Homeschooling Day in the Life: Ashley, former public school teacher, now homeschooling mom to three children

Day in the Life Ashley

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 Ashley, former public school teacher, now homeschooling mom to three!

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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Meet Ashley

Meet Ashley

Ashley Weaver @ashley_w_joyfulnoiselearning loves Jesus and has been serving him as a Homeschool Mom for the past 10 years.

Ashley is a former English teacher, but left the public school system when she knew that her own family would benefit better by her being home. She loves to encourage the scattered or easily distracted homeschool mom and also shares about her Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool methods on her YouTube channel Joyful Noise Learning. She hopes you can find His joy among the noise.

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Good Morning!

Good morning Ashley

Good morning, Learning Well Community! I’m so honored to be here to share our day in the life of our homeschool. I am Ashley from Joyful Noise Learning, and I love to look for the joy among the noise in life and homeschooling.

I love homeschooling my three kids, ages 8, 10, and newly 13 .

Being able to adapt to my kids’ strengths, weaknesses, and interests has been one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. We’ve landed on a mostly Charlotte Mason inspired style, with eclectic things sprinkled in here and there. I’ll be sharing some of our anchors for the homeschool day with our three kids.

Read Aloud

Read Aloud Ashley

I used to do Morning Time with everyone at breakfast or right after, but my oldest needs more time in the mornings to work on her individual subjects. So while she gets started on her things, I do a read aloud with my boys (3rd/5th grade).

This morning was our history reader “The Golden Bull,” and I also did a picture book. “Sophie’s Squash” is one of our family’s favorites that we read every Fall!

**The saltine cracker is courtesy of my youngest dropping it on the book right when I took the photo.

Individual Lessons + Subjects

Individual Lessons

I start with math with my youngest (3rd Grade) while my older two work on their own reading, math or writing. Sometimes I combine my boys with spelling and writing instruction (to get two lessons done at one time!)

I love using student planners for my kids to organize what they have to do on their own. They have also been keeping track of what books they finish. My 10 year old just finished two of his audiobooks today! Time to record it and start the next one.

Morning Time (at Lunch Time)

Morning Time Ashley

Morning Time! – Which I recently switched to occur about lunch time. Today’s morning time only had my boys because my oldest had her online art class. What we usually like to do for about 30 minutes is…

  • Bible
  • Memory Verse
  • Poems
  • Hymn
  • Loop through: Geography, art study, composer study, folk song, Spanish, and worldview.

I do miss having all three kids all together, but I realize, as my kids grow older, this is not always possible. I do cherish the years I had with all three around the table for morning time. I try to make sure we are all together at least once a week.

Free Time

Free Time

Afternoon is for playing outside for a bit, especially on nice weather days! We are soaking up all the sun we can right now before winter comes. (The boys like bikes, scooters, and balls, but yesterday and today they chose chalk!)

After this is either quiet time, reading on their own, or finishing up any school they didn’t earlier that day. In between this I am washing lunch dishes, taking the dog out, or cleaning up from the morning. This is also about the time I start thinking of what to do for dinner. Or prepping dinner if I have it planned.

Dinner Prep

Dinner prep

Time to get the baked potatoes ready for my family. I love to listen to an audiobook or podcast while I prep dinner and do dishes. Tonight I’ll listen to the Beth Moore memoir “All my Knotted-up Life.” It’s been a joy to hang with you today and give you a peek at how we do things. I’m thankful for the gift of being home with my kids. Even on an ordinary day. What are grateful for today??? May you find His joy among the noise!! You can follow me @ashley_w_joyfulnoiselearning.

Thank you Ashley for sharing your Day in the Life with us!

Day in the life Ashley

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