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Find out what a typical day in the life of a homeschool mom looks like.
Do you want to know what exactly the life of a homeschool mom looks like? Every homeschool family is different but today we are going to share what a typical day looks like for our family.
I am on my 6th year of homeschooling my kids. I never intended to homeschool my children. I didn’t even know anyone who was homeschooled while I was growing up, nor did I know much about it when my son started school.
My oldest child attended public school for VPK through 1st grade. We started homeschooling in second grade when my youngest son was born, and I stopped working outside of the home.
My kids are now 13 and 5 years old. My 13 year old is in 7th grade and can do most of his work independently at this age. My 5 year old has been working on Kindergarten school work this year.
The current plan is for my kids to continue to be homeschooled as long as they both want to. We also intend to do dual enrollment in high school in case they decide to go to college.
Are you curious what a regular day for a homeschool family looks like? It’s different for every family because there are different ways to homeschool.
As someone who grew up in the public school system, I tend to lean towards traditional homeschooling. That means workbooks, papers, and the whole nine yards.
But my way to homeschool may be different from others. Some people choose to unschool or do a mix of both ways. There is no wrong way to homeschool. I firmly believe that you know what works best for your children.
You choose to do what’s right for your own family. You know your kids better than anyone else, and will see first hand how they learn best.
A typical day in the life of a homeschool mom
Here’s what a normal day in the life of a homeschool parent looks like:
5:20 – 5:30 A.M. – I wake up and make my husband’s lunch for work before he leaves. I used to do this the night before, but now that I work at home as a blogger, I started doing it in the morning.
I have a hard time forcing myself to get up early to work before my kids get up. I found that by making my husband’s lunch in the morning, I have no choice but to get out of bed. By the time I’m done making his food, I’m fully awake.
I know if I don’t get up to make my husband’s lunch, I most likely will keep sleeping until my kids get up. And then I will get nothing accomplished for the day for work.
5:30 – 6:00 A.M. – I make coffee and browse blogging and homeschool Facebook groups. I check my e-mail. I respond to HARO e-mails. I briefly check the news for the day.
6:00 – 8:00 A.M. – I work on my blogs. This includes writing posts and researching keywords for upcoming posts. This time is critical because if I don’t get it done now, it’s unlikely I will find the time to do it the rest of the day.
8:00 – 8:30 A.M. – My kids get up. I make my five year old breakfast which usually includes cereal and milk, and yogurt, a banana, or granola bar. He eats and watches TV/plays until it’s time to start school.
My oldest child wakes up and makes his breakfast on his own. He does his morning chores which consist of brushing his teeth and hair, feeding our dog, and letting her out so she can use the bathroom.
9:00 A.M. – My 7th grader starts his school work independently.
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. – I finish working on my blogs and prepare the school day for my kids.
10:00 – 10:45 A.M. – I do Language Arts and Math with my 5 year old.
10:45 – 11:00 A.M. – Snack break and brain break activity.
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – My five year old and I work on history, science, art, or play educational games.
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M – I make lunch and we all sit down to eat together.
1:00 – 1:30 P.M. – The kids and I do either 30 minutes of cardio or 30 minutes of Yoga using YouTube videos.
1:30 – 2:00 P.M. – I start working on household chores while my 5 year old plays.
2:00 – 3:00 P.M. – I help my oldest son with tests, science experiments, or things he doesn’t understand. I grade papers.
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. – I continue to work on dishes, laundry, and household chores. My 7th grader does his afternoon chores and then is free to do what he wants.
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. – I play games with my 5 year old.
5:00 P.M. – My kids get electronics time while I start working on dinner.
5:30 – 6:00 P.M. – If I get any down time while cooking because food is in the oven for a bit, then I’ll work on creating Pins for Pinterest for my blogs at this time and scheduling them for the week.
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. – We eat dinner as a family then watch TV together. My 7th grader usually is playing PlayStation with his friends after dinner at this time.
8:15 P.M. – I start getting my 5 year old ready for bed. Bath, brush teeth, PJ’s, etc.
9:30 P.M. – My 7th grader goes to bed. (And usually my husband, too, during the week).
9:30 – 10:30 P.M. – I watch TV for a bit to decompress from the day, then go to bed.
This is our typical routine. But we don’t always stick to our routine and there are days where things change.
This year has been out of the ordinary due to the Covid-19 pandemic because we stopped all of our usual activities. Prior to the 2020 – 2021 school year, we were involved in soccer, youth group, and co-op. We hope to get back to those this fall.
There are also days where we might take a field trip, or maybe take a mental health day if we feel we need a break.
The kids also take Spanish, Art, Kindergarten circle time, and other fun classes on Outschool and Varsity Tutors. The times for these classes change from week to week, so they will be spread out throughout the week.
If you are interested in having your kids take a class with Outschool, you can sign up here. –> By signing up through my link, you will receive a $20 credit towards your first class. (Make sure to check your e-mail after you enroll in order to claim the credit. You will receive the credit as a refund.)
On Fridays, we have fun Friday. This means we usually only do a half day of normal school work, then do something fun like go to the park or beach, make an art project, do a science experiment, etc.
Does your family homeschool? What does a typical day look like for you?
I hope you enjoyed this brief look into the life of a homeschool mom!