A Morning In The Life Of Homeschool & We Finished Saxon Math 1

This entire school year I have been wanting to do a day in the life of homeschool post. Mainly I wanted to document this journey for myself so I have it to look back on in the years to come. This year has been so amazing in so many ways, but this mama is tired at the end of day. Once the kids are asleep, I am usually fighting sleep myself on the sofa at 8:30 p.m..

I was determined to get a day in the homeschool life post done before the end of the school year. And I got as far getting the morning somewhat documented. But I am totally ok with that. The year hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows and some days have been really hard trying to figure out how to mom, teach, clean, cook, etc.. Homeschooling has taught me to have more patience and to also be more flexible. This year has been a new learning curve for me in many ways but I would 100% do it all over again if given the choice. It has been a joy and privilege to watch my kids learn and to help in that process.

5:45 a.m.

This is a somewhat typical morning in our current homeschool life. Obviously each day is different so keep that in mind. I don’t wake up early every morning to exercise but if I want to get a solid workout in the time before the kids wake up tends to work best for me.

I roll out of bed and walk out to our garage. I love having all our equipment in one place. It is the best. Also we kept my lululmeon ambassador photo from years ago and I finally told Josh he could hang it. I thought it was so weird to have my picture hanging in our garage gym. But now that it is up I like it. It is still probably weird but I am ok with that for now. Josh said it motivates him will he is working out and imagines I am giving him my little pep talks like I would give to a client.

I am currently doing Mind Pump Media’s HIIT program. I am on my 4th week and really loving it. M/W/F I am doing a 15 minute HIIT and 15 minute core workout. T/TH is 20 minutes of flexibility and 10 minutes of core work. I am so sweaty on the HIIT workout days and sooooooo sore. I love it, but hate it at the same time.

6:20 a.m.

I finish my workout and come inside as the kids are coming out of their bedrooms. Maisie wants to read me The Duckling Gets A Cookie?!. Best feeling seeing your child learn to read and even better knowing you helped them learn.

I get breakfast ready for the kids and make a protein smoothie for myself. The kids have kodiak cake waffles with bacon on the side. The smoothie for me consists of chocolate premier protein, spinach, banana, hemp seed, and frozen mixed berries.

6:45 a.m.

Everyone is sitting down for breakfast and on the table is our catechism and bible study. I have done several posts on these before and you can read about these HERE and HERE.

After breakfast I clean up the dishes, sweep the floor, make sure the kitchen is ready for our homeschool day. Then while I get cleaned up from my workout the kids get to watch a t.v. show. Each morning one of them gets to pick the show and as soon as it is over the television goes off for the rest of the day. Depending on the day they may watch another show later but we really try to limit it during the our school week.

8:00 a.m.

The two youngest in our house play in their bedroom at this point while I work with the older two on Math. On this day they each had an assessment. This is Maisie’s final day of her Saxon Math 1 worksheets.

I am so proud of us! Caden still has 10 more lessons to go and he will be finished also with Saxon Math 3. I am just so proud of our family. Those books looked so daunting at the start of the school and to be at this point feels so good.

8:30 a.m.

While math is still happening I realize the 4 year olds have been very quiet. They were having fun in their bedroom pulling out all the stuffed animals from the bean bag storage and also multiple other toys.

And that is the last picture I got for the morning.

8:45 a.m.

Josh is home by now from work and Maisie is working on ReadingEggs.com. She has finished her work and Caden is starting on his math lesson now, today it is learning how to use the scale on a map.

9:30 a.m.

Everyone gets a snack and we head into the backyard to play.

10 a.m.

Back inside the house and we are now moving onto our last week of lessons in the Journey’s series. I am not sure I would use these books again if we were to continue homeschooling. I picked them because the elementary school the kids attend use the series. We wanted to make sure if we sent them back to school this year they would be using the same curriculum. Overall, they served the purpose they needed but I don’t think they work best for homeschooling and are obviously intended for the classroom.

Caden is fairly independent for the next hour, which is perfect because I can focus on Maisie. During this time they do handwriting, phonics, reading, and grammar.

11 a.m.

It is time to get ready for lunch. And this is where I am going to end this morning in the life of homeschool post. We continue school after lunch too but that is a different post for hopefully another day.

Thanks for reading!

Tam

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