Monday, January 30, 2012
I love to homeschool, saying that I am aware it is not for everyone. It's not even for all my kids. Only 3 of my kids homeschool now. Like I've mentioned before I have very mixed feelings about this. Sure, I wish we all sat around the kitchen table reading Bible verses while we churn butter. Well that didn't work out this year. One of my boys made it very obvious that this was not the answer for his education and another boy went with him. Anyway.... I am getting off course. The goal of this blog today is to show you what a day in our homeschool looks like. In the early days I was obsessed with how other people did their schooling. To help offset my voyeurism I am blogging a typical day in the DeLaughser household: 9:00 we start by gathering at the table. We tried starting earlier but I didn't have time to workout and start a load of laundry. This frees me up to take care of myself so I can take care of everyone else. Once they all get to table the girls check on their computers to see what subjects are assigned for the day. It can be anywhere from two to six lessons. The girls do Connections Academy and we love it! We highly recommend it! At the same time I get Ben ready to stArt his subjuects. Everyday he does: math, reading, science, social studies, Bible. He uses Christian Light Education. I have my teaching certificate from this Mennoninite school. I do all of his school with him. He just needs that right now. Soon he will do more on his own. Around 11:00 the girls have Live Lessons with their online teacher and a class room full of kids. All from the comfort of their kitchen table. Soon I go get the kindergartner and we all hAve lunch. By now, usually, the girls have finished school and I have checked off their work. Now we can see family members or friends And neighbors. We use this time to go to the library, practice piano or do home ec. Homeschool only takes half the time of brick and mortars school so we have time at the end of the day to minister to others or explore other interests. And of course we read and read. I like to have a book series that we read aloud. We have read many over the years like: Little House on the Prairie and all the Junie B Jones books. Now we are reading Childhoods of Famous Americans. I hope you have enjoyed a snapshot of our days here at home.