Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Day in the Life

I have had a few people ask what our day to day life is like with homeschooling, so I thought I'd post a typical day/week. I admit we are not as organized as some of my friends who homeschool, but we have found a comfortable routine that works for our family.

Monday-Wednesday we go spend a few minutes in Adoration before going to Catechism of the Good Shepherd at St. Patrick's school.

After breakfast, most all the kids start out with Math and then proceed to Language Arts which includes, grammar, spelling, composition, vocabulary, literature, and GUM. They try to have this finished before lunch. We are part of LVS, Lawrence Virtual School an online public school that uses the K-12 classical curriculum. We love K-12 because it's somewhat Catholic in origin, although no religion courses are included, the history is rich with church history and saint stories, also the literature includes stories of the bible. LVS also affords us the ability of homeschooling with the accreditation of a school system. The schedules are online and the daily assessments are as well, so after the kids complete their homework, they log-in and take their assessments and mark their subjects complete.

 Don comes home for lunch everyday and this is break time for the kids. We all eat together as a family.....this is new since moving so close to Don's work and is our favorite feature of our new home. Then it's back to school to finish science, history and anything else they haven't finished. Nap time for Charlie comes at this time also, it's our quiet time and I can pray a little or read to Benny... while holding a sleeping 30 lb toddler...but I wouldn't trade it for the world!! On Mondays, a few of the kids have piano lessons, on Tuesday, voice lessons, Wednesday, Chess, and Fridays Art and Choir. These are in the afternoon except for piano, so it doesn't interfere with school.

The kids have chores everyday, taking out the trash, unloading/loading the dishwasher, and feeding the cats. Noah and Jonah also help Eli twice a week with science and history. After Don comes home, it's clean up time, everyone pitches in and I make dinner. We all eat together. We have a few hours of free time before our bible study and prayer time. Of course, mixed in with the daily routines are typical boring things like, laundry, sibling wars,  teeth brushing, recess, yelling, home repair, phone calls, laziness, baking, and many other obstacles of familial existence...but all in all, we are very content with our mediocre life. I still dream of going to daily Mass....someday!! The schedule changes from year to year dependant on what activities are happening, but this is life...for a moment.


  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. What is GUM? And having the hubby home for lunch...our house affords us the same feature and I L.O.V.E. it!!!!!

    Thanks for the peek into your daily life. It sounds great to me!

  2. Grammar Usage Mechanics...there is some duplication with some of the subjects. Having Don home has made the sacrifices we've had to make worth it!! Glad to know you have that luxury too!

  3. That sounds like a wonderful routine...especially with the special time of eating lunch as a family during the week!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Dawn, at St. Pat's, it's a way to be involved in parish life. How are you??

  5. I'm was a rough week. :-( That is cool that you can be involved in a choir at your parish!