A homeschool day in the life looks different almost every day, right? Over on our Instagram page, we love to give you a peek into lots of homeschool days regardless of how they change day to day.
Today, we’re going to give you a peek into the homeschool day in the life of Amy, seasoned homeschooling mom to three teenage daughters!
We can all learn and be inspired by one another, regardless of our homeschool approach. It’s not about looking good for social media, it’s about the connection going on inside our homeschool walls and sharing with others what works for us.We might all homeschool a little differently, but we can always look for ideas from each other that inspire, encourage and equip us in our own homeschool days. So each week we create blog posts for you to access later of each of those “days in the life”. We hope you keep coming back for more inspiration. Keep going, mama! These days at home are so worth it!
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Amy @amy_m_middleton is a mom to three teenage girls ages 13, 16 and 19. She started homeschooling her oldest in kindergarten and now she’s a junior in college! They live in Charleston, SC (15 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from Folly Beach).
She describes their homeschool as eclectic and ever-changing as each daughter moves into a new season. She is beyond thankful to have the privilege of learning right alongside her daughters.
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Good morning, Learning Well Community! I am so excited (& nervous) to share my day in the life with you! But here’s a glimpse of what my mornings look like…
- Woke up at 4:30 am (thanks to hot flashes–hello, perimenopause!) Finally got up at 5:30.
- I love starting my day with essentials oils & Trader Joe’s candles. These are my current favorite: harvest spice & wild orange.
- I’ll fix my green tea. Coffee is my favorite, but caffeine from coffee affects me, so this green tulsi tea is just right for the mornings. Helps with stress too!
- While my tea is steeping, I’ll oil pull (you didn’t want to see a picture of my face doing that). This helps with teeth whitening and pulling toxins out.
- Then it’s my time with the Lord. I’m reading through the Bible in a year and I might actually make it through! Reading glasses are a must now especially in the dim light.
- I “try” to alternate between Pilates and weights each day.
- My oldest heads out on Wednesdays for her 8 am class at Charleston Southern University.
- Then I take my little guy, Samson on a walk. I usually listen to podcasts, an audio book or catch up on any Bible reading I get behind on while we walk a couple miles. Wednesdays are my favorite because I get to walk with a dear friend in the neighborhood.
- This all happens before 8 am. My younger two usually get up around 7:30, but it’s now past 8.
Morning time was always my favorite when my girls were younger. We would read scripture, a missionary biography, learn hymns, practice geography, or work on our Japanese alphabet. However, these days it’s harder to get everyone to the table at the same time. So this morning we just read over Psalm 131-132. We are working our way through God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew (didn’t get to read it yet today), and every November we read through this incredible book by Barbara Rainey called Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember (hoping to start it soon). This is one of the best books about Thanksgiving I’ve ever read!
The rest of the morning has consisted of doing homework for their co-op classes tomorrow. My 8th grader takes Physical Science for 2 hours and an art class while my 11th grader takes a 2 hour anatomy class. Homework looks different for both of them as one studies vocabulary on a quiz-let on her phone while the other reaches out with questions to me as needed.
- Denison Algebra 2 at home
- PE – working out at our church gym a few times a week
- American Literature at our co-op on Tuesdays
- Psychology at our co-op on Tuesdays
- Government/Economics at our co-op on Tuesdays
- Anatomy at our co-op on Thursdays
She also works at the pier a couple days a week and for another local park during the Christmas lights season.
- Denison Algebra at home
- PE – goes to the gym with her sister
- English at our co-op on Tuesdays
- History at our co-op on Tuesdays
- Physical Science at our co-op on Thursdays as well as Art class
Coffee Shop School
Charleston has so many adorable coffee shops, so often on Wednesdays we’ll meet up with my college girl and bring school with us! It’s a nice break and change of scenery! This coffee shop is nestled in the hotel, Emeline right beside the market downtown. This has definitely been one of the perks of homeschooling teens!
We spent an hour or two downtown and then back home to finish up schoolwork for tomorrow and math. Laundry, dishes, and mashed potatoes for tonight’s Friendsgiving at youth group. The girls left early to help get things set up and I’m heading over around 6pm to teach the 4 & 5 years at church.
Words of Encouragement
Last post of the day and “thank you” to all who followed along and sent sweet words of encouragement! I will leave you with the words of Sally Clarkson, who inspired me when I was a 24 year old young mom. “If they grow up steeped in Scripture and truth, beautiful and life-giving practices, and the sacrificial example of love at home, chances are they will carry these virtues with them.” She motivated me to see my girls as my disciples, to love them, guide them, correct them, and send them out to love our Lord wholeheartedly. That is my greatest desire in this journey of homeschooling.
Thank you Amy for sharing your Day in the Life with us!
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