Wednesday, August 1, 2007
A Day In My Homeschool
Tiany at Less of Me~More of Him is hosting a Homeschool Open House that I thought I might participate in it. Won't you join me...
How many blessings do you have?
I have eight total--six of whom I homeschool (the two youngest are one year old twins).
How long have you been homeschooling?
What does your homeschool day look like?
We wake up early, do personal devotionals, get dressed, clean our rooms, eat breakfast, do Bible time, clean up, start school and then break for lunch. Whatever is not done for the older children can be finished afterwards. The younger should be done by then, or I can work with them more one on one at that time. Then they can move on to music/reading/craft/PE/free time. Unless Dad is home then we adjust things to work out to spend optimal time with him.
What curriculum do you use?
Abeka and Saxon primarily. The structure of the traditional curriculum makes my life simple with many children, although I do not stick to rigid scheduling or by the book always, I try to implement some Charlotte Mason/Classical here and there. I have freedom to move away from the book when I feel like it and use the library, etc. I also do not do all the exercise/practice problems because that can lead to burnout, once they understand a concept we move on.
Do you schedule your day to the minute or have no real structure?
I schedule my day, but mostly follow a routine of the schedule, we like to be flexible to real life interruptions and blessings. If we do not have a routine, it is all downhill---I need lots of structure and so do my children. In fact, we thrive off it.
Do you have any must share tips?
Of course! Be FLEXIBLE!!!!! God is teaching you more than you are teaching them. For more tips visit my homeschool blog--The Homeschool Corner. And when you feel your children have hit a wall for the day, don't force the issue and try to finish the page--it can be more frustrating for all of you. Also, be spontaneous--this is the spice of life (and homeschools).
Where do you homeschool at?
Primarily in the dining room--but then off we go to the couches, then on our beds, then on the floor, then on the deck and out under the trees outside. My husband is currently building us a new homeschool room that will hopefully get done this month.
Do you have any questions or concerns?
Yes!!! Who will be watching my twins this year while I am homeschooling my six others? ;)