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This month I am joining in with iHomeschool Network’s Back to Homeschool Blog Hop. Hop on over there to find out more and see what others are doing this year. This week is Day in the Life Week.
Today we’re going to look at how a homeschool day actually works for me and Bunny. I thought the best way to do that would be to share the printable routine and checklist I am using at the moment. I have it printed off and placed next to the current week in my planner so I can look at it and my day plan at the same time. It is editable so if you like the idea and want to use it you are very welcome to do so. I scale it so that I can fit two on an A4 page, then print on both sides. (The “Fit Sheet on one Page” button in Excel)
I am using this to help me learn my routine – I have planned out how my day needs to work but I don’t yet have my routines as habits. I’ve written approximate times by some of our activities below but I don’t have a fixed schedule, we have a routine order of things which I try to stick to instead.
~6 – 8 a.m.: We get up in the mornings, get ourselves ready for the day, then do our morning housework. After that it is school time.
8 – 8:30 a.m.: Circle time: read the Bible verse of the week, read the story about the bible verse, read the weekly minibook and sing the song of the week (all from Raising Rock Stars Preschool); talk about the date and weather (Today board UK/US affiliate).
8:30 – 9 a.m.: Paper work: writing, dot-painting, stickers, colouring, cutting, gluing, taping, glitter, paint, play dough, worksheets, activity books… (We don’t do all of these every day! Maybe four or five each day.)
Snack time! We both normally need a break by this point.
Play time or out-of-the-house activities.
12 – 2 p.m.: Lunch time and nap time (sometimes Bunny sleeps before lunch, sometimes after).
2 – 2:30 p.m.: Another focused learning activity – printed games, Spielgaben, art or science. (Top: see my post One-to-One Correspondence with Counting Bears and Spielgaben; Left: Making and Using Glitter Numbers; Right: game printed from Life Over Cs)
5 – 9 p.m.: Make dinner, eat dinner, go to bed.
I’m keen to see how others are running their homeschool days! Are you more of a routine (doing things in a certain order but not a particular time) or schedule (doing things at the same time every day) person? Make sure to check out how other homeschoolers run their days at iHomeschool Network.