I cant believe its time for another school year! This year, my girl is in 1st grade and my boy is starting pre k. Its a hard pill to swallow, watching them grow up so fast and all, but once again, I am so happy to be able to be at home to school them again. Homeschooling has been such a blessing (and a curse, depending on the day…just being honest yall), but overall its where I know I need to be. Last year, I took on the tradition of blogging what our day looked like and you can find that HERE. I love being able to look back to see how we have grown so I wanted to do it again this year. Im going to walk you through our day and since I really enjoyed shooting it I would really love to get into a better habit of blogging our homeschool adventures. I have been throwing the idea around about starting a homeschool blog, but I think just keeping it simple for now, and sharing our days here will be the best option for the time being. I hope you will follow along!(You can also follow our homeschool days on instagram @deannamccasland)
We switched curriculums again this year. After a ton of research we finally decided on Earthschooling. So far we are really enjoying it! I love the teacher guides and videos and the lessons are jam packed. They are also adding on a foreign language lesson and I am so excited to finally learn German! Just one of the benefits of homeschooling is I get to learn too! I wish it was a bit more organized by day, but if you don’t mind spending a little time planning then it is well worth looking into in my opinion. We fell in love with Waldorf schooling last year and we are really excited to continue learning and growing by that philosophy each year.
If you look up Waldorf, one of the main topics you will see come about is having a rhythm. A rhythm is not a schedule, but is a timeline on how our days should unfold. While it is a schedule in a sense, the times are completely lifted off and there is a sense of freedom and security for the child to guide themselves throughout their days. Our rhythm is looking a bit like this right now, but I’m always revaluating myself to make it better for my family.
I wake up at 5am
I have quiet/meditation time until 6am.
I start getting ready for the day and gathering my daily lesson plans and craft materials at 7am and do chores until the kids wake.
They are usually up by 7:30-8. Once they wake, we take a few moments to gather ourselves and then I get them dressed, brush teeth, etc…
We have breakfast around our table. Breakfast is brought to the center of the table and the children are able to fix their own plates and pour their own drinks. Even the 3 year old.
After breakfast we clean up, the kids do their own dishes and clear the table and we start our outdoor chores which is feeding animals, gathering eggs, etc…
We gather for circle time, start our main lesson, followed by a short lesson in the school room.
We break for a nature walk and come home to a snack.
The children then have a bit of free time while I gather materials for the afternoon lesson and crafts.
The children help with lunch and then we move into our afternoon lesson. Afternoon lessons rotate from science, history, and music.
This is followed by handiwork. Maddox just plays outside and Marleigh is learning to knit. On our first day we made field trip shirts to wear on Fridays to make it a bit more special.
There’s then inside chores (this will change by our weekly rhythm listed below).
We have free time, followed by dinner prep, bath, free time/handiwork, and bed.
Our weekly rhythm is as followed:
Monday: Cleaning day – I like to start the week with a clean house. We catch up laundry, clean floors, bathrooms, chicken coop, etc…
Tuesday: Gardening day
Wednesday: Errands/Co-op meeting day
Thursday: Baking day
Friday: Field trip day
Saturday: Farm day (We spend the day as a family doing farm chores and anything that needs done around the house)
Heres to another fabulous year of homeschooling! xo