A Homeschool Day

A Day in our Kindergarten Homeschool from An Everyday Story

Earlier in the week I shared our weekly kindergarten homeschool rhythm.

This post is a typical home day.

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Kindergarten homeschool…a typical day? Hmm I was a little hesitant sharing a typical homeschooling day for us, mostly because I so strongly believe in each family following their own rhythm, listening to their own children’s interests and creating a natural and rich learning environment which supports and nourishes the individual people within it.

This is exactly the reason we decided to homeschool; following our own rhythm at a pace which best suits our family.

Jack (4.75yrs), Sarah (2.75yrs) and I spend a lot of time out and about. This is what a typical home day looks like for us. This was today.

A typical home day:

6:00am :

I’d like to say that I am an early riser; that I wake before Jack and Sarah and take an early morning run or fold the washing or something productive but well those who know me know that that is most unlikely. By about 6am Sarah staggers into our room, plops herself between us and drifts back off to sleep. We usually get up around 7:00am.

7:00am:

Jack is up by the time we get up and has set the table for breakfast. He gets out the breakfast cereal, bowls and spoons, making sure he has the prized blue spoon…not sure why this spoon is so coveted but heaven help anyone who tries to use it and offer Jack the red one instead! Jack and Sarah have breakfast together while I unpack the dishwasher and Daddy gets ready for work.

8:00am:

Jack and Sarah are responsible for their own self care. They get themselves dressed, brush their hair and teeth, make their beds and put away their pyjamas. Ok so their bed-making and clothes-folding skills aren’t perfect but this is how they learn, right? I take a shower, have breakfast and take 10 minutes to catch up on what you all have been doing while I was asleep and pin a few things for inspiration.

Feeding our dog - An Everyday StoryJack and Sarah also have one special responsibility each. Sarah’s is to feed our dog and Jack puts on a load of washing.

After they have finished their jobs they can play. And I clean. I have a list of daily chores as well as one major area to clean each day. I have learnt though to let go of the expectations that come with that list. If something doesn’t get done, I no longer beat myself up over it, it just goes to the top of tomorrow’s list.Writing Japanese - An Everyday Story Homeschool Room - An Everyday Story

9:00am:

…Jack and Sarah are still playing beautifully together so I wait until there is a break in their play and go and fold some washing instead …They start playing a doctors game; writing out diagnoses and prescriptions…a little language learning in context.Learning to Write - An Everyday Story

Jack and I sit down to work on some language. I have some other materials out for Sarah but mostly she chooses to play by herself.

Jack and I start off with a reader, A Fat Cat from Fitzroy Readers (we are focusing on ‘at’ family at the moment) and then continue on with last week’s work. At the moment he is working on reading consonant-vowel-consonant words with greater fluency. Jack uses the Handwriting Without Tears wooden shapes to form the letters. He really enjoys this activity and asks to create his own words and sums.Learning to Read - An Everyday Story Creating sums with HWT blocks - An Everyday Story Learning to Read CVC words - An Everyday Story Creating sums with HWT blocks - An Everyday Story

10:15am:

We stop for morning tea. Sarah decides to help me, Jack prefers to keep working.

 10:30am:

…or there about…we usually work on Jack’s project together. At the moment he is still deeply interested in electricity; what it is, how it works, how we can manipulate it; contain it, use it. Lately we’ve been looking at batteries. We’ve watched these two great videos called Circuit Playground (they’ve only made two episodes so far. Hopefully they’ll be more soon), tried out a bunch of experiments from books we borrowed from the library and investigated batteries of all shapes and sizes.

Working in the kitchen garden - An Everyday Story Weeding the vegetable gardens - An Everyday StoryToday however he’s not interested in working on his project at this time (maybe later he tells me) so we head outside to check on the kitchen garden. We pull weeds, notice that the cucumbers have several new flowers and some of the beans have started to flower too. We then plant some dahlias. Jack plants about four plants before heading off to play, Sarah stays to plant the rest with me.Planting dahlias - An Everyday Story

12:00pm:

We come inside. Jack and Sarah tidy their rooms and the playroom while I make lunch.

12:30pm:

We all nestle in for some stories. Today we read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and another chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We listen to the audio version of the same chapter and as Jack and Sarah drift off to sleep I put on a little classical music.

http://youtu.be/hb-nTnriTP8

1:00pm:

Everything is still and quiet. I roast some tomatoes for tonight’s dinner, make a batch of simple vanilla choc-chip ice-cream, some playdough for the afternoon, read and relax.

3:00pm:

Jack and Sarah are awake. We have some afternoon tea outside and tell stories. We are so fortunate to have some really wonderful neighbours and so the kids (3, 4 and 6 yrs old) come over to play. I put out some playdough and beautiful natural treasures. Jack made a sweet bean teepee inspired by our kitchen garden.Playdough and Natural Materials - An Everyday Story Exploring Playdough and Natural Materials from An Everyday StoryJack and Sarah spend the rest of the afternoon playing before I call them inside for dinner.

Drawing with Chalk - An Everyday StorySo this was today. We didn’t do all I had planned but that is child-led homeschooling for you. Still, a good day. A happy day. A day of play; a day of learning.

Throughout the year I will continue to add posts and resources to the Kindergarten Homeschool page (drop down from the homeschool menu).

15 Replies to “A Homeschool Day”

  1. Thanks for sharing such a lovely glimpse into your day.

    Is the table the kids are using a regular dining table with the legs modified to a certain length?

  2. I love that you are following the “rhythm of the children”……..sometimes in our days we are too concerned about what we need to do (or what needs to get done) that we forget what is best for them. Quick question about your play dough…….do you ever colour it, or do you leave it plain? Reasons….?

  3. Absolutely what I was looking for today. In my search for what, how, when, who in regards to homeschooling, I really needed a day in the life. This helps, thank you!

  4. What kind of blocks are those being used to write words?
    Beautiful post!

  5. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to finding my way through your site.

  6. What a wonderful day – love your peaceful photos. And yes, stay in bed as long as possible when you have littles! Thanks so much for joining in our series.

  7. Ooooh, love your little garden and the nature time with the children. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  8. So nice to hear about a homeschooling day where the mom isn’t up at 5 blogging while training for a marathon;). I can’t drag myself out of bed before 7 and don’t start our homeschooling day before 9/9:30. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Beautiful, gentle learning kind of day. Beautiful rhythm. Blessings.

  10. That’s a really nice space to learn in. Both physically and emotionally.

  11. I loved this glimpse into your day!
    Peace and joy seem to radiate from your photos:)

  12. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your day! I had to smile several times while reading your narrative at some similarities between our same-age children. Atlas, like Sarah, comes to our bed almost every morning (sometimes Otto too). And Otto, like Jack, will sometimes stay to participate in the activity (like your planting) for only a few minutes then announce that he’s done! And the spoons! Otto is very particular about his eating-ware, a habit he is passing on to his brother! Funny.
    I’m amazed though, that your kids take so little time to eat their meals! Oh man, my boys are the slowest eaters on the planet.

  13. Kate thanks again for sharing. I wonder if you and the kids sit down and talk about individual self-care and responsibilities before play and then they agreed to their daily responsibilities and consistently carrying them out on their own? Usually my son and daughter woke up and started playing together. I have been trying to introduce some responsibilities such as making beds and laundry, but maybe I haven’t quite got how to do them.

  14. Hand Writing with out tears the whole kit… that’s what she is using… I think!

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