Here’s a look at the Day in the Life of Carla, a creative homeschooling mama of three young kids who has a passion for play-based learning. At Learning Well, we understand that homeschooling doesn’t look the same for all of us. We understand it doesn’t have to either for us to learn and glean good things from each other. Each Wednesday, on our Instagram feed, we feature a new homeschool mama to take over the feed and show us what her day looks like.
Some of us homeschool for religious reasons and that inspires our homeschool days. Some of us homeschool from the road and never do school in the same place twice. We might have been homeschooling for years and years. Or we may have just begun our journeys. We understand that those details don’t really matter though. The common thread that binds us all together is our desires to educate our children differently.
We might all homeschool 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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I am sure many of you already follow Carla @everydaylearnandplay! She is a creative homeschooler with TONS of ideas you will love!
Carla describes their homeschool as play-based and FUN. At her children’s ages she is primarily concerned with sparking a passion for learning and showing kindness to one another more than academic rigor. They learn so much through play and Carla is always amazed at their creativity! Seeing the sweet bond of friendship between them as they spend our days together at home is an invaluable life-long gift!
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Good morning! I’m Carla from @everydaylearnandplay we start most of our mornings with a little intentional time together around the table at breakfast. Thanks so much for joining me!
Filling Love Tanks
One thing I discovered early on is how important it is to fill love tanks early in the day. Before jumping into lessons or learning activities with my big girls I spend time one-on-one with my youngest. I’ve found he handles the independent time while I teach so much better when he has this time with me.
As we inch closer to the end of the year I’m discovering I will have to pay more attention to time and how I use it next year. Right now I have just one officially homeschooling but come the Fall I’ll have a 2nd grader and a kindergartener!
We use a curriculum that we love and it has been wonderful! I love that it’s organized, planned, prepared for our lessons each day- making that aspect of having 2 homeschooling easier! Naturally we use a good amount of the resources I write as well. They’re each inspired by my children and the skills we’re practicing!
Afternoon Quiet Time
Since they were born we have always protected the window between 1-3 for naps for our littles. As we begin the transition away from a midday rest to an afternoon quiet time I have seen the benefit of both for all of us! Do you protect a window of time for rest each day? It is just as wonderful for a mama to have time to restore her soul as much as it is for littles to have a quiet, white-space time for themselves.
A Library Visit
I’d definitely have to say the library plays a pretty big role in our homeschooling. Keeping a steady queue of books flowing into our home, experiencing read alouds from other readers, programs sparking new interest, and I could go on. Do you take advantage of what your library offers? And the very best part- it’s all free! Today at the library we studied African American pottery with a hands on activity. All three of my cute crew were engaged from start to finish- a great librarian is worth her weight in gold!
Thank you so much to Carla for sharing your family’s day with us!
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