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Home school… no, home learning baby – this is how we do it

Posted on: August 23, 2009

A day in the life of our homeschool…
I am a full-time grad student who homeschools her 7 yr old son (M1) for over a year now. We love it; he told me he wants to be homeschooled forever. So as long as I’m able to I’ll do it. I also have an 18 mth old (M2) running around, wishing to be carried, or sitting in the same chair while his older brother is learning.

I’ve really enjoyed Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophies and hope to incorporate some picture and music study once things have progressed.
I had planned on hs-ing through the summer, just continuing with math, however, that didn’t pan out, and we’re just relaxing.

This is the plan for September:

M-Th: Phonics – Plaid phonics/Spelling – Natural Speller
M-Th: Grammar: First language lessons for the WTM 1&2
M/W: Narration includes vocabulary, copywork, and memory work and bits and pieces of Writing with Ease
M-F: Math-Saxon 3 (previously used MUS beta…too many tears)
T/Th: Science-Lapbooks: starting with dinosaurs
F: French

Geography (Canada) will get done later once Science is complete (Prehistoric mammals/mammals/human body) – I spend about 6 weeks on each topic. We’ll be trying lapbooks this year, they look fun. I like to focus on one topic as oppose to having several ongoing, M1 just concentrates better that way, and it’s easier for me to teach.
I’m still working on my book/poem list for the upcoming year, there’s so much I want to get through. My school day runs from about 9:30 to 11:30am, I have one active homeschooler who I don’t think could go more than that right now without 10 breaks in between.
I’m not very good at sticking to schedules, sometimes M1 won’t feel like writing so we’ll do everything orally. I want to be more flexible with him this year and hopefully develop a greater love of learning.
Once I get home from school, I have a den full of hungry monkeys so once they’re fed I try to get outside with them…good relaxation time, while the weather is nice.

So how do I homeschool with a toddler around?

Well since I’m at school during his naptime, we have to do school with the little monkey climbing all over the place. We have special “school time” toys and books that are only allowed out during school hours. He also likes to sit in his own chair scribbling since he thinks that he’s doing school work as well. That buys me about 15 min for some one on one math lesson time before he starts chewing on the pencil crayon. Since my M2 is food crazy, a snack will also hold him over. And I’m sad to say that the movie Happy Feet is the only thing that calms him down. We watch it daily, just the singing and dancing scenes. M1 can recite all the lines from memory since it’s on all the time. M2 also enjoys listening in on our story time, which is great.


The best resources that I’ve found are on my HS resources page, all free, which is my favorite kind of resource. I try to find things online first, my best friend is google book preview. Then I’ll look for used items through my local hs support group, then I head on over to ebay, and then if I can’t find it and I MUST have it, I’ll order it online. I’ve allocated $200 for this school year for curriculum; we’ll see how that goes.

So last year we spent it on insects and dinosaurs so I’m hoping to move on from that although M1 is still very much into dinosaurs, it’s just time to learn something new. He’s been reading about them all through the summer. He wants to be a paleontologist. He’s also asked me how he should try to get a job at a museum, I thought that was cute. There were a lot of issues with math last year so hopefully a change in curriculum will help. I find I have to hold myself back and allow him to have time to figure things out and not freak out if we’re off schedule with our lessons.
So this is the plan anyways, as for how this will work, I’m not sure. Just have to take it one day at a time. If all I can complete is one math lesson I know he will have learned more in that one lesson than he would have with an entire day of public school.

Dino Diarama
Dino Diarama

Salt Dough Fossils
Salt dough fossils
We are currently building a Museum will have a pic up as soon as we are finished.



1 Response to "Home school… no, home learning baby – this is how we do it"

You are Highlarious. I love it! I’ve never seen this side of you….wait that’s not true.

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