For the last three years I’ve been a been able to work while homeschooling and successfully taking care of my home. Believe me when I say I’m not telling you this with the intention to toot my own horn, but to encourage you to ask Christ for His strength on your day to day routines. Our families and our our homes are a blessing and a great responsibility He has entrusted us with! here’s a peek at how we balance homeschooling and homeschooling at the same time.
I’ve been asked numerous times when we homeschool and what are schedule is like, so here’s a peek at how we do it. It may look somewhat hectic, but it works for us. Also keep in mind that since my girls are older, they’ve too have been entrusted with responsibilities that help maintain our home and our sanity.
The Homeschool Away from Home
Mondays are our theater and library days. We are mostly on the go between 9AM & 3PM and a great deal of schooling is done on the road.
Fridays are park days. We live in Southern California, and we are blessed with blue skies nearly every single day, schooling outdoors is more fun that staying in the all day. We pack books, scooters, basketballs, lunch; and we often meet with friends at a nearby park. We also do the majority of our science labs at the park.
The Home Routine
Here’s what our schedule looks like, on the days we do stay home:
|5-9AM||Morning Shift / Girls wake up at 7:45AM|
|8-9:30AM||Girls eat breakfast and do chores, while I wrap up my morning shift.|
|11-12PM||Math & Science – Math is done independently, unless someone needs help. I review the science lessons with the 3 youngest.|
|12:30-1:30PM||Lunch – Prepared and served by the 13 year old.|
|1:30-2PM||History – Everyone learns the same lesson, and the assignments are based on grade level.|
|2-2:30PM||Latin – Typically the same lesson for everyone.|
|2:30-3PM||Composition – The older two work alone, the younger two work with me.|
|3-6PM||Afternoon Shift / Girls read for anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on how involved they get.|
|8-10PM||Blog Work/Girls are in bed by 9 and asleep by 10.|
The Curve Balls
I work from home most of the time, however I do have to drive out to a physical office every other Thursday. My awesome little sister kindly ‘substitutes’ while I’m gone.The girls will usually work on history or science projects on these days.
Finally we have a full basketball schedule from October to March, with practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, games on Friday evenings and road games all day Saturday. We are all extremely grateful for our crockpots on these days in particular.
The Call For Help
As women, mothers, and homeschoolers, we tend to think we can do it all until something doesn’t go just as planned. God’s Word says:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
The key words are through Christ. Notice the verse doesn’t say “I can do everything in my own strength”. God has showed me time and time again, that this is a truth I can count on. Even when I’m feeling like I can’t.
What is you daily routine or schedule like? What challenges do you need Christ’s strength to help you with?
For more homeschool routine and schedule encouragement and inspiration check out the posts from bloggers from the Homeschool Blogging Network:
7 Reasons Why Your Homeschool Schedule Doesn’t Work – Monique at Living Life and Learning
The Ultimate List of Free Quality Homeschool Planners– Schooling a Monkey
When Your Home school Plan Collapses-KT Brison at Lit Mama Homeschool
Homeschooling Bullet Journal– Stephanie Rose at Little Blog in the Country
Homeschool Planning When You Have To Work– Amy Lanham / Life as Lanhams
When the school bus looks tempting: making peace with your busy schedule – Ginny Kochis/Not So Formulaic
Our Homeschool Schedule & Rotations – Faith Filled Parenting
Homeschool Planning 101: First, Answer 2 Qs – Diane Lockman (The Classical Scholar)
What does your homeschool schedule look like? – Betsy at Family Style Schooling
Our 2016-17 Homeschooling Schedule & Curriculum – Jenny at Faith and Good Works
Creating a Homeschool & Work at Home Schedule That Works- Jody Smith/Simply Southern Sunshine
Finding Perfect Homeschool Planner for YOU – Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker
Homeschool Planning When Traveling – Stacy at Three Busy Bees