Is there only one way to describe the life of a homeschooler? Actually, no.
Talk to 100 different homeschoolers or unschoolers and you’ll get 100 different answers.
No two homes are exactly alike.
Sure, there are some commonalities.
Here are just a few:
- Some families “do school” in the mornings and extracurriculars or hobbies in the afternoon.
- Others choose to alternate schooling with other projects all day long.
- Some complete formal homeschooling on some days and leave other days entirely open.
- Others follow a schedule every 30 or 60 minutes throughout the day.
- Still others don’t plan much at all, allowing experiences to happen all on their own, all day/week long.
There are hundreds of variations. As a homeschool advisor, I hear new ideas and approaches all the time. Always searching for ways that work for us, we homeschoolers are a creative bunch!
In our home, we always followed schedules; that is, until our children reached their teens and were allowed more flexibility to plan and organize themselves (a blog for another time). The blend of my personality and style, the characteristics and needs of my children, the work-at-home nature of our lives, not to mention the geographical limitations of where we lived, made planning and scheduling something that worked very well in our home.
A day in our homeschool, for instance, might have looked like this for a particular student:
8:30-9:00 Language Arts
9:00-9:30 Independent Reading
9:30-10:00 Morning Chores
11:00-11:30 Outside P.E.
11:30-1:00 Lunch and Break
1:30-2:00 Road Schooling
2:00-4:00 Sports Practice
…and so on
But YOU are different. You have your own style and your own goals for your children. You have your own way of doing things. Your own responsibilities. My way might work for you. Then again, maybe it couldn’t.
So, what is a day in the life of a homeschooler? It’s what you create.
Scheduling works for us. Other families like scheduling, too. I have included some scheduling links, below, if you’d like to learn more about it. In my seminars and workshops, I teach families how to develop customized schedules to fit the way they really live.
Meanwhile…readers want to know — What is a Day in YOUR Homeschool Like?
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