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A Day In The Life: Homeschool

When we first started homeschooling, I had this picture in my head of days curled up on the couch reading books, afternoons building castles and drawbridges at the kitchen table and the weekly field trip to see something interesting and to get us out of the house. Three years later, the picture (on most days) is so different.

Add piano lessons, competitive ice skating, PE class, volunteering at the church food pantry, hockey, library time and homeschool book club to the homeschool mix, plus groceries and other household errands and there is not a lot of time for staying home!

As the kids have gotten older and their interests have started to become part of who they are, my idea of what homeschool looks like changed dramatically. Their basic education is still the most important part of our homeschooling. However, I am in the process of learning that education doesn’t always have to come out of a book and that home education doesn’t always happen at home. It is a learning process for us all.

We are learning to incorporate opportunities outside the home into their education. We are also learning the art of scheduling school time and downtime and car time. We are learning that we can get a lot of school work done at Panera in the hour or so between ice skating practice and volunteering. We are learning discipline. We are learning compassion. We are learning the benefits of a day or even an afternoon off. We are learning to think outside the box. We are learning to go with it.

So, maybe my idyllic view of homeschooling was a little off. As I watch our kids flourish in their school work, their interests and their character, I think we are creating our own ideal homeschool life – one that works for us.

About Marci


Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • JLS

    How do you think homeschooling is helping your children? I don’t have children yet, but we definitely want to have a couple, and soon as I’m not getting any younger. Anyway, I got into a debate with my husband just last night about whether homeschooling was good or not. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about the school systems lately from friends with kids, and it has crossed my mind that home-schooling might be something that we might want to consider. I casually mentioned it last night and my husband went off on what a bad idea it was. I was really surprised that he felt so strongly about it. I want my future children’s education to come first. I want them to be well-rounded, independent, intelligent individuals and I do not want them to be held back my a sub-par school system. I’m not even pregnant, so it’s really neither here nor there at the moment, but I’m curious to know: do you think your children are socially well-rounded? Do they have friends that they see on a regular basis? Are they able to socialize with their peers? And if so, how did you go about ensuring that they still got a social education while being home schooled?

  • http://www.dearlylovedmist.blogspot.com/ Heidi (dearlylovedmist)

    Thanks for the post! We’re also a homeschooling family in our third year. It’s been great, but definitely has been different than I first thought it would be. It can look so different in each family. Here’s a post I did called “How Do We Homeschool?”. It’s a glimpse of our homeschool life in pictures. :) http://dearlylovedmist.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-do-we-homeschool.html

  • Pam

    Wonderful reflection! We all grow together. I’m learning to be more flexible.

    • marci goodwin

      Our children’s pastor always says “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not break.” I am really learning what that means these days! Flexibility is the key, isn’t it?