We have seven children, five still living at home, and three still homeschooling: a 14yo son, a 12yo son, and a 10yo daughter. My brother-in-law also lives with us. My husband works from home, and I work part-time outside of home. We also participate in a homeschool enrichment program, History Quest, where I teach 3rd & 4th graders. My 18yo daughter, 16yo daughter, and brother-in-law all have jobs but not driver's licenses, so I am in and out a lot, giving them rides. This means that our routine must be fairly flexible.
Here, then, is the basic structure of my week:
- Monday~ The younger 3 and I are at History Quest all day.
- Tuesday~ I am home in the morning, and I work in the afternoons.
- Wednesday~ I am home in the morning, and I work in the afternoons.
- Thursday~ I work in the morning, and I get home a little after 2.
- Friday~ I am home.
And here are the components that make up our days:
Morning Time & Read Alouds: These are the pillars of our studies, built up of good books; beautiful art, music, and poetry; and thoughtful discussion. They are what I have always done and will always do. They are the reasons I homeschool and the reasons I love it.
Independent Work assigned by me: I try to keep this fairly minimal: copywork, spelling, and grammar for the younger ones; logic and rhetoric for the older ones; and math.
History Quest Assignments: These cover history and geography, literature and writing, science, and cultural arts.
Personal Pursuits: I try to create time and space for these, and I want to encourage my children in them.
I hope to do a post about each of these, beginning with Morning Time.