Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Day in the Life of Our Home School

A Day in the Life

Since we got an early start on our school year, we have found our groove.  I do have a teaching schedule for all the days.... oops, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Our day begins....

  7:30 am     wake up and hit the shower (to help me wake up!)
  8:00 am     teenagers start waking up and having breakfast
  8:30 am     begin laundry, bread baking, crock pot, etc.
                    morning chores are done
  8:45 am     darling daughter hits the floor ... s l o w l y!
  9:00 am     begin school... See Below

** I have chosen to take a new direction on the when and how of teaching. Since I am home schooling 4 high schoolers, I am 'teaching' only 1-2 subjects a day. During the class time, they are given their school assignments for the week. Here are my teaching days and times -

    9:00-10:00 am      Physical Science with labs
  10:00-10:30 am      Grammar/Vocabulary (Michael/Shelby)
  10:30-10:45 am      Break time!
  10:45-11:00 am      Grammar/Vocabulary (Matt/Melissa)

    9:00 - 9:45 am      Intro to Literature (Michael)
    9:45-10:30 am      Health (Matt/Melissa)

    9:00-10:30 am      Creative Writing (Michael/Shelby)
    1:00-  2:30 pm      Art History (outside class)

    8:00-10:00 am      Chemistry @ Hilger's (Matt/Melissa)
    8:30 - 9:30 am      World Geography (Michael)

    9:00 -  9:45 am      American Literature (Matt/Melissa/Shelby)
    9:45 -10:30 am      U.S. History (Matt/Melissa)

** Math is completed daily. I work one-on-one with each student needing my help usually after we have completed the designated teaching times above.

My older two are independent learners, so they are excited to have scheduled time to discuss what they are learning. I didn't have the time to do that the last two years. My younger two and I still spend time one-on-one on a daily basis on some of their work. This schedule allows for more in-depth teaching, while allowing the students to become responsible for their assignments. It will also guide the younger two into more independent learning.

Our day continues...

  10:30-10:45 am     Break Time
  10:45-12:00 pm     independent work
  12:00-12:45 pm     lunch
  12:45 - 2:00 pm     independent work
  2:00 - ?                  complete your work and study

Most days the students are completed with their work by 3 PM.  With the addition of Chemistry and Art History this week, the older two students will need more time to complete their studies well.

Since we have all teenagers, their extra-curricular activities occur at night.  Our 16 year old daughter, Melissa,  plays 2 different varsity sports (soccer and basketball).  Matthew performs in 2 different community theaters, and Michael is active in Boy Scouts.  Here is what our evenings look like!

Our night continues...

Monday night:  6:30-8:30 pm   Soccer practice or games
                         7:00-9:00 pm   Community Theater practice

Tuesday night:  6:30-8:30 pm   Soccer practice or games
                         7:00-8:15 pm   Boy Scouts
                         7:00-9:00 pm   Community Theater practice

Wednesday:      7:00-8:30 pm   Church Youth Group

Thursday:         6:30-8:30 pm    Soccer practice or games

                         7:00-9:00 pm    Community Theater practice

Friday:              6:00-10:00 pm  Theater Shows (about every 2 months)
                          6:00 - 8:00 pm  Soccer Games


(Sorry there are no pictures, I forgot our camera needs batteries!  When I get them, I will add pics.)

This post is linked to Heart of the Matter Online - A Day in the Life.


  1. Looks like a great plan. Thanks for putting the homeschool id on your sidebar. I've heard of it but couldn't find a link anywhere- thanks. :)

  2. Great "Day in the Life"! Homeschoolers have so much fun and are so creative :) I like your teaching plan.

    Thanks for sharing and have a very enjoyable 2010-2011 school year!

  3. Sounds like your days are very full, but also very fun!

  4. What a great plan. You are very organized. I like how you stay home so much during the day. I wish I could do that.

  5. Dawn--- We've learned the hard way that the only way to do homeschool well, is to be home. I worked part-time for 4.5 years and it worked. I now am needed to chauffeur my teens to their activities and classes. Make your school day work for you! Ellen

  6. it looks like you have a very well planned out day! 4 high schoolers! :) lol love it!

  7. Dawn--- we to your blog but it wouldn't let me post a comment. When my kids were younger, I had 2 in speech and OT therapy. Keep your eyes on how well the therapies are working and realize that one day, you will turn around, and be amazed at how far your kids have come!

  8. I am a homeschool aunt and grandma. All the children are under the age of 8yrs. Both my sister and daughter are doing great job but I worry about the "HIGH SCHOOL" years. Four high schoolers at once has given me hope. God bless you and your four high schoolers. Thanks for the post. :)

  9. from HipHomeschoolHop
    Hi. I'm homeschooling 3 teens, too. (I don't call them that to their faces though)
    I had bronchitis most of August and am still trying to get into a groove.


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