*This is our rhythm for last year, when I was only teaching one main lesson. If you want to see what we are planning for this year, teaching two main lessons, see this post.
Another thing I couldn’t find when I started homeschooling were actual examples of what a homeschooling day looked like. Below you can see what our day typically looks like. In my next post, I plan to explore how our rhythm influences how we spend our time. I am also planning to post more details on chores, circle, main lessons, etc in other future posts.
Times are only approximate.
5:30-6:00am I get up, have my coffee, record what we did yesterday and think about what happens today.
7:00am First child up.
7:30 Second child up.
8:00am Dad leaves for work. Boys make their first breakfast (usually cereal) by themselves.
(At this point, the house is still pretty quiet and I am still doing my own thing.)
9:00am I am dressed, have eaten my own breakfast, am having my second cup of coffee and ready to start the day with the boys.
9am-10am Boys eat a “real” breakfast (not cereal) that either they make, I make or some combination. They get dressed and brush their teeth. Bread is rising.
10am Everyone does morning chores.
11:00 We head out for our morning walk. This gets out their ya-yas and insures the dog doesn’t interrupt our lesson. We do this everyday in any weather.
11:30 We come into the school room and start circle. After circle, we say our opening verse and then my 6 year old kindy boy is free to leave. I begin the main lesson for my 4th grader.
12:30 Finish main lesson with my 4th grader. His main lesson usually lasts between 45-60 minutes. He also does a separate 15 minute daily math practice (unless we are doing a math block).
12:30-3:00pm Eat lunch. Boys play. I go on my walk.
3:00pm I make a cup of tea, set out a snack tray and call the boys to reading. I read aloud to them for about 45-60 minutes everyday. After this, the school day is done.
4-6:00pm Boys play. The house gets straightened up. Dinner gets prepared. Dad comes home.
6:30 Eat dinner.
7-8:30 This is when the boys are with dad – either playing, getting ready for bed, bathing, reading or some combination of all of the above.
8:00-8:30 Both boys asleep.
9:30pm I’m asleep, so I can wake up and do it all again tomorrow.
PS If you are reading this via The Parenting Passageway, please read this post as well. It balances what I say here, and gives a more realistic view of rhythm and reality.