I’ve been asked on many occasions how I manage to homeschool my 7th grade son while working full time, outside the home. The beautiful thing about homeschooling is the flexibility I have to teach how I want to. Today I am linking up with Simple Homeschool to share a day in my life as a full-time working, homeschooling mom.
Thankfully, my son is at an age where he can do a lot of independent work, some days more than others. That is not to say that he always has the discipline to follow through. It’s a constant battle with him, but for the most part, we are doing okay.
Now that my husband is home on disability (not a great situation, but helpful for the schooling), he is able to be more hands on with our son’s schooling, and that has been a tremendous help to me.
Here is a peek into a typical day’s “very loose” schedule and what we try to accomplish on a daily basis.
Before I go to bed each night, I prepare my son’s assignments for the next day. I started out the year having the first semester almost completely planned, but we’ve changed our curriculum so many times this year, and are still refining (this being our first full year of homeschooling), that it works best to take it day by day. I leave a calendar with his assignments for each day, letting him know exactly what needs to be done. My expectations are that he have everything finished by 3PM, unless he’s struggling with something, or unless we’ve decided we are going to work on a project together.
Our “loose” curriculum schedule is:
Monday – Language Arts, Science, California History Co-op, Reading
Tuesday – Math, Language Arts, Bible
Wednesday – Language Arts, Science, P.E. Co-op, History
Thursday – Math, Language Arts, Bible, Reading
Friday – Language Arts, Science, Reading, History
I’m out the door for work between 8:30 and 9:00am. My husband is responsible for making sure our son doesn’t sleep the day away and eats a good, protein-filled breakfast.
Studies begin with Saxon math (Tuesdays/Thursdays) or Science (Mon, Weds, Fri). For science we are currently finishing up a unit study on The Brain. These are the two subjects that usually take the most time, so we start there. Most of what is assigned is independent work. My son works his math problems, except where he has questions, and we correct it together in the evenings. The unit study is interactive, so he pulls up the PDF, clicks on the links, watches the videos, reads the material, and answers the questions in the print out I leave for him.
30 Minute “free time” to play Minecraft or basketball while lunch is prepared, either by my husband or something my son has put in the oven.
Studies resume with history (most days) and Language Arts. For history right now we are working through Drive Thru History. Having a mostly auditory learner, one has to be okay with learning about history on video. I try to prepare questions for him but I don’t always get a chance to watch the assigned video before the day it’s due, so I ask him when I get home what he watched and he gives me an auditory run down. We are “limping along” with history until the new school year, when I can afford to purchase more curriculum and have more in depth book study.
Break. My son requires breaks throughout the day to keep him from getting tired and to keep him motivated.
We finish up with Reading and Bible. We are just getting ready to start our Memoria Press literature study of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (review coming!), and we are continuing our Grapevine Bible Study of The Birth of John and Jesus’ Ministry (review coming!).
Throughout the week my son helps prepare dinner, is active outside with sports and learns a lot just through daily living. We try to make everything a teaching experience.
As a full-time working mom, we utilize a lot of auditory teaching. We have also found a treasure trove of resources over at SchoolhouseTeachers.com. You can read my review of this curriculum here. We look forward to utilizing more of it next year.
No day is the same for us, and some days are just really bad. Sometimes we toss school out the window and just talk. This has been a huge transitional year and if I were measuring myself against public school standards we would be very behind. But the beauty of homeschooling is that we get to learn what works for us and make adjustments as needed.
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