Homeschooling Your Way: One Day at a Time

I wanted to finish up this week by sharing a little bit about how I do things. I don’t know about you, but I’ve loved reading about other people’s experiences and drawing on their ideas for our homeschooling as well!

Where in your home do you homeschool? Do you have different areas for read-alouds, workbooks and/or independent work? Is there anywhere that’s off limits?

We do our read-alouds on the couch or on the porch swing. My 5-year-old does her journal entry by herself at the breakfast bar, and we do the rest of her seatwork together either at the kitchen table, on the couch or in my bed after her daily quiet time.  Right now school is limited to those spots because she’s not doing much independent work, and those are the places that work for us together. However, as she gets older, she’ll have more flexibility to choose her own spot for independent work.

I shared a bit about how we organize workbooks and daily activities to make them easy to get out and pack away each day. This system is still working really well for us.

Do you have a set schedule for your school days? Do you have a set start time? A set end time?

We follow a daily schedule for the most part anyway, so we usually start school between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m, and it usually lasts until 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. My oldest and I finish up her work in the afternoon, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. or thereabouts.

How are your school supplies organized? Do you stock up on extra supplies? How do you organize the extras?

I didn’t do a really great job of stocking up this year, and I can already see that we’re going to blow through the dry erase markers and crayons. Because I will have four kids so close in age, we actually have our workbook pages separated and put in page protectors so that we can reuse them rather than purchasing 4 different copies of each one. I’m not sure if we’ll continue doing it that way as they get older, but for now it works because they love the dry erase markers and it gives them the opportunity to redo certain activities as needed!

Other than that, we don’t really use too many supplies, other than glue sticks, which I have been stocking up on and just storing in the craft bin with other extra craft supplies.

What do you use for recordkeeping? Do you store completed work? Do you go above and beyond the recordkeeping requirements of your state?

Again, because we’re just starting and school isn’t even mandatory for a 5 year old in our state, I don’t really know what I plan to do about recordkeeping. I like recordkeeping, but when we’re just working through a workbook (and using dry erase markers at that), there’s not much to really record. I do have an ongoing list of the books we read each week, but I probably won’t start worrying about more detailed records until next year, when we’ll move into a slightly more structured “core” in the Sonlight curriculum.

What is one area that you wish was more organized about your homeschooling?

I’m not sure there’s any area that needs to be more organized at this point, but I do wish I had a better idea of what homeschooling will look like in the future for us. I’m a planner, and although I think taking it one day at a time is the way to go as we start out, I wish I had a detailed plan in place to take us through the next 18 years or so!

I also wish I was better at figuring out what activities will hold our 2-year-old’s attention and keep her occupied while I work with her big sisters. She’s never very interested in the ones I prepare ahead of time, and it can make it difficult to focus when she’s getting into everything!

It’s your turn now! Whether you’re currently homeschooling, have homeschooled in the past or have just considered it at some point, I’d love to hear your best tips and biggest concerns. What aspect of homeschooling do you find most intimidating? What is your favorite part of homeschooling!