A Homeschool Day in the Life with an 8 and 10 year old

What DO we do all day?


If you read the blog very often you might think we spend most of our days sledding or hiking.  We do love spending time in nature, but we also do traditional learning activities.

Below I provided a sketch of what our days look like.  We don’t go by the clock, but the order of activities is usually about the same.

Everybody wakes up on their own.  We did regular school for a couple of years and I really like the more relaxed wake up routine we have now.  The boys typically play on the computer or play with LEGOs for at least an hour.  I have some quiet time to myself to be online for a little while, have my tea and breakfast, and maybe even do a short work out.  The times below are approximate winter times.  During the spring / summer / early fall we want to spend more time outside and the sun helps us get an earlier start.

9 AM – We are ready to talk to each other.  The boys have a short breakfast.  If we have an exciting read aloud going, we start with that.  Sometimes they come downstairs early and watch a documentary or something else educational.

Reading 1/179:30 – This is usually independent reading time for E.  C reads to me and works on a phonics lesson.  Both boys enjoy reading non-fiction and historical fiction so this time not only serves to improve their reading, but it’s also when they learn an incredible amount about the world around them.  If we are doing a unit study there are lots of books available about the topic for reading time.

10:30 – Math – Both boys enjoy math and tend to set their own pace without being pushed.

11:30 – If we have time before lunch we might play a game like Blockus, Scrambled States, or Connect 4.

12:00 – Lunch / Recess – When the weather is cold, they tend to watch an episode of Mythbusters or Modern Marvels during lunch and then play for half an hour.  If the weather is warm we might have a longer lunch break and go for a hike or we might have a short lunch so we can finish earlier and do an outside activity.

1:15 – Grammar Time  – During the afternoon we do grammar, writing, and/ or spelling.

20131122-1356302:30 – Science / Games / Read Alouds – The boys naturally like to tinker and read about science and history topics so this tends to be an interest led time of day.

3:30ish – Our “school” day is done.  If we don’t have some sort of practice in the evening the boys usually go outside for a while or play an active video game.   I have a break before it’s time to start dinner.  I like to have a workout if I didn’t do it earlier or just have some time to get laundry or housework done without feeling rushed.

There’s a reason you didn’t get a specific day in the life.  This WEEK we got caught up in a good story and most of our week was spent reading, reading, reading.  It was a delightful way to spend a few bitterly cold winter days.  Sometimes life happens that way.

It’s also not uncommon to do activities that count as school time in the evening – going to the library, sports practice, programming the robot, or working on presentations for FLL.

Each day is a little different and our school experience changes all the time.  Changes with the weather and the season.  Changes with the growth of the boys.  Changes in interests and activities.





5 thoughts on “A Homeschool Day in the Life with an 8 and 10 year old

  1. Really sounds like a great day! My 7 year old likes Popular Mechanic’s Kids shows from the early ’90’s that are aired on Amazon Prime. I bet you could find them at the library too.

  2. My son recently made a blubber glove too. We also love being out in nature. You seem to be a very cool mom. Your boys are blessed to have you. This was a fun post to read. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You are so right about how things are always changing. I think that’s one of my favourite things about homeschooling. I once did an exercise in an NLP training. The exercise was about finding out what you love to do and are best at. I was lucky to be working with a really experienced coach who observed that I work best within “a model of continuous novelty”. That phrase has stuck with me over the years. It certainly applies to my life home educating an 8 year old and a 10 year old!

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