A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler {Day 7}

by GfG on January 15, 2013 · 3 comments

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{Ten day series showing the daily life of a homeschooling family of eight.  Bloggers who link up are entered for an Amazon gift card! Each of my days has a different focus, today has two: special needs learning AND food during the day. }.

8:00 Roll out of bed and head straight to the (freezing cold room that has a) shower, then dress.    Enjoyed hitting the snooze because Paul was still in bed.  Snow delay for work.

8:20 Tell the kiddos to eat and head to their quiet times.  I dry my hair (partly to dry and partly to warm myself).

Everyone eats the same thing (today is granola).  I make a menu for our week, with lunches and breakfasts being the same, but dinners rotating.  The day assigned is not rigid.

8:55 Meal chores. Noah also convinces me to let Paul Louis wear his John Deere shirt over a clean shirt.  Feel free to back read this series to see how many days he’s worn the “tractor shirt”.

9:11 Catechism, scripture memory, and prayer all together.

9:29 AAS with Chloe.  Paul Louis and Phoebe play a rousing game of UNO.

9:45 HB and Paul leave.  More on this tomorrow.

10:30 Math with Esther, then Phoebe.

Day in the Life #18 WEB

10:46 My inability to transform Transformers frustrates Paul Louis when he brings one to me.

10:50 Email and FB while girls do math papers/test.

10:57 Writing with Esther while Phoebe finishes her math test.

11:20 I become frustrated by Phoebe’s forgetting something in math.  I pray for patience and understanding.  She is doing her best and that is all I (or anyone else) can ask.  She is disappointed in herself and I should not be.  My job is to encourage and lead.

She does fabulously on the next problem.

Homeschooling a child with learning struggles is totally possible, and possibly truly perfect.  

Phoebe is my child who has learning challenges.    You can read some back story on her struggles (and mine) here.  Know this: my degree in special education has not seemed to help me.  Maybe it has, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.  Once I noticed the difference, I waited.  I observed.  We took things slowly and then I had her evaluated by Little Giant Steps.  

Many people homeschool kiddos with learning struggles.  

I have seen and read about many people homeschooling kids with special needs incredibly successfully.  The main ingredients to their success are: seeking help from those you can learn from (IRL or online) AND allowing the child to learn as his/her own pace.

I have seen people give up homeschooling a struggling child because they do not seek out support. If you want help, it is out there.  You can do it!

{Be sure to read all of Heather and Reader’s and Jasmine’s one [she has a 2 week old baby, so not much blogging] link ups, since they all homeschool kiddos with different kinds of learning issues.}

Day in the Life #21 WEB

11:37 Phoebe wants to read her history book instead of doing writing.     🙂

11:44  Call a friend about camp applications going live today.  I realize my need for chocolate covered almonds.

11:50 Language with Phoebe and Esther, who play with Legos the entire time.  I keep the Legos in a drawer in the living area so as to spark play.

12:02 Writing with Phoebe and grammar with Chloe.  Yup, I was able to do this simultaneously today.  I rock.

12:15  Lunchtime.  Today’s lunch is the kiddos’ favorite.  They call Make Your Own.  I like to call it Request & Deny.  The kids are allowed to choose their own lunch one time a week.  They love it.  I think it’s hilarious because they still have to request eating the item and much of the time I deny the request for two main reasons: it’s assigned to a meal or it’s not an acceptable meal/lunch item (ex: no granola for lunch and no marshmallows).

I plan our daytime meals to involve as little time as possible.  Meals can really suck time out of a day, if you don’t plan well.  The older kids make most of the lunches.  Yes, definitely a perk, but it’s also great training for them (which is another benefit to homeschooling: more opportunities for life skills).

12:18 Poop talk in the bathroom with a child who  is having bowel issues.  Kids are hilarious.

12:35 Story of the World (SOTW) reading with middle girls while they finish eating and then deck out for snow play.  This is actually an art we are learning.

12:50 While the girls have fun in the snow, I change out the laundry, put the granola in the container, and make some chai latte.  I decide to have my belated quiet time in front of the wood stove.

1:32 The warmth of the fire and the precious play with Noah and Paul Louis (building Legos) have almost lulled me to sleep.

1:40 Choir registrar work

2:30 Girls retrieve me to see their very first snowman.  It’s hilarious.  I couldn’t be more proud of their creativity.

Day in the Life #19 WEB

2:41 Science and second half of SOTW while the girls are in the tub (homeschooling perk: you can’t escape the teacher).

3:15 The clutter in my room says ugly things. I  deal with it appropriately.

3:45 Girls read their history books while I chat with my sister on the phone and pick up.

4:11 Latin paper with Phoebe, who shows her feelings about the lesson via art expression.  I must consult Chloe and back lessons for help.

Phoebe doesn’t even really know she has some kind of issue (I will share another tine on that).  A HUGE benefit to homeschooling is the lack of labels.  Phoebe is not picked on, she is not looked down upon (by teachers or students), and she can face new topics with no sense of baggage.  While Latin isn’t as easy for her as it is for the older kids, she is doing it.  

I refuse to box her in.  She gets to learn at her pace, but always being challenged. 

4:30 Remember I have to cook dinner.  Do you see a pattern with this note?  You should.  I am proud that I remembered to put trout in the fridge to thaw yesterday.

4:31 The trout is still very much frozen.  Plan B.

Dinners are planned for the week, often with roll over meals from the previous week.  I really don’t like a lot of prep and involvement anymore, so our meals are simple.  We make almost all our food from scratch to get the benefits of the natural ingredients and because it’s so much cheaper.  Simplified Dinners has been a great addition to my meal planning. 

Just because I grind our wheat, soak our beans, and cook all natural doesn’t mean I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I really don’t.   

Day in the Life #20 WEB

4:33 Some kids request and get snacks.

My kiddos don’t ask for snacks all that often, usually midmorning and around 4:00. They may have only snack items as designated by me (fruit, cheese sticks, vegetables or nuts).  If someone refuses to eat their breakfast or lunch, they are not allowed snacks.  

We have a two bite rule in this house.  The child must take two bites of each part of the meal to be excused (or to get snack, in this case).  If the child refuses, they go to their bed until next meal.  To get dessert, the child must eat all that is served to them.

If I make a dinner that is new, unusual, or something we are trying to get them to enjoy, I always make sure to have dessert.  😉

4:40 The Hobbit chapter six for Phoebe and Esther.  I run to a friend’s to pick up something for HB’s birthday tomorrow.

4:50 I return home for something I was supposed to bring to my friend’s.  Sigh.

5:00 I feel very proud to be making my first real drive in inches of snow.  And I’m tons nervous.

5:05 Arrive and friend’s and stare at her baby.  Oh, and gather what I came for as well as receive a mini lesson on my new flash.

6:00 Run into the kitchen to start dinner.  We have veggies mixed with quinoa cooked in the soup we had last night and roasted broccoli and carrots.

Day seven was wonderfully representative of the fun situations for doing lessons.  This is not the first time we’ve done school work in the bathroom. 

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