Asking what our typical day is like is not an easy question to answer, but I’ll do my best. Keep in mind that just because this is how our family chooses to do things doesn’t mean it will work for you and your family. Part of the beauty of homeschooling is being able to adapt to whatever works best for your children.
Here goes, the typical daily schedule:
7:30 morning chores (make bed, brush teeth, etc.)
8:00 pledge, prayer & Bible story
8:30 handwriting & spelling
9:45 Math (written portion)
10:00 outside time
10:30 Music, Art or Spanish – depends on which day of the week it is
11:00 Math games (manipulatives, flash cards, etc.)
11:30 Science or Social Studies – depends on which day of the week it is
1:00 Reading lesson & practice
1:30 – 3:00 quiet time – playing in their rooms or playing computer games quietly, occasionally we’ll watch a movie together during this time
3:00 outside time
4:00 free time
6:00 evening chores, clean-up
7:00 Reading practice (either using Raz-Kids.com or reading a book aloud)
7:30 bedtime (often it’s past 8pm before we turn out the lights, but technically 7:30 is their bedtime….)
You may be wondering why I included our whole day and not just the school portion of our day. Well I think it’s important to see the whole picture to understand how we can re-arrange our day when life happens. Sometimes we will have morning doctor appointments or some other commitment so our schedule has to be adjusted. This is a very flexible schedule so that any of the subjects could be flip-flopped with another one if needed. Since any written schoolwork is a huge chore for our first grader I have scheduled all the written work to be done very early in the day.
Once a week our children attend co-op classes with other homeschooled children through Evergreen Christian Academy. We meet at a local church and though there are many, many different classes to choose from, our children are currently taking a Health/PE class and Beginner Legos. The co-op Health/PE class has been extremely beneficial since it’s very difficult to play freeze tag, kick ball and a wide assortment of other group games with just three of us.
On top of all these things we make a weekly trip to the library to check out educational dvds, books for fun, and books for learning. I usually add a stop at the local feed supply store to this trip as well since it’s on the route. This takes a good 45 minutes out of our day once a week, but what we miss out on during the late morning we can easily make up for in the afternoon. All-in-all they are learning, and I feel it’s more important that they experience life than to stick to a really strict schedule.