My “Day In The Life” As A Full-Time Working, Homeschooling Mom

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.

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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.

Every evening
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.

10:00am
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.

11:30pm
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.

12:00-12:30
Lunch

12:30pm
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.

1:30pm
Break. My son requires breaks throughout the day to keep him from getting tired and to keep him motivated.

2:00pm
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.

Thank you for reading. For more day in the life posts, be sure to visit Simple Homeschool.

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Barbie

Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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13 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    I enjoyed reading about your day. What energy you must have! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    I often have many people ask how working moms homeschool; this is a great post to refer them to!

  3. Carrie says:

    I agree – The flexibility to switch out what isn’t working, to focus on the child’s strengths and interests and to simply spend time listening and talking has been the most sacred part of homeschooling! So proud of you for taking it on and for persevering!

  4. Camie says:

    I am so impressed! Your son is blessed to have a mom so fully invested in his education.

  5. Anne says:

    Good for you to recognize that this transition season means you need to sometimes let things slide. It’s a lesson I struggle with constantly.

  6. Heather says:

    I love reading about your day, especially since your son is older. My kids are still little, and not quite so independent!

  7. Wendy says:

    This takes a lot of dedication–thanks for sharing your experience; I’ve always wondered how moms who work full time make it all work!

  8. Kudos to you! I moderate a large online homeschool group and am involved in several others as well, and I frequently hear from people who say they “cannot” homeschool because they work. I know it’ possible in almost any situation; it’s good to see an example!

  9. June says:

    As hard as this is for you at times, friend, it sounds like the flexible schedule, and you and your husband being there for each other and for your son {and all your kids!}, is exactly what you all need right now. I think you’re doing great! and encouraging others in the process. Blessings!

  10. sounds like a routine that is sorting itself out for you. If this in your first year schooling at home, let the kinks work themselves out. 🙂

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