Homeschool Day in the Life: Emily, Homeschooling Mom to One Middle School Boy, Living in California

Day in the Life Emily

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 Emily, homeschooling mom to one middle school boy, living in California.

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 Emily

Meet Emily

Emily @life.on.a.ranch.homeschool is a homeschool mama to one middle schooler. She has been homeschooling for nine years now and every day is a fun, engaging adventure. Emily loves sharing and chatting with others, and feels very blessed and thankful for all those that are part of it.

Good Morning!

Good Morning

Good Morning Y’all! Emily here from @life.on.a.ranch.homeschool.

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First things first, wanted to say thank you to Learning Well and its community for letting me share our DITL homeschool with y’all.

I’m super honored and blessed to share our day.

I start my day at 5:00am by putting on my ranch gear and tackling my morning outside in the crisp cold air as I feed our livestock. On the ranch here we have : cattle, goats(2kinds- boar and pygmy), ducks, chickens, turkeys and pigs (in the spring). Once that’s done I change, and get ready to start the homeschool day (shower, makeup,mom uniform,slippers). By then the time is usually around 6:00-6:15 am.

I then take this time (1hour) and focus on me time while the house is silent. I work on my Bible study, coffee is hot, and the day’s to- do list is made.

The day starts early here on the ranch!

Morning Time Gathering

Morning Time

This is a glimpse at our morning time gathering (morning basket). We spend about 45 minutes- 1 hour devoted to my sons Bible Study, thanksgiving unit, and listening to an audiobook while we eat breakfast–today was chocolate chip pancakes! Then we do a water coloring lesson and read from a book that an amazing homeschool mama recommended.

As we approach the holidays and thanksgiving right around the corner, just want to let y’all know that we are thankful for you. I’m thankful to have so many amazing homeschooling resources to help guide my son through his teen years and get a good foundation with his faith. This wonderful line up comes from the help of an amazing homeschool mom, where she shares amazing things on her YouTube channel. She too believes in a strong foundation and I’m so thankful for all her recommendations. She truly is a blessing and has helped this homeschool mama so much. Thank You Ashlee @ashlee_graceandgrit!

With that said I have been adding this morning time routine (gathering) for many years now and it’s a fantastic way to start the school day for us.

Independent Work

Independent work Emily

Moving on with our day, we move to the schoolroom. Today’s line up is math, LA, book study, and history (note: I alternate science and history every two days). 

Our homeschool room is a space where nine years of homeschooling have been done. So many wonderful memories, projects, crafts etc. My son is now in 8th grade and most subjects can be done independently, but I still like to be involved and teach a lesson or two. I stay in the school room with my son if needed, but during this time that he is working independently, I plan, prep, and work on our next month’s schedule. I also take this time and tidy up the kitchen from the breakfast mess, take meat out of the freezer, or prepare crockpot meals, and load some wash or fold laundry.

So this is where we are until 11:30am. Some days look different and our homeschooling schedule could change for that day. But I do try to make sure four hours is completed for that day.

Charter School

Charter School

As our day continued we ate lunch in town, picked up a Target order, stopped by B&N, and had a meeting with my son’s homeschool charter teacher.

We are part of a charter school and for our state we have to meet with our teacher monthly. It just so happens that today was the day. During these visits my son goes over his curriculum and his work and what he has learned. She is so amazing and has been his teacher through this charter school for many years. She makes sure we are on track and  helps this homeschool mama out with checkpoints to keep me on track.

With the charter school all curriculum must be secular. All non-secular curriculum is something I add to our homeschool to provide a good foundation. This journey has been such a blessing and I’m thankful for all that have helped me along the way.

Our Day Comes to a Close

Closing Emily

As our homeschool day comes to a close, I would like to say thank you to the Learning Well Community for letting me share our homeschool day. I had an absolute blast with all of you! My stories are saved to the highlight. Feel free to check me out @life.on.a.ranch.homeschool.

As the day ends, this homeschool mama is in the kitchen cooking up dinner and making cheese balls to give as gifts and take to Friendsgiving this weekend. My son is doing some independent reading and then he checks on his live stock and does a cattle count with his dad out on the ranch.

Many blessings, happy homeschooling and happy Thanksgiving y’all!


Day in the Life Emily

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