician? Do you assume that everything comes easily to a gifted child? That he has a leg-up over his peers? Do you envision his mom as a tiger mom, hot-housing him from sun up ‘til sun down? Do you imagine his parents are the pushy, competitive type?

    My 7-year-old son, Leo, is twice-exceptional; he is profoundly gifted and learning disabled. As his mom, I’m forever frustrated by the gifted label. The label makes you think that gifted is neat and clean, as it conjures images of beautifully wrapped presents with neatly tied bows. That’s far from my reality, folks. I love my son more than words could ever express but this journey has been anything but a neatly wrapped package. Instead, I’d liken it to a wild, white-knuckled, roller coaster ride. It has been messy, and loud, and fraught with various concerns. Why? Two words: asynchronous development.

    A better definition of giftedness: giftedness as asynchrony


    The current gifted label carries with it many misconceptions and assumptions. The reality is, the social and emotional functioning of gifted children is largely ignored by the general public. I’d like to share my favorite definition of giftedness, and it is a stark contrast to that neatly wrapped present:

    Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991).

    What is asynchronous development?


    While most children develop in a relatively uniform pattern, gifted children are asynchronous in their development, and the more gifted the child, the more asynchronous that child may be. Do you want to know which children are the most asynchronous of all? The twice-exceptional children, those children who are both gifted and learning disabled. Children like Leo.

    Many ages at once

    It is often said that gifted children are “many ages at once”, they are quite literally out-of-sync. So, what does that look like, exactly?

    Well, let’s take a look at my little guy:


    This photo kinda sums him up, folks!

    Chronologically, Leo is 7-years-old. And he looks like your typical 7-year-old, but we all know that looks can be deceiving. We had Leo assessed last year and results indicated that his cognitive skills are above the 99.9th percentile across the board. That means that, intellectually, Leo is functioning at a level more than twice his chronological age. Socially and emotionally, however, he functions like that of a 5- or 6-year-old. In one moment, Leo can be extremely poised and mature, and in the next moment he can dissolve into a mushy mess of a boy. Just think about that for a second, folks. Can you imagine the frustration he must feel? His mind - his cognitive functioning- is like that of a teenager and yet those thoughts are housed in a 7-year-old body, a body with 7-year-old emotions. ...
    Published on 10-11-2014 08:36 PM
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    This week we are featuring a day in the life of SHS member....Jazz! She has been homeschooling for 6 years and is Mom to 2 kiddos and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    Here’s a typical day for us with two working parents who own a design business together, a fifth grade dancer daughter, and a first grade Lego-loving son. We use a Waldorf-inspired schedule.

    Wake Up:
    Small Boy usually wakes up early and climbs in to snuggle with mom and dad for a while. Eventually he announces that he’s hungry and I get up too. Small Boy and I get dressed and make breakfast while my husband makes coffee and attempts to wake up our daughter. By the time the other 3/4 of ...
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