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Homeschooling Day in the Life: Danielle, Year Round Homeschooling Mom of Five Children in Canada

Day in the life Danielle

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 Danielle, year round homeschooling mom to five children in Canada.

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 Danielle

Meet Danielle

Danielle @jisforjarvis lives on the prairies of Alberta, Canada with her husband of 12 years and their five children, ages 3 months to 10 years. As a family they left big city living in 2020 and traded in the hustle and bustle for a quiet life in the boonies on a small homestead. Farm life consists of growing and raising most of the food they eat, caring for animals and being outside in nature.

Homeschooling at Jarvis Academy is year round which allows for much flexibility during busy seasons on the farm when much of the learning becomes hands on life school. From May until October life moves mostly outdoors where it is not uncommon to have the Bose speaker blasting audio books as we plant rows of vegetables to fill the larder. And from November until April life tends to be indoors more as our temps dip well into the minus’ which allows for a slower pace, much time reading aloud by the fire as a family, playing games and doing puzzles.

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Danielle has homeschooled her children from the beginning and wouldn’t have it any other way. As the Lord would have it she stumbled upon the lovely Jennifer Pepito in 2014 and dreamed of one day growing up to be just like her. Their homeschool style would be best described as Charlotte Mason, unschooling and much time learning life skills. Keeping in mind that she is raising little persons who will one day be capable adults.

With the birth of her fifth baby a couple of months ago Danielle would say that she is currently running on nursing time which is neither early bird or night owl. But ideally early mornings, walking while the sun rises is where you’d find her. She enjoys good coffee, dark chocolate, cooking from scratch, reading and walks with her family.

Good Morning!

good morning

Good Morning! I am Danielle from @jisforjarvis and I am so excited to have you all share a day in our life. This year is our sixth official year homeschooling if you count from kindergarten and up. We have homeschooled since the beginning and truly am so grateful for all that is has afforded our family

We chose to school year round as it best fits our life here on our little homestead and allows flexibility. Though I am a firm believer in taking time off I also see much value in being disciplined to nourish our minds year round. We are going from very short winter daylight right now, around 6 hours, to longer days up to 9. Much like the Ingalls family, I feel like we sort of rise and set with the sun .

Everyone is up and at it by around 7:30 which allows time to eat, get dressed, do our farm chores, tidy up, and start school by 10am(ish) . Isn’t that why we homeschool, so we can say ish?!

The Formative Years

The formative years

Providentially the Lord has led us here. If you would have told me ten years ago we would be homeschooling, homesteading, and have a handful of children, I probably wouldn’t have believed you! But isn’t that so like Christ, that in His mercy, as we surrender our lives to him daily, He molds and forms us into who He made us to be?

Neither my husband or I were homeschooled so I guess we are first generation homeschoolers. Our hope and prayer would be that our children would be the first of many generations to come in our family lineage to homeschool. It is such a gift!

It is an honor to be able to spend these formative years with our babies, day in and day out . There is MUCH opportunity to love, learn, and forgive, keeping in mind that every day is a chance to point their hearts and mind to Jesus, because He is the author and finisher of us all.

Our Rhythm

Danielle rhythm

School starts at ten, and we aim for four days a week, though sometimes it’s a Saturday and my kids are keen to sit down and do some learning with my husband. He loves to be involved in their education and I love that they get to learn alongside both him and I.

I have a wooden morning time crate that is full of the books and items we are working through currently. Everyday we switch it up a bit. I am not one to do the same book work every single day, and I think we all thrive on a bit of variety.

I always love seeing what others do and use to learn together. This is how I have been able to form our rhythms by learning from other mamas. Everyday we sing hymns, Bible memory, poetry, read alouds, and math. Those are our non negotiables. And the other subjects are also done or woven into all of that . Some days math might be our Simply Charlotte Mason elementary arithmetic, some days it’s a chapter or two in Life of Fred, and some days it’s a lesson in our Lessons for a Living Education book. I love that variety allows for a well rounded education.

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who went to conventional school and has now, as an adult, forgotten much of what they learned. I am so glad to be able to learn again alongside my children.

Nurturing Entrepreneurship

nurturing entrepreneurship

With Spring just around the corner, also come the dreams for what summer will bring for us. We really want to nurture entrepreneurship within our children and rally them on. I think this is another beautiful way to learn both the pros and cons of owning a business. It’s a way to experience opportunities to succeed and even incur loss. They get the chance to learn some new skills, and how to market and sell a product, all while earning something while doing so.

Some examples of new booming businesses happening this spring are a cut flower garden, a heritage egg selling business, an herbal apothecary, and some wood working. God’s people in the marketplace can do such great things. With that there is more opportunity to learn together. We deep dive into books, watch videos, or find someone around us who can teach us. The children are also able to see Mom and Dad learn with them.

We have been learning what herbs grow native on our land, as well as their purposes and uses. God made so much of creation to help us and be medicinal to us–what we can grow in our climate, how to tincture, and how to make salves. We have been able to turn this into science as we do beautiful reports on herbs and plants around us.

Something that I have loved in homeschooling our children is that there is no definitive subject lines. This simple herbal plant study we are focusing on right now becomes science as we read and look into nature. It becomes an opportunity for narration as the children are able to study and read and then share with our family. Math is done as we learn tincture or salve ratios. It becomes art as we practice our water color skills and paint that which our Heavenly Father has made.

Don’t let checking off isolated subjects hold you back. Education is a lifestyle, interwoven in everything we do. And that is so valuable.

Christ Equips Us

Christ equips

After quiet time and our walk, the children have time for free play until evening chores begin at 4:30. I start supper at 4pm, and tidy up from a full day. I grind coffee for tomorrow, prepare tea for the night, close the curtains, turn on the salt lamps and light our candles . Dinner is at 6 every night, Bible time at 7, and bed by 8.

We have been very purposeful in guarding family dinners and nightly Bible time over the years. It’s been a great blessing and something we look forward to every night. This is a time where we gather to read scripture, sing hymns, learn catechisms and Bible memory, and pray for one another. While we are of course an earthly family, we are also the body of Christ under one roof. It’s our duty to spur one another on as we run the race set before us.

May I leave you with this encouragement–forgiveness will be needed every single day, grace as well. Sinners under one roof guarantee that. Your children will excel in some areas and have gaps in others. Some days everyone is keen to learn, while other days a walk in nature will be necessary to re-frame our hearts and minds. His mercies are new every morning, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow. Christ will equip you for the good work of educating your children. It won’t look perfect, but He is.

Thank you for following along with us today. This community is a blessing to many, including me.

Day in the life Danielle

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

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