Beth ( 
Your Typical Day:
I am homeschooling a 7th and 8th grader (12 & 13 yr old)

My day starts at 6:30 a.m. I get up, make breakfast and coffee, and see my husband off to work. At 7:00 a.m. I log online to read my devotional, check my mail, and study. I am taking a medical transcription course online. I study until 8:45 a.m. The children get up at 9:00, eat breakfast and get ready for our bible study and family read-aloud time. Around 10:30 they start their work with HomeSat. We break at 12:00 for lunch and are usually finished around 2:00. We run errands, grocery store, go to the library, ball practice, and visit with friends after 2:00. My husband gets home around 6:00. After 8:00 is free time, the kids play around, use the computer, and do any work that is left over. We go to bed around 11:00. We have Coop classes on Friday's from 9:00-3:00pm..

That is our typical day!

Submitted: 16:55:28 11/10/05

Jewel (  
Your Typical Day:
Me- 41
Daughter- 17 (in school)
Son- 7 (homeschooled 2nd Grade)
Son- 4(in school)

5:00 am - I get up, spend time for myself.

Daughter gets up/starts getting ready for school.

6:00 am -7 year old up, dress, eat
6:30 am -4 year old up, dress, eat
7:00 am -Daughter gets ride to school
8:00 am -Promptly Start School

Schedule as follows:
8-9 am -Bible reading:(NB):Read 4
pages daily & relate what you
9-10 am -Phonics: Phonics Plus A for
whole hour.
10-11 am -Math Paces:(ACE)
10:45 am -Make lunch for 5 year old
before school.
11:30 am -Take 5 year old to bus stop
1/2 hour-Break 1 hour-Lunch
for 7 year old.
1-2:30 pm -Home-school back in session:
Heart of Wisdom (HOW)Unit

2:45 pm -Pick up 5 year old at bus stop
3:00 pm -Snack Time/Play Outside
5-6:30 - Make Dinner/Eat
7:00 pm -Boys shower
8:00 pm -Bedtime for boys
10-10:30 -Bedtime for Me

Submitted: 16:24:56 11/08/05

laurie (   cadimaqueen at
Your Typical Day:
just wanted to write, hoping everyone can understand my prior submission. submitted it by accident before I proofread it & now notice it may seem a bit jumbled. Its driving me crazy. Sorry!

Submitted: 16:44:06 11/05/05

Laurie (   cadimaqueen at
Your Typical Day:
this is our 2nd year hsing. We have 2 girls ages 7 & 32 mos. Next year will probably change because we are expecting third child in May.
We usually awake at 8:30, my 7 yo has usually already been awoke for a half hour watching tv or drawing. I am planning on trying to get up at 7:30 but am not used to getting up at a set time & have been more tired due to pregnancy. Anyway, personal hygiene then breakfast & chores.Exercise1/2 hr. then sitdown schoolwork at about 9/9:30. She chooses the order of subjects. Am working on creating a school/activity box for youngerdaughter so she stays closer by & not wanting to watch tv. Saxon Math grade 2-this is her favorite subject 5 d a week sometimes 2 lessons a day. spelling reads & spells the words aloud each day,copies them 5x each & writes them in sentences, with a written test last day of week. Has to create one story a week. One week she dictates it I copy it down the next week she types it out on the computer. For penmanship she does copywork. On the week she is creating a story on the computer her copywork consists of copying over her story paying attentio to spelling, capitalization, & punctuation. On the other week her copywork will be 1-2 sent. info from science or ss/hist, character trait definition, moral from a fable, sometimes grammar rule. She knows what a noun, proper noun, verb, & adjective are. So we are now relaxing a bit on the Grammar subject. She occasionally listens to Grammar songs from Schoolhouse Rock & we occasionally discuss it when looking thru her stories. Shes currently reading a Christopher Columbus book with her dad to go w/ a unit study on him he put together. She also reads a couple Aesops Fables a week, a story pertaining to a character trait of the week & some Read.Comprehension computer software.We are trying to look for games & other resources to help her with retaining more of what she reads. She also has free reading time whenever she wants to. SS/Hist are 1-2x a week with her dad probably a unit study approach pieced together with internet & library resources. Geography will be started within the year if not totally (integrated w/ Hist) & done 1 d a week with dad.Sci. is Nature Studies because she showed an interest in that. Probably 1-2x a week. This is new & Im still learning how to teach it.We may also purcase Five in a Row unit studies & Accelerated Acheivement cdrom within the year. She enjoys art at any time & is in a 2 hr once week,drawing class with her VoVo as the teacher=free. Nothing structured for PE- yoga or aerobics or bball or tennis or tag wherever, whenever at least 30 min a day. Me & hubby discussing a foreign language & musical instrument for her in near future.My almost 3 yo is around during all this. Usually done by 12:30 or 1:00. After lunch we have Family Playtime for 1 hr.-easy play together games for all some days & other days planned out crafts/projects.(Actually, am hoping to follow through with this its a new routime idea.)they have energy times & quiet times (with suggested things to do for each time) throughout the day. Cleanup & bathtime at 7:00. then Snack. Storytime with both or back & forth shared reading or with dad also when hes home from 7:30 -8:00. Lights & tv out for 7 yo at 9 sometimes 9:30 for good behavior; at 9:00 for almost 3 yo(even though she'll probably stil be awoke till 10:00)sometimes I read to her then. I go to bed about 10:30-11:00. Hubby does whenever? Thats it.

Submitted: 16:35:01 11/05/05

Karen (   ckmielke at
Your Typical Day:
I'm new to this just this year, but we have been getting on quite well. We have two boys, ages 12 and 14. Our days are like this:

6:00 I'm up - pick up my room and make the bed, start some laundry, make my coffee, feed the dog, unload the dishwasher, check the email, walk the dog.
7:00 Kids up, shower, make beds, eat breakfast, brush teeth
8:00 SHARP School begins (or before if they are in the mood). We always start with math and complete the day's lesson entirely before moving on. The 12 year old does Saxon with DIVE CDs on his own, and the 14 year old does VideoText Algebra. I sit with him throughout, as math is a challenge for him - this gives me the opportunity to know exactly what confuses him and intervene right away.
9:00 or so - when math is done, each boy may choose what to work on next. I give them their assignments for the whole week with guidance as to how to complete them, but they have freedom to choose the order. They do a lesson in Vocabulit each week as well as readings and writing in history/art and reading and projects in science. Assignments for their religious classes (from the pastor) are also done during the school day. They also must practice their instrument (piano/double bass) 15 minutes twice daily. I am available to assist with their work, and supervise their music practice to assure good technique. My 12 year old often asks to read his history aloud to me and we discuss it. The 14 year old prefers oral reports to written, and I allow this about half the time.
10-11:00 or so - when the time is good for both to break, we meet for Shurley English together.
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Exercise, preferrably outdoors, 30 minutes/day minimum.
1:00 finish up any remaining work, read aloud literature, help with dinner preparation.

Rest of the afternoon/evening - FUN! We generally go somewhere together (park, museum, shopping, etc.)

On Mondays, we begin the week with devotions and prayer, and likewise end our week with prayer. We take time for service projects at least monthly.

We plan to add Latin and Logic after the holidays.

This has been the most awesome experience. We are all much calmer, happier, and more creative. What a great blessing homeschooling is!

Submitted: 11:51:12 11/02/05

Lisa (   None
Your Typical Day:
Me- 36
Husband - 37
son - 11 (in school)
son - 9 (in school)
son - 6 (homeschooled-1st grade)
daughter - 4 (homeschooled - K)

6:30 am - I get up, shower, dress.
7:00 am - kids up, dress, eat,chores
7:40 am - drive oldest 2 to school
8:20 am - home again
8:30 am - My Bible time, video for kids
9:00 am - A Reason for Handwriting
9:15 am - Alpha Phonics or Bob Books
9:45 am - Plaid Phonics - 1 page
10:00 am - History : mostly read stories
10:20 am - Math: Miquon for son
10:40 am - Science: mostly read books
11:00 am - lunch
11:30 am - put away clean laundry
12:00 pm - exercise - walk or video
12:30 pm - housework: a little each day
1:00 pm - Story time: I read to the kids
1:30 pm - Fun time: painting, play doh
2:00 pm - kids watch PBS, I check e-mail
3:00 pm - Go pick up school kids
3:45 pm - Snack time
4:00 pm - Help school kids with homework
5:00 pm - kids play outside
6:00 pm - I make dinner
6:30 pm - Hubby home. Dinner.
7:00 pm - chores, kids ready for bed
7:30 pm - 4 yr. old in bed
8:00 pm - 6 yr. old in bed
8:30 pm - 9 yr. old in bed.
9:00 pm - 11 yr. old in bed.
10:00 pm - Bedtime for me and my hubby

Submitted: 14:27:21 10/31/05

Jessica (   saddlesongirls3 at
Your Typical Day:
DH Nicholas 27
Me 26
DD Morgan 7
DD Adeline 3

This is our second year HS'ing. We have really liked it so far. We have our bad days, but the good outway them, and we grow more in love with HS'ing all the time.
We start our day with me getting up around 7:30- 8:00. My husband is long gone by now he works for the electric company and has to drive 1 hr to work right now. This will be changing soon Thank the Lord, and hopefully we will be moving to the country soon. He is up and gone by 4:45.
I usually pray, and then go to the living room where I excersise, or read. At around 8:30 the kids wake up and join me for some stretching. Then they make their beds, and get thier chores done. My little one feeds the dog and picks up clothes.
Around 9:00 we eat breakfast and brush our teeth then we start school.
We are using Sycamore Tree this year, but not very happy with it and will be using something different next year. Probably BJU, or Covenant Home. Not sure yet. The girls say the pledge each morning. Then pray and we sing a few praise songs together.
Our first subject is Bible. Then we move onto Phonics, Reading, Language, Spelling, Writing, Math, and Science, or History. We finish around 12 noon for lunch. While I'm working with my older dd I give my younger dd Workbook pages, or leappad to work with. She sits at her own little desk and listens to stories that I read to her older sister. Then after about 45 min of that she has had enough and plays in the next room with her special box of toys only for school time. I add new things all the time, and switch so she doesn't get board. Puzzles, laceing cards, building blocks, and her favorite wooden cuttable food.
Then I make lunch and the girls play until it's done. When lunch is over and the kitchen cleaned up with help from the girls. I put Addie down for a nap and finish school up with Morgan. Each day we have a different special subject. One day it's Latin, or Home economics, Art, Music, and First Aid or Manners. She also takes Ballet classes every Monday, and will be going back into horse riding maybe this coming spring. School is usually done around 1:00 every day and then Morgan plays outside, weather permitting or reads or watches a movie until her little sister wakes up. Then they play together until Daddy gets home. I try to limit TV to 2 hrs a day, but with the winter coming we live in Buffalo it gets really nasty outside so they ususally watch more TV when the weather is bad.
Dad gets home about 4:30-5:00 and we have dinner. The girls share what they have been learning with dad and then we play games, go outside, or watch a special family program Little house, or My husbands favorite the Dukes of Hazzard. The gilrs get ready for bed around 7:30 showers, snack and then we read together from one of our special books. for 30 min or so. Right now we are reading A Pilgrim book from CLP. Next we are reading a story of a little girl who lived in Williamsburg. Then prayers and bedtime. My DH usually turns in around 10:00-10:30. I try to turn in arouind 11:00. I tend to knit, or read so I have to be careful I don't stay up to late. Then we start all over for the next wonderful day. Thanks for reading hope I didn't bore anyone. Happy Homeschooling.

Submitted: 09:15:11 10/30/05

Bamamom24 (   easonexc at
Your Typical Day:
Me 31
Hubby 33
Alex 8
Olivia 7
Jessie 4 (in Dec.)
Drew 18 mths

I may submit another typical day later on. This is my first year so I'm still taking it one day at a time.

I get up 6am. Shower, dress, makeup, everything by 6:30am. I'm hoping to get an earlier start, but I'm not going to push myself. I may start getting up at 5:45am after daylight savings time ends.

6:30am to 7am I start laundry, coffee, cook breakfast (frozen biscuits, hashbrowns, cereal, easy stuff) and straighten up. I usually have a little computer time too.

7am, get the oldest two up. They eat while I wake up baby and get him ready for daycare. 7:30 leave for daycare, leave the oldest two here to finish breakfast, chores, get dressed, etc. Jessie goes with me usually in her pjs.

I get back around 8am or before. Usually hubby has already left but he's checking cows in the pasture or at the barn so he's around if the kids need him before I get back.

I straighten up a little more, probably ask the children to do a few other little chores to help out.

School starts as close to 8:30 as possible. We usually sit at the kitchen table or in the living room floor. The kids read the bible for 30 min. and I might fold laundry or load the breakfast dishes while they are reading but after that NO housework until they are both finished.

I have to make that rule for myself of I'll be trying to mop instead of helping them. The perfectionist coming out in

School is usually over around 11:30am. We will take small breaks but no TV or computer until all work is done. Otherwise, it's never going to get done.
I try not to take any breaks at all since it's so hard to get them back on task.

At 12pm they go outside to play, weather permitting and I finish the housework.

We eat lunch around 1pm and run errands in the afternoon.

They like to watch cartoons in the pm and I'm ok with that. We sometimes even watch PBS and they have some GREAT educational nature type programs in the pm. That counts too, right!

Alex has art every Monday at 10am and the girls have dance at 3:30pm

Alex and Olivia have RA (Royal Ambassadors) and GA (Girls in Action) on Wednesday nights at 6pm.

Alex and Olivia also take a class at the McWayne Center (HUGE science place with IMAX theater) that does hands on science classes. They go twice a month until January. I'm not sure I'm going to continue with it or not.

Tuesdays I work at a stockyard (cattle auction) from about 12:30-5:30 depending on the number of head we have. They all go with me except the baby.

I usually pick him up at 4pm. My MIL lives next door and will be retiring next year so I hope it works out she can start watching him in the mornings for a few hours, we'll see.

Submitted: 16:26:56 10/28/05

Kat (   tkate at
Your Typical Day:
Ok. Let me try this again. Acidentally submitted just our names!

Mom 36
Dad 39
Daughter 7 - 2nd grade
Son 4 - K4

Day starts for parents about 6:15 - 6:30. Dad off to work. Mom on treadmill for 30 min. 7:00 to 8:00 Mom shower, get dressed, ready for day. Son wakes up eary sometimes, but both children up by 8:00 (and usually I have to wake daughter up). 30 min. up to 1 hr. TV, dress, make beds, breakfast, feed horses, and ready for school by 9:30. I'm very structured and we do the same subjects in pretty much the same order every day.
Math - Rod and Staff (about 45 min.)
Phonics/Reading - Abeka (mix in other reading stuff too as Abeka can be very dry, but GREAT phonics program - about 45 min.)
Spelling - A Reason For Spelling (about 15 min.)
English - Rod and Staff (15-20 min.)
Writing - A Reason for Writing (10 min.)
BREAK FOR LUNCH/PLAY/CHORES 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs.
Bible - Study on Book of Proverbs (10 min.)
History/Geography - Abeka (20-25 min., this semester almost done, then will do Abeka Science, then after that Abeka Health)
Finished with school anywhere between 1:30 and 2:00
I do some K4 materials with son. Keeping it very light. He is learning letter sounds and learning to write. It only takes 20 minutes per day, and He LOVES it. He also likes to sit in on History and sometimes reading.
The above is our day on M, T, TH, and F. On Wednesday, I work for my husband who owns a plumbing business. This day I have a babysitter come to my home, and I leave a light bit of work for my daughter to do. Usually just math, spelling, and reading.
From 2:00 to 5:00 is not quite so structured for me. The children play, and have another 30 min. of TV, but my day varies just depends on what I have to do and how motivated I am. I try to stick to a chore schedule, but it doesn't work as well as I'd like. I wish I could get as structured in the afternoon as I am in the morning. I think I just loose steam. 5:00 to bedtime becomes structured again, as I fix supper, and the kids and I feed animals (dog, horses, ducks). We eat about 7:00. Sometimes I can squeeze in kids baths before supper, sometimes not. My husband works long hours and is not home at any certain time. Most days between 7:00 and 7:30. However, it is not uncommon for him to work later than that at least one day per week, getting home between 8:00 and 10:00. These days make my day very full too! Anyway, both kids in bed between 8:30 and 9:00. Parents in bed between 10:00 and 11:00, and get ready to do it all again! I do love to homeschool and feel blessed that I can stay at home.

Submitted: 05:45:40 10/18/05

Kat (   tkate at
Your Typical Day:
Mom - 36
Dad - 39
Daughter 7 yrs. - 2nd grade

Submitted: 05:19:56 10/18/05

Coffee Heidi (  
Your Typical Day:
Me: 35 yr. old mom
Husband: 37, works 2 full-time jobs to allow us to do this
Child: just 1, a 7 yr. old son, 2nd grader

Started homeschooling in May 2004, so this is the beginning of our 2nd full year

Kind of homeschooling: semi-religous, semi-child-led, mostly school-at-home. (We were very relaxed last year but I discovered that we both needed more structure.)

Subjects taken and curriculum used:
Art, 1 x per week - Artpacs (just starting) and whatever interests him. This includes his love of art history and painting.
Be Happy! - his idea for a subject and it's on the chart!
Bible, 6 x week - currently, "The Children's Everyday Bible" as well as what he gets with Rod & Staff workbooks
Grammar - switching from Spectrum to Rod & Staff
History, 2 x per week - "Story of the World, vol. 1"
Home Economics, once or more a week - "Home Economics for Homeschoolers, book 1" as well as family sewing projects
Math, 5 x per week - ACE, 2nd level (we switched from Miquon)
Mommy & Daddy reading to child - 4+ times per week
Phonics and Reading, 5 x per week - Rod & Staff, also whatever he chooses to read on his own
Science, 1 x per week - "Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 Chemistry." This will be followed by Level 1 biology and physics. He also does Young Scientists Kits and checks out a lot of science books from the library. We also do dissections occassionaly.
Spelling, 4-5 x per week - Switching from Spectrum to Rod & Staff
Writing, 5 x per week - going from "whatever was done during lessons" to Rod & Staff penmanship
Gifted Education - expanding his mind through various problem solving workbooks and games.
Gym - playing outside, homeschool soccer, homeschool ice skating, and hopefully homeschool bowling soon
Health - currently using "Be Happy Healthy & Safe" - a 2nd grade Weekly Reader. Will be doing Rod & Staff Health and Manners when that's done.
Education Computer Programs and Educational TV - when he chooses or when no one's in the mood for regular schooling

I plan things out by the week, not the day, so my post may look different than others. I do lesson plans on Sunday and write down the number of pages I hope to see done for each subject.

It really depends on the kind of week we're having and what has to get done. Example, last week was a *very* light week because of an insane sewing job I took on (a complicated costume that had to be finished in less than a week.) If he's got 2 field trips or activities that week, it might also be a light week. Same for sickness.

A good week is what I consider a heavy learning week where almost every subject gets done. It's probably 4-5 hours per day for 6 days, with a light day thrown in and the 7th off.

An average week is 5 days of schooling which includes one light day. *Some* subjects get done with history, science, or the home ec. curriculum getting left out and not as much grammar done as I'd like.

An average day is ds waking up between 10:30-noon. He's given 1 hour to eat, wake up, and watch a little TV or play his video game. (Someone mentioned cutting this out and it's a good idea that I plan on implementing.) I give him this long because I'm usally in the middle of something by the time he wakes up - chores, email, or some other project.

Then he does Bible, phonics, and math. Break for about 1/2 hour. Then it's a few other subjects like grammar, spelling, health, history, etc. If we need a break during this time, then we'll take it. Otherwise, it's work until daddy comes home from 1rst job at 5 o'clock. The later ds wakes up, the later into the evening school will last. We're done by 7 pm definately. Sometimes we get done by 3 or 4.

A light day might include the following: Bible, one phonics lesson (I like to cover 2), 2 pages of math (I prefer 4 done a day), soccer or other hs activity, me reading him history, and a home. ec. or chemistry lesson.

All of this doesn't include educational computer games nor educational TV which he plays/watches when he feels like it or I require it.

One of the reasons for our long days is ds's love of "dilly dalling." 20 minutes of math could easily take an hour. We're working on this lol!

Submitted: 15:14:47 10/16/05

Alisa (   ccmmum at
Your Typical Day:
Husband EFL teacher
Daughter age 10
Daughter age 8
Son age 2

We are missionaries in Pakistan so our typical day is a little different. My husband has an 8am class, so he is up by 6 and gone by 7:30am. The rest of us are up by 9 am, eating breakfast.
We try to start school between 9:30 and 10am. The girls take turns working with me and doing independent work. We tried doing some subjects together, but that didn't work out too well.
Hubby is home around noon most days, and we eat lunch. Then he has language lessons from 2-4 pm. I have language lessons 2 afternoons a week from 4-5 pm.
Mondays the girls are in an art program, Tuesdays they are in choir, Wednesday they take drawing class.
Dinner is usually served between 6:30-7 pm.
About three nights a week hubby or all of us go out-either to prayer meetings or visiting students of his.
He crashes abput 10:30 and girls go to bed same time.
I try to clean up house abit, and do email.
Son goes to bed around 1 am and I follow soon after.
Somewhere in that day, laundry got done and lots of other minute chores.

Submitted: 13:33:18 10/13/05

Miriam Ziehm (   ziehm at
Your Typical Day:
me 32
Tad 32
ds 10
dd 8
dd 4
dd 2
We parents get up between 5:30 & 6:00, kids up by 6:45, kids eat breakfast 7:00 & get ready for day.

Curriculum: Student Of The Word, Mastering Mathematics, Rod & Staff phonics. Supplements: Considering God's Creation.

8:00 Devotions
8:15 Mon: Read new chaps*
Tue-Fri: Read Bible Verse
8:30 Mon: Still reading
Tue-Friday: Penmanship
9:00 Mon: Still reading
Tue-Friday: Language Arts**
9:30 Mon - Friday: Prayer letter
10:00 M-F: PE or play break
10:30 Mon: Outline/ Tue: Spelling / Wed: English /Thur: Vocab. /Fri: Literature
11:00 Free time if done with work
11:30 Lunchtime
12:00 cleanup (mom only) kids playing
12:30 Math 4 days/week - 5th day off
1:00 M T W : piano practice. Thur: Creative Writing. Friday: art & craft
1:30 M T W: Silent reading. Thur & Friday: continue writing or art
2:00 Mon: chores / Tue & Wed: History/Geography or Science
Thursday: Library and Piano lessons/errands. Friday: free
3:00 Son goes to work with Dad for awhile (except on Thursday)
daughters help mom with chores and play with each other.

* If assignment calls for 1 to 4 chapters we read aloud taking turns. If it is 5 or more chapters for that week we play it on c.d. while we read along with it silently.

** Language arts: Topical study/ Character Study/ Setting/ Commentary

This is my 10year olds basic day - my 8 year old does phonics instead of spelling etc...
also my daughter does PE with the little girls while ds is doing prayer letter/ she does her prayer letter while ds is doing PE with littler girls. This gives me time to do other things.
While they do their math sheets at 12:30 I do some abc's or coloring etc with my preschoolers, I also read and lay down with them at 1:00 while older kids read silently or work on art projects etc.

One Friday a month we also have 4-H which is a homeschool 4-h group. We do church on Wed. nights

I copy and pasted some of this so if it looks funny thats why.

Submitted: 05:23:06 10/13/05

Karen (   karen at (nospam)
Your Typical Day:
Monday and Tuesday:
5AM get up
shower/ dress
make coffee/ breakfast
pack hubby's lunch
6AM wake up hubby
begin devotional/ prayer time

6:30 wake sons who-
make beds
get dressed
eat breakfast
brush teeth

7:30 everone ready to go
drop hubby off for carpool

8AM back home
begin school day:
Bible 30 minutes
Math 30 minutes
Handwriting 20 minutes
Reading 20 minutes
Phonics/ Grammar 30 minutes

10:15 recess

11AM Spelling 15 mintues
Heritage Studies 30 minutes
Tidy school room

12PM lunch

12:30 leave for youngest speech therapy

1PM- 2PM youngest in therapy
older sons read or colour

2:15 back home
art/music class

2:45 homework
instrument practice
daily chore rotation

4PM children have free play
I make supper

5:30 children set table

5:45 hubby home

6:30 children baths
brush teeth
read chapter books with Dad

7:30 two younger boys in bed

8PM oldest in bed
Hubby and I read, finish housework
and have alone time

10PM adults in bed


Repeat as above, but no school, as this is our day for library, sports, appointments, etc.

Thursday and Friday

Same as Monday/ Tuesday, but Science instead of Heritage Studies and Occupational therapy instead of Speech.


Heavy housework for me and hubby.
Tv time for boys until lunch.
After lunch, boys do Saturday chores and I do laundry while hubby works on his computer networks. Saturday night is family movie or game night and boys allowed to stay up one hour past usual bedtime.


6AM get up
shower/ dress
make coffee

6:30 wake hubby
have coffee/ read paper

7AM wake boys
dress boys with clothes laid out
the night before
7:30 devotional time

8AM make sure every thing is ready by the door including Sunday school materials.

8:30 leave house

9AM teach Sunday School

10AM Church breakfast and fellowship time

10:30 Service

11:30 go home

12PM Sunday supper (we switch lunch and supper on Sunday)

1PM everyone spends the rest of the day resting/ napping/ reading/ etc.

Submitted: 14:37:55 09/26/05

matthew (  
Your Typical Day:
here's mine:

Matthew ********: Tenth Grade

6:30 NOT about to wake up
8:30-9:00 Waking up
9:00 Eating Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Cereal and some milk and a banana.
9:30 Having devotions
10:00 Reading Elements of Literature and answering discussion questions.
11:00 Telos ENGL095--insanely easy
12:00 Eating lunch
1:00 Reading World History and answering questions as quickly as possible.
2:30 Vocabulary from Classical Roots C-- oops i should really hurry up.
3:00 Exploring Creation with Chemistry-- much fun
4:30 oops how did the schedule come to this. well, i usually finish advanced mathematics by 11:20 PM. good night!

oh yes and practice violin to prepare for ABRSM music theory gr. 5 and violin practical examination gr. 8.

Submitted: 17:00:34 09/22/05

diane (   diane_pace at
Your Typical Day:
I am a stay at home/homeschool mom of seven lovely children, ages: 18, 16, 13, 11, 8, 5, and 1. I currently have the six oldest in school, and what should be my craziest year of homeschooling is turning out to be my most easy and well organized. After 18 years it's about time!

Let me say at the start that I am not in this to churn out a nation of children with super-human intellects. I am into it to raise independent adults who fear the Lord and are prepared to follow God's purpose and plan for their lives. And I want to have an enjoyable time doing it! So far, so good!

If I had to label myself I'd say that my teaching philosophy is closest to Charlotte Mason's. And although I wasn't able to follow her advise to such a laid back degree, I must say that M. Howshall's books "Wisdom's Way of Learning" were of invaluable help to me. I gave/am giving my children the opportunity to indulge in delight directed studies. Helping them discover their gifts and allowing them time to pursue those giftings is a large part of the beauty of being able to school at home. (For instance, my oldest daughter is a talented ballet dancer. She has had a home dance studio going on 4 years, spent 3 years volunteering to teach dance to underprivileged children in an after-school program and has been sought out to teach classes at the local YMCA and at a popular dance studio in town. The last two opportunities were scheduled
at times during the day that would have been unavailable to public schoolers, but because of our flexibility she was/is able to exercise her gift of teaching dance and gain valuable life experience.)

So, what is a typical day like at my house? Well, we are night hawks by nature, so we have had to discipline ourselves some on school nights. Bedtime for the 5 and 8 year old is at 9:30, 10:30 for the 11 and 13 year old, and 12:00 for the 16 and 18 year old. On non-school nights there is no set time which makes everyone happy.

We school on Monday - Thursday and Friday is our day off/family day. If we need extra time for school we do catching up on Sunday. Since we only have church service on Sunday evening this is an ideal time for us.

Here is what our day's generally look like:

6:30 - My personal devotion time.
7:30 - Everyone up, make beds, some shower and get dressed. I work on math with the 8-year-old while I fix breakfast.
8:00 - Breakfast
8:45 - Others shower and dress, each child picks up their room, bathroom, and one other room assigned to them for the week.
9:45 - I take the 1-year-old to my Dad's for two hours. He is widowed and now lives just around the corner. It's a blessing to me that he is just happens to be great with babies. This
is a win-win for us all!
10:00 - Schooltime! I let the 5-year-old do independent work on his Leap Pad or the laptop. He has programs that he can use which help him with numbers and letters. He does this for about a half hour. During this time I work with the 8-year-old. We do a lesson in Alpha-Phonics, a lesson in Daily Grams grammar review for 2nd and 3rd grades, and then she reads out loud to me from her Pathway Reader. After that I give Spelling Power spelling tests to her and my 11-year-old. After that I call the 5-year-old in and I read a short Bible story and do a devotion from Meade Starr's wonderful children's catechism for him and my 8-year-old. After that I take both of them and do some unit study things I created using the "Teddy Robinson Storybook" as the springboard. This usually involves reading living books about whatever topic we are covering. This takes about 30 minutes. After that the 8-year-old does independent work like practicing her italic handwriting. Now it's my time to spend one-on-one time with the 5-year-old. I'm finishing up Calvert School's K4 program with him and this involves mostly numbers and reading readiness activities. This takes about 30 minutes. All in all the time spent with the 5 and 8-year-olds is about 2 hours. The 11-year-old does quite a bit of independent work and only comes to me when she doesn't understand something or for discussion on what she has been reading. We are using the "Prairie Primer" with her this year so that covers everything but math, and we use Saxon math for that. She's in her last year of italic handwriting, uses Daily Grams, and is also finishing Calvert School's CD of "A Child's History of the World." I had read this to her older sisters when they were in elementary school, but I didn't have time to do the same for her so I was delighted to find it was out on interactive CD and has comprehension questions at each chapter's end.

The three older girls all do independent work and have a very varied curriculum. I use a lot of Bluestocking Press and Beautiful Feet. They love to read so this is ideal for them. None of them plan on pursuing careers that are heavy in maths or science, so once we cover algebra and biology I don't sweat it. This is my oldest's last year to be homeschooled and I'm able to give her the things I think will specifically equip her to go out and be successful in her life's calling.

Didn't mean to write a novel, but I hope other homeschool moms see that raising happy, well-adjusted, God-loving children is possible and doesn't have to be burdensome or stressful. Happy, blessed schooling!

Submitted: 09:20:49 09/16/05

Stacy (   indywife28 at
Your Typical Day:

Well, I am just getting started in the homeschooling thing. My daughter is almost eight and starting the second grade this school year 05/06 school year. I am a stay at home Mom, and we have just recently relocated to Eastern Tennessee. My daughter has been in a Christian academy since she started school in KG. Since we moved out of state to a new state she will not be able to attend the CA so I am wanting to home school.
The only thing is I am having a hard time finding the ACE program to home school her with. I was very pleased with the program and she is very interested in these pace's.

If anyone can give me advice on getting started with the home school matter I would so grateful and blesses.

Thanks , And God Bless to all,
Stacy at Indywife28 at

Submitted: 09:33:23 09/09/05

Allison (  
Your Typical Day:
Mom Allison
Dad John
Ds 14 Nathan grade 9
Ds 12 Nicholas grade 7
Dd 9 Rebecca grade 5
Ds 7 Justin (aspergers) grade 3
Ds 5 Brandon kindergarten
Dd 2 Caroline

We home school Monday to Friday, from mid-September to mid-June. We take off a few days for Christmas and 1 or 2 days for Easter.

We run a cattle ranch, so we’re up early. John, the two oldest boys and myself are up around 4:30. John and the boys go outside to work at around 5 and I get some housework done. I wake up the four younger kids at around 6:00. The other kids play while I have some snuggle time with Justin. John and the boys come in and shower and we have breakfast at 6:45. John goes back outside to work. I get the oldest two started with their online curriculum and start with the younger kids by about 7:30. Caroline colors or plays outside. Rebecca works on math, history, geography and French on her own, but I’m there if she needs me. I work on reading, history and math with the two boys until about 10:00, when we take a 15-minute break. Brandon is usually finished by now, so he goes to play with Caroline, or to do some chores outside. I work with Rebecca and Justin on spelling, reading, handwriting and science, until about 12:00. I then make lunch and the younger kids help me. We eat lunch at about 12:30. The kids do their afternoon chores. The Nate and Nick finish around 3 and the younger kids at about 2. The rest of the afternoon is theirs. Nate and Nick go into town 2 or 3 afternoons a week and the other kids often visit friends or have them over. We eat supper at 6:00 and every night at about 7:00, we all sit down together and take turns reading aloud. Right now we are on Robinson Crusoe. Caroline, Brandon and Justin go to bed at 8:00. Rebecca, Nate and Nick go to bed on their own, but they usually turn in before 10. I clean up a bit and go to bed early.

Submitted: 18:25:01 07/25/05

Cari (   tablefor8 at
Your Typical Day:
Darrell, chiropractor and home church planter
Cari, mom of seven and hopefully more
Myck, 14
Taylor, 12
Ben, 5
Elli, 3
Hudson, 16 months

Our days are very full! My husband works three days a week, so is home T, Th, which helps me keep my sanity and allows me to run errands with less kids in tow. This is how it goes for us...

6:00-6:15 Kids wake, Have personal devotions (study and comment on Bible passage or verse and listen to Bible on tape for about 20 minutes.) After this they start schoolwork.

7:00 Kids make own breakfast, older ones help younger. Oldest two have kitchen cleanup duty.
D and I wake 6:15-6:30, Have personal devotions, shower, coffee.

7:30 Family Bible time and prayer.

MWF,8:00 D off to work, I get baby up for breakfast. Kids work independently on Singapore math, Phonetic Zoo spelling, Latin roots, Rosetta Spanish, Explode the Code, Reason for Handwriting, Apologia science, and reading Sonlight books. I help each one with math, and listen to Grant read. I do writing with the two oldest and will start with the next two this year as well. This year I will also start Ben on 100 Easy Lessons (reading) Ready, Set, Go for the Code, and Singapore math. I also read to the young ones and tend to their needs.

Tues, 7:00 D takes four oldest out for donuts and they share with him what they have been learning from God's word.
8:00 Family worship and Bible time.
9:00 Independent study as above, with my help as needed.

Thurs, 7:30 take oldest two to co-op for drama, art and research study skills. While they're there I have extended quiet time with God, and maybe stop at the grocery store. D is home with the others doing their school. Piano teacher comes 11:30 and teaches oldest four, 1/2 hr. each.

12:00 Lunch, Bethany and Grant clean up.

MWF 1:00 Continue schoolwork or play if done.
T/Th 1:30 Science with Dad. I will usually run errands during this time and take a couple little ones with.

2,2:30 Read aloud Sonlight history and literature. Look at maps, do our timeline. Wed. kids fold laundry while I read.

4:00 Most are done, oldest sometimes still working. Check emails, pay bills, chores, etc. Start thinking about dinner. (ugh--this is one of my weaknesses, I'm a terrible meal planner)

Monday night D meets with the men of our house church.

Every other Tuesday night we have a young couple over who we are discipling.

Wednesday night I meet with an accountability group (3 of us) We keep each other accountable to read four Bible chapters a day and memorize scripture passages. We also pray together.

Thursday night we have a family over whose husband is a new believer and the wife is not yet a believer. We have dinner then she and I go out for coffee and do a study together.

Friday night is our only regular night with no commitment. Sometimes we'll rent a movie as a family. One night we went out as a family and took a "spiritual survey" among the teens hanging out at the movie theater.

Sat. or Sun. we have home church either at our home or one of three others. We share a potluck meal at 4:00 and then worship and study the Bible from about 5:30-7:30. Our children all participate (we have eight families and 26 kids, ages 0-15) in our worship and study. We are new at this (1 year) and have a vision to grow into a network of house churches, not a bigger church. God is doing amazing things around the world thru house churches, and they are the best way to make disciples, who go out and make more disciples. Not to mention they cost nothing to exist freeing up money for the frontlines of the Kingdom, and they can be reproduced easily and rapidly. We are trying to figure out just how God wants us to do this here in the U.S.

On the day we don't have house church, we have a family day at home or various activities come up.

In their free time my kids play together, dress up, create inventions or crafts, read and play music. My husband and two oldest boys also play guitar and are pretty much self taught.

Well, I've stayed up much too late, but I hope I've been some help to someone. Mind you, not everything gets done every day, but this is how it generally goes. Also, when we are having church or other company, everyone pitches in to clean up the house. For a long time I had a housecleaner come every two weeks, but now my kids are old enough to help, and we get it whipped into shape together.


Submitted: 00:06:10 07/20/05

Melissa (   melissasantaella at
Your Typical Day:
We get going by nine, usually. My kids (and I) stay up fairly late reading or conducting science obnservations since
right now we have a few pollywogs and a fire belly toad who refuses to do anything until bedtime then he turns into a one-toad circus, so we are slow and lazy in the mornings from staying up late. But hey, it's summer.
Kids do reading first everyday, my daughter reads a book of her choice (but I usually have some influence either by buying the book, or placing it strategically in her way at the library or at home), sometimes doing a project or report or taking quizzes online at bookadventure (They earn points and prizes for quizzes just like accelerated reader, and it's free!), sometimes using the junior great books stuff I picked up on amazon for about 50 cents each, my son reads to me from Dick and Jane (his latest passion, for some odd reason) or another easy reader, then he works on writing his version using words he knows. He's starting kinder this year. After reading I am more flexible, I usually figure out the night before what we are going to do, but at some point we always do some form of math everyday, but it varies greatly when and with what. I have a long system of built in shelving full of the math manipulatives, games, and books (Grapes of Math, Mathterpieces-worth checking out, my kids love those)and I use Mastery Publication's Mastering Mathematics curriculum, Primarily Math from Dandlion for problem solving, and the gifted and talented workbooks sometimes.
Generally after reading I have a "lesson" time with one child, while the other does "projects" and either of those can be either free choice or structured depending on our current needs. Then they flip-flop.
For History we use Story of the World, with the activity book, supplemental library books and lots of geography stuff, maps, coloring books, the globe, puzzles, etc. My daughter loves history with SOTW, and I must admit it is fun for me too.
Then the kids take turns on a freeware spelling program (Ray's Spelling and Word Games) which I program with words each week or so, either from their writing or from the Reading Teacher's Book of Lists (excellent reference). I give my daughter a paper and pencil test when she completes the program to make sure it translates from the screen. It does. The other does more "projects".
This usually takes us to lunch, give or take.
On Wednesdays we spend the afternoon in the library and shopping, Thursday afternoons we swim at the Y, outside in summer, inside in winter. Fridays they watch educational movies (if you have a new reader check out Between the Lions from PBS) which I borrow from the library or get delivered from an online service (A+, they have a great selection of homeschool movies, all ages), have a computer afternoon (check out Logical journey of the Zoombinis for brain food, Writing Blaster is good for writers age 5-9, and there are some cute Junior Doctor and Junior Vet games available from Curiosoft) or go to the park (weather permitting, right now it is too hot, they'd fry.)
Otherdays (Mon, Tues) after lunch they have recess, but usually they want to get started in "projects" all on their own, which is a huge advantage to having things set up and accessible all the time and treating learning as play, they will be beg to use the geoboard or do multiplication or tangrams all hours of the day and night.
Then we do another lesson-projects flip-flop. I have Handwriting without tears cursive and my daughter loves it (shockingly, since she hated learning regular handwriting), some cool enrichment books from Dandylion, Rod and Staff Grammar (I like it but don't love it, though- it is very Amish) and I rewrite her stories up on the big markerboard for editing. She writes alot in her free time. (Set up a writing center, I mean it. This is a trick I learned when I was doing daycare. If you have everything set up attractively near where they will use it, crayons, pencils, markers, all kinds of paper, how to draw books(check out Dover they are cheap and my kids love them), stamps, stencils...they will write and draw much more, and at unexpected times.)
I try to mix things up and keep interest high. Sometimes we do a big science project or experiment (I am a fiend for kits, so I have tons which I organize in those plastic drawer units in the garage and we always have at least one ongoing observation. We bred rabbits, fish, raised butterflies, venus flytraps, and of course our current circus toad. They have science journals, do research projects, and sometimes worksheets I find from books and the net. I have a book display with all our science books. They especially love the magic school bus (books and movies). I just ordered TOPS lentil science, and I am very excited about it. I use a rice table for lots of math activities (and my two-year old devotes hours to playing at it) so lentils for science made me positively giddy, but I'll admit I am a bit eccentric.
I always have books on tape for each of them, and sometimes I play classical music or I have some neat science music tapes (I want to be a zoologist, I want to be a chemist activity books and cassettes) that the kids love.
My method might seem to be chaos to some of you, and it is sometimes, but it is a rich messiness, and it works. Every so often I give them some tests just to be sure things are sticking, but I downplay the whole thing. They do very well, so I guess it is easier to relax about the whole thing. I was blessed with kids who are self-learners.
The kids usually keep going right up to dinner, but if they are having an off day I stop lessons after lunch and I tell them school is "done" but they end up mostly doing learning activities anyway, just for fun.
I read aloud everynight except Friday, usually one or two picture books and a chapter from whatever we are working on, usually my favorites from childhood, classics, or current favorites of my daughter's like Harry Potter (but I gave up on number five and borrowed the tapes, that is too big to read aloud!) or Lemony Snicket. We are reading Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH right now.
I read some of your posts, and hear about your structure and cleaning habits and I feel like a neglectful slob. I have never once in my life vaccumed my house three times a day or chopped my own firewood or conjugated my latin while baking bread, nursing twins, and ironing sheets(although I did breastfeed and we do have the rosetta stone latin for fun, but it is like a game. I loathe ironing anything except those cute little plastic craft bead things) My house gets messy, so do my kids, and quite frankly so do I. You would think I was the world's biggest slob if I weren't obsessive- compulsive about anyone actually seeing the house in it's natural state. But as Ms Frizzle says, Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!

Submitted: 21:51:29 07/14/05

Angie (   Thorn_family at
Your Typical Day:

I am running late this year and am just now ordering my school books-it's already July and they are usually ordered in April or so. Anyhow- as I look at my order I get some idea of how we're going to work this school year. We change every year with changing needs and intrest. So our week looks like this-
Religious meetings- Tuesday night
Thursday night
Sunday morning
Religious study-we do this as a family and on our own- daily text- 8:00 am
study of Daniel- Monday
weekly bible reading- Wed
And Saturday we study as a
family for Sunday
discussion meeting
Music- right now it's on Tuesday at 1:30 Aaron is guitar and I'm trying to get Linden's violin scheduled at the same time

Math- Every morning- using workbooks and Math Made Easy and Dave Ramsey for Kids

English-Every morning- we're doing spelling, daily grammar and handwriting plus units studies(three afternoons a week) on poetry, Summer of My German Soilder, Roll of Thunder hear Me Cry, Building a stronger Vocabulary, and Shakespeare's As You Like It

History and Geography- every week day- Using Around The World in 180 Days

Science- on Thursdays and Fridays- study of human body, science concepts and processes, and creation vs evolution

Other- Music pritical theory- I'll fit it in probably on Thursday or Friday, and sign language- I hope to work on this about 15 minutes every morning.

It looks like Claire will have Storytime at the library on Wednesday mornings and I've ordered Look What I Can Do for when she wants to do school too.
On Monday and Wednesday afternoons we're gonna do volunteer work and fit the gym in the week about four times (hopefully) We like to swim at the gym on Fridays when they have family swim.

So that sounds like a busy schedule- its similar to earlier years so it'll work and we'll adjust as needed.
Have a good year!

Submitted: 11:37:09 07/11/05

Deborah (   cricket75 at
Your Typical Day:

Our day starts by sb waking up at around 8. he plays in his room till we both wake up at around 8:30 or so. (we are both self employed and run an interior design business so we stay up late, i mean late like 2 in the morning doing work.) then we eat breakfast. All together at the kitchen table. WE then head downstairs to our first floor that is street level and go to our offices. We all share a big room with a desk for each of us, and computer. I use abeka so I will start teaching my oldest while sb is either playing or drawing. It has helped by getting the teacher books and all answer keys and tests so that all i have to do is check of what lesson they did and which day. Then all I have to do is check the work. For the most part I teach the children but if dad needs to he will as well assist. This is my second marraige, so the children go to see thier other dad on wednesday till friday, every week. Because of this we homeschool year round with only a few weeks off during major holidays. They also go to school on saturdays or sundays. sometimes because of our business they will not do school for two weeks then we must play catch up . With the typical day we can be done by 1pm We all each lunch together. Go bakc to work and then at about 1 pm they are finished. If we have to do make up then they could be inschool till around 4 pm. Recently I disconnected the cable so that they could not sneek upstairs and get away with watching too much tv. This has been the best thing I have ever done. My son and daughters imagination is incredible. I suggest it to all of you. They are only allowed to watch one show a week at my house. Homeschooling is the best I say because I say when , I say how much and I say if it needs to be even done. If wee have an out of town installation I can either take the kids with us or let them stay with grandma and grandpa who live downthe road from us. Somedays I feel like I am the worst HS mom too. But then I get the kick that says you are with your kids it could be much worse. Thanks for reading. I welcome any emails Deborah

Submitted: 15:06:21 07/10/05

Grace (   hotchick23girl at
Your Typical Day:
Hi, I love reading the reviews posted on here so I thought I'd add one of my own.

Family Members:

Mum: Me
Dad: Rayford
John 12
Jessica 10
Peter 8
Eve 4

7.30 am: get up and have breakfast

8.00 am: do morning chores eg make beds, brush teeth etc, hubbie off to work

8.30 am: watch cartoons

9.00 am: off to classroom[kitchen table!] to do schoolwork [I ring a bell.] Eve mucks round, plays, watches tv or something.

this is the curriculum I use:

9.00-9.30: Math Singapore Maths. The kids work while I work on the computer and they ask me for hep if they need it.

9.30-10.15: Grammer A Beka. I give 15 minutes each undivided attention and it seems to work.

10.15-10.30:Spelling My own list of 10 words given each week to learn. I use this time to test each child on their words.

Morning Tea Time

11.00-11.45: Social Studies ACE. I spend some time doing houseswork in this slot. ACE doesn't require much teacher input.

11.45-12.15: Science ACE. Same as social studies except we use NZ paces.

12.15-12.30: Literature My own worksheets. The children read a book choosen from a selection [made by me] and once they finish it I give them a worksheet on it.

12.30-1.30: Lunch Time

1.30-6.00: The children play, watch tv, play playstation 2, or play outside.

6.00-7.00: Dinner. Hubbie usally home by now. During dinner hubbie reads aloud a verse from the bible and we discuss what it means.

7.00: The older kids watch the simpsons while the younger ones have a bath. Eve goes to bed around 7 while Peter goes to bed around 7.30. Jessica is around 8.15 and John is 8.30-9. I turn in around 10-11.Rayford turns in around 11. This sort of day works for us and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Submitted: 21:03:03 07/02/05

Hannah (   itsallrelativeto me at
Your Typical Day:
Okay this discussion has helped me quite a bit, mostly relax.
DH 40 telecommutes most the time from home office, but travels 2x a month
Hannah 35 Mom to:
DS 13 in public school
DS 6 has moderate Asbergers. HS
DS 6 mos will be homeschooled
I wake up around 4:45 am to be running by 5am.
When I get back at 6ish, I wake up DS- so he can get ready for public school. I shower and get breakfast on. Around 6:30am DS and I read the scriptures together and have our morning family prayer. He is off by 7:15am.
I allow the others to wake up when they want, and I do house duty and Mom duty until they wake up. They baby does wake up around 6:30am, so he is in tow and we play.
I start school at 9 sharp- every one on time with their required planners receives a dime.
We start school with a prayer, song and devotional- meaning either scriptures or a spiritual topic. Then we recite the Pledge. I read from a chapter book. After that, I review their planners to see how they are progressing on their weekly goals. AWhen our morning meeting is complete, Math is done. The older girls use DIVE, that frees me up to do Singapore with the younger two (baby goes down for a morning nap still).
After their math lesson, we play a math facts game, and off to grammar. We we do our unit study next(Science, History, Art, go to the Co-op for gym) depending on the day. We finish school by noon or one pm.
In the afternoon, they play outside, read, make sure their chores are done. They all are required to read for either one or two hours a day (depending on their age) and write/draw in their journals about the day. I take spelling errors from their writing to help improve their spelling.
When DS comes home from school and has his chores done, we either go to friends' house (we live out in the country), or swimming, or for a long bike ride, or other gym like activity. A few nights a week, the HS kids have music lessons and they have to of course practice while I am making dinner. I make sure we all eat together. DS plays sports ,so depending on the season he has to be here there and everywhere. We close the evening with scriptures, and family prayer.
That being said, my house is never pretty, laundry is always piling up, "art " is all over the house. My kids love art day, it can be VERY messy. If I didn't run 4 miles a day, my head would explode. DH and I do go on a date weekly. I have to make a conscience effort to spend time with just him daily. Most days, I love having my kids around me and when they are given the choice to go to public schools, they refuse.
I have to applaud the woman who works and still home school, I don't think you are the worst, I think it is wonderful! I really do.

Submitted: 05:50:10 06/06/05

ClaireV (   rcvorhis at
Your Typical Day:
Claire (39) Notary
Dd (almost 11)
Ds (9)

I work, so the kids don't do a lot of book work. They spend time with their grandparents, and that has been an education in itself. Ds is a slow reader, but does a little each day. Dd self-teaches a lot. She struggles with math, but is working her way through a math book. I disagree that the previous poster is the worst hs mom - I AM!!!!! Unfortunately, I am torn in too many directions. I severely limit tv and video games, so the kids are required to find other things to do. Dd reads for more than an hour each evening and writes in her journal; she also writes songs and poetry. Ds spends a lot of time outdoors, and loves studying bugs and magnets. As they get older, I want to structure our time more, but for now, unschooling is my only option. I do hear regulary how delightful my kids are, and I think that's directly related to their being home instead of in ps.

Submitted: 21:47:47 05/27/05

Tammy (   jthor1466 at
Your Typical Day:
Dad, Jeff, age 38 farmer/rancher slave to my father (biological one not the Bibilical one)
Mom, Tammy age 37 works part time for and exchange student program and partime for her sister at Radio Shack
Son, John 13 home schooled for most of this school year, dyslexic reading at a 4th or 5th grade level
Daughter, Elizabeth, 7 currently in public school but coming home next year.
Typical day, doesn't happen to regularly but I try to get it to happen at least twice a week.
Monday: vision therapy for both kids. Elizabeth's school is four days a week so she goes too. The therapy place is about 2 hours away so pretty much uses up the entire day.
Tuesday-Friday: Jeff kids the kids up, and Elizabeth ready for school at about 6pm.
John has 4 dairy cows for a 4-H project so he helps his dad milk unless we are not being on task with school, then he starts school, dad milks and mom sleeps.
John is doing videotext algebra so he starts the day with Math his favorite subject, watching the videos and starts the lesson. He gets me up if he needs help but usually he doesn't, and then moves on to grammar, or vision therapy or what ever book he is reading, (he reads along with the tapes).
Once I get up, I help him with any subject he is struggling with and we do spelling power. Often I read his history books to him we have been reading the biographies in Sonlight 3, (I couldn't afford the entire curriculum). He also likes me or dad to do science with him. We also did Sonlight 3 science. So we do science for a week or two then we do history for a week or two.
Usually we are done by 10:30 or 11:00am and then he goes to work with me or his dad, plays video games, or now that its warm mows lawns (he started a lawn care business last year).
I am like the world's worst home school mom, but I have a type A son who makes it very easy and keeps me on task. He lives for little check lists where he can check of his assignments when he's done.
It will be interesting to see how things go next year when I try to home school my gifted but free spirited, drama queen of a daughter, but I really can't see her wasting the next two years because I know that she will make next years teacher absolutely crazy.

She did home school with us a couple of days when she was "off" or home sick and really seemed to thrive. She played with brothers electo magnet for hours.
Anyway my typical day is more like a typical two hours, but it about all my son can stand with out going into total break down, and four hours of intense homeschool probably corresponds pretty closely with 8 hours of public school.
Sometimes we forget school for days and spring break ends up being two weeks but we are going to do a limited school day all summer (we hope).
The plan for the summer, math and spelling every day and then writing and or writing twice a week. two hours of school max. I don't want his reading and writing to slip and he wants to go back two public school as a freshman with Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry completed so he can go immediately into ap classes in math. Its very important to him to be the best at something.
Oh, our schedule is more complicated during the fall and winter as he plays football and basketball at the local school so I drive him in for PE. If the schedules will work I will take Elizabeth in for music. Hopefully they will be either at the same time or just an hour apart so that I can make one trip and we'll read in the car for whoever isn't in class.
She also does dance class once a week, if we ever finish up vision therapy we may move it up to twice a week or add a gymnastics class.

Submitted: 16:00:51 05/13/05

Juli (   oregonjuli at
Your Typical Day:
Ok, So I'm not so bad as I thought.
Braden - 3rd grade, homeschooled
Also have Katie 5th grade (in school) and Maddie 18 mo.

We pulled our son last spring (04) because he's ADHD and was just falling farther behind. He was in an excellent private school, but couldn't read due to us moving several times and him missing out on learning basic reading in Kind. and 1st grade. So intead of holding him back I decided to homeschool him.

Our day is usually pretty consistent. I take the oldest to school at 7:00 (they start early in louisiana). Braden gets up around 8:30 or so and by 9:30 we try to start school. We always do math and language. Some kind of reading and phonics work (although we didn't like Abeka readers so we're still looking for something we like). We vary between sometimes doing History, and spelling, although spelling usually gets thrown by the wayside because of frustration. I sometimes feel I'm not doing enough, since I'm really just pushing the basics, but I hope it's enough. I think he'll stay homeschooled another year. Any advice on curriculum would be great.

Submitted: 20:59:45 05/05/05

calderwood (  
Your Typical Day:
We have been homeschooling for almost 5 yrs. now. I really like teaching our 3 kids. My husband teaches the Science and Math, he works full time as well so the kids do those two subjects after 4. We use BJ for everything except Math. Next year we will be using a different science and reading curriculm. I really don't like all the text books, but our schudule is so hectic that I need something that does not require a lot of preparation. A typical week goes something like this: Mon. the kids have iceskating practice they are getting ready for their 6th competion. Tues. they do school from 8 til lunch then off to piano lessons. Wed. they do story hour at the library and check out books and then back home to do some school.In the evening we go to church where my husband and I run The Patch The Pirate Club,which is a musical and drama club for 1-6 graders. Thrus. The kids do school from 8 - lunch and then its 4-h time which they love and they get a chance to see their other homeschool friends. Friday we're usually home all day and are able to get a lot done. No matter how little school we do(which isn't so, may appear that way. A little organization goes a long way.) the kids get a lot more than the public school students ever will, they have to know the info because they know I will ask them and not some other kid they could be hiding behind. What a blessing it is to see the kids grow spiritually and intellectually and physically.

Submitted: 08:54:54 05/03/05

Karen (   karentaylor at
Your Typical Day:
Dad, Mom, Christopher (Chris) Maw Maw. Dad is out of the house by 5:30. I have coffee & news. Chris (10) is not allowed to leave his room until his room and bed are made. Chores, pets. Breakfast. Journaling, reading, math, recreation before noon. Maw Maw has Alzheimers and is up by now. After lunch (I've started laundry by now) it's spelling. Chris and I take turns writing funny stories using spelling words (ABeka) in the order they're listed. If I write the story, I leave blanks for Chris to fill in. We do history, science, philosophy, Latin, flute, and baseball as well. Public speaking class with tournaments, scouts, RAs, field trips. I have decided to start Chris on copy work, reading more classics, and learning history through biographies (although Abeka history is good). Dad is a scientist, so he helps with science projects. They are away -- mountain climbing and hiking for 5 days right now. I am enjoying down time. Good chance to reorganize school stuff. Chris is required to enter essay contests. He's a good kid. He loves philosophy (elementary level, of course). We have astronomy equipment, large telescope, so he gets that naturally, as he gets grammar naturally. Maw Maw even helps with spelling tests (she's a retired teacher). karentaylor at

Submitted: 04:13:59 04/25/05

Sherri (   manxcarter at
Your Typical Day:
Our household consists of:
Tim (36) - Full-time Baptist pastor & dad
Sherri (36) - Full-tim pastor's wife & mom, part-time secretary
Ashley (13) - grade 8
Emily (10) - grade 4
1 chocolate lab, 2 manx cats, 1 regular cat, and 2 goats (aka 4-H projects)
Our "typical" day is never very typical, but I always enjoy reading these, so I thought I'd add my input. My husband is very disciplined at getting up at a set time and being at the church early. The rest of us are night owls, and never get up as early as we should. This drives him crazy. We are trying to do better about "early to bed, early to rise", and this is one of my goals for the future. We usually start off our day with breakfast and then chores such as feeding the animals, sorting the laundry and washing the dishes. Then we begin our schoolwork. We used to have a room for this with individual desks, but over the years we've discovered that congregating at the kitchen table works best for us, since this is the "center of activitiy" in our home. On "typical" days we have a devotion first, but I don't sweat it if we don't because we have so many teachable moments throughout our day that can be tied into something from the Bible. I also teach a girl's disciple group at our church on Wednesday nights and both of my girls are in it. So with Sundays, Wednesday, and the other stuff they usually get lots of Biblical teaching. We usually start off with math (Saxon for one and Math-U-See for the other), then Easy Grammar, Spelling (A Reason for Spelling), and Wordly Wise 3000. We then break for lunch, and do our writing (Writing Strands this year, but will not do it again next year) right after lunch. Then we do Science (Bob Jones) and History (Bob Jones). The girls are always reading books on their own time, so we have done away with any kind of reading curriculum for now. I always make them write book reports for the books they've read. They tend to enjoy reading more when they can read what they want. After school we clean up the house, go work at the church, or do whatever is on the schedule for that day. I must say, though, that most days our schedule doesn't run smoothly. With my husband being the pastor, we never know what may happen from day to day that could cause this all to change. If someone needs counselling, or there's an out-of-town meeting, or a funeral, or something special going on at the church, etc., we could be doing school at the church, in the car, in a hotel room, at a friend's house or not at all. When we are home, and the weather is nice, we have school on our deck at the edge of the woods. This is one of my favorite places to be. If the girls get too antsy during the day, we take a break and go out to ride bikes, walk the goats, practice piano, or something. Then it's back to work. Some days we don't finish everything, but other days we do extra, so it all balances out in the end. We have school during the typical school year. We always try to finish up by the time warm weather hits (end of April) so we can be outside. Add in constant interruptions from the girls' other homeschooled friends who call all hours of the day and night, phone calls from church friends, working part-time at the church (the kids go with me) and the responsibilities that come with being the pastor's wife, and you may get in one or two typical days a week. But that's what we love about homeschooling. It's flexible. I can't imagine anything else working out for our family. I honestly don't know what I'll do when my children are grown and I'm not teaching them anymore. In the mean time, We homeschool around the life God has called us into. My kids are learning many things about dealing with people, about being in the ministry (my oldest feels a calling to be a pastor's wife too) and academics too! What a life!

Submitted: 22:58:42 04/22/05

Scarlett (   sterczela2000 at
Your Typical Day:
Let's see. Where do I begin? We're a family of four. I am at home with the kids full time and so thankful to be able to do that. My husband is full time Army National Guard. He is a great support and a wonderful "Principal" to my "teacher" role. We are Baptist and use School of Tomorrow curriculum for both children because of it's strong Christian teaching. We have a son finishing 8th grade and daughter completing 2nd. Everyone is up and about by around 7:30 each morning. It's just enough time to see dad off to work, toss down some cereal and get the dogs walked and fed and we are ready to go. We start about 9 am most mornings. I use goal charts for both kids, my son sets his own goals for the day and I set them for my daughter. She is gradually learning to set her own, but that takes time. They both do some "Bible work" first thing for at least a half an hour. My son reads directly from the Bible and my daughter does her actual "Bible Reading" PACE booklet first. They both also have Bible verses to memorize each day and a longer verse each month. They work pretty consistently until about 10:30 . Then we take a half hour or so break for a snack and romp with the dogs, anything to relax and get ourselves recharged. We only take as much time as needed for lunch. I spend time after lunch taking care of any testing they might have for the day. It seems like that time of day is good for them both. We grab another break around 2 They work at their own pace, but we shut down at 3 no matter what. I need a definate start and finish time or I feel like school "takes over". I used to set an alarm for 3pm and that sort of got them into the habit of tapering off at that time. My husband and I grade their PACES and tests at night after everyone is asleep. I find it helps not to have an anxious kid hovering in the vicinity when his or her test is being critiqued! I like to play soft classical music on my PC while they work. I know I find it relaxing and I think they do too. We do take longer breaks during some days. Like getting groceries and fridays we hit the library for a few hours and they work around it. I have each of them choose a "just for fun" book every few weeks. They are required to read it and then simply tell me all about it. Nothing too tough, but I think it helps them communicate their thoughts clearly and it is fun for them to choose something they like. The kids take afternoons to play outside with friends, ride bikes, play soccer or something like that to keep them active. In winter I let them go outside during the warmest part of the day for an hour or so and work around that. My daughter is in bed by 8, she is a real crab to wake up the next day if she stays up too late! My son goes up at 9:30 but he is allowed to read in bed until 10. (teenage boys will do ANYTHING rather than go to sleep!) I am a night owl myself. I am never in bed before 12-1. There is just too much to do, and I enjoy the quiet time to myself while everyone else is asleep! I really enjoy reading all of these posts. It's nice to get ideas from others who have "been there, done that" Thanks !

Submitted: 23:07:54 04/03/05

Sarah L (   sarahfaye22 at
Your Typical Day:
I had to share my typical day after reading angie's post! I am so glad that I'm not the only one that feels like a great day is one where it feels like you've done nothing!

We just started homeschooling our son a few weeks ago after months of being told he was ADD and out of control by public school. In reality, he just wanted to ask more questions than they wanted to answer and likes to touch things instead of being told what they feel like. He also had a problem with talking too much in the hallway (gasp!).

Anyhow, my husband and I have both dropped from working full time to part time and take turns teaching Caleb. After a week of beating our head against the wall trying to make our home more like a regular school, we've found that relaxing and playing it a little more by ear is working much better. A typical day in our household now goes something like this..

Usually we're up at about 7 or 8 depending on what time the internal clock in my son's stomach wakes us all up or if I have a class. We have breakfast and Caleb starts on getting himself dressed and getting his chores done (feeding the fish, making his bed, the usual). He gets rewards for doing all of his chores and for having a good attitude and trying his best so this is a big part of our day. When all of this is finished we let him start doing schoolwork, usually the more interesting hands-on stuff we do first sonce it gets him into a good groove. We try to do english and math every day and we use curriculum that I bough at a local parent teacher store for worksheetsas well as the internet. Since my son is so hands-on and let me do it, we try to use as many things he can manipulate and "play" with as we can. Right now we're learning money so he has a wallet and all of his coins and bills in it for him to work with. We're also learning about budgeting so he is going to help plan our vacation this summer and watch help us save money for it. Social studies and science we do as we go. Basically I looked up the standards for our state and went on an internet hunt for materials to teach them. We make models, do experiments, watch films, go on field trips, whatever works for whatever we're studying. As of right now, we've done science for the past 3 days and will do some social studies next in the same way. Art and music is a constant in my house so we usually dance and listen to music at some point in the day, every day and make some sort of a craft every day, although most of those are based around our science projects or something else we're studying. We'll be enrolling him in sports this summer at the YMCA but until then, PE takes the form of playing basketball with dad and taking hikes and dancing with mom. We don't really have a "school time" and a "down time" since most of the time, Caleb finds one thing during the day that he likes and so we have to talk about it all day! We probably don't do half as mauch as some schools would think we should, but overall, I think we're learning enough.

A typical day may someday be one that is scheduled every minute, but for now I can't see it happening for us. This has been a wonderful few weeks and we'll be holding onto what works for a long time. Not only have I gotten much closer to my son, it's nice to actually see my son enjoying the learning process.

Submitted: 16:56:54 03/31/05

Angela (   Angelacarlson at
Your Typical Day:
Well add my name to the list of people who really NEEDED to read Sara's post today!!

Wow, I feel incredibly validated now...which brings me to my very first observation...homeschool parents need lots and lots of validation. Thanks be to God for providing it when I need it most.

Ok, my typical day:
first...the brood-
Riley Grace 7 yrs old (2nd grade)
Chet 4 yrs old
Henry 2 yrs old
Miles 6 months old

Riley is the only one doing "school" so far but the 2 older boys love to play at it so that's a cool thing.

My kids are early risers...don't know where they get that but yet, there it is...6am and they're tugging at me saying "look, the sun is's morning time" which prompts my exit from bed, rather begrudgingly I'll add. ( I'm usually muttering something under my breath.)

We eat breakfast, get dressed, make a stab at brushing teeth and then head to our family room to "start school." That's when the whining begins and I say at least once a day, "well you know honey, if you don't like homeschool then we can send you back to regular school" and that silences the whining. I have to stop using that as a crutch though because it's really not true...I don't think I'd send her back!

This is our 2nd year of homeschooling and for the last couple of years I've been in search of the "perfect" curriculum, which of course only exists in my mind...SO...for next year, third grade I've decided to follow the sage advice of a friend and create a curriculum that fits us rather than trying to shoe-horn my family into one.

The very best homeschool days we've had have looked more like us kicking back, letting my daughter read what appeals to her while I make suggestions of what she could try next (which she does try then! yea!) and having great discussions about what she's reading.

She also totally digs the computer so I"m going to look into the Switched on Schoolhouse cd's and see if that will work for some of our subjects.

So basically, hoping that typical homeschool days will look more like an integration of learning throughout our day rather than a set time period when we sit down and try to replicate regular only took me 2 years to figure that out!

Now I just have to figure out how to get over comparing our style to everyone elses!

(just need MORE validation I guess...)

peace today

Submitted: 14:27:10 03/22/05

Sarah (   leilerts at
Your Typical Day:
Mom-age 34
Hubby- age 38
Rachel -age 7, 1st grade
LJ - age 5, pre-school
Mathias - age 9 months

After reading a few of these "typical days", I just had to add one more. I was just in awe at some of the mom's that had it all together! This family is definitly not one of them! This is our second year of homeschooling and our first year living in a house that we spent 3 years building ourselves out in the country on a farm, although we don't have any critters yet.
Our kids, I guess, are pretty undisciplined. They go to bed when they want to for the most part. I and the baby are early to bed. My husband and the kids are night owls. Rachel and LJ have been known to stay up as late as 2am. They don't get into any trouble, just playing or watching tapes, so it doesn't bother me. They also sleep in rather late, but that's OK because the morning is the only time I have to myself for Bible time and computer playing. Right now we're using Alpha Omega for Phonics, Science and History and Horizons for Math and Spelling/Vocab. I can't say I'm all that happy with it, but I was a little worried about not having something structured to start out with while we got our feet wet. Rachel seems to be a real wiz and really doesn't have any trouble with any of it and often times does her school work during the middle of the night by herself, which is fine with me, I just check to make sure that it's right and that she understands what she's doing. We do spelling tests and any other tests we have on Fridays. LJ is working through that Sing, Spell, Read and Write. Although he still does not know his letters. Actually, I don't know that it's not that he doesn't know them as much as it is that he's stubborn and just doesn't want to say them. I'd like to do more outside activities, but we'll take care of that this spring. My hubby is planning on getting 100 chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep and goats and so the kids will have plenty of "outside" things to do besides the garden and 80 acres to explore.
I will say there are days when we don't get to schooling at all and we just pick up where we left off and keep going. We tend to "school" all year around anyway. I'm still trying to figure out my kids learning styles and what their niche is. Maybe next year!

Submitted: 06:30:32 02/09/05

Lori (  
Your Typical Day:
Like most home schoolers, we don't have a "typical" day. I would say that we have a basic "skeleton" or "backbone" of a routine and make adjustments accordingly. For curriculum, I have been all over the place. Unschooling sounded good, but then I panicked. My cousin sold us her A beka curriculum and we use that as a basis for the basics. But I don't really follow the teacher's guide. We just work through the books together. A typical day:

Oral reading - My son will read to me from one of the A beka readers or library books, or Bob Books, etc.

Phonics - a page from the Alphaphonics primer, usually one lesson or review lesson from the Why Johnny Can't Read primer (I read Why Johnny Can't Read in college and it made such an impression on me that I saved it and now use the primer in the back of the book)

Langauge Arts - Right now we are working on doing the worksheets that came with the A beka materials.

Handwriting/Writing - Itallic handwritng and copy work (again a leaning towards the Charlotte Mason method)

Literature - I usually read a loud to my son and then have him narrate or tell the story back to me. Since I began having him narrate he really seems to pay more attention. We have read a lot of classics like CHARLOTTE'S WEB and right now we're reading a chapter or two a day from the LITTLE HOUSE books.

Arithmetic - flashcards, a page a day in the A beka students' book, usually a page or so from his MODERN CURRICULUM PRESS workbook and some excellent work books I picked up at Sam's Club. I'm hoping to find a more hand's on approach to math.

Science/History - A Beka readers; "living books" such as those on the Ambleside Online website that fit into the Charlotte Mason method

Art - arts and crafts books from the library, the FamilyFun craft books, things I find on the Internet. I am looking for something more formal, but right now he seems to enjoy the laid back approach. I hope to begin a Nature Journal with him soon.

Submitted: 14:56:32 01/16/05

Susan (   shooten77 at
Your Typical Day:
Aayric,DAD, works A LOT (hardworker, computer game player for HOURS,TOTALLY supportive of homeschooling,gotta love 'em)
Susan, MOM, Love homeschooling but beginning to burn out due to overuse of "classroom style" curriculum,,yuck!
Melissa, dd, loves to read, loves detective, spy stuff and the weather
Austin, ds, will read but would rather play computer games like dad but mom won't let him too much, very loving
Kaeli, dd, preschooler, hilarious personality, she's the entertainment around the house
Abby, dd, she's running over toes and grasping at everything while cruising in her walker

First off, let me begin by saying that I started reading these typical days a few years ago and decided I would submit my "typical day" when I finally had it right. HA! Like that will ever happen! I have changed curriculum hundreds of times, changed homeschooling styles hundreds of times, and read and reread homeschooling stuff on the internet to figure out where I went wrong. It's this little cycle I'm in...I have made circles going back to curriculum that I thought wasn't what we idea of homeschooling changes from day to day...horrid, isn't it.

I have to say reading SARA's typical day had me laughing so hard I was practically falling out of my chair! What a riot! And reading many of the other typical days has made me realize I'm not the only mom who doesn't have a so called "typical day", who sleeps in, stays up late, etc

Typical day: There is no typical day...real life happens here (I need a sign on my wall saying that so I will stop worrying that I am not disciplined enough to homeschool). We start school around 9 or 10 or maybe 11. We do reading, math, writing, spelling, vocabulary, history, science, social studies (Weekly Reader for current events), grammar, etc. I'm finding that my children HATE Bob Jones Reading curriculum...and we are starting to get burnt out because we are using Abeka and Bob Jones, and stuff "schools" use and not doing many hands on things or getting out much because it takes all day just to get all the "school" done. (Did you like my run-on?) Drudgery, drudgery....we need a different method of homeschooling other than "classroom" schooling in the home. SO, we will begin Sonlight to see how they like it. And Charlotte Mason...see how that goes..although, I'm not quite sure how to implement that. We usually are finished before nightfall..:)really.

Thanks for everyone submitting their typical day so I feel like I'm not so bad at this after all.


Submitted: 22:34:00 12/01/04

Melissa (   santaellam at
Your Typical Day:
Ok, we are
Mario 27 SSGT deployed to Iraq
Melissa 27-SAHM, the eccentric bookworm
Sonia 6 -creative genius
Scott 4-the lovable perfectionist
Erica-18 months,thinks all the teletubbies are named LaaLaa

Ok so right off the bat my typical day is different from most of yours, since essencially I am a single parent, since for the past year (and for the next 6 months)my husband has been deployed. So I do (or avoid doing) everything myself. And I mean everything, but before you pity me to much just know my dh rarely does anything when he was here, aside from watch TV and occasionally question whether I am turning our children into "freaks". So while I miss him terribly, and pray for his safe return,In his absense I am free to teach the kids however I want.

A typical day usually involves (in random order)
-My oldest daughter reading avidly for hours from whatever has caught her fancy, sometimes books I have strategically placed in her path, sometimes stopping to put new or unfamiliar words in her journal and looking them up or asking me about them
-My son reading Dick and Jane (which he LOVES)with me or one of the cat in the hat type beginner books
-Me reading between 2-10 books aloud to them, and a few chapters of whatever chapter book we are interested in, usually classics, oh, yeah and usually I have to read Baby Bop Discovers Shapes to Erica about 7 times while she points to each shape and says "Star"
-Board games, card games, math games, reading games, logic games, strategy games, computer (learning) games (try writing blaster, my kids love it)during which at least once my four year old is either going to 1) try to play something way too advanced and end up crying or 2)Lose a game even though he played very well and cry that he can't do it. ( I highly recommend the family pastimes games, Harvest Time and A Beautiful Place which are great for little perfectionists since they are cooperative, not competitive and very simple to play. My kids love them and can even play independently while I do other stuff.)
-lots of coloring adn drawing (I love dover books,even more drawing and random bits of writing, puzzles and pretend play, did I mention drawing?
-My house is full of educational toys,workbooks,puzzles, brain teasers,software, maps and globes,art supplies, books and activities and usually when I bring in something new I do a montessori-esqe introduction (same with library books)and then let them at it, I come up with themes sometimes and projects and sometimes get carried away with it. I would say close to 80% of our time is "unstructured" but I always carefully prepare the environment to try to get them interested in whatever it is I want them to learn and it usually works for me. The kids can only watch an hour of TV daily during the week,and this keeps them engaged in activity but educational videos don't count and they are in love with "Schoolhouse Rock" right now and the magic school bus movies are great too. We each get a "turn" on the computer, and usually we each take a turn doing Latin with Rosetta Stone. My six year old loves it (so do I!), my son is once again striving to compete with her even though I told him he could play another game instead of Latin, but he is driven.
-Sonia has a weekly assignment sheet and she just does it as she feels like, sometimes she wants to try to finish everything the same day (I don't give her too much-She does very well learning on her own, or just casually led by me into doing it) her assignments are usually from:
*Writing Strands 3 (just started, like it so far)
*Handwriting without tears (likes it, bugging for cursive)
*10 spelling words (there is a free program, Spell-time I got it as freeware it is perfect, you can input your own lists and record sounds and everything)
*Math-usually about 3 lessons and then just lots of games and discussion of concepts. We are using Mastering Mathmatics which is kindof interesting in that it goes all the way through the grades, with no grade levels, just completely covering basic math, but by skill, so you do addition until you have mastered all of it, then subtraction...etc. instead of skipping around. I liked this for Sonia since she can tear through it as ferociously as she wants and I don't have to be buying texts all the time)
*Science-library books and experiments that catch our interest, sometimes a worksheet
*History-quasi classical, we use tons of library books and videos, SOTW, a huge wall timeline and a history journal, plus all the goodies- games, paper dolls,crafts, art projects, recipes-she usually has to add something new to the journal, do a few worksheets each week and some fun projects
-playing outside, sometimes with other kids, sometimes at the playground, sometimes at the sand/water table, digging in the mud,building a fort...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Nights we always lay out and line up the selection of newly bought or borrowed books on the floor and use our "secret ballots" (scraps of paper with our names) and vote for our favorites, by secretly putting our ballots under the covers while the others cover their eyes. (Even Erica does this, although she doesn't get her own vote yet) The winner books get read that night and losers compete again tommorrow. My kids LOVE this and I mean L-O-V-E. As we read a book it gets "used up" and so by the end of the week (usually Monday night since Tues is library day)we have read all the books I selected for the week and they feel like they have chosen them! I read math books (try anything by Tang)lots of science, biography, history, caldecotts, classics etc. and sometimes the little ones get bored and wander away, especially when I get to the chapter book (which isn't voted for)but Sonia loves this part especially and would sit all night enthralled in most books.

Well, Ok I hope this was helpful to anyone interested. One note I must add is that I currently live in Texas, and as you may or may not know Texas has no laws about homeschooling, so I do not have to submit anything (Horray!)But I do keep records in which I turn all of our stuff into edu-ese, and I do keep a portfolio of Sonia's work,mostly because noone would believe me about what she can do otherwise and her various placement tests incase she ever wants to go back to, school.

Submitted: 20:31:17 11/29/04

Cindy (   pscs at
Your Typical Day:
My Family:
Cindy, age 37, SAHM, once a practicing Real Estate Agent
Husband Paul: age 38, Met him at the age of 15, married him in 1988. Now a successful Electrical Contractor with his own business, after years of struggle!!
Kids: Paul Jr., age 14, 9th grade
Kaitlyn,age 12, 6th grade
Kailey, age 6, would be K, but now, 1st-2nd grade??

First year homeschooler.

Hmmm, after trying to get our bearings, our typical day, kind of goes like this:

Wake up around 7:00 am. 6 yo is ready to go already. Makes her bed, I make mine, send dh off to work. My 6 yo has her breakfast and we start her schoolwork. She always starts with Explode The Code, than works her way to Horizons Math, than she does all of her PACES. English,Word Building, Science and History. She can usually finish in about 2-3 hours.
My 12 yo usually does not rise until 9:00 am, so she will make her bed, take her shower, and eat her breakfast. Than we will sit down together and do her school work together. She will always start doing her ACE Math first because that is what gives her the most trouble. Than she will work on her Easy Grammar and Wordly Wise. On Mondays I giver her a pre-test in her spelling words, with a test on them on Friday's.
We work on ACE Science 3 days a week, with SOTW Volume 1 History two times a week in the afternoons. In between all of this, I have to answer phones for my husbands business, that can get a little crazy at times!!
My 14 yo, usually does his schoolwork on his own. I am here to answer questions for him, check up on him, grade all of his work, and set up his lesson planning. We use AOA for him.
On free times the girls read from their books I have chosen for them. My 6th grader is now reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. And my 6 yo Loves The Frog and Toad books.
The girls have Choir at church, along with Bible study, and youth group. They also take Dance class, and my 6th grader is on the Student Advisory Board with our local afterschool program. My son is on the Rifle team, youth group at church, on the Adult Advisory board for our after school program, and on the teen advisory board at our local town hall.
We also watch a ton of educational videos(Bill Nye the Science Guy is one of our favorites),Science experiments, arts and crafts, and we also make cookies for the nursing homes residents here in town which we visit once a month.
My son also mentors less than fortunate kids at our local middle school.
My 6 yo is also very active in Brownies.
She also plays the recorder.
One of our other favorite things to do is just to sit down and read a book outloud. My 6th grader still enjoys this!!
My dh can be home at any hour, so dinner sometimes can be as late as 7:00. My 6th grader plans the meals for the week, and will do the cooking on Sunday's depending on what we have planned. She loves to cook.
Bedtime for my 6 yo is no later than 8:00 pm, with the older ones we really do not have a set bedtime, but tell them no later than 11:00.
Daddy and I will go out and relax in our hot tub with a glass of wine to unwind from our day!!

Submitted: 12:48:33 11/29/04

Elaine (   furlong1968 at
Your Typical Day:
On M-F, my 7 yo son will do one lesson from his McGuffey Primer, one letter from Handwriting Without Tears, and one lesson from Practical Arithmetics the First Book. My 15 yo daughter works independently on the Key To math series and preparing for her CLEP exams and SAT. Other than the basics, I often record educational shows and movies that my children might enjoy/benefit from. We attend classes at our homeschool center at least 3 days a week. We read aloud nightly to the 7yo mostly from Sonlight recommendations. I use the Notgrass Company Learning Lifestyle record keeping notebook.

Submitted: 06:19:52 11/27/04

Peggy in SC (  
Your Typical Day:
I've often thought about doing this, but never got around to it. Our busy life's typical day

Dad: Bob - 53
Mom: Peggy - 38
Son: Andy - 7 (2nd gr)
Daughter: Sarah Jane - 4

There is really no such thing as a "typical" day in our house. Here's our basic plan, but we are always ready to adjust as needed.

My dd attends 4k at a church pre-school 3 days per week (M,W,F 9-12) and my ds attends a home school academy on Tuesdays (9-1). My ds also has speech therapy at the bright and early time of 8:00 on Mon. mornings!

On M,W,F, my ds and I start school after dropping off dd at pre-school. We use ACE paces and do 4-5 pages per day per subject. We always do them in the same order. We start w/Bible to begin our day in God's word. Ds reads aloud the Bible passage in the pace and I discuss it w/him. Then he answers the pace ques. Then, we start w/his most difficult subject and finish w/his easiest. We do them in this order: Math, Lit/Creative Writing, Word Building, English and Science. We usually are close to finishing between 9-12 while my dd is at pre-school. If we're not finished, we finish when she gets home. On Thur, we do school in the same order, but we start anytime we want.

We use paces like this: I have my son read his pace directions to me to be sure he understands what to do. He reads the science pace aloud to me and I ask him "open ended" discussion ques. These do not relate to the pace ques. and do not "give away" the answers to them. This is to encourage "critical thinking."

If there is a new concept in math or English, I explain it to him and do examples on the dry erase board. I also let him do sample problems on the dry erase board. He LOVES this. If we have Dr appts or a "crisis" occurs, I just hand the pace to ds (or we take them w/us) and he works independently.

We have a small "school room" w/maps, 2 cool desks w/"secretary chairs", a couch, storage cabinet and a large dry erase board. This keeps us organized! Both dc love their desks and spend a lot of the day in the school room when we're NOT "doing school."

On Tue, my son goes to the hs academy. They study Medieval history using the classical approach. He studies the art, music, drama, literature and history of the time period. He also takes a 1 hour science elective. They do cool experiments like dissecting a pig's eye! We do no pace work on Tue.

To supplement this study, I use SOTW vol 2 w/both my ds and dd. She loves to sit in w/big brother and its amazing how much she remembers and how proud she is of her history notebook. We try to do this on Thur, but sometimes we skip several weeks and other times we do this many times a week or even on Saturday. I try to use read aloud books to go w/the time period.

We're also doing "The 21 Rules of This House" together. My dd especially loves coloring the "rule" sheet and both dc are VERY QUICK to point out when mom or dad "breaks" a rule!

Except for history, all school work is usually completed either before lunch or shortly afterwards. The kids are turned loose to play in the yard. At some point, they usually come in to watch some TV or play computer games. I pretty much let them do what they want.

My ds loves to read and my dd loves me to read to her. We try to go to the library 1 day a week a pick out some books and videos. Both kids are also "crafty" and are constantly making things. My ds is quite an artist and likes to draw and color and paing. My dd enjoys coloring and painting. They usually make things or "play act" based on what they're learning in history.

In addition to our school work, we also try to set up play dates w/friends. We're pretty active in seasonal sports. Ds and dd both play soccer. Ds plays coach's pitch baseball. He also takes karate 2-3 times per week year round. Both kids swim at our neighborhood pool in the summer and hope to make the swim team next summer.

On Sundays we attend church. They are both in church choir and attend Pioneer Club and Scooters at church on Wed. nights.

In addition to these activities, our local zoo and museum have home school classes on a monthly basis and we try to attend all of these. We also take many field trips as a family.

While kids are playing or ds is doing pace work, I try to keep the house clean, check out email and my message boards and groups, etc. Our house is clean, but not "white glove" clean. Both kids make their beds every morning and straighten their rooms every evening. But these have definitely been overlooked at times. I try to stay on top of laundry and cooking/cleaning. But I'm no Mrs. Clean.

Dh leaves for work about 6:30 every morning. The dc and I get up around 7, sometimes I get up to see dh off, but not every morning. I try to have dd in bed between 8-8:30 and ds between 8:30-9. Sometimes its later b/c karate lasts too long and we don't eat dinner until 8! Neither dc naps, but I do let them zone in front of a movie in the afternoon and sometimes I'VE been known to doze off.

We school during the traditional public school year. We read in the summer, but don't do much else and definitely don't do our pace work.

Throw in an occasional sick child, a few temper tantrums and sibling squabbling, a happy meal a week and this is our crazy, mixed up, home school life!

Submitted: 19:45:27 11/23/04

Beth Miller (   bmill814 at
Your Typical Day:
I"m new to homeschooling. I have an energetic Kindergartener son who still claims that next year he'll go to "real school". (My goal in homeschooling was to have a better relationship with him as opposed to being his antagonist) After 2 months of homeschooling, I can actually say that at least I'm not sick of him and even amused by him! A typical day is usually started at 7 - 8 am or whenever everybody wakes up. The 5 yr old usually wakes first, followed by the 4 yr old girl and 7 mo. baby boy. We eat, do chores (bed, dress, empty dishwasher, take out trash/recycling) then we start school after baby Ian goes down for his a.m. nap. We're doing My Father's World which is sufficient for the amount of prep time and energy I have. It seems like we only are doing school for 1 1/2 hours or even less--it seems a little easy sometimes, since my 4 yr old gets alot of learning done despite my lack of discipline with any proactive program/distraction for her. She is a self starter (wants to "read" books by herself by perusing every picture before its read to her).

I have to say how much I laughed at Sarah's "typical day" submitted October 2004. I was encouraged and greatly relieved to hear of her realistic perspective about schooling and parenting! You should be writing a monthly newsletter just for the humor aspect of homeschooling!

Submitted: 20:28:56 11/02/04

Angie (   aattaguile at
Your Typical Day:
Hmmm...I work full-time, have five children but only homeschool my oldest. He's been homeschooled since the 6th grade and is now in the 9th. I hope to stop working by this January and will slowly start bringing home the rest of my kids (I guess I'm trying to prevent myself from going in to shock by having them all here, all at once--like if there's a way to prepare!). Anyway, my typical day consists of my calling my son frequently to make sure he's doing his work. This sweet kid used to do all his work without blinking an eye, knowing that as soon as he finished he could relax and build his lego/k'nex roller coasters. Well, he's 14, need I say more? I give him his work/ review each night and the following day he does his assignments--on good days he completes all his work. Once he's finished a subject, he calls me at work, where I have the answer books, and we review his answers. Any missed work becomes homework. Again, that's supposed to be "typical," but lately it's become a battle of wits, since I now have to lock the tv (he figured out how to pry it open), I've used password protect on the tv but made my password easy to remember---obviously too easy because he figured it out (of course, I found out a few weeks later). I've also installed the eye-timer on our pc, which for some reason works like a charm on his computer but does not do a bit of good on my pc (which has the internet). We've recently moved and for the first time this poor kid is actually alone. We used to live about five minutes from my work so as soon as he finished his school work I would take a break and pick him and take him to home schooling trips, activities, etc...but now I live 30 minutes away and "taking a break" is now longer feasable. So, again, for the first time I think he is truly feeling "freedom"---and like a typical kid his age, not handling it very well. Oh, well, I pray to be coming home for good in January so we should get back on track, whatever that means.

Submitted: 23:35:21 10/26/04

Lisa in Mississippi (   lisa at
Your Typical Day:
Typical day? Our days are far from typical. Everyday is something different with only a few factors being constant. Here is a summary of what I have to schedule around:

A husband who is not against homeschooling, but doesn't feel compelled to be a part of it either--I'm all alone on this one!

9 year old (ADHD)daughter-4th grade homeschool
7 year old daughter-2nd grade public school 7:50 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
5 year old daughter- PreK-4 church preschool M-F 8:30-1130 a.m.

I also work 36 hours per week at a hospital on an alternating day/night schedule. Some weeks it is 2 nights and one day or vice versa the nest week. On days that I am off of work, I wake 7 yr old up about 6:30, she and I eat breakfast together, then get ready for the day together. At 7 a.m., I wake 9 and 5 year old girls up and they eat breakfast. 7 year old gets on bus about 7:40 a.m., I get 5 yr old ready for preschool and 9 yr old gets dressed. We leave by 8:05 a.m. to take 5 y/o to preschool(20-25 minute drive). We return home by 9:00 a.m. and get out homeschool basket. We usually start with Alpha Omega Math Lifepacs and work at least 30 minutes, then listen to History audio memory tapes, for about 10 minutes. After that, Language Arts (Alpha Omega) is done for about 30 minutes, then Poetry for 15 minutes. Science (Alpha Omega) is next for about 30 minutes. By this time, it is time to leave to pick up daughter from preschool by 11:30. We return home by 12:00, have lunch, cleanup-kitchen and wherever else needs it. History (Alpha Omega)is started with supplementing with Cornerstones of Freedom books. After History, sometimes we might pick a science project or do a read-aloud. When 7 yr old gets off school bus, I allow them to play outside for about 30 minutes, the 7 y/o has homework to do(if she didn't already complete it on the bus!) Then we have supper together, if no one has dance/gymnastics. All 3 girls have dance/gym on separate days. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Church on Wednesday nights and homeschooling group activities generally set for Fridays. If I have had to work 2 days during the week, sometimes we catch up school on Saturdays or Sunday afternoons before church that evening. On days I work, 9 y/o goes to grandma's house(who is absolutely AGAINST homeschooling and refuses to let daughter do her work there) I usually instruct my daughter not to watch t.v. and to read a book while she is there,or help grandma bake or garden(learning without grandma's knowing she is actually learning!)
At night, after supper and baths, I try to read aloud a classic to the girls, then we read a verse or 2 from the Bible, then pray. Sometimes we discuss things going on in the world and how God might feel about it and find scriptures relating to it..
I've pretty much had to give up on my hopes of a "structured" homeschool day due to having to work. I'm learning how to adapt everything to a "teachable moment"(The Power of Teachable Moments By Jim Weidmann & Marianne Hering)in all subject areas including a christian life.

Submitted: 14:09:45 10/15/04

Sara DeMatteo (   sdematte at
Your Typical Day:
Ya know, I really do have more important things to be doing online right now, at this time of night, which is my only time of solitude ever. Of course I get sucked into reading WAYYY too many typical days, which I really tried to stay away from, but what harried homeschooling mom barely hanging onto her sanity and salvation can resist, right? We all just want to hear that we're not the lone freak, struggling to come up from the undertow of overscheduling, wrong curriculum choices, not enough time with God, husband, children, laundry, endless appointments, bad food choices, not enough time for a nap, exercise, books you actually WANT to read...on and on, right? Yeah, I know there are some women out there who are just fantastic at the 5am rise-and-shine thing, have already gone for a run, done an hour of devotions, showered and started breakfast by 7, and she still has to go and gently rouse her young (MINE would be up at 5:05, as soon as they heard my feet hit the fifth creaky stair!); but for those of us lucky enough to be able to blame our failed parents for not having adequately disciplined us, we must fight our way through the mind-boggling concept of scheduling...and sticking with it!
Of course that's all tongue-in-cheek, but I do know the struggles of it. I will be 30 in December, husband Jacob 31 in December, son Asher 7 in February, Olivia just 5, son Elias 3 in November, son Benjamin 1 in November. My oldest two are both first-graders, and we have just begun classical homeschooling this year, so now I have a library of incredible timeless books, and not enough time to enjoy them! We just sold our home this week, OURSELVES, so you can imagine what keeping the house spotless was like for a month. We must now find a two-family home to buy to live in by November 26, or else we may be eating turkey leftovers in the church parking lot. I am doing all the work myself because I am firmly convinced that 98% of real estate agents...well, you know, so I spent just this morning two hours on the phone making calls about houses. Now we have to go on appointments to see these houses. I mean, we started looking for a 4-bedroom house in January, should've bought one of the first two we looked at, but you know how parents are--"You're stupid if you buy the first house you see!" 150 houses later, guess who was wrong. So we changed our whole plan, bought an amazing piece of land on a nearby lake that is obviously a bit out of our price range, so we're selling our house nowto become debt-free, buying a two-family so we can cut our expenses, in the meantime, pay off our land, save money, wait for two family settlements to happen which could be beneficial, and then build in a year or two...or three. Doesn't this sound like fun? So yeah, life has been pretty crazy for us forabout ten months now, but we're starting to see the light at the end of the...well, not this tunnel, but the next tunnel. :o) The house is sold, that's half of it. Now we just have to find our next home, and the people who bought our house, born again, beautiful family, two kids Noah and Olivia, we're just sure God answered that prayer. Now we just really need God to make something happen by Thanksgiving...we don't wanna live with my crazy parents and my 19-year-old brother who doesn't work and steals. God help us.
And yeah, we did school today, but that doesn't mean we'll do it tomorrow. That Ben cries if I'm not holding him, which sounds like an easy fix, but you try bending over into the dishwasher with 25 pounds suspended from your hip. And Elias,ohhhhhh, Elias. If he'da been born first, he'da been last. I try not to use the letters ADD, or ADHD, or even the word hyperactive, because my in-laws use that disorder as the excuse for having missed their grandchildren's first recital,and for not calling for 6mths, never having once had a grandchild over for the night, as much as the kids ask them, they always claim to have just forgot, and it's the ADD, but I think it's horse you-know-what, cuz they always manage to get to each other's picnics where there's beer and barbeque, and no kids. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Elias. Ya know how people say kids bounce off walls? Well, Elias does that. He's crazy, naughty, hard-to-control, and also the charmingest, cutest little imp you ever met, so that explains the love-hate relationship. :o) He makes homeschooling difficult. I know you're supposed to occupy him and all that with something else, but he's really only occupied for like 10 minutes, and then he comes to the school room to see if he can staple an eraser to the baby's head or some such lunacy.
I guess I could go on, but I am just joking, well, I am smiling at things that generally send me running to the bathroom in tears, so I guess it helps to make fun of it all. The woman who brought me back to Christianity 6 years ago, Judy, used to always say, "What does it matter in light of eternity?" I think that's pretty wise. And as awestruck as I am by some of the 'typical days' by scheduled, together moms of twelve, I really got something from one mom's typical day, who said her family stayed up late and slept late, they did school, but if life interrupted, so be it, and then they just picked up where they left off. That's what it's all about! They enjoy each other, and thus don't go to bed till late, they sleep till they're rested--what's that like?! I mean, don't we keep our kids home for a million reasons, one of the most important,if not THE most important, is so that we can really soak up, absorb, swim in this whirlwind called motherhood? Isn't life about more than piano at 5, karate at 6, bedtime at 8? Isn't it more than the steady, regimented progression through each rigorous lesson so as to turn out a supercapable 18-year-old, ready for college or seminary, and not to mention a big, fat, whopping I-told-ya-so to all the many homeschooling naysayers you've encountered through the years, who were sure your son would be the next Jeffrey Dahmer because he wasn't properly 'socialized?' That's why I love Charlotte Mason's views on just the broad theory of education, that it's not just something that's this boring, tedious job till you're 18 or 21, then you can sit on the couch with a bag of Cheetos and the remote because you did your time. It should be done slowly, steadily, but with great joy and enthusiasm, and not be the bane, not be the cause of great distress to any in the family. What a wonderful world it would be if we didn't have to report on the intellectual well-being of our children to the government, as if they had some vested interest anyway. All it is is making your life harder because you aren't letting them indoctrinate your kids.
Well, I'm spent, everybody. I sure didn't know I was gonna go HERE, and I'd just as soon delete it since these are obviously just the chaotic ramblings of an overworked mom-o'-four, but one thing I hate above many things in life, is wasting time. I spent a little under an hour detailing the monotonous horrors of my daily life. I hope you think it was as funny as I did....or maybe it's just late.
Much love to you sisters in Christ and in backaches,

Submitted: 22:18:40 10/11/04

Angela W (   1timothy2_15 at
Your Typical Day:
Despite my best efforts to have a "typical day" we are still yet to do it. We do however read our scripture at breakfast because I feel like it's the best way to start our day. My youngest daughter (6) reads from her McGuffey reader and draws after every single day. My oldest (almost 9) daughter reads every day too, but from various sources, as well as her McGuffey Reader. She also does grammar from McGuffey, which they love because they're "old timey" books. We do many crafts and sometimes get our math from baking or making maps or shopping. Other times I depend on the internet for worksheets for each of them. It also depends on the weather. If it's nice out, we spend more time out there. If not, we may work "on mommy's bed" which is one of their favorite places to work.:)

Submitted: 17:20:18 09/17/04
Angie Jones (   anjsmiles at
Your Typical Day:
We tried to have a "typical day" this year with me starting everyone off with a nicely typed schedule. I had time slots for each subject, lunch and breaks. After the first week we revised the schedule. After week 2 we threw it out the door.

We have found that we do better letting things flow as they come. We are not early morning risers so we don't get up early. We arise sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 am. We eat and try to get the beds made and get dressed. Some days we do school in our pj's and get dressed after school. (Oh my gosh!) We are usually starting school by 10 am. The kids have "seatwork" that they can work on at any time. On Sunday night I fill a folder for each child that has Spelling, Grammar, and Writing assignments for the week. They can work on this in the mornings while I clean the kitchen and get my shower. My oldest is doing BJU6 math videos, so she can get started on this on her own as well. Both kids are assigned to read at least one chapter a day out of a book of their choosing and this is another thing they can do independantly. I work with my youngest on her BJU4 math usually while the oldest is watching the video for her math. We do Beautiful feet history together on M,W & F and Christian Kids Explore Biology together on T & Th. We also do read aloud together. On Thursday mornings we go to a sign language class at 9 am. When we have appointments we stop where we are and resume school when we get back. When we get finished with our work, school is done for the day. Usually this is some time between 2 and 3 pm. We have found that if we work school around life instead of life around school our day goes much happier.

Submitted: 19:54:33 09/11/04

Karen (   karennospam at
Your Typical Day:
Dad (Sam) - 39
Mom (Karen - 39
Sammy - 12, 7th grade
Joshua - 11, 6th grade
Our typical day begins nearabouts 6 am. After we all have breakfast, the kids and I go to the classroom (yes! we actually get to have a separate room for this, it is awesome!) where we usually do the following in this order:

Memory Verse
Keys for Kids
Winning the Race (Bible curriculum)
A Journey Through Grammar Land
Math-U-See Algebra 1
Reading Comprehension (old ps discard books we got for free)
Konos activities
Read Aloud
Apologia General Science (7th grader only)
SSR (silent sustained reading) with book from whatever Konos unit we're working on.
That typically puts us at completion about 10:30 or 11:00 am. After a few chores, the boys have free time while I go up to my office and catch up on email, etc. During the public school calendar, we have PE two days a week at the Boys and Girls club in the afternoons. On Mondays, we usually go to the library to get books for the current unit we are working on.

Sam gets off work at 3 pm (he works from home), so we usually try to plan to go out and do errands and things then.

Submitted: 15:57:18 08/14/04

Leigh Oden (   theohioodens at
Your Typical Day:
HA! We don't really have a typical day. If the weather is nice we are outside by 8am. We take our workbooks,library books and supplies outside too. Work a little, practice soccer or baseball(PE)read a little, go for a walk or bike ride(more PE)hubby is working nights and having to sleep in the day so we try to stay out of the house as much as possible. During Fall and Spring we have soccer three nights a week, baseball in spring too. We take field trips weekly to the nature center and library. During the winter when we are stuck indoors because of the cold we work on the computer for the bulk of our studies, play endless games of Monopoly for money skills ,Sponge Bob edition UNO, dominoes and if it has snowed enough sometimes we will go sledding in the winter. This winter was great because we had a period of ice then more snow so the sledding was fast!

Submitted: 13:17:56 05/12/04

Alexandra (  
Your Typical Day:
Mom, 38
Dad, 32
Son, age 6

We are a tiny homeschool family! Just one :) We are finishing up our first year of homeschooling. I'm a night owl, often working online late into the night. Dad is home every other day(works 24 hour shifts every other day). He gets home from a 24 hour shift before 8 am, so he starts the morning early with reading, board games, floor play, etc. I set up a "Dad box" filled with specially selected reading materials, projects and other learning items. Dad has ds pick items from the box. On the days, dad is not home, ds has free time in the early morning. He's allowed to watch PBS TV(we don't have cable, so that's it)in the early morning before I wake up, usually 9ish. The TV shuts off during the day until an hour before his bed time.

Seven days a week(year round) we begin seat work around 11 a.m. and do one hour of either math or english...we alternate subject's each day with the exception of Sundays. Sunday we do Bible studies - copy work, writing, reading.

We used Seton Phonics and MCP/Singapore math this year. I also use Rod and Staff materials for English and Bible studies. We do a bit of journaling as well. After some seatwork, ds likes to do an educational CD-ROM. He gets lunch and then he has free time where he works on his Bionicals, Legos, listens to books on tape, reads, plays in the backyard, etc. We also run errands together, visit the library, garden, go to the playground, visit friends, or do field trips.

After dinner, ds works on the computer or watches a video. He gets ready for bed at 8pm, and we read a few stories until he goes to sleep at 9pm.

We do a year round once a week afternoon Homeschool PE class, and any community classes that are offered on Saturdays.

We have a few more weeks of Kindergarten and then we start our First grade Rod and Staff/Christian Light curriculum. Because we school all year round, everyday, we can keep the lessons relatively short...ds learns best this way. He enjoys the structure, but it's not overwhelming for him.

Ds enjoys homeschooling so much...he has some speech delays so this is giving him some extra time to develop at his own pace. Initially, we began homeschooling in order to give him more one-on-one, an individualized education plan and some extra time to develop without special education labels. We've enjoyed it so much, we plan to continue homeschooling even after his speech improves!

Submitted: 20:58:55 04/24/04

Laura Q (   qlauraq at
Your Typical Day:
I've posted several reviews, and read dozens, so I figured I'd go ahead and post a 'typical' day - though I can't say anything around here is really typical.

Cast of Characters:
Carl, 30, hate lima beans, but will eat anything else offered, including aquarium sand, cat food, and seaweed.
Laura, 29, big red hair that 'fits' my personality.
Carley, 8, creative, insightful, energetic, and friendly.
Knox, 6, energetic, smart as a whip, loves to watch bugs.

Our weekly schedule is odd since Carl works 48-72 hour shifts. We do 'regular' school days when he's working, and save big messy projects and trips for when he's home.

One a 'regular' school day, the kids get up first, do their chores, then come wake me up for breakfast. They are rarely hungry until they've been up at least 15-20 minutes. Mostly breakfast is simple, but I do love to cook big breakfasts at least a couple times a week, and when I do, the rest of the day can wait.

After breakfast we all like to have a little time to wake up. We rarely get started before 9:30 or 10:00.

When it's time to get to work, I write down each child's assignments on a marker board under their names. While they're waiting, they usually do a little journaling. The only requirement for journaling is that they write the date at the top of the page. After a year of that, they can both spell all the months.

I let the kids pick the order they do their work as long as they're cooperative and diligent. Mostly they are, so mostly they can work in their own order. Knox has less to do, so he is usually done by lunch time with all his work. Carley has a bit more, and tends to dilly-dally more, so usually has another 1-2 hours of work after lunch. Right now they each do History, Science, English, Math, Latin, Writing, Reading, an Religion. Carley also does Art.

After school, a bit of physical activity is in order. Depending on the day of the week, the weather, etc. we may go roller skating, swimming, to the park, to a friend's, or just dance around the living room to classical music.

We love to read books as a family, and htis usually takes place in the late afternoon or after dinner, whenever we have more time. This is a really close time for us when we all scrunch onto the couch together and read. If the kids have just finished memorizing something (poems, lists, bible passages) they often give their presentation about this time of night too.

We tend to stay up a bit late - the kids until 9:00 or so - since we're all night owls and no one cares much for sunrises around here. It suits us all well and allows us all to enjoy more time together.

We do like to do a lot of projects, such as building dioramas, making posters, building models, doing experiments, and just plain making messes. Sure, it's a lot of work, but if you can work out a system (mine is just to do them on days when Carl is home so he can help with clean-up), then the messiness won't deter you as much.

Thanks to all who have posted their 'typical' days - I love reading your stories. Thanks for reading mine. I hope you've enjoyed it!


Submitted: 00:48:15 04/06/04

Carol (   rtcanne at
Your Typical Day:

I am homeschooling my 3 sweet, little girls ages 7, 5, & 3.

We get up around 7 and get Daddy off to work. Then we do our morning chores:
Straighten rooms
get dressed & brush teeth
Clean up the kitchen after BF
start laundry!

We start school around 9:30. We work on reading, writing, math and spelling. We alternate History or science. We have Music lessons every day. We usually finish up around Noon.

Then we have lunch and have free time for the afternoon. I only school 4 days a week all year round.

I hope everyone reading this is having a great day!

Submitted: 15:51:47 03/10/04

Mary (   heyarnolds at
Your Typical Day:
Hello! We are a family of 6...,

Scott 37
Mary 35
Brandon 12
Colton 8
Seth 4
Jacob 1

Our schedule is slightly different because daddy works four 10 hour evenings from 2-midnight. (M-TH)

I wake around 6:30-7'ish have my coffee and on good days do my devotions on bad days jump on the computer.

My soon to be 4 year old normally comes out around 7'ish and asks for cereal and he watches PBS while I finish up on the computer.

I wake my 12yr old up by 8 to take out the dog and get the baby up and then go and wake my 8yr old myself. (if he's not already up on his own:)

I let them have BF, wake dh up and then do school with my 8yos. He has CAPD (Processing disorder) and just became "ready" for reading this year.

We do Hooked on Phonics, Five in a row and ACE math Paces.

AFter this I do chores or run errands since dh is home. My oldest does chores and visits with his dad.

I try to be home no later then noon so that I can spend some time with my wonderful husband before he goes to work.

I nap almost everyday (blush) from about 12:30 to 1:30 as I lay down with the almost 4yr old.

Dh leaves for work at 1:30

When I get up I get my oldest started in his ACE paces. He reads his social studies and science to me and we discuss information before he does the work. Then he works independantly. I do make him set the timer before he begins each new subject or he could be in there FOREVER!!! If he sets his timer this normally only takes him a few hours.

When he is done he does his chores and then goes out to play with our homeschooling friends (HS'ing fam of 7) a few houses down.

The 1 and almost 4yr old play and we read books but they have no schedule per se.

I start dinner at 5ish and we eat at 6ish. After dinner is bath and clean up time and then I let the kids play on playstation or watch a movie until bedtime.

The 3 youngest go to bed around 8'ish, the oldest goes around 10ish and I go around 11ish.

Submitted: 20:44:47 03/02/04

Laura (   SLHogan at
Your Typical Day:
I submitted my "typical day" a year and a half ago. I forgot I did that found it interesting to read when I just came across it again. Some things haven't changed at all (such as the fact that my our life STILL revolves around PBS kids), but some things have changed, so I thought I'd share.

Here's my family--
Scott-- 34
Keena-- 7 (2nd grade)
Liam-- 5 (pre-k, he has a fall birthday so would have just missed the kindergarten age cut-off)
Bennet-- 2 1/2

We wake up somewhere between 7 and 8 am (we never use an alarm clock). The kids watch Sesame Street in my bedroom while I go downstairs to check my email and my husband gets ready for work (he remodels kitchens and bathrooms in case anyone's interested in that tidbit).

When Sesame Street is over at 8am the kids come down and we have family prayer and scripture reading (we only read about 10-15 verses at a time. Scott reads one or two verses and then pauses for me to paraphrase it for the kids while we look at a picture-book version). Scott goes to work and we eat breakfast and get read for the day.

From about 9am-noon the kids can pick their own schedule. Each child (even 2 year old Bennet) has a folder with two sheets of paper in it-- one is their weekly chore chart that lists their daily chores (clean room ,brush teeth, unload dishwasher, etc) and their weekly chores (clean the hermit crab cage, vacuum their room, etc); the other is their school assignments for the week (they are required to complete 4 math lessons, their weekly spelling lesson, read me 4 stories, and complete their science topic for the week. Keena also has 3 pages of Language Arts while Liam has 3 pages of phonics. Bennet INSISTS on doing his schoolwork just like his big brother and sister and we do worksheets out of a preschool workbook and use maniuplatives and such).

So anyway, from 9am-noon they are allowed to set their own schedule under the following guidelines: they may only watch 3 half-hour PBS programs; they must get at least a few pages of schoolwork done; their morning chores (such as brushing their teeth and cleaning their room) have to be done before lunch. So, between episodes of Arthur and Zaboomafoo we do chores and complete school work.

Our school work goes A LOT more smoothly on the days that they watch different shows and do their schoolwork at different time (e.g., Keena and Liam are watching Clifford while I work with Bennet, then he watches Sagua while Keena cleans her room and Liam and I work together). The days when all three of them want to do their schoolwork simultaneously are really crazy as they are all young and need a lot of individual attention while they work.

On Saturdays the kids sometimes still have a little schoolwork to do, and they quickly get it finished up. On Sunday evenings we go over the chore charts and schoolwork charts and allowances are given on the basis of how well they completed everything on their weekly checklists. Btw, they aren't able to complete their checklists independently; I do have to remind them a lot and help them organize their days and check things off their lists. Hopefully as they get older they will be more independent in this.

We have lunch around noon (sometimes My husband comes home to join us) and then we do our science lesson. We are using the 3rd grade Alpha Omega Life-Pacs and we really like them. We all sit on the couch together; I read the lesson outloud and we answer the questions together (with me filling the answers in the blanks). Then we do an experiment or other hands-on activity for the science lesson. We also read library books about our weekly science topic and do experiments/activities from those books as well.

After science, the kids usually play, read, or do art projects while I work on the computer and do my housework. If the weather is nice we go to a park or take a walk (and the housework doesn't get done). We go to the library a couple times a month as well. They frequently play with neighborhood kids once school is out or they just play with each other. At 5:30 the kids finish up their chores before dad gets home and we get ready for dinner. We eat around 6:30 and after dinner we read tons of books, take baths, and get ready for bed. The kids are asleep between 8 and 9 pm and then my husband and I stay up for a couple more hours.

Keena still goes to homeschool classes on Mondays (she is taking 2nd grade art and geography this year), so on Mondays the boys and I go shopping and run errands (the schedule I described above only happens Tuesday through Friday). Her classes are in the museum district, so a couple times a month we go to the museum or the zoo after we pick her up. Also, we don't do science on Wednesdays since I work at the community clinic as a breastfeeding educator (the kids go to Grandma's house those afternoons). On Fridays all three of them have gymnastics in the late afternoon.

I like using a weekly schedule because it gives us a lot of flexibility within an established framework. I found it too difficult to have a daily schedule as there are too many variables each day affecting the schedule. For example, sometimes everyone is cranky (or I have to get caught up on the housework) so they just watch PBS kids and play and very little work gets done. Other days everyone is excited about their work and most of the week's schoolwork is accomplished in one day. Also, since they are all still young, I believe that constructive play still takes a priority. If I go upstairs to tell them to turn off the TV and do their schoolwork I frequently find the TV already off and they are in the middle of building a fort with blankets, constructing a city with blocks, playing pirates on the bunk beds, etc. When that happens I don't interrupt their playing because I know it's as important as math and reading at this stage in their life. Since we're on a weekly schedule rather than a daily schedule I know they can make up the work later in the week and not get behind. I wish they weren't as obsessed with watching PBS kids, but I figure they'll outgrow the shows and get more schoolwork done as they get older (and their more advanced grades require more work to get accomplished).

One other note about our weekly schedules-- I only have 15 weekly schedules a semester. Sometimes it takes us 2 weeks to complete a weekly schedule because of illness, major house cleaning, holidays, whatever. It works for us.

If you're interested, I'll email you a copy of our weekly schedule checklists (they're on Microsoft Word). Just email me and I'm happy to send it to you!


Submitted: 10:58:02 01/20/04

Fields Family (   rfbabo at
Your Typical Day:
We are:
Dad- Ron- 34
Mom- Heather- 28
Leigha-10-about 5th grade
Maggie-8- about 4th grade
Jamilyn-6- about 1st grade
Madisen the poodle-4yrs.

This year we opted for a more structured plan than we've had in years past. We still use an eclectic curriculum which seems to give us the variety we like. The children have had a real increase in interest this year so the structured plan is definitely working for us. Here is our daily schedule:

7am-8am get everyone up, I make breakfast usually something quick like cereal or eggs.

Everyone must be up, dressed, have on socks and shoes, hair fixed and teeth brushed by 8:45am if they want to be able to watch our friday night video. Since we don't allow the children to watch t.v. this is a real morning motivater and no one has missed video night all year! Everyone in the family takes turns in picking that weeks video, so we get a good variety even though our littlest one likes to get the same ones over and over!

9am Bible - this year we are just taking a book and after reading through the book survey at the beginning we read through it and I help them pick out the main points. On fridays they have an oral quiz on what we covered. We are currently in Acts. Ron likes to sit in on the oral quiz and raise his hand with an "OOO, I know, I know" to make the girls giggle. He also adds lots of background and doctrinal points to the discussion when he's home. The girls Love these oral quizzes.

9:30 Math
MCP math for all three. We switched from saxon to this and they LOVE math now! My oldest daughter hated saxon to the point of tears. And I did not enjoy teaching it. We are all enjoying mcp and my youngest will often take her book to work on in the van on the way to the store or to Grandma's! (The condition of her book would be proof enough)

10:30 Phonics
Jami who is 6 uses 100 easy lessons plus alot of extras including a cute little curriculum we got online called starfall.
the other 2 and I are working through Beyond Phonics which is categorized in visual patterns instead of sound patterns. So words that end in Y and words that end in IE would be two different sections. Before we began this my children could NOT spell at all. Now they are just beam when they get nice high scores on our friday spelling bee!

11:30 writing
For writing we are using a book called
One Nation, Fifty States. It's a week long overview of each state with assignments for each day of the week. They enjoy this book. Sometimes I change the writing assignments for a little more variety. Lately they have become frustrated with the limited amount of information given on each state. This lack of in depth info. is why I chose to use this for writing practice and not for history or geography. I read the info page to them and they do the assignments in their writing notebooks then I correct and sometimes have them re-write.

12:30 Lunch, playtime
1:30 read aloud time
2:00 - 3:30 or so is piano, art and ballet on video, and project time.

Project time is what we invented to cover science and history in a hands-on approach. I made up lists of project ideas for both science and history then I made up a list of topics for each. Finally, I made up a study sheet which is like an open-ended worksheet. They each choose their own topic then choose what project they will do then they fill out the work/study sheet which helps them organize their ideas and the information they find on their topic. When all projects are done we go to Grammie's for a presentation night. We alternate between history and Science.
This has been a lot of fun and a good learning experience for them. We generally work on project time 3 days a week, sometimes two.

After project time is playtime. Dinner
and maybe a trip to the store. After dinner about every other day we have a big clean up. We usually have assigned chores but I decided to take a break from the strict chore list and just sort of clean up before we turn in at night and the house is just as clean as it was when we had the strict chore rules. We may go back to it but for now it's not important. They have expressed over and over how much they enjoy their lessons this year (as opposed to last year!) Children go to bed anywhere from 8 to 9pm with reading time about an hour or longer if we forget to hollar "Lights out you guys!" And that's about an average day around here. (This is our 6th year home educating 7th if you count pre k)
We can't imagine living any other way!

Submitted: 13:25:08 01/18/04

Richard Abelino (   abelino1 at
Your Typical Day:

Dad 33
Mom 30
Erica 12
Richard 11
Steven 8

We have been doing homeschool for approximately 3 wonderful months now. Our system is not perfect, but it seems to be working for us.
However, there is always room for improvement, like waking the kids up earlier for school. That way chores, baths, and breakfast are out of the way before 9.00 A.M. In turn, it would give us more time to get some additional learning accomplished. Learning is not only for our kids, but also for our own personal growth. Also, we would like our kids to be more independent when it comes to doing their chores; in other words, we would like them to do their chores without being told when and how to do so. Yet, please keep in mind, my wife and I are still fairly new to homeschooling, not to mention our kids. So, of course these plans will not be set in motion until our kids get comfortable to homeschooling.

Now, before I give you an insight of our typical day or more like our typical> week, let me give you a brief background of our situation. First, my profession as a firefighter has a lot of influence on our schedule. I work a 24 hrs on and 48 hrs off schedule; therefore, I do not have the same day off from week to week. For instance, I might be off Monday one week, but the following week I may be working. Therefore, certain subjects are taught on days I work, and certain subjects are taught when I am off. To illustrate, the days I am on duty, my wife teaches Science and History, usually for two hours each. Of course, chores are also incorporated within the day.

Now, for the 2 days that I am off, I teach Physical Education, Reading, English Arts/Writing, and Math. After working my 24-hour shift, I give myself an hour and a half of relaxation. At approximately 9:00 A.M., I wake the kids up to brush their teeth, and do chores. Then, we meet in the kitchen somewhere around 10:00 A.M. We eat a light breakfast before we go to the recreation center for Physical Education. While we are at the recreation center, we work on learning Basketball, such as doing lay-ups and dribbling the basketball. Through sports, they learn leadership and teamwork. Erica, my 12-year-old, has truly improved on her athleticism and her confidence has increased. As for Richard and Steven, they have always been athletic, so they love to exercise. After working on basketball, Erica and I lift weights in the weight room while Richard and Steven continue to play Basketball or play outside at the park. Next month we will learn how to play Soccer. At approximately 11:30 A.M. we get home and take showers, by this time our blood is pumping and we are ready to tackle the day. After the kids finish taking showers, they go downstairs and begin reading for 40-50 minutes while my wife and I cook lunch. Erica reads literature from "A beka's 8th grade "Of places" and Steven is reading Beverly Cleary's "The Mouse and the Motorcycle." As for Richard, he has read two chapter books since the beginning of our homeschool and is now on his third. Not bad for someone who was labeled by the public school system as a student with a learning disability. At around 12:00 P.M. we sit down to relax and eat lunch. While we are eating lunch, we have an informal discussion about the things we did that morning and what we are going to do later. After lunch, we take a 20-30 minute break. At 1:00 P.M. we meet in the study/play room to work on our English Arts. My wife and I bought a lightweight folding table and folding chairs so our kids have somewhere to work while doing homework. They have an option to work in the kitchen or study room. Usually my boys work in the study room while Erica works in the kitchen. This minimizes the arguments between our kids. When we get settled, we begin our English lesson. Usually, for one hour we work on grammar skills, an area that I myself need much improvement, but I am learning. Now, at approximately 2:00 we take a 5-minute break. When we return, we begin our writing class. Right now we are thoroughly learning the writing process. Class is over at around 4:00 P.M.

As for the second day, it is basically the same, but the only difference is that instead of English/Writing we do Math from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Now, I know this might sound boring; it really isn't. The resources we use keep subjects interesting and alive. We study with a variety of learning materials; for example, we use exciting lectures, in depth class discussions, variety of illustrated books, and sometimes the dreaded worksheet.

So far this is going well for us. We can see our kids learning and they are much happier. Even though we have been homeschooling for a short period of time, we see a big improvement on their attitude. I thank the good Lord for giving us this blessing to be the main influence on our kid's lives.

If anyone has any suggestions, questions, or just want to say hello, please e-mail me. Responses are greatly appreciated.

Submitted: 11:39:37 01/02/04

Lisa P. (   pixie28704 at
Your Typical Day:
Our home school is in its 6th year. Our DD is 14, in 9th grade and our twin DSs are 13, in 8th grade. Things have changed a lot since we no longer have any grade school children and I enjoy it more each year. As they've become mostly independent in their work, it's become more important for me to plan their assignments very early. They each have varying degrees of ADD so written lists help them a lot. I used to figure out assignments daily, then weekly.

This year, I had most of the whole school year's assignments laid out in an Excel spreadsheet by late August, accounting for ~190 days. We school year-round, beginning in early August. We'll take scattered weeks off throughout the year: Thanksgiving (1), Christmas drama performance week (1), Christmas/New Year's (2), Winter (1), Spring (1), all of July (5 wks). Along the way, we take days off as it suits us and we finish whenever the kids have completed their curriculum, always by June.

We school on Mo-Tu-Th-Fr. Wednesdays, we spend in co-op group labs for Math, Science and German, then we have church activities. Weds. count as school days but I don't need to make out assignment plans for them. I tutor high school science co-op lab groups and try to do my lab report & test paper corrections on Wed. or Thu. as well.

Our typical day starts around 9 a.m. The boys are early risers, usually already done with devotions and a subject or two by then. DD and I are just beginning devotions and really start the rest of our day closer to 10 a.m. As the kids get each of their assignments done, they bring their work to show me and check it off on their assignment sheets. If they don't understand something or need corrections done, they may bring it to me throughout the day. Around 11 a.m., we sit together to do Spelling pre- and post-tests and review writing assignments from their Wordsmith and German. Then they continue whatever is left to do of their schoolwork, chores and "daily morning musts." Usually, it takes the boys until about 2 p.m. to finish. DD needs until about 4-6 p.m. most days, now that she's doing high school work and since she sleeps later. She also does her World History or Amer. Lit. with me at times, since she finds them less tedious with discussion.

The kids have several reasons to stay motivated, though they'd all prefer to spend less time doing schoolwork and more doing their own thing. I do ask them which subject they're working on, when an hour or so has passed since they've shown me work, to bring them back to task.

First, they do not have fun stuff to do in their bedrooms, only their furniture, clothes, personal effects & clock radios. No stereo, no TV, no computer, no electronic games, no phone. DH & I opted to keep it this way from the time they were little, to maximize social family time rather than encourage isolation doing separate activities. For schoolwork, the kids may work wherever they are comfortable - in the family room, living room, dining room or their own room. They usually work in separate rooms, with their assignment lists. Their bedrooms offer few distractions.

Second, in our family room, we have the only TV (& VCR & DVD) in our home, 3 networked computers (DH works w/computers, home office), Gamecube, the game closet and all of our home school materials. IOW, this is definitely the most fun room in the house! And it's where I am, when not doing household chores. However, until the kids are ALL done with ALL of their schoolwork, chores and "musts," (or until 5 p.m., whichever comes first) NONE of them may use the TV/computer/gamecube/phone or socialize with anyone outside of home. When a kid is done before 5 p.m. and another is not, the one(s) finished may only play quiet (non-electronic) games or read or help another with chores or ride their bike, go outside. This has encouraged them to work together to get done, especially if chores are the only thing keeping them from fun. After 5 p.m., anyone not finished has to leave the family room so the other(s) may use the electronics without distracting the student working.

Third, they may not participate in ANY social or fun activities unless they are done with all assignments, chores and musts for that week, up to that day in the week, first. If they make plans to meet a friend on Wednesday afternoon, they have to cancel it if all of Mo-Tu-We schoolwork, chores and musts are not done to my satisfaction prior to their leaving the house. They have, at times, opted to leave some of Mon's. or Tue's. work for later in the week and do very little. Even the TV/computer/gamecube/phone hasn't matter at times. But then, when a friend calls on Thursday afternoon to invite them out on the weekend (or a family friend asks DD to baby$it), and they can't go, it makes the point very nicely for me. These days, they rarely leave work for the next day anymore. DD even does some of her school work in the evening, for the next day, when she sees the assgnments are heavy or hopes to get done early. She's a bit of a night owl. It's been good for all of the kids to try different approaches to meeting their schoolwork deadlines.

Hope this helps someone. May God bless you & your home schools!

Submitted: 11:17:09 12/27/03

Beth Cherry (   bcherry at
Your Typical Day:
I have been homescholling my three children (ages 15-8) for 10 years. As each child reached school age and was added to the program, our school day had to be adjusted.
We start our day with math and language arts. I give each child one hour of my undivided attention each day. This is the time I teach new topics, check for understanding of previously introduced topics and check over their work from the day before. I then assign them work they can do independently while I work with the next child. Sometimes , if someone is having trouble with a concept I may need to spend extra time with that child but even so, we can usually get done by lunch time. After lunch we do house work, individual reading and work the dogs they are training in their 4H Dog Obedience Project. At 3:00 we gather all together on the couch where we do Bible, History (T&Th) or Science (M&W). I keep everrybody studying the same History and Science topic so I can read to all and then have the older ones read additional material to themselves. In the evenings my husband reads our current Read-Aloud Literature book to the whole family. Fridays are reserved for projects or experiments and house cleaning. This is much different then the schedules most of my homeschooling friends use but it works for us.

Submitted: 22:54:31 10/28/03

Dee (  
Your Typical Day:
Hi everyone, Well,I really have no idea yet what 'typical' is yet, just a rough idea -over time it will get more adjusted and regular hopefully- because I am a first time h.schooler with a 10 yr. old who has trouble sitting still, and processing through info. (One of the reasons I chose to give this a try- 7 hour days, with 33 kids in a class she was not learning as much as I wanted, and she was overwhelmed w/ all the stress involved.) So far the first 3 days were a bit better than I thought, but the last week was worse. She isn't used to me being her official teacher, and really it is like pulling teeth alot of times to get her to stay on task for more than 10 minutes. So, I have felt like to start the year out a bit lighter, (just like in 'real' school) - I had assigned her a science packet the first week of school and a good friend advised me to lighten up a bit, and let her get destressed, and ease into the routine a bit. So, now we have a schedule w/ journal writing first, then math, language arts, art or music, history, and lunch by noon. I have had to let go of my idealistic thinking about how perfect it would be, and give it to the Lord. It's a good lesson I think for me to realize, as I was getting really overly into the academic side, making plans for her to learn greek and latin, (nothing wrong with it) but I guess I was becoming aware my focus was 90% on academics, knowledge, and curriculum, and not on the Lord. One day I was writing something supposed to be 'creation week' and I wrote 'curriculum week' instead. Yikes, a freudian slip? Anyways, TO finish up, I am having to be more realistic, get my priorities straight (for her to love the Lord, know right from wrong, and have a good basic education- not to be a genius who speaks latin!!) I think some of that too, was I was feeling I had to 'prove' to skeptical relatives how much she would learn. Thank God, He will interrupt our best laid plans when need be. I do have the requirement we have school during morning, early afternoon, abnd that the basics are covered. God bless you all,

Submitted: 15:16:59 09/17/03

Lea (   endoftheroad at
Your Typical Day:
This has been a strange year for us in our 11year homeschool journey~ this is the first year we only have 1 to homeschool . Our 3 oldest boys 22,20 & 17 are all in college or have graduated That leaves our 12yo son at home to be an "only" child for a few years. My husband is a full time commercial contrator and a full time seminary student. Our 17yo takes classes at the community college so he actually does still live at home. I am a part time nursing student. We are also very much into living a simple life so there are always several chores & projects that need done around the farm..Here is an example of our days..

Hubby & I are up at 5:00 and we always have devotions & coffee together. Ds17 is usually just getting home from work so we have breakfast with him. I use that time in the mornings for my own devotions, laundry, put dishes away, make the bed straighten up some.
On M&W ds17 & I both have a class at 8:00. ds12 goes to work with dh and we pick him up on the way home from class. We are usually home by 10:00. We give ourselves a half hour to relax & read the mail then start on school work. Math(Saxon) is first for a half hour, then science ( Apologeia), Economics( What Ever Happened to Penny Candy). ds17 usally goes to bed for the day sometime in there. I head out for another class at 12:00 and ds12 does Rosetta Stone Sapnish & reading while I'm gone. I am usually home by 2:00 and we have a light lunch if ds hasn't already fixed himself something. We then start on afternoon school. Wordsmith, Easy Grammar,copywork, Bible, Latin & our current history reading( Beautiful Feet Medieval). We finish up around 4:30 and ds heads out the door to play basketball or ride bikes. Hubby & I have a class on M together..we have dinner at 4:30 and are gone from 5-9.

I don't have any classes on T, Th or F..
Tuesdays 12yo has a Lab for his science class in the mornings & then robotix club in the afternoons, basketball practice in the evenings.. Wed evening is church, Thursdays we do our usual subjects but add in Nature study, & art.. Thurs. evening is piano lesson~ Fri we do errands. and try to take in a museum or some sort of field trip. It's almost always the day we have to drive the hour & a half to ds12's orthodontist. In the eveings hubby & sons play computer or basketball together..we do family devotions... The boys current Sat. morning project is building a room on the front of the house. We were given a large lot of oak boards that needed planing .. hubby has been teaching the boys how to use the planer & saw.. It's coming along slow but surely.

We are very busy but we do love it that way..

Submitted: 13:18:52 09/13/03

Betsy (   evetts10 at
Your Typical Day:
Brooke 23
Adam 18
Lauren 13
David 11
Jess 9
Rannah 8
Jeremiah 6
Carly 4

Here are our schedules from the past three years. Brooke has been in college. Adam is in college now.
Outside chores including feeding many animals & milking the cow, then straining the milk, etc.

A lot of the times we may not start at scheduled times but we try to keep up the same routines.

Family Schedule 2001-2002
 7:00 Rise & Shine. Get kids up for outside chores.

 7:15 Exercise (M, Th- aerobics, T, F- walk, W, S- sit-ups)

 8:00 Shower

 8:30 Fix Breakfast

 8:45 =====Breakfast=====

 9:15 Phonics w/Jess, A- Algebra, L- Math, D- Math, R- Math (F- math games or make-up work)

 9:30 Reading & narrations w/Jess, R- Copywork

 10:00 Phonics w/Rannah, L- Spelling, D- Spelling

 10:15 Reading & narrations w/Rannah, A- Grammar, L- Language, D- Language

 10:45 Phonics w/Jeremiah, A- Biology, L, D, R- Copywork & Memorization (M,W,- copywork, T,Th- memory work, F- recitation or letter writing)

 11:00 Reading & narrations w/Jeremiah, L, D- Reading

 11:30 Fix Lunch (Sunday's, Lauren fixes lunch)

 12:00 =====Lunch===== (Lauren can give narrations during lunch)

 1:00 Read & rest w/Jeremiah & Carly, Lauren & Rannah- dishes, Adam, David & Jess- chores

 1:30 Writing w/ Lauren & David (M, T- UW) (W, Th- dictations) (F- latin roots) Adam- Writing

 2:00 Science/History (M- sci rdg, T- sci wrtg, W- hist rdg, Th- hist wrtg, F- ntbks) A- Reading

 3:00 Exercise (M- walk, T- jumprope, W- walk, Th- obstacles, F- walk, S- sport games)

 4:00 Snack (make-up work)

 4:30 Reading & narrations w/David, Lauren & Rannah- household chores

 5:00 Special projects [History & Science]
 5:30 Special projects

 6:00 Free time. Outside chores.

 6:30 Fix supper

 7:00 =====Supper===== (Adam, David & Jess- dishes)

 8:00 Showers (M- boys, T- girls, W- boys, Th- girls, F- boys, S- girls)

 9:00 Family reading M, W, S

 9:30 Lights out  nitey-nite (W, F & Sn- lesson planning & paper grading nights)

Family Schedule 2002-2003

 6:00 Up and out for walk/run. Get kids up and on morning chores.

 7:00 Home and shower.  7:30 Fix brkfst.

 8:00 East brkfst.

 8:30 Done with brkfst. Clean-up.
Start lessons w/David (math).

 8:45 David working on math. Start lessons w/Lauren (math)

 9:00 Lauren & David working on math. Start lesson with Jess (math)

 9:45 David thru with math (take break). Lauren & Jess working on math. Start lesson w/Rannah (math)

 10:00 Lauren thru w/math (take break). Jess & Rannah working on math. Start lesson w/David (grammar).

 10:15 Jess thru w/math (take break). Rannah working on math. David working on grammar. Start lesson w/Lauren (grammar).

 10:45 Rannah thru w/math (take break). David thru w/grammar (take break). Lauren working on grammar. Start lesson w/Jess (grammar)

 11:00 David & Lauren reading. Jess working on grammar. Start lesson w/ Rannah (grammar)

 11:15 David & Lauren reading. Jess reading. Rannah working on grammar.

 11:30 Prepare lunch. David, Lauren, Jess & Rannah reading unless helping w/lunch or reading to Jeremaih and Carly.

 12:00 Eat lunch
 12:30 Clean-up

Tuesdays, Wednesdays replace times w/ Jeremiah & Carly till about 10:30 then work on science or history stuff w/everyone the rest of the morning and then in the afternoon do assigned reading at 2:00 and start piano practices at 3:00 and be done and have free time at 4:30

 1:30 Drills Lauren, David, Jess, Rannah (latin roots, states & capitals, continents, spelling, spelling rules, grammar rules, history/science dates, math facts/problems, etc)

 2:00 Take break.
 2:15 Work on history or science notebooks.

 3:00 Take break. Snack.

 3:30 Start on piano practices; Lauren 30min; David 20min; Jess 15min; Rannah 15min. Read to Jer & Carly

 5:00 Free time. Outside chores. Fix supper.
 6:30 Eat supper. Clean up.
 7:00 Pick up the house.
 7:30 Showers. Free time.
 8:00 Family reading
 8:30 To bed. Lights out. Good nite 

Daily Family Schedule 2003-2004

 6:00 Up and out for a run. Wake kids. Get them on morning chores.
 7:00 Home. Shower
 7:30 Downstairs. Fix brkfst.
 8:00 Eat brkfst. Clean-up.

 9:00 Start phonics then reading w/Jeremiah. Others doing math drills.

 9:30 Start phonics w/Carly. Others doing math (including Jer)

 10:00 Grammar lesson with Jess and Rannah. Jer & Carly play. Lauren & David working on math

 10:30 Grammar lesson with Lauren & David. Others break

 11:00 M-Copywork w/Jess & Rannah
T-Dictation w/Lauren & David
W- Drills w/all & Memory work/Poetry
Th-Copywork w/Jess & Rannah
F-Dictation w/Lauren & David

 11:30 Fix lunch. Break. Make up work. Piano practice.
 12:00 Eat lunch.
 12:30 Clean-up

 1:00 Spelling w/all

 1:30 M-Read history lesson and make narration page or outline. Illustrate. Mark timeline. Locate region on map, globe or atlas. Library for further study.
T-Work on history notebook ie. illustrations. Read extra material. Work on summary.
W-Read science lesson, illustrate, narrate, compose summary. Libray for further study.
Th-Work on science notebook. Read extra material. Complete summary.
F- Drills w/all & Memory work/Poetry

 2:30 Piano practices. Break.
 4:00 Snacks. Free time.
 5:30 Fix supper. Outside chores.Pick up house.
 6:30 Eat supper. Clean-up
 7:30 Showers.
 8:00 Family reading
 8:30 Bed. Lights out. Good nite 

Submitted: 12:00:46 09/02/03

Mary R :) (   freemare at
Your Typical Day:
This is actually a note for "Christy C" who emailed me about my previous post and I tried to email you back but your server rejected my server!! So I thought I would post it here incase you come back to read other postings. I copied and pasted my email to you below.
hi christy! thank you for writing! i forgot i even entered that.
it is such a struggle for me...has been anyway. i'm looking forward to trying to do a better job of it this year.
it will be hard to get the kids to comply with my ideals cuz they are used to as little work as possible. they are not used to much structured days. but its time. God has been so gracious to carry them and myself this far. It would be so easy to just wash my hands of it and say I don't care anymore and stick them in school. it is, as always, Him that keeps me from doing anything impulsively anymore. i couldn't live without Him. i don't know how i did for so long. (well, i didn't...i was death on feet!!! messing up my life, not meaning to, but doing so all the same!)
so how old are your children and when did you start homeschooling, etc? maybe we could send occassional emails to each other for encouragement or something. feel free to write again or anytime.
thank you for came at a good time for me. i needed a little boost :)
love in Him,
mary r :)

Submitted: 11:28:37 08/28/03

Mare (   freemare at
Your Typical Day:
Well, we don't have a typical day around here.....least not yet anyway. I am working on that. Homeschooling has been hard for me to fall into. I see other moms just giving it all they have. It's something I like to think about doing, but in actuality, it isn't happening. I need to keep a clean house and all the other things that go along with being a wife and mom, among other things, continue to keep me from being the "ideal" picture of a homeschooling mom that I seem to have conjured up in my mind. I have had alot of outside interruptions. A lot of other things that demand my attention and sometimes I feel like my kids are getting the shorter end of the stick and that I am robbing them of so much by keeping them home and trying, no, struggling, to teach them. Not spiritually or emotionally, but academically. But no matter what I go through, I do not feel a release from the Lord to put them in public school. Maybe it's just me. But maybe it isn't. So I press on. And He continues to show me that He will help me and that He will bring all things together for me.
I have no issue against public schools exactly. Just what would people do today without them? They don't know any other lifestyle. And there are so many children who's only refuge may be the school or that special teacher that really does care. I abhor the bad that goes on in the schools of course (public or Christian for that matter) as well as the omission of our Lord and Savior, (the Foundation of our very country) in the school system, however, we can't throw the baby out with the bath water.
I do praise God for the grace He gives me to do this and for the freedom and choice to do so. I love having my children home under my supervision and instruction rather than someone elses.
I had a really hard time teaching reading and finding the right curriculum. I finally found Pathway Readers and we love them. I also think I am going to go with Christian Light Education for the rest of our curriculum this year. I am trying to get rid of all the fluff that other curriculums or programs offer and just stick to the basics. These two curriculums seem to do that. The other stuff was confusing to me and taking too much time.
With all that said, my hope is to begin waking up each day by 9am. I am, by nature, a night owl and to be perfectly honest, if I could go to bed when the birds started chirping (worshipping) at the 4-5 am hour, that would be fine with me. I love falling asleep to that sweet sound. But, life doesn't go along according to my schedule so I am trying to change it. We, that includes myself and two youngest children that are mine and my husbands (we have eight total, four more from me and two more from him from our previous marriages) are trying to get to bed at a more acceptable hour. It's still 1am before we get there but we're working on it. If I can get the kids to sleep by 11, I will be happy and then I can get to bed by midnight or 1am. Waking at 9am is fine by me. Not too early, but not too late. Then I would like to have the kids get up and have breakfast and then get dressed for the day. I like my morning coffee and computer time. No one should bother me til then. :)
I occasionally sell on ebay for extra money and that takes alot of time too, so I am trying to balance all of that as well.
I would love to be able to shut out the rest of the world: computer, phone, people, appts, ministry, friends, family, mom and dad (they live behind me) but I can't. If I could, I feel I would be able to zone in on my two little ones and give them the undivided attention I so desire to give them. However, those things aren't going away so I am trying to find a way to do it all.
I would like to spend at least a couple of hours a day with them on a one-on-one or one-on-two basis. We need to concentrate on Reading, Language Arts, Phonics, Spelling, Handwriting and Math. The other subjects take a back seat but the way I look at it, they are learning all the time, even when we aren't sitting down doing actual "school-time".
They are in 4th and 3rd grade levels (10 and 9 years old) however their reading and such are below their age/grade level so we have been working hard to get caught up. We made some good progress this last year and I am 70% satisfied with our efforts. I hope to reach 90% this year!
I hope to have a routine established this year. A wake up time, eating time, housework/chores time, personal care time, school time, play time, etc.
I like to break up the day though. I like doing some work and then taking a break. It gives the kids a little respite inbetween courses and I can get a break and do some work too.
They hem and haw all the way though. You would think I was punishing them with the worst punishment in the world by making them do their schoolwork. My daughter is a different learner than my son. He tends to pick things up easily. Sees it and gets it. She has to eat, breathe, dance, feel, sing, smell and taste whatever it is she is trying to learn and then she has to do that about seven times before it is sealed in her. She will read a word and ask me what the same word is on the next page. It gets frustrating for me. It's not my learning style either so I am learning how to adapt and have grace for her. God again reminds me it isn't all about a top notch education. It's about learning what they need to learn but more importantly becoming who He made and designed them to be.
I, too, am learning to become who He made me to be.
We also have six other children, five of which do not live with us. My oldest son is 20 and he lives with us and goes to college from here. The others live with their other parents and we see them as they are able. They range from 18 to 14. So over the past 12 years it has been really hard to maintain any kind of routine or consistency in our home because we had to be able to accomodate them whenever they were able to come over. They had routines and schedules that we had to fit into, thus we never seemed to be able to develop one of our own...but now that they are all growing up and doing more of their own thing we are beginning to be able to focus more on our own little family here. We have never had more than two "typical" days in a row and I am actually looking forward to developing our days into some routine in the days ahead.
No matter what though, the benefits of having our two youngest at home with us, learning in the midst of life, loving God and each other first, far outweighs sending them to school everyday. For that I am truly grateful.

Submitted: 21:01:53 08/15/03

MICHELLE HULL (   michellehull64 at
Your Typical Day:
TY 35

Submitted: 23:48:13 08/08/03

B. Carfizzi (  
Your Typical Day:
How does a typical day go with an only child who hates any kind of academic activity? More hands on you say? He's wise to that too. So, we try to get everything done as fast as possible in as short as possible lessons as we can. I've downsized by curriculum to condense as many subjects as possible into only a few curriculum groups.
I write my boy's assignments on a white board the night before. I tell him which he can do by himself and which he'll have to wait for me to help him, after coffee of course. I awake and him being an early riser, has already gotten started. He is usually close to done with work he can do on his own. I have coffee and he watches tv until I wake up some more.
An hour later we are back on task. We do our Math U See and as he works on his workbook, I start cleaning house. I try to stay close to the dining room/hs room for my son to ask questions when he needs it. Each day when the cursive writing workbook is taken out, we have a melt down. It takes about 45 minutes to do one sentence because of the kicking, yelling, crying, pencil throwing and deliberate pencil lead braking. I try to stay out of the room during all this but keep yelling from the kitchen, "You ARE NOT the worst hand writer on the planet!" Everyday I ask myself, "Would anyone notice if he never learned to write in cursive?" Cursive writing usually happens last or right before he goes on a long break to play outside. We have intermittent projects like science labs or history or art projects but not everyday.
Some days we have boys book club where the boys laboriously suffer through each others' book critique just waiting for the cookies and koolaid before they run screaming like banchies outside to play. On Fridays we have PE with our homeschool group either in a park or in a church gym. Once a month our group goes skating. There are numerous other science fairs and parties that we go to and field trips.
All in all this is not what I pictured when I started. I pictured my boy happily doing his work like the picture on the curriculum catalog and just loving the little projects I thought up for him. Well boys will be boys and he is doing very well despite the fact that he would rather skip the whole education thing. He is grades ahead in some things and beggs me not to put him in a school again. He says he'd rather be home with us (Dad works from home too). He's personable and friendly and has lots of friends in our hs group as well as in scouts.
My typical day is not fancy or innovative but I decided to post it for those of you who have nothing fancy going on at your house either and feel that you should be doing more. I've simplified our hs down to fit our son. I look at hs like a new adventure we could have each day. Unfortunately my boy looks at it like its something he must get done so he can get on to what he really enjoys. Sometimes I get my way but he seems to learn the most when he discovers things on his own. Isn't that how we adults live?

Submitted: 08:50:15 06/28/03

Cyndi (  
Your Typical Day:
This is are family
Ken 34
Cyndi 30
Zoelene 6
Elisabeth 4
For the most part we stay on a schedule but sometimes life sneaks in and takes over!When a topic isn't being grasped we will spend the time we usually spend on school in that area. For instance if it math we'll play BINGO, dominos etc.Here is the typical day for us:

6:00 dad and mom are up eat breakfast and spend a little time together, alone
6:30 dad is off to work mom gets ready for the day
7:00 moms quiet time with God
7:15ish the girls are up and rearing to go!
they have breakfast and get themseleves ready for the day. Begin their chores (ie make beds, bring their clean clothes to their rooms and help with dishes or dust/vacuum.These chores are swithched.
8:30 School begins!
We do have a schoolroom and try to use it but sometimes we will use the livingroom and diningroom table.Beings Elisabeth is only four she does simple things while big sister does school.Such as building blocks, playing babies, practicing handwriting.She has taught herself how to write!One benefit to homeschooling!Zoe starts with:
phonics,flashcards of before and after alphabet,spelling Bible verse memory, reading workbook read a loud lesson

10:00 we break for snack and some playtime.Providing morning chores were done if not then they are worked on now.I either finish up my baking or laundry

10:30 math lessons begin
11:00 Draw Write Now and either music science or history depending on the day
11:45 we make lunch
noon daddy is home for lunch We all enjoy a little family time and food
12:45 Daddy is goes back to work
We clean up
1:00 Zoelene reads a loud to her sister from astory she chooses. Then I read a few stories
1:30 nap/rest time I rest for 15-20 minutes and the girls sleep around an hour.I'll use this time to do house work read make phone calls the computer
2:30 snack then outside if the weather allows. We have a garden so I try to get them out daily even if it is raining.
The rest of our day is spent doing errands playing muesums or the library or whatever comes up
5:30 dinner is ready we sit together as a family and eat. The girls will help cook and set the table. As well as clean up.
6:15ish we have family alter time. This consists of my husband eading from the
Bible and going over memory verses.Some nights we listen to a Bible story on tape or a message our Pastor preached.
6:45 it's time for dessert
7:00 the girls have their baths and are in bed by 8:00
Ken and I use this time to share our day and spend a little time doing our own thing.
9:30 our lights are out
WE get our girls involved in what we're doing. I bake all our bread items and they help me. We also do one month cooking and they help.I find cooking offers a wide range of learning experiences as does gardening.
This is day in our home

Submitted: 12:01:15 06/16/03

Donna (   donna.cravey at
Your Typical Day:
Mom, 42, widow
David, 13, 7th grade
Jake, 12, 6th grade

We're basically very relaxed homeschoolers. We usually wake up between 8:00 - 9:00.
We have breakfast, get dressed. Our schedule goes something like this:

(4 days week) Daily Grams/Easy Grammar
(4 days week) SRA Specific Skills Series (Reading Comprehension)
(4 days week) Math (Saxon 76 and 87)
(3 days week) History (Abeka World History 7th Grade)
(3 days week) Science (Rainbow Science)
(2 days week) PE - organized sports
(Everyday) Independent Reading
Wednesday is Small Engine Class
Fridays are writing days and field trips.

We don't usually sit down for a long stretch and complete our work. The boys will
complete an assignment and take a break. They might ride their bikes to the park, play
video games or watch TV, or go out to eat lunch, etc. Some days we complete work in
the evenings. The schedule is very flexible, which works well for us. Occasionally, we
will have marathon days in which we only do science or history for the entire day . We go
to bed late around here (10:00 - 11:00) and we love to spend the evenings watching a
movie or reading together...right now we're reading the Redwall books.

Submitted: 00:04:08 05/08/03

Tina (   godsgirl717 at
Your Typical Day:
Dad: Ken, 27
Mom: Tina, 28
Blessings: Andrew 7, Jack 3, Sarah Grace 1

Only part of our day is "scheduled." The rest of the time either we're running errands, at the pool/playground, field trip, living life, etc. I find my boys thrive on having a routine. We've used the verse in Ecclesiastes (To everything there is a season....) to divide our day. For example, Breakfast time, Chore time, Snack time, TV time, Computer time, Room time (they play in their room), Outside time, Lesson time, etc.

5:00 Nurse Sarah & put her back down
5:30 Shower, quiet time
6:30 Spend time with Ken discussing plans for day, needs around house, etc.
7:00 Make breakfast
7:30 Wake children; eat breakfast
8:00 Children get dressed, have morning chores
8:30 Boys & Sarah play while I finish my chores, make phone calls, etc.
9:00 Nurse Sarah, boys clean up
9:30 Sarah naps, Andrew has reading lesson (100 EZ lessons), Jack looks at books
10:00 Table time--Bible time (right now I'm looking for something, until then we're winging it), Andrew does Horizons Math and practices writing letters and paragraphs from 100 EZ lessons, Jack has pre-school "workbook"
10:30 Snack time; Sarah wakes up;
11:00 Play outside (if nice) or inside OR watch 30 min video; I catch up on chores
12:00 Boys clean up while I make lunch
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Read to the boys; nurse Sarah
1:30 Rest time; Andrew has "tape time" with Adventures in Odyssey or other Bible tape
3:00 Snack; play outside
4:30 Boys watch TV while I make dinner

Submitted: 12:35:27 05/06/03

Susannah (   susannahcox at
Your Typical Day:
We are:

Darrel: 37
Susannah: 36
Anna Kate: 6 (soon to be 7)
Olivia: 4 (soon to be 5)
Elias: 3
John Douglas: 17 mos.

I was a little reluctant to admit that I am a late-riser, but it appears I'm not the only one! Here's a snap-shot of a "typical" day for us...

I get up anywhere between 8 and 9 a.m., whenever the youngest wakes me up. I change baby and fix breakfast, assembly-line style, and we usually read a Bible story over breakfast (from the Victor Family Story Bible). I then snatch a bagel for myself, do a bit of laundry or straightening up, lay out clothes for the girls at the foot of their beds, and ask them to get dressed and make their beds. Meanwhile, I get dressed. I usually have to go check and "help" somebody get dressed and make her bed. They are getting better about this, though! Sometimes the boys get their clothes changed right away, sometimes later (3yo is still not potty trained, so inside the house he's usually shirt-and-training-pants-anyway). After the kitchen table gets cleaned off, either by me or one of the girls, we pull out the books. (I have a little wooden crate in the corner of the kitchen that we keep all our current homeschooling stuff in.) Anna Kate does a phonics workbook while I go through a reading lesson with Olivia (we're going through 100 EZ lessons). This is generally interspersed with a LOT of noise and interruption from all quarters! Sometimes Play-Doh keeps the boys occupied, but the girls get jealous that they can't play with it right away. Often Elias will be satisfied with color pencils and his drawing notebook (but he's still really noisy and climbs on the table!). Baby may or may not be happy with his toys. Olivia is learning to trace D'Nealian letters with her finger; once we finish her letter formation practice, I let her go play and move on to math with Anna Kate. She does a worksheet and sometimes we practice telling time with our Clock-O-Dial, or practice addition facts with a Learning Wrap-Up key or homemade manipulatives (she particularly liked using sunflower seeds!). After that, I sometimes have her practice reading out of a reader. Then we head off to the couch to read a chapter or two out of the Little House series.

Then I release them to play, play, play. If it's lunchtime by then, we eat lunch first and if the weather's nice they go outside and play. The only drawback is the red clay! Arrgh! Big laundry challenge. Right now (springtime) the caterpillars are everywhere and the girls play with them. We put a few in jars (with oak leaves to munch) to see if they would spin their cocoons in there. Elias loves to blow bubbles and goes through bubble stuff like wildfire. At some point after lunch (within an hour or two) the baby goes down for a nap.

I then do housework, listen to radio news and commentary, go outside with the kids, or do a little reading or online stuff (I can watch them through a bank of windows across the back of our house). I aim to get dinner started around 4:30 to 5:00, but that depends on when we had lunch (and how dirty the kids get). Sometimes dinner is later. Usually, the kids watch tv while I'm cooking, so that helps. If they are very dirty when they come in, I bathe them in my whirlpool tub, which they consider a treat. I listen to the news while I get supper ready. After supper, we gather toys, blankets and misc. into our "upstairs" basket and haul it up to their rooms. Saturday and Tuesday nights are bath nights (regardless of the dirt level) and they get bathed upstairs in pairs...boys, then girls. The girls are required to straighten their room but I usually have to supervise directly and help some (sometimes stressing out over their lack of motivation!). We brush teeth, read books, turn out the light, pray and say Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite. Repeat routine for Elias, then baby comes downstairs with me. He drinks a nutritional supplement while I read to him, then brush his teeth, then sing & rock him to sleep. Whew! By then, hopefully, it's well before 9:30! I aim for 9 p.m. but usually miss. Then I clean the kitchen or fold laundry while watching television.

The schedule varies a bit on Tuesdays, when we go to a co-op P.E. class in the next town with our homeschool group. We leave before 11 a.m., run quick errands, have lunch with grandma and aunt, go to P.E., visit our grandmother, etc. and count that as our homeschooling for the day. Wednesdays we have a PT/OT therapy session in the morning for one daughter and our church homegroup meets at 7 p.m. (which makes for a later bedtime).

Probably what I'd like to change about our days are: 1) a lot less tv and 2) rising earlier myself to have more quiet time, esp. with the Lord. I could add a third, actually: 3) More hands-on and active learning experiences. I think all my kids are Wiggly Willies at this point, and I'm not very creative or good at simplifying concepts for kids, so it helps me to have resources that are specific in directions (and scripted!) for such things. I also want to work in going to the library and the park more often. Due to auto repairs, my husband and I are sharing a vehicle, but that will improve shortly. Also, I'm expecting another baby in the fall and that will likely throw a wrench into things for a while! A typical day is likely to be nurse, damage control, nurse some more, more damage control, order pizza for dinner, etc. LOL!

Submitted: 14:46:48 04/25/03

Gayle (   zoorooster at
Your Typical Day:
Tim (29)
Gayle (30)
John (8) almost 9
Luke (6) very soon 7
Gabriel (2) closer to 3
Aaron (20 m)

I usually get up around 6:30 when my husband wakes me up. I get Tim out the door with his coffee and breakfast and hopefully have some QUIET time to read the Bible and pray. After getting cleaned up and dressed at 7:30 we all go downstairs for breakfast. Once that's done, the older two and I do chores and the boys all have time to play or watch a video while I try to finish the day's housework, or we may run errands if we have to. (I am a homebody and prefer not to have to run around too much.) My husband does the grocery shopping in the evening when it needs doing. After lunch and a little clean up, I put the youngest down for a nap and we do school. We use Making Math Meaningful Levels 1 and 3 which I alternate: 3 days a week for our oldest and 2 days a week for our 6 year old. We use the Robinson Curriculum for language (our own schedule, not the suggested one), and Plants Grown Up for Bible. For Science and Social Studies I used a different prepackaged curriculum and we are almost finished for the year in that. School is usually done around 3 (2 hours). The older boys go outside to play again and the younger two play around the house while I clean up and get supper going if I didn't manage to prepare it in the morning(that's not typical). Supper is around 5:30, then clean up, baths and bedtime. Our younger two are in bed by 7 when I read a Bible story and sing to them for half an hour, then I read aloud to the older boys or we play games for half an hour until 8 when they are in bed too. If Tim doesn't have meetings to go to he may join us. Ideally I try to be in bed by 10, but that doesn't work often. Of course this all sounds so much smoother and more orderly written down than lived, but I have enjoyed reading about the days of other families and been encouraged by them that I thought I would share our day. God bless you all.

Submitted: 14:44:12 03/19/03

Tracy (   userkola8200 at
Your Typical Day:
Our Family:
Dad 31
Mom 29
Zoya 11
Hannah 8
Luke 7
Elijah 6
Zachariah 4
Peter 2
Maranatha 1

I wrote a "typical day" a few years ago. A lot has changed, so I thought I'd write again so you all could compare.
This is my sixth year homeschooling. I began when my oldest was in first grade. I can honestly say that every year is different, and I have learned more every DAY. One thing is constant, the Lord's provision. This year here is how things have gone:
Dad works afternoons, so we are on a delayed-start schedule. I wake at 9, with Zoya and Hannah right after. Coffee is on--pronto. The girls will make their bed, get dressed, etc. without my reminding, most of the time. I wake Luke and Elijah, by now Maranatha (Nat) is up, causing trouble. Peter is going, too. The older kids will do devotions, the younger ones play, get dressed by Mom, eat. Everyone gets busy doing chores when Dad gives the word. If we have somewhere to go, either doctor, dentist, field trip, shopping, we go now. We do fun things with Dad, enjoy each other's company, have interesting discussions about scripture, current events, church, etc. Tuesdays and Fridays we have a family Bible study from 1 until 2:30. Everyone 5 and older sits in. Thursdays Zoya takes violin lessons. Then Dad leaves for work at 2:45. Around 3:30-4:00 we start "school". Everyone does math first. Zoya is using Saxon, everyone else, Miquon. Pete likes the rods just as much as the students!! Then we get Language Arts done. Zoya is independent. Hannah is using LLATL, Luke A Beka, and Elijah is learning to read and write well with CLP readers, handwriting, and copywork. This year I have been really concentrating on the basics, trying to get adjusted to ALL of these children!! Zoya uses Bob Jones History, which she loves. Luke is a history buff, so I have no worries. All of the children are well versed in American history, just through the discussions of daily life. I have not felt a need to use a "curriculum". They are naturally interested in Presidents, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, pilgrims, and all of the things you would see in a second and third grade textbook. Science is CLP Nature Readers, Nature Friend Magazine, Kent Hovind videos (a staple at our house). I also love Moody videos, we study topics as they come. We dissected an eyeball this year, an owl pellet, budded a willow tree, examined chicken bones, marvelled at the wonders of God's creation, and just enjoyed science around us.
School is over by 6:30. I make dinner for us, Dad comes home to eat at 7:30. After dinner we clean up, practice instruments (zoya: violin, hannah: guitar), practice our song for Fridays Bible study, play, do laundry (sometimes). We read a chapter in Proverbs at 10:30. Lights out for the kids around 11. Dad comes home at 11, or 1, or 3; depending on how many axles American Axle and Manufacturing needs that week!!
I'm sure I missed some things, but if you get anything out of this "day", I hope you see that every family adapts to their unique situation, homeschooling is always a blessing, and don't sweat the small stuff.
May God Bless Us All!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted: 18:01:28 03/10/03

Sue (   sue at
Your Typical Day:
Dad - 36
Me - 34 (I think)
J - 8
H - 7
M - 5

Every day the same, unless illness.
Dad gone by 7am.
Mom & kids up at 7:30am.
Breakfast done by 8am.
Kids sit down to paces (work books).
Done by 11:30am.
Playstation, Sega, computer, outside,fun.

Mondays piano for eldest two children.

Tuesdays art in afternoon.

Fridays to the Library.

Holidays to any museum or park or friends house.

Summer vacation.

Thank you, my dear husband for supporting us and purchasing a curiculum.
Normal house, not too clean, not too messy...just right.

Happy children, happy husband. REMEMBER:
If Mamma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

P.S. I trained my friends to NOT call from 8am until 12pm. They love me :)

Submitted: 17:26:52 02/24/03

Stacey (   Staceystoys at
Your Typical Day:
Our Family:
Mom - 33
Dad - 34
Shelby - 7
Spencer - 5
Joshua - 2

A typical day, well like everyone else, rarely are two days alike. We do have a normal ebb and flow however and this is it.... Dad is usually off and running by 6:30am, my 7 yr old and 2 yr old are early risers and are usually playing quietly together by 6:30-7:00am. I, Mom, usually drag myself out of bed between 7am-7:30am. My 5 year old son, shows up around 8am. Next comes breakfast and morning chores (kids, and mom, get dressed, make bed, brush teeth, brush hair)then we put on some fun music to get us livened up for the school day. My older two take turns deciding what song to dance to (these are usually songs chosen from kids Christian music CDs)we then settle in for Bible Lesson. I read one chapter of Proverbs a week with them and I choose one verse from the chapter to go over specifically with them. We do an activity related to the verse to help further reinforce the concept and then it's time for Reading/Writing/Spelling exercises.

Currently I am using curriculum from the Learning at Home series you can find in Bookstores. We are mainly doing all 1st grade stuff for both my Kindergartner and 1st grader. Next comes a snack and a chore. The kids choose from a "job jar" various chores. Some are as simple as taking a wet washcloth and wiping down the window sills or baseboards in a room, or maybe they have to empty a small waste basket, clean off the front of the Refrigerator with Windex, etc. Usually these chores take 5 mins max. Then back to school we go and start with Math, we are using Saxon Math 1, then Art (my children LOVE to make crafts, which is a challenge for me to come up with ideas but if all else fails, they love to paint). After Art comes Lunch and one chore from the job jar, then we do Science or Social Studies depending on the day. Next comes free time or Recess as my kids call it. I usually send them outside.

Sprinkled into this routine is two mornings a week I work in childcare for local churches and the kids come along. Great time for them to play with someone other than each other. Also, there are Kindermusik classes on Fridays (I have a bartering agreement with the teacher - I clean at the school while the kids take class in exchange). Then there's my 2 year old thrown into the mix. Praise God he isn't too disruptive. When the kids don't need me so much I do sit down with the 2 year old and work on his letters, numbers, colors, shapes, puzzles, etc. Sometimes it's just wrestling time and we all get in on the act. The 2 yr old is generally happy just playing near us as we work. He has his own little table with paper and crayons, puzzles, shape sorters, cups to fill and dump. He crawls into my lap when we are reading and "studies" maps with us when we are spread out on the floor. He seems quite content most of the time. When we have especially messy things to do, I pop in a short music video for him or we wait till his nap time.

We are usually finished around 3pm and after some free time of my own (baby is napping, older two are playing outside)I start dinner. Hubby joins us around 6:30pm, we hang out till the kids go to bed at 8:30pm, hubby and I have some time to ourselves and then the day is done. One thing I do that has worked very well for us..we play classical music in the background during school. I have a couple of CDs that are mixtures of famous composers and the kids actually ask me to put in the "relaxing music" if I forget. I find I miss it too! We are trying out Five In A Row to see how we do with Literature based curriculums instead of all the worksheets we've been doing. The kids are getting bored with the "busy work" and want more hands on, theme related stuff. Saxon Math has been wonderful and my best advice is just to be flexible (I have reworked and am still reworking this routine many times), allow time to spontaneously decide to go to the Library or the Park or other community activities. And above all, don't try to be superwoman!!! God Bless!

Submitted: 05:40:49 02/16/03

Hannah Smedes (   frenz2gether4eva at
Your Typical Day:
This isn't written from a mother's point of view. It's from her daughters point of view.
Mom: 44
Dad: 46
Hannah, me: 16
Caleb (brother): 13
Nathan (brother): 11, will be 12 in a month

Well, In my vocabulary there is no such word as 'typical'. As far as I am concerned, with kids my age, I am as anti-typical as it comes.
My dad is usually up and gone by 7:00 a.m. and my mother is up by 8:00 a.m. banging pots and pans around in the kitchen with the radio on which in turn wakes up Caleb. Depending on what time Nathan went took his sleeping medication,(he has ADHD and his medication has the side effect of insomnia), he is usually up around 8:00-9:00 a.m. Depending on what time I go to bed I am up anywhere from 9:00-9:30 a.m. It starts with me going in the bathroom to brush my teeth and put my contact lenses in. I'll walk into the kitchen and my mom will ask me if I want eggs and a bagel or if I'm going to fend for myself. I usually go for the eggs. After that Caleb will do his Mavis and Nathan will sit down with my mom and they will start doing assignments with my mom. I will go and take a shower and by the time I am all ready to face the day it's usually 10:00-10:30 a.m. Then I get to my homework. I usually read for about 3 hours while my mom goes off to work and Caleb and Nathan start on the rest of their homework in their rooms. At 12:30-1:00 I'll take a break and try to make sure that we all have something for lunch. Then at 1:30 p.m. we'll go back to our rooms and finish our work and then write out all of our Bible verses. By 3:30 we're all done with what we've been given for the day. Then we'll get the cord to the television and the key to the computer. My dad cut the power cord to the TV so you have to have a seperate cord to hook it up so you can turn it on. They hide that from us and when we're done with our work we'll call my mom and ask her for it. We each get an hour or forty-five minutes to do whatever we want. Then my mom gets home and we'll start helping to make dinner or do whatever she asks us to do. At 6:30 my dad gets home and we usually eat dinner. At 7:00 we're done and we clean up and then if we have to go out for shopping or groceries we usually do that and get home at 8:00 or 9:00. At 9:30 Nathan and my mom are usually in bed and then Caleb and I get to spend time with my dad. He'll read or we'll watch TV. We like the show Law & Order and Third Watch. But Monday night at 9:00 I get to watch Everwood, while on Tuesdays I'll watch Smallville while they tape 24. Then at around 10:00 I'll go into my room and read until 11:30 or so and then I'll take a shower, brush my teeth and take out my contacts and go to bed.
The only different day is on Wednesday. At 9:30 a.m. we're at our tutors' house. Andy and Lisa, they are really nice. We know then from out church. Andy does all sorts of English and Lit. stuff with me and ACT prep while Lisa does Science and Math with my brothers and Adv. Biology and ACT prep with me. We get home at 11:30 and my mom makes lunch and goes off to work and then the rest of the day is the same as any other.

Submitted: 19:55:23 01/26/03

Ydania (   happybear1426 at
Your Typical Day:
I just started homeschooling in December 2002. So this is new for me, and I am still trying to find a schedule that works. But thisis my typical day now a days.
Eddie (dad) 33
Ydania (mom) 32
Stephanie (6th grade) 12
Joshua 9 months

Dad wakes up at about 8-830am, I stay in a bit and when he evs at about 9oo am, I wake up. get cleaned up, get dressed. By this time my son has woken up I give him his cereal and milkand he watches his cartoons. I then walk on the treadmill for about 10-15 minutes. I then pick up the bed, feed the dog sweep, do tiny chores that need to be done. At about 1000-1030 Stephanie wakes up, she gets cleaned up, picks up her room and has breakfast. She then watches the cooking channel, she loves it! We then begin classes at about 1200pm she has Vocabulary, Spelling, Bible, Reading, Math, Science, Grammar, language Arts, Geography Social Studies, I give her five classes a day Monday-Thursday. During this time I have to change diapers and feed the baby his milk. We finish at about 300-330pm and we have lunch all three of us during this time. On Fridays I take her to a church where home schoolers go, and she is there for about three hours learning, Drama, Vocal Ensemble and Modeling & Etiquette, and I volunteer and hour to day care. I then check her homework and I have Stephane shower , I bathe her brother,then I shower once the baby is asleep. I then start dinner and dad comes home at about 730pm we eat and just all cuddle into bed. Before we go to sleep we read a daily devotional for couple and it is a soothing sleep after that.

Submitted: 14:31:02 01/24/03

Cindy (   cindy at
Your Typical Day:
Cindy (Mom)
PJ (Dad)
Zack (11)
Noah (8)
It's hard to define a "typical" day around here! We are relaxed homeschoolers, but definitely like some routine! My goal is to have these "typical days" 3 days a week :-)My boys are most creative in the evenings, so we are bit of night owls. This translates into a slower start in the mornings. N. is usually up first and watches cartoons or hops on his computer to play any number of educational CD's. His favorites right now are SIM ThemePark and Zoo Tycoon. I'm usually up around 7:30a and spend a few minutes in prayer and Bible reading to get my day started with the right perspective. Zack usually is up by 8:30 or 9. By then I've had a bite to eat, checked my email and gotten dressed. Of course, some days I'm still in my jammies at 10! While the kids eat breakfast in the living room, I sit with them and read our Bible and Character Building story. We LOVE Lamplighter books, the Millers books and any others that model great character for my boys.

We then usually move to our "skill time". I believe that we are all learning all the time and I try to see educational value in everything we do. Skill Time is important because it enables them to get more fullfillment (sp) from their many other projects and the notebooks they like to create. Noah is working on learning to read (he's my late bloomer, and I'm glad I didn't push him). After reading with me on the couch, he does some copywork, either scripture or something he's dictated to me that goes with a current interest. For instance, he's into Star Wars so he drew a picture and gave me a 2-sentence description. Now he's working on copying his words so he can put it with his picture in his Star Wars notebook. I find that writing is more fun and they want to do better when it has some meaning to them. While Noah is working on reading/writing, Zack works independently on the computer doing spelling and copywork. He also does his math, skipping things he needs help with until I'm done with his brother. I try not to pack too much into this "skill time". During some "seasons" Zack may work more on language arts and learning to type and not really do any formal math. Afer Noah and I are done, he usually does some math on the computer or I may spend part of our time teaching him a math concept with our whiteboard then he does a worksheet. This "Skill Time" takes about an hour for Zack and 40 min. for Noah.

The rest of our days are usually full of me going back and forth helping the boys with various projects, or them using the computer, drawing etc. Of course, they have lots of time to play too. We try to sit down in the afernoon and work on history (we use lots of literature and make notebooks) or science (though science tends to happen at any time of day, since they both have interests that are considered science). We are also all learning Spanish with Power-Glide.
Some days we are busy running errands, field trip etc. Last week we decided on the spur of the moment to visit a local nature center/museum. We ended up getting to bring home a box turtle that had a small injury and needed some TLC. A great opportunity for more research and reading! As you can see our days are quite a hodge-podge. Evenings are filled with playing games or reading as a family. The boys also continue working on "projects" throughout the day and evening. Bedtime is usually 10pm, but too often it ends up being later.
We travel during the summer to homeschool conventions with my business and that lends itself to lots of learning too. We "school" year round because we really are Learning All The Time :-)

Submitted: 07:14:18 01/17/03

Chris (   Khris0117 at
Your Typical Day:
Me-28, Dh-31, dd-11, dd-9, dd-7, dd-5, dd-3, dd-8m

I try to keep our days light so the girls can follow their interests. Other than wake-up and lights-out I strive for a routine rather than a strict time schedule--it makes more sense with so many little ones around.

Dh and I are up at 530a. I nurse the baby while we chat and have coffee until he heads for work at 630a. I spend the next hour with the Lord in prayer and reading the bible. The children are usually up playing in their room. I come out dressed and have breakfast on the table by 830a. Chore time is next--our house is very small so chores take no time to complete. I have a dishpan full of our supplies and books so I collect that and my oldest and we convene on the couch. I go through English, Math, and Reading with her. The others are playing in their room or around our feet if they are quiet. She goes to the bedroom (they all share a room) and sends out dd #2. Repeat of above, sending out dd #3. This takes about 3 hrs. After lunch cleanup we read our bible, then do History, Art, Science, needlework, etc. together, mixing and matching depending on the day. Dinner time is around 600p and bedtime at 900p.

Submitted: 17:46:19 01/07/03

Julie Carrigan (   juliesc at
Your Typical Day:
Julie-41, Chris-39, Rachael-13, Reed-11,Eliza-10, Jimmy-8, Abby-5
The alarm goes off at 6:55 and on my motivated days I jump out of bed, get dressed etc., and drive to the gym to workout....lately I have not been as motivated and I workout later in the day. Regardless, my husband generally hits the snooze button for just 10 more minutes..and after the snoozing he gets out of bed and wakes up the children and starts the coffee...I will then crawl out of bed when I smell the coffee brewing. I usually sit in our family room sipping coffe and stare at nothing until I fully wakeup.
The children must make their beds before breakfast..and after breakfast their Dad leads them in devotions and going over house rules. At 8:30, Eliza and Jimmy(10 and 8) walk to the Catholic school(where they go to school until 3:30)...and I start the homeschooling process with the other 3.
The two eldest children play instruments in the Catholic school's they have band classes 3 days a week, at various times of the day. So, we work around that schedule...They also will often have swimming lessons to work around as well. Rachael independently works on her 7th grade LA and Social through correspondent(distance) learning. Her Dad teaches her Saxon Algebra 1/2 and I try to keep up on corrections and testing. She also studies Home Ec (Alpha Omega), and I teach her Abeka science...she spends a lot of time reading and does art with her Grandma quite regularly. She also studies piano and dance..and has either volleyball or basketball,with Reed, once a week.
Reed(11) usually gets after his spelling, handwriting practice, Daily grams, and LLAL. He does his science on computer(SOS-Alpha Omega) and works on the saxon Algebra 1/2(when his sister isn't using the book).I really need to get another copy to make things work more smoothly!...We work together on Bob Jones Social, which he is really enjoying, and when his work is done his nose is usually in a book.
Meanwhile, Abby is usually on the computer, playing an eduacational game, or doing arts and crafts while the others are schooling. Sometimes she likes to watch a Pooh bear video. When I have a free block of time, I spend about 45 mins. on phonics with her...and an additional 45 mins. on Sax Math 1....In between schooling the children, I am reading the news, cleaning the house and running errands.(sound familiar?) It does seem that my house is often very cluttered...and my time is busy with the children's busy schedules and church responsibilities.(My husband is a pastor and we planted a church 2 years ago!!!)
I often feel inadequate and stressed out but I can see positive results. I tend to be fairly rigid and regemented and have a hard time when things do not work out as planned. But, things happen and I am gradually learning to lighten up....It really bothers me when I get several days behind schedule!!!I am in my 3rd year of homeschooling, and I may even decide to homeschool all 5 of them next year. We'll see!

Submitted: 20:49:37 01/04/03

Karen (   karen at
Your Typical Day:
We're Sam, 38; Karen, 37; Sammy, 10; Joshua, 9; Goldie the dog, 8

My husband works from home in his basement office. He works on east coast time while we work on Mountain Time. He is up very early. We sleep in, usually, until about 8 AM.

The boys make their beds (most days) and then fix their own breakfast. They head to the classroom and start by copying their memory verse from the Bible, doing penmanship exercises, our current grammar "program" of MadLibs and Math-U-See.

By the time I read the paper and eat my own breakfast, my oldest is ready for me to start perusing some of his work so he can make corrections. What we do next depends on how slowly my plodder (Joshua) is working. Usually, I'll make him stop working on what he is doing when Sammy finishes the above list and we'll start Konos activities. That usually runs us about 2-3 hours total.

We have our biggest meal at lunchtime, so at about 11:00, I'm usually heading to the kitchen to find something low-maintenance to cook. (You know, that I can stick in the oven and not worry about for an hour.)

Anyway, after lunch, we wrap up Konos for the day, Sammy heads off to read silently and complete his reading journal and Joshua wraps up his list and his reading journal.

Our target is to be done at 3:00 each day when my hubby gets off work. We usually wrap it up right around that time or just before. We have a "fend for yourself" supper (usually a sandwich or bowl of soup or something else light) and have family Bible study later in the evenings. The kids go to bed by 9pm every night.

A typical day would have one of the boys crying because he had to do a lot of corrections in either math or penmanship.

A great day (this never would have both of the boys being done with their independent work before I get done with reading the paper in the morning. :o)

Submitted: 00:23:48 12/29/02

Catherine Lockley (   Lelmos at
Your Typical Day:
My Pastor always says "Never complain about your day until you've heard about someone elses' day."
So with my 4 & 6 yr. olds who want to do nothing but PLAY all day and I have to beg them to LEARN for 3 hours; still all in all my day is great.
Just waking up and being alive another day and my husband home with us all morning until noon,our 4 month old BAD
Beagle pooping everywhere and my 4 yr. old STILL in DIAPERS:I won't complain.Homeschooling isn't easy when you're short of PATIENCE.But I am conquering this task and am more content that I've stuck by my family.My accomplishment is my family is healthy,happy and together.Glory be to God.I can be Patient and AM.You have a Blessed day dear readers.Your days will get better.

Submitted: 11:11:07 12/05/02

Lisa, (   lisafarral at
Your Typical Day:
me-34, dh-31, ds-15, dd-11, dd-3

ok, this is a gospel-honest "typical" day:

3yo dd gets me up about 8:30-9:00. dh is up about the same time or shortly thereafter. i am answering many rapid-fire questions from the 3yo about where's her sippy cup for juice, where is the cat, can we go to mickey d's, the park, chuck e. cheese's, can she have candy, go to the store, etc. I have to take my morning add pill and stumble downstairs to fix a sippy cup. the 3yo does not eat breakfast until lunchtime. until my pill takes effect 30 min later i waste my time wondering what i'm supposed to do today and what to do first. but i can multitask well, so while i think on those useless things, i check my email.
the 30 telemarketing calls i get a day usually start about 9-10am. the 3yo is talking and yapping about going places and watch her take a flying leap off this wobbly piece of furniture and please let her play games on the computer, yadayadayada. i allow her to disassemble my couch and turn my living room upside down so i can read email in peace. 15yo is usually up by 10. he is asperger's (high-functioning autism); meaning he is very good about doing his school (most on sos, and all a's) independently, but needs me to tell him to do some simple things like brush is hair, take his antidepressant, drink something for heaven's sake, eat or your body will cease to live, etc. my dd is the last to wake up, sometimes like 11:30am. she is a chronic insomniac, add, and is a hair-puller (a.k.a. "trich"). so she needs a lot of individual attention. she is hard to get started in the am, dwawdles A LOT, takes forever to get dressed. the 3yo goes to a sitter 2-3 days a week for a few hours so i can police the older ones. getting school done with the 11yo is hard because she needs direction and help staying on task, and needs frequent breaks. an almost "unschooling" approach is necessary here, some things are done orally. the 15 ds is done with school usually by lunch about 2. 11yo dd is often just getting started by then! ds likes to spend the rest of the day reading fantasy novels and online gaming. he does not socialize, which is distressing. 11yo dd is involved in a gymnastics competitive team and girl scounts. the 3yo dd is just a sweet, insanely active, ball of energy that takes an awful lot of my time and energy from the others. i consider myself blessed even though my friends tell me they would probably have a full blown nervous breakdown if they lived at my house. but my kids, though quite high maintenance, are sweet and caring and highly creative and polite. my house is almost NEVER clean, but i do try to keep it free of infectious bacteria.

Submitted: 18:50:12 11/28/02

Joyce (   ja_morris70 at
Your Typical Day:
Here is our family..
Harold 33
Joyce (me) 32
James 12 (almost 13)
Jordan 9
Joshua 5

Dad is up and gone by 7:30 am... We try to get up around 8am and get our breakfast eaten, our teeth brushed and beds made and rooms straighten up before 9:30... We don't ALWAYS get that done on time but who cares... we are homeschooling!! So we can fudge a little on our schedules... Anyway, while the boys are doing their chores, I am cleaning up the kitchen, getting some laundry started. By the way, I have made some chore charts for the boys that have each day of the week listed and they have to look at that chart each morning to see what needs to be done for that day and also I have another type of chore chart that is a circle with an arrow in the middle and lined in sections like a pie and they have to turn the arrow around with their eyes closed until I say stop and whatever chore they land on they have to do that one for the day... also I have made what I call "merit money"... I drew a rectangle shape in the shape of money in paint program and in each corner I made points... ex: 1 point, 5 points, 2 points, 3points, 7 points and 10 points... and in the middle I made an oval for a photo... and I scanned a photo of the boys together and put it in the oval and then printed out several of each point... and that is what I give out to the boys when they do their chores, they get so many points for each chore they do and then on Fridays they get to turn them in for merit prizes.. I have a basket that I have little prizes on for them to "buy"... Bible bookmarks, little cars, candies, snacks, small toys, erasers, etc... just whatever I can find to put in there... that gives them incentives to do the chores.. it works really great for the boys and they LOVE it... we also have a "good apple award".. I give out that award each day to the one who worked the hardest that day and who didn't play around and talk alot and disturb others and who did their work... It's just a picture of an apple that you can get at Teacher Stores that come in a pack of so many.. I just used one and wrote in marker on it GOOD APPLE AWARD.
Now.... around 9:30 or so they are at their desks in the schoolroom and they pick out whatever subject that they want to start on first and then start in doing it (the 2 older ones that is) and with the kinder. I work on his ABC's and his numbers and and a little math for him and I usually help the other 2 when they need it... and at 11 am dad comes home for lunch so we take a break and have lunch with dad(he's home only 30 min.) and after that we take a small "play break" and then start back to our school day and go to work again.. and our day is usually finished around 2:30 or 3:00, depending on how long it has taken them to do their work and if we haven't missed a day or so with sickness or having to go to dentists and doctors... we don't watch t.v. because I don't have one so that doesn't interfere with our lives and I don't allow the children on the internet so when they take their breaks they usually go outside and ride their bikes (in warm weather) in winter my oldest one grabs a book and sits and reads (he LOVES to read) and my other two goes into their room and either plays church or cars and toys... not having a t.v. has helped my children to learn how to be innovative, inventive,imaginitive... sitting and watching t.v too much doesn't let children learn how to do things at all.. anyway... that is how our days go.. I wish that my house could be spotless ALL day ALL the time, but when you have your children with you 24/7 it is just about impossible....or for me it is... when I clean I look around and it is messed up again... but it is worth having them home with me each day.

Submitted: 20:13:56 11/10/02

Linda (   simmons at
Your Typical Day:
Mike 56, Linda 52, Kimberly 19, Gregory 15 (almost 16!), Katryna 14, Holly 8.
Our day starts when Mike gets up at 5:30. He reads the Bible for half an hour then starts breakfast. I roll out of bed at 6 along with the kids. By 6:30, most of breakfast is ready and Mike and I take a walk along the back field. Around 7, we sat down to eat breakfast. Gregory and Katryna take care of their chores while Mike takes Kimberly to college. I get the dishes cleaned and put away. I then start a pan of bread for dinner and supper. Holly has a few chores in the house that she does while we are busy. By 7:30, we are trying to get to the table for Bible study. We go through one book at a time. 8:00 starts Algebra I and II for Katryna and Gregory. Holly does her math and after I finish with the two older ones, I help her. Language is next for Gregory and Holly. Katryna is busy with History. By 10 everyone is ready for a break and we all go out to play basketball. Of couse, I tell my son that I'm teaching him how to play right while I'm holding his arms down so I can see over him! I do get to shoot the ball once out of every 20 or so times. After break and a snack, everyone starts on science classes and I start on my classes. I go to college full time over the Internet. I have to get the bread finished up around 10:45 so it can be cooked by 11:30. Mike gets back from errands around 11, and he does chores outside until dinner is ready. We take a long lunch break, 11:30 to 1:00. Holly requires all my time for the next two hours. She has reading, history, health, and spelling. While she reads to me I work on a quilt. Next we do math flash cards to help her learn her math tables better. Katryna and Gregory still have Labs to do for biology, literature to read, spelling, and current events. We do Spanish from 3:00 to 3:30 (that's my class and I'm hoping we can all learn it at the same time.) Mike leaves to get Kimberly, I start supper, the kids head outside to play and I try to check papers while I work on supper. Supper is over by 6:30 and I start my school day! The kids do the dishes and get a load or two of clothes washed and dried. By 11:45, I winding up my school day, give the floor a quick sweep, straighten up some amd head for bed. I make one last check to see what needs to be completed for tht day and what I can leave for the next day or weekend. We have a lard truck farm and raise most of the food we eat including eggs and chickens that need to be butchered. Believe me, when my head hits the pillow, I'm asleep!

Submitted: 18:50:48 09/28/02

Laura Dethloff (   salt6 at
Your Typical Day:
Dethloff Family:

Scott (Dad) 30
Laura (me,Mom) 27
Lorrie 9yrs
Tyler 7yrs
Stormy 5yrs
Andrew 1yr
Our typical day has not really started yet but I have a plan that I pray will work. I rise and shine around 6:00 to get my own little quiet time in with God before children get up and do a few chores. Kids wake up at 7:00 for breakfast, dress, and morning chores. We all do Bible together to begin our homeschool journey then we scoot into a bit of History. Around 8:40 I do some math with my kinder for about 30 min. and then my two oldest tackle thier math together. After a struggle through math avenue (which usually is for us) we take about a 20 min break. We wrap up our break to get ready for our reading adventure. I do hooked on phonics with my 5 and 7 year old children and then I settle in to listen to my oldest read a good book. Then it's time for a bit of Language Arts. I do more oral language skills with my 5 and 7 year old as for my oldest she does more structural language arts. Then Spelling rolls around for my 9 year old. We play games and such with our spelling words. On Mondays and Wednesday we all work on some handwriting practice and on Tuesday we snuggle around for bit of science. On Thursday we do science experiments at co-op class. Finally right before lunch we read a good book together, this is called our story time. After lunch, it is pretty much free for me to get business done if need be and for kids to play. When the day starts to turn in a cook supper and we eat and clean up and get ready to snuggle in for a good night sleep, This usually allows time for just daddy and mommy before we call it a day. Keep in mind that I have a 1 year old who is running around in the middle of our adventure because he is a part of us too, so things do not always go as plan but we get it done on way or another. I love homeschooling and would not have it any other way! We learn and grow together! We will also be involved in a homeschool co-op this year on Thursday which will allow the kids to be involved in activities with other homeschoolers. Such as Art, P.E, Hands on Science, cooking, piano , and field trips.

Submitted: 18:59:05 07/29/02

Barbara (   bben33 at
Your Typical Day:
Kids: M 11 with special needs
J 8
S 4
Our typical is very unusual. We have special needs that requires a lot of attention medically. My day starts waking up on my own time between 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Dad is usually gone by 6 or 6:30 a.m. I say "hi" to J who awakes early and watches t.v.

I start my M's respiratory treatment while on the ventilator. She requires it very night and when ill. Her treatment, g-tube feeding, cleaning up, trach cares, etcall takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the a.m. Then breakfast for the t boys and myself at 9:30 after M's g-tube feeding. After getting the boys are cleaned up and dressed, it is 11:00 a.m. Then I get cleaned up and it is lunchtime. We each lunch and usually do some reading everyday and I ask comprehension questions.

Usually 2 days/week, we start earlier but I usually have to zoom through everything in very fast gear to get everything done by 9:30. We do Math and another subject. It is very stressful around our house. There is lots equipment cleaning, ordering medical supplies, change M' s bedding 3 times/week. more laundry that average, etc. We also get up several times each night to take of M's medical needs which leaves us exhausted a great deal.

I try to get in Math, geography, writing (oral story telling), bible reading, story reading, and lots of p.e. Most of our homeschool work is oral because of the lack of time. Next year we will do material that is less time preparation. M needs lots of individual attention for her homework needs.

My kids are doing much better at home academically even though it is limited somewhat. Less peer pressure, less worry, and less pressure dealing with a school system and their control over our children.

Bedtime is around 9-9:30 p.m. after a bowl of cereal. M's treatment also takes time so the other puts the boys to bed. They often read to themselves/look at pictures in bed.

Submitted: 09:51:27 06/29/02
Laura (   slhogan at
Your Typical Day:
I'm still going back and forth between preferring "unschooling" and "structured schooling." I grew up in an unschooling family although one of my sisters required structure in her life and did correspondence school. I think we all need different levels of structure in our life to feel secure, so I'm hoping that I will remain sensitive to my kids' needs in that aspect.

Anyway, my family is:
Scott (33)
Laura--me! (29)
Keena (6--just completed her kindergarten year)
Liam (almost 4)
Bennet (1)

WIth kids this young there is no real typical day, but our week often goes like this...

On Monday Keena goes to a homeschool K/1 class from 9am to 2pm. There's 12 kids, 2 teachers, and they do the KONOS curriculum (I pay $90 a month for the luxury of having someone *else* deal with planning KONOS activities). She really enjoys being with her friends there and it's fun for her to experience a bit of school life-- eating in the cafeteria, moving in the halls with all the other kids (there's classes all the way up through highschool), having a class picture and a yearbook, etc. While she's at school I run errands, go grocery shopping, and teach breastfeeding classes.

The other four days a week are something like this: the kids wake up around 8am (they go to sleep around 9pm), watch a little PBS, eat breakfast, get dressed, clean up, and make their beds. I throw in a load of laundry. Around 9 or 9:30 Liam plays computer games while Keena spends about 30 minutes writing in her journal (coloring a picture and writing a few sentences). Then she spends about 20 minutes on math (we finished up Saxon 1 and did about 1/3 of Saxon 2). At this point she's restless and tired of seat work, so she usually goes to the playrom with Liam to watch their favorite PBS show-- Dragon Tales. I check my email, do more laundry, pick up the house, etc during this time. Then, Keena and I sit on the couch and she reads to me for about 20 minutes. We used to do phonics work during this time, but she finished the course and is a solid reader now. We aren't using "readers"-- she just reads me books she checks out of the library like "Henry and Mudge."

Liam sees us sitting on the couch reading, so he brings me some library books and I read to the kids (storybooks, science books, etc) until Bennet gets fussy from sitting on the couch for so long and we have to stop. The kids then either go watch Arthur on PBS (yes, they watch too much TV), play computer games, or I get out various manipulatives for them to play with (I'm a real sucker for manipulatives; I've spent hundreds of dollars at the teacher supply store!). Meanwhile, I fold and put away the clothes (which Bennet loves so he's not so fussy anymore).

I make lunch, Bennet gets into the manipulatives and scatters them around the kitchen, and then we eat.

On Tuesday, I put Bennet down for a nap after lunch and we do messy art projects. On Wednesday, we all get into the car after lunch and go to library story time (Bennet naps in the stroller at the library). On Thursday afternoons I work with breastfeeding moms at the local WIC clinic, so my mother-in-law comes over (or we go over there) for about four hours. On Friday afternoons we either go on a field trip (zoo, museums, nature trails, etc) or we do science type projects/explorations while Bennet takes his after-lunch nap.

From about 2-3 pm the kids usually play outside (if the weather is good) or inside (they build forts, dress-up, build with blocks, play make-believe, etc) and I play with Bennet and try to keep him from destroying their creations. Then, it gets crazy about 3 o'clock as all the neighborhood kids come to the door and it's like a circus around here until I kick everyone out at 6 pm.

In the evening we eat dinner, the kids take baths, we read scriptures, have family prayer, read bedtime stories, and *finally* get everyone to sleep so I can have a little peace and quiet!

We're taking the summer off since a lot of things are going on (weddings, conferences, vacations, etc), but I'm looking forward to starting up again in mid-August (when school is back in session). I plan to use "Moving with Math" kindergarten level with Liam and start working with him on phonics, but I haven't quite figured out how the timing of all this is going to happen! I also want to start studying social studies (basic geography and American history), so I'll have to squeeze that in somewhere, probably in the form of unit studies that will occur during our reading time.

Submitted: 07:32:02 06/19/02

Dayna K. (   daynakentz at
Your Typical Day:
Well, here are the players:

Dad - Clay 38
Mom - Dayna 33
Vivian - Age 10 (5th grade)
Andrew - Age 5 (1st grade)
Grace - Age 3 1/2
David - Age 2

I am like everyone else, I have goals every day for how I would like my days to go. We don't always get there but after being at it for 4 years now, we have slipped into somewhat of a schedule.
The kids wake up around 6 or 6:30 every morning. 7 at the latest. My usual goal is to get started with school by 8:30. Since the kids wake up early they have plenty of time to eat, brush teeth, clean rooms, pick up the living room, etc. While they are doing these things I am usually cleaning dinner dishes and doing the kitchen from the night before and also picking up my own bedroom.
We start school by 8:30 (when I am dreaming) 9:00 am by the latest. I start of with Bible study with 5th grader and proceed into Language Arts. We then tackle some of her dyslexia assignments, then she proceeds to math (which is mostly independent at this point). Usually there is one break for her between all of these subjects.
We do lunch around 11:30 and then I put our 2 year old down for his nap. While he is napping I proceed with Bible, Language Arts, and Math with our 1st grader. I am usually done with school by 1:30 - 2:30 and we spend the afternoon playing, coloring, swimming, etc. until Dad gets home from work. Then I proceed with dinner and early bed times for the younger kids (7 - 7:30) as we rise early so we can get a jump on school.

Submitted: 12:54:04 06/07/02

Susie hevener (   shevener at
Your Typical Day:
I have 3 children - one just finishing 1st grade and the other two are PreSchoolers. Our typical day is like this:

Try to get girls up around 8:30 and have breakfast out of the way by 9 (usually we run 1/2 hr. - 1 hr behind this). First 45 minutes of the school day is Bible Study --- my 2 oldest both belong to AWANA and we use their scripture verses from this for Bible Study. My oldest has to complete/learn one AWANA section a day - 5 a week, the 4 year old does 1 section per week (the 3 year old kind of just repeats what the 4 year old says.)

Next 45 minutes is Math. My 1st grader has been working in a 3rd grade math book --- she can pretty much do most of the lessons with little help (except maybe with reading the word problems) --- so I take this time to work with the other two in their PreSchool Workbooks --- learning ABC's, 123's , and so on.

Then comes a 15 min snack break (I try to throw some laundry in here - or maybe do a few dishes, or catch up on emails or phone calls)

Next is Science (by now my 2 younger ones just go off to play on their own) - we have been studying animals - which ones are from where and all kinds of interesting facts about them. (I never knew I would learn so much teaching a 7 year old). I read the info on each animal and then my daughter has a series of questions she has to go back and find the answers for --- we generally cover 3 or 4 animals a day.

After Science is English --- we allot a whole hour for this. English includes Phonics worksheets,grammar worksheets, spelling, sight word units, oral reading --- we use my dads old MacMillan readers from when he was in school --- they are wonderful! We haven't spent as much time on spelling this year as we should have --- my daughter really stuggled with learning to read and we focused a lot of time on this --- now she loves to take a book and curl up somewhere and read to herself --- AMELIA BEDELIA is her fave.

After English, we have lunch - we have an hour allotted here, which gives her some time to play if she doesn't turn on the TV --- once those PBS cartoons are on it takes her forever to eat (and it is incredibly hard to get her back into school for the afternoon). (I might actually get a little more laundry or dishes done here.)

After lunch --- hopefully it's about 1:30 (probably realistically more like 2:30), we do Social Studies - we started the year doing American symbols and Great Americans, then we did map skills - and then we did A project on Egypt --- now we are doing China.

The plan was to have about another 45 minutes here for music, phys ed, computers, art and then finish up by 3 --- usually it is already 3 before we get to those--- so we just forget these subjects (usually we have done some art somewhere in the day, and probably sang a song, and my kids spend a good bit of time on the computer outside of regular school hours anyway.)

After school, we run errands --- library, bank, groceries, etc. --- and the girls hopefully have some playtime before Dad comes home ---- and just maybe I'll get a little housework done (most likely I'll just get stuff ready for the next day of school and maybe get the grades recorded.)

Girls are in Dance, AWANA, and my oldest is a Scout --- so evenings are busy. Kids go to bed at 11. We love homeschooling (the one draw back is my house is always a wreck --- and everywhere you look there are definate signs we homeschool!)

Submitted: 16:31:42 05/24/02

Amy Henry (  
Your Typical Day:
Who we are: Amy (33) John (35) J.B. (12) Jack (8) plus assorted pets

I'll give you the realistic version, not my "dream" version which sounds so much nicer.

Amy and John: rise about 5:30, get coffee together, chat a bit, I usually start some laundry, pick up a bit, and get school items out. John gets his own breakfast and gets to work in his office (at home in an upper room). His work day runs 6 to 2...I have another cup of coffee alone, check my email, read the paper, dress, hopefully put on some makeup, and start breakfast. The kids arise about 8, eat with me, then have about 30 min to clean up themselves and their room. The next 10 minutes we do a pet check, make sure everyone is fed, and has water...(Sat. is cage and feeder day). Then we have a 30 minute "homeroom" where we sit and have hot chocolate and go over our goals for the day, discussing any errands we have to do, and what chores need to be done. Then my 12 year old breaks off to do 90 min. of math while I do a formal lesson with Jack. When the 90 minutes are up, they get a 30 min break (they usually run outside to play). Then they return and my youngest gets started on something he can do himself, and usually does it outside on the deck. This is when I do a more formal lesson with my older son or go over something he doesn't understand. At lunch, we all fix it and take some to Dad, then they have more time to relax or play (I work 2 or 3 hours). At 3 or 4 they return to the kitchen table to finish up projects or assignments and set up for the next day. It's very mellow and works good. The only real rule I have is we MUST go to bed with a clean house. I won't sleep if it isn't perfect. I love waking to a clean house, puts a good mood on the whole day. I also write out my lists before bed, so I don't forget anything and so I don't worry about them instead of sleeping.

Submitted: 07:22:12 05/07/02

Sandi Sweet (   jrsweetsr at
Your Typical Day:
I wake up at six o'clock have a bible
time and prayer time. At seven I get the
kids up, or their alarms get them up.
My husbands usually the last one up.
They wake up on the couch for about
15 min. then get something to eat.
They go up and brush teeth make beds and
straighten rooms. We can ususally start
by 8:30. We begin with prayer and bible
study. Then math and language or phonics
but sometimes we do Konos first to mix
things up a bit. Lunch at 11:30 or if
there's not much left, we finish work
and have lunch after school.
We have five children who are all involved in different things. We do
baseball, soccer, scouts, youth group
and once a month skating with the
homeschool group. This opportunity to
homeschool has been a blessing and Lord
willing it will continue. Our family is:
Jim: 44
Sandi: 38
Jimmy: 12
Zach: 10
Dan: 8
Evelyn: 7
Timmy: 4

Submitted: 13:47:26 04/30/02

Jennifer Richardson (   jennifer.richardson at
Your Typical Day:
Dad - Marc 31
Mom - Jennifer 28
Gianna - 8
Erin - 6
Gabrielle - 4
Lauren - 2

My kids naturally get up between 8:30 and 9:30. We go to bed somewhat late because we really enjoy our evening time together and find it hard to cut short sometimes. While the kids are still sleeping, I spend my quiet time and get the house as ready as it ever gets (I am getting better and the kids are getting old enough to help more).

First we have breakfast, then start with Bible. We then move on to math and language arts. Now it's lunch time. After lunch Lauren goes down for her nap and we have science and history. We typically finish by 1:00 or 1:30.

We do formal art and music every other Friday and field trips on the alternate Fridays. We listen to the composers we are studying throughout the week and the kids always have access to art materials.

Aside from regular subjects, we also do some additional activites a couple of times per week, such as critical thinking exercises or English From the Roots Up. The girls also have reading they need to do on their own and we don't watch much television at all.

We are involved in sports and other activities outside the house, so some nights are crazier than others, but most nights I cook. We eat more breakfast food for dinner or fast food than I'd like, but those are compromises I am happy to make when I see how well some things are coming together. We made the serious mistake of putting our children in to the public school system for a semester and it was VERY upsetting for all of us. Now sometimes, I have to jsut admit I need help or support and communicate it to the right people around me! (Especailly the LORD!!!)

Submitted: 12:28:17 04/29/02

Janet (   geolyons at
Your Typical Day:
We have a 3rd grader age 8, a bouncing baby girl now 13 months, and a home business to help pay the bills. We are up at 7-7:30 am, but most nights the baby is also up around 4 am. Breakfast with dad, he leaves for work at 7:30, shower, dress, and beds made by 8 when we start school. I've tried several schedules and found the only way to stay on schedule and cover all of our subject's is to keep a timed schedule. 8-8:20 Religion, 8:20-8:50 Arithmetic, 8:50-9 Cursive, 9-9:25 Language, 9:20-9:35 Spelling, 9:35-10 Recess/Snack,10-10:30 History, 10:30-11:00 Science, 11-12:00 Art/Music/Computers/Seatwork 12-1 Lunch/Recess 1-1:40 Reading, Done! Afternoons & evenings we have piano practice, reading and playtime. Fortunately, the baby naps morning and afternoon. I have a computer next to my daughter's school desk and work when the baby's sleeping and the 8 year old is reading or doing computer drills, drawing, etc. We do an outside art class on Sat. We also have regularly scheduled library days, dance and brownies once a week. We follow the local Catholic School Schedule for vacation days and breaks. I catch up on work nights and weekends when dad is with the kids. It's a busy day, but if we don't watch the clock and stay on schedule it's 1:30 pm and we are only on our second subject. School drags on till 4 or 5 pm and it is not a productive day. Also, my daughter really enjoys her recesses and needs them. I often wonder how others cover the material and subject's if they sleep in and play during the day. We laugh alot, but, we get our work done too. Sometimes we play with the baby and catch up on the weekend.

Submitted: 20:13:19 02/17/02

Your Typical Day:

Submitted: 17:10:17 02/11/02

Mrs. David Ziegler (   davdenzieg at
Your Typical Day:
Let's see here, let me tell who is involved.
Maranatha-6 months

First Dad and I get up at about 4:45. Dad gets dressed for work and I stumble to the kitchen to make Dad coffee. I then make Dad his lunch while he pours his own cereal. The children all start to wander out about now. I then go and warm up Dad's truck while he finishes getting dressed. Dad leaves for work and all the children get a snack and watch a video while I read the bible.
At 7:00 we eat breakfast and then I wake the baby and feed her. I try to straighten the house and tidy the kitchen before lessons, but it doesn't always work. The children play until I call them to lessons when it is time for the baby's first nap at about 9:00.

Then we start school, working for about an hour. We take a break and have a snack, then I put Chloe down for a nap.
Then I take a few deep breaths and start to pick up the little ones messes before another round of school. I never actually finish, because I realize that I need to do more schoolwork with Elijah and Moses before the girls wake up. Noah usually does puzzles or something. After about another hour of work I start to prepare lunch and clean up again. The children go outside for some air while I do this.
After lunch I ussually feed the baby and hold and play with her for a while. The other children build tents or other fun but messy play. About 3:00 I start to clean again and I make sure that we have finished all of our work for the day. If we haven't I hold the baby on my lap while we finish in the schoolroom. Someone is probably having a bath in the bathroom off of the schoolroom too. At 4:00 I start dinner and I strongly encourage the children to pick up their stuff before Dad gets home. We all rush around like crazy people. When Dad comes home at 5:30 we eat dinner, and then Dad excercises and plays with the children.

If you have ever seen the cover of the book Homeschool survival, that is what our home would look like. But we have lots of fun.

Submitted: 07:00:40 02/07/02

Heather Fields (   rfbabo at
Your Typical Day:
HMMMM? A typical Day? We never have those although we always plan for them!
We have the following members:
Dad Ronny--32
Mom Heather--26
More to come--we pray!

We usually start by me getting up and making coffee or tea, letting the dog out, finding my slippers, and yelling up the stairs for the girls to get up.
Tis all happens anywhere from 7:30 to 9:15am.
Breakfast is made eaten and table cleared and washed, little ones are sent to clean up their room and get dressed while I let the dog back in and get dressed too. I usually talk to my mother around 9:30 and after that we usually begin our lessons for the day by the girls doing math and spelling, phonics for the littlest one. Then we will work on our unit for the month, and they may have a grammer lesson and a drawing lesson after that, if I gotten around to putting it up on the board. Jamilyn is usually well into a game of dollhouse or toy horses by now and is pleading with the others to join her which they usually do if I am not in the room! After lessons they play and play until I call them for lunch. Then they play and play some more, they play on the piano, the do puzzles they try to write songs and sing them using a marker for a microphone. They do all kinds of funny stuff and we are usually laughing all day. My oldest one is always planning places for us to go each day, but I am a homebody and she isn;t always successful. Laundry,christian radio, and making dinner dominate evenings. The girls work on their patch the Pirate club books before bed or when they are in bed. Now that the holidays are here we are doing lots of baking and I am trying to work in some crafts for them, too. We have decided to switch to the Landmark's freedom Baptist Curr. when we get our tax refund, so I am really looking forward to that, I have been writing my own curr. up until now and it is getting very hard with all three of them now involved. It will be a relief for me. They will be blessed by us havbing more time for outings and crafts and piano lessons for all will start next Sept. So, Our days are always different but we do it together and that's what I love about homeschooling!

Submitted: 10:41:19 12/12/01

Tracy (   userkola8200 at
Your Typical Day:
Our typical day begins at 8:00 a.m. I wake up and wake my two oldest, Zoya (5th grade) and Hannah (1st grade). Our goal is to start school at 9 but we usually don't get started until 9:15. In that time we wash, eat breakfast, I have a coffee, and Zoya finishes homework (HA HA) if she didn't the night before.
We start with math, we are using LifePac Gold this year. Hannah is having an easy time of it so she asks for help if she needs it. Zoya does her work pretty independently. If she needs help or an explanation, I give it to her. By this time my kindergartener, Luke, is awake. He brushes his teeth, eats, and joins in. He loves his math book and is zipping through it. Around 10:00, after math, which Zoya usually gets a homework assignment in, we do Bible studies. We use Christian Liberty Press' "Studying God's Word" series. I have Hannah and Luke both studying in the 1st grade level. It has a sort of catechism drill for each lesson that Zoya likes to join in so we all do that together and then Zoya does her studies separately. By now my other three children, Elijah 5, Zack 3, and Peter 1, are awake. They will play around together pretty well until lunch (which is usually breakfast for them) is served. We do our Greek alphabet practice now, while I fix something for lunch. Dad would usually help with this but right now he is remodeling our upstairs so he is busy. He works afternoons, so he usually helps with the younger ones, too.
Around 12:00 we are through with lunch. Next comes language arts. First we do spelling and Luke does phonics (Explode the Code). Spelling lessons are done independently so I listen closely to Luke as he reads his lessons. Then Luke and Hannah both do phonics flash cards while Zoya does her grammar from Abeka Language book. Luke gets a break while Hannah will read to me from a CLP Nature reader. Peter is probably sitting on my lap right now, or getting into the "school cabinet" that is in our kitchen/schoolroom. Next, all 3 kids do handwriting/copywork. We usually alternate- 3 days a week of copywork and 2 days of Italics workbooks. Right now Zack and Elijah are probably upstairs helping Dad and Luke is hurrying so he can go, too.
By this time it is around 1:15. We do some history. We are studying Egypt. Today we looked at some heiroglyphics and read a book about mummies. Next year I plan on using Bob Jones for my oldest and the younger ones will soak up what ever they are interested in. I am also reading "Stories of the Pilgrims" in the evenings. Everyone loves reading time. Science is either after history or with it. We are studying rocks and fossils so we look at books and search for fossils. I have an experiment planned for Friday.
We are done by 2:00, 2:30 at the latest. We study art and music in the evenings or whenever the mood hits us. Usually we get to it once or twice a week, and my oldest takes violin lessons.
Evenings are spent reading, cleaning, doing homework, playing, and messing up the house. I am dead tired by 12:30, but I usually stay awake until 1:30 waiting for my husband. The kids are asleep by 12:00 so I will straighten up the house or just relax and leave the house a mess until the next morning. Then, when I wake up the first thing I do is clean up the kitchen. We have family bible study on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:00 which is really nice. We sing sometimes, then Dad does the study. It lasts until 3:30.
Homeschool, although sometimes very stressful, is a blessing I would never want to lose. I love it and plan on doing it, if the Lord will, until my youngest graduates high school.

Submitted: 16:56:40 10/29/01

Melody H. (  
Your Typical Day:
Well...this week has been not so typical, due to my ds illness..but jere is an example of our day ;)
I have a 14 yo dd (10 grader), 13 yo dd (8th grader), 12 yo ds (7th grader).

We get up around 9-9:30..sometimes 10.
We usually get started by 10:30am.
We have 4 computers networked in each dd's room. My son uses one in the "computer" room. I have one in my room..
It doesn't matter which subject they start first, as long as they get their work done..
We use Switched on Schoolhouse Bible, Science, History, Language Arts & SOS Spanish for my 10th grader. Abeka is used for all the children's literature, and Abeka 8th grade Health is used for the 7th & 8th graders. My 8th & 10th grader share Alpha Omega Home Economics Lifepacs. My oldest also uses Scott Foresman Drive Right, for her Driver's ed studies. For Math we use Saxon. My 7th grader uses Math 76, 8th grader uses Algebra 1/2 & my 10th grader uses Algebra 2. The 8th & 10th grader also uses DIVE CD tutoring with their Saxon math.

My 7th grader is usually done by 1-2pm daily. My 8th & 10th graders 2-4pm.

Most time is spent on Math. 30mins-1.5hours. Other subjects can be 15-45 mins, depending on what their assingments are.
I grade all SOS work from my computer in my room. It is great to be networked!! Last year I went from room to room backing up work, then grading it, then backing up again to restore in their computer...took to much time, and now the kids can use ANY computer in the house and they start were they currently left off at..

Well that's kinda what they do for school..\
Thurs we go to "Park day" with our homeschool group. We also have Hockey Practice (ds), Tennis lessons (middle dd), and 5-6 days a week my oldest has figure skating practice with lessons.

Submitted: 22:14:46 10/26/01

Phoenix Caladrius (  
Your Typical Day:
I have one son, Jace, age 14, who has Asperger's Syndrome. I've been homeschooling for about 2 years now, the first year of which was spent trying to find a schedule which worked well for us. We're basically a family of night owls - very different from what I'm reading of other homeschooling families. We've tried to follow more of a daytime schedule, but it just ends up in a big mess, as my son tends to be up most of the night, regardless of when we wake him. (It was a nightmare when he was in public school! )

A typical day at our house begins about 12:30 pm. It practically takes a crowbar to get Jace separated from his bed, so I allow about half an hour for that. Once he's up, he gets his breakfast and we watch TV as we eat. Usually, we watch court television and discuss the various cases - it's amazing how much he's learned about the law from those shows. Eventually, he gets dressed, after which I dress for the day. He has free time (inside only, because of the daytime curfew)until the neighborhood schools let out. His friends arrive home around 3:30pm, then they usually stop by our apartment and invite Jace to play outside with them. Jace get his socialization in by playing outside until 6pm.

At 6, the other kids go in to begin homework and supper, and Jace comes inside to begin his schoolwork for the day. We tackle spelling first, because it's a good transition for him. I sit on the sofa with his spelling words on flashcards and quiz him on them. When he misses a word, I spell it to him, showing him the card, then he looks at the card and spells it out loud for himself. At the end of the list, we come back and review missed words again. We look up definitions for any spelling words he doesn't already know, and he writes each missed word correctly five times.

Once his spelling lesson is completed, Jace begins his handwriting lesson. He sits at a school desk, with an old-fashioned dip pen and pot of ink, and carefully copies the lessons from his handwriting workbook. (We use the McGuffy's Spencerian Writing books.) The writing is difficult for him, because of the fine motor difficulties involved with the Asperger's - but getting to use the dip pen and ink is a great motivator. He really likes these lessons.

After the handwriting is completed, he begins his schoolwork on the computer. We're using the Switched-On-Schoolhouse curriculum for Math, Science and Language, so he can manage most of the work on his own, which is how he likes it. Jace's attitude is "give me the work, and leave me to it!" At this point, my husband generally arrives home, and he and I have supper. Jace takes a break to eat, too, if he's hungry, but usually he prefers to continue wait.

After the SOS curriculum is completed, Jace settles down with his Beautiful Feet Ancient History lesson for the day. (I have the day's assignments written in a notebook for him.) He usually does the reading while eating his supper, while my husband and I spend "couple time" together discussing the day's events. Once the reading is completed, it's time for the fun part - the craft project of the week. This coming week, for example, we're studying Ancient Egypt, and are painting and decoupaging an Egyptian box, complete with hieroglyphs. After the project work for the day is finished, we settle down as a family and watch television, or, if we've beent to the library recently, a video about the civilization we're studying.

Sometimes, around ten or so, my husband and I go for a walk, while Jace plays inside. Chores are completed, plans are outlined for the next day. At midnight, everyone is expected to go to bed, regardless of whether they actually sleep, or not. I usually read, my husband (who gets up at 7am) sleeps, and Jace eats a final post-bedtime snack before reading until he falls asleep. It's a weird schedule - but it works for us.

Submitted: 13:34:39 09/23/01

Angie Cotterill (   AngieCott at
Your Typical Day:
I don't have such a thing as a typical day, but I can try to give a realistic idea! I have Miriam and Melody, two teenage stepdaughters who are public high school, Katie (4), Faith (2), and Madison (1). Madison is a very early riser, so I am awake with her around 6. Katie and Faith are up with their sisters as they get ready for school. After Miriam and Melody hop on the bus I get breakfast and the kids pick a video to watch. Afterwards we do devotionals and prayer together. They play in my bedroom upstairs while I shower and get ready. I try to straighten up the bedroom and then put Madison down for a morning nap, around 9 or so. Without her to entertain and watch I try to do some homeschooling with Katie and Faith. I let them decide what they are in the mood to do. They usually love workbooks, or we read or they just play if they are into something. By this time, usually an hour and a half, Madison is up again. I let her play while I clean and do laundry. Lunch is around 11. Sometimes I read a chapter out of a book while we eat, or we'll just sit and chat. Bedtime for all is around 12:30. Katie has a hard time going down for a nap now, but they all go to different rooms to sleep or at least play quietly for an hour and a half or so. During this time of peace I will either nap, surf the web, read or do some always needed housework. After they get back up they play until their sisters get home from school. Then it is getting dinner ready and Madison off to bed around 7. I do more concentrated homeschooling during the evenings sometimes. It is quiet and they are more settled. We read tons of books and they do all the worksheets that they want. Then it is brushing teeth and off to bed. I plan to begin using Konos in a few months. I love the flexibility of unit studies and while my kids are so young I let them decide how much they work on at a time and when they are in the mood. Usually they get a lot done each day, but if I insist that they do a certain page it loses some of the fun of it for them. So for now, we are pretty easy going and learning a lot!

Submitted: 03/27/01 08:53:38 EST

Carrie Nowatney (   nowatneyc at
Your Typical Day:
This is submitted 30 June 2000.

My children will turn 4 and 2 in September and October.

I get up around 7:00am and shower and primp, read scriptures, etc. Around 8:00am the kids begin to stir. I get both dressed and assist them in making their beds, then we have breakfast which they sometimes help make. Around 8:30 we start our lessons.

Right now I have structured time with my daughter the almost 4 year old for 1/2 hour to an hour six days a week. I had her in Suzuki piano lessons for 6 weeks but the teacher left for the summer, so I just guide her in practicing and building on what she already knows. We then get on our imaginary school bus. I sing "the wheels on the bus" song and the kids follow behind me as we march around the house to the kitchen table. I then get out puzzles, blocks, or books to occupy my 20 month old son while I do a reading lesson with my daughter.

We use "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lesson" by Siegfried Engleman. We do 1 lesson a day 6 days a week. We should be through that book by the end of September.

I then let the kids watch Blue's Clues while I fold my load of laundry that I do every morning, then unload the dishwasher and make my bed. I also kind of get stuff set up for the evening meal at this point.....thaw meat, get the pots and pans out I'll need, etc. I then pack up the diaper bag with sippy cups and snacks and take the kids for our 10:00 morning outing.

On Mondays and Wednesdays we go to "Mommy and Me" gymnastics. It's pretty much a free for all but the teacher sets up different gymnastics games throughout the morning. The tots can choose to participate or not.

On Tuesdays and Fridays our local library has story time. A librarian reads several stories, then there is a craft, and finally a short movie. Afterwords I let each child choose several books.

Thursday mornings I reserve for taking the kids out with me grocery shopping. On the Thursday's I don't have to do that we go to the local aquarium. (We have yearly passes.)

We then return home around 12:30 from our morning adventure and I fix the kids lunch. Then I put my son down for his nap and read books with my daughter for 1/2 hour to an hour.

In the afternoons we sometimes do playdough together or other arts and crafts type stuff. I think my kids are way too young to have their whole day structured out, so I pretty much just give them chill time in the afternoons.

I then make dinner. My daughter sets the table. Before we eat we have the kids put all the toys away. We eat (with the tv off) and chat and then my hubby does the dinner dishes (yes, a husband to die for). We walk the kids down to a nearby park and let them get their last bits of energy out. We come back home for bath time.

After baths we get on pj's and sometimes we read to both of them together or each of us will take one child and read to them seperately. We also read from a geared to kids scripture book and say night night prayers.

We are going to order Saxon Math K this week for our daughter and will try to add that into our morning routine for the summer. In the Fall I plan on starting using KONOS with the kids, so our day will have to be completely revamped. It will probably end up KONOS in the first half of the morning, morning outing, lunch, son naps while I do reading and math with daughter.

The only problem is that my children although put to bed early (8:30/9:00pm), love to sleep in and are very grouchy to wake up. ("What are you complaining about?" you ask.) Well, I don't know that we'll have enough time for the KONOS activities before we leave the house. I don't want to give up the morning outings because I think it's really healthy for all of us to get out of the house once a day and be around other people. I'm sure it will all work out when the time comes.

Submitted: 06/30/00 20:03:27 EDT