Homeschooling has changed greatly for us – we now have one homeschool student and one TAFE student, studying externally so her days are still a part of the learning environment in our home. But this post is focused on a day in the life of our homeschool highschooler – Daniel.
Daniel’s day starts at 6.00am. He often wakes earlier though I consider that time to be his own as his productivity and responsibilities kick in at 6.00am.
6.00am – 8.00am is the time for him to look after his body – spiritual and physical with Bible reading time, exercise (if he chooses to – and often he doesn’t – it is something we are working on!), shower, dressed and breakfast. Also during this time he does his chores – his responsibilities – his bedroom, and whatever his morning chores would be. We work on a roster system so these change weekly. If he finishes his responsibilities early he often has his computer/screen time.
8.00-2.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday is his study time.
30min Bible study – at the moment he is reading through “The Brave” by Hayley and Michael DiMarco – We choose bible study or Christian books for him to read through for this subject.
30min Math – He is using Living Maths, edited by Mark O’Brien – a very practical math course
30min Writing: He is systematically going through Jump In: a workbook for reluctant and eager writes, by Sharon Watson
30min Spanish (Duolingo app) and Drivers prep
2hours interest led studies: at the moment he is taking a drawing class, photography, and writing. We use whatever learning/teaching resources works – but one of Daniel’s favourites is Udemy.
1 hour reading: he often reads 2 titles as he struggles to read for 1 hour in one book. At the moment he is reading Coral Island and a book on memorisation techniques. The plan is that his reading will continue to broaden his general knowledge and he is expected to read living history, biographies and classic literature. At the end of each book, he writes a short essay, report or blog post.
This study plan is his guide though it can vary. He can shuffle the order around to suit his focus ability for the day. He also finishes a subject in a good place not necessarily by the clock but working with times helps him push himself and not just do a bare minimum.
This is the end of his formal study day. He spends his afternoons:
• 30min computer/screen time – if he connects with friends he is allowed 1 hour.
• 1 hour project time – the goal here is that he is productive: he often writes, does woodwork or photography. At the moment one project he has happening is setting up the shed into a workable space for his woodwork – this includes arranging equipment and setting up storage systems for his tools. He will soon start on making Christmas gifts.
• As of next week he is going to give 30-45minutes, once a week, to a young homeschooler who wants to learn Minecraft.
Daniels Thursdays and Fridays are different again:
On Thursdays he goes into TAFE (Tertiary education) for a full school day – 8.30-2.15. He is working on a Cert 2 – Pre-Construction. He then goes to a friend’s place for some down time before heading off to a young men’s Bible study late afternoon; the Bible study group alternate between Bible study and Workshop time where they build relationships as they work on a project.
Friday is his working day – he is responsible for the yard and farm tidiness. He mows, trims, prunes, checks the reticulation system, sprays, cleans and maintains. He also cleans the car. This is paid work for him. This job also gives him the opportunity to grow in time management and administration skills as he need to plan
Last year Daniel worked heavily on his science and history with a lot of reading. And though he coped okay with that school was starting to be a drudgery and hard for him. We switched to an interest-led project based learning that has matched his learning style and interests. This has worked well as he is more interested and showing more initiative in learning.
We have traditionally started evening chores at 5.00pm so that we are ready for family time at 6.00pm. With the kids different evening activities though this has become more random – and the kids get their evening chores done when it fits in with their other commitments. They also help each other out, depending on who is home and who is not.
Daniel has three evening commitments – Touch Rugby and Taekwondo have been the sports he has chosen for this year. He also goes to a youth group alternative weeks. On Sundays he is on the sound desk roster at church. I mention these activities because though they are outside of traditional school hours they are very much a part of the whole-child, whole-life approach we have to education and therefore count as a part of his learning experiences.
With homeschooling just one highschool student, my days also look different. It would be easy to imagine that I now have loads of time to myself – and sometimes I fall into that trap thinking that is the season of life I’m now in, but whenever I do that things start to unravel. Daniel still needs me here, even though he is studying independently. He still needs the guidance and help to stay on track. As does Nomi – this is the season of life that they are in. My role as mum hasn’t changed just because my kids have moved up to highschool or graduated from homeschool altogether. I’m still doing the mum thing because my kids still need teaching, training, guiding and helping. It just looks a little different.
Further reading for homeschooling Highschool
- Balancing Lifestyle Opportunties for Homeschool Highschool Students
- Parent-Student Meeting with Homeschool Highschool Students
- Running out of Time – Homeschool Highschool
I wrote this blog post for the ihomeschool Not Back to School Blog Hop – this week we are looking at what our homeschool day looks like. Looking at other people’s days is a helpful thing if we set out to glean from others not compare ourselves with others. We all have different goals and different family dynamics and the order of our days will reflect that. So keep that in mind as you visit with other homeschoolers this week.
Also sharing and linking with others throughout the week:
Throughout the week I share with one, or more of these blogs (see more details on my Link Parties page)
Mom’s the Word, Mom2Mom, Mummy Mondays, Monday’s Musings, Thoughtful Spot, Mama Monday Musings, Hip Homeschool Moms Blog Hop, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Coffee and Conversation, Finishing Strong (Middle & Highschool years),Women with Intention, Whole Hearted Home, Thriving Thursdays, Hearts for Home, Shine Blog Hop, All things with Purpose, A Little R & R, From House to Home, Fellowship Fridays, Homeschooling Highschool Linkup, Tip Tuesday with Debbie in Shape