Our homeschool is influenced by many things including Care Bear’s dad (my ex), our goal for earning college credit in high school, and having littles running around. So, what does our typical homeschool day look like? I’m glad you asked.
6:45am – Little Miss wakes up, then wakes me up to make her some breakfast. Since we’re moving about and Tulip is still sleeping in my room, Tulip wakes up from all the commotion.
7:00am – Breakfast and Fajr prayer.
7:30am – Wake Care Bear up if she isn’t up already. Depending on the time of year, she’ll go back to sleep after Fajr, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, or Fajr is after 7:30.
8:00am – Ideally Care Bear is starting her work. She goes off to her own room to start her work. Sometimes she’ll play with Little Miss for a while, depending on Little Miss’s mood. Sometimes she’s fun and playful, other days she’s cranky and bossy. It’s a coin toss what mood she’ll be in on any given morning.
9:00am – Tuesday-Friday we are getting ready to go somewhere. Whether Care Bear comes with us or not, she usually helps get the little ones ready and bags packed. If Care Bear is sick or gone for some reason, I need to start getting ready an hour earlier! She helps so much. I’m so grateful for her!
9:30am – Tuesday and Thursday I take Little Miss and Tulip to the masjid (mosque) for Little Miss’s Islamic preschool class. Care Bear gets a solid four hours of peace and quiet to work on anything she needs to do. On Tuesdays she has her Currclick Mandarin Chinese class, but otherwise the time is for her to use how she wants. She looks forward to the quiet, and allowing quiet time for her to study was a big reason we signed up for the preschool class.
11:00am – Care Bear takes her lunch. She gets a full hour and she’ll use the time to FaceTime with her friend, watch a show, or relax however she chooses.
1:30pm – Half the time Care Bear is done with her studies by 1:30, sometimes with the exception of reading for her literature unit. Having her own space to do her work, and dedicated quiet time during part of the week has made her more successful in her time management.
We normally also get back from Little Miss’s preschool about this time and have snack.
2:00pm – Quiet time for Little Miss, then Tulip will take a nap shortly after. I use this time to work on a few blog things, or exercise.
3:30pm – I start thinking about dinner, getting things cleaned up and start preparing for Hubby to get home.
5:45pm – Hubby gets home from work, we eat dinner, and Monday and Tuesday Care Bear goes to fencing lessons.
6:30pm – Tulip’s bedtime.
7:30pm – Little Miss’s bedtime.
After which I will normally grade work (only when I have to, I really dislike grading papers), work on blog stuff, and just wind down. A couple nights a week Hubby and I will try to spend a few hours together just to recharge and make sure we aren’t falling into a slump of always doing our own thing at night.
You might notice that I have very little daily involvement in Care Bear’s school work. She’s at a point now where she works very independently. I grade her work and give her specific feedback, but I don’t actually teach any lessons. She can come to me with questions, but after the lesson plan is made, I normally see her work again when she has completed it and turned it in. Since I have the two littles in the house and rarely have 15 uninterrupted minutes, this works best for us.