Homeschool Day in the Life: Laura, homeschooling mom to five, encouraging moms in simplicity and intentionality

Day in the Life Laura

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 Laura, homeschooling mom to five children, who encourages other moms in simplicity and intentionality.

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.

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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!

Meet Laura

Laura @laurakayjames is a homeschooling mom with five kids ages 15,14,11,9 and 6. They started homeschooling when their oldest was five. She still napped and had a pacifier and Laura wanted to give her one more year to be little. Eleven years later, they are still hooked and can’t imagine any other way.

Laura’s heart is to use education to dive deep into the character of her kid’s hearts and to intentionally draw them nearer to Jesus in the simple everyday.

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Good Morning!

Day in the life Laura

Good Morning!

I am @laurakayjames and I am so excited to get to be here today sharing some of our daily rhythms. I am up around 6:15am and take a slow hour to wake up, read my Bible, drink some coffee and prepare for the day.

What a gift and a privilege to get to homeschool my five kids! We are on our 11th year of homeschooling and it is such a blessing to see the fruit of so many years of pouring into my kid’s hearts!

My kids are up around 7am and will start their independent work while I get breakfast ready and get dressed.

Morning Time

Morning Time Laura

“The most important gift you can give your child is to help them begin a walk of faith with the God of the universe. From the moment your children arrive in your home, you are teaching them how to see the world, what to consider important, what to seek, what to love. As a mother, you have the opportunity to form your home and family life in such a way that God’s reality comes alive to your children each day.”― Sally Clarkson

Morning time is my favorite part of our day! This is when we gather around and dive deep into God’s word and subjects that we all do together. It has changed over the seasons, but currently it looks like:

✨ Bible
✨ Prayer
✨ Hymns
✨ Memory Work (for CC)
✨ Scripture Memory
✨ Science (once a week)
✨ Read Aloud
✨ Geography

There were so many years where I was holding a baby and had little ones all over the floor and that was beautiful too! It’s not about perfection, but of deepening our relationships with each other.

General Schedule

General Schedule

I get asked all the time how I manage all the kids schooling. Here is a general schedule we try to follow. My oldest are very independent! They come to me with questions and I will work with them when they need me.

For the most part, we stick very close to this schedule and it is working well this year. Over the summer I look at what each kid is doing and rearrange the schedule to fit those needs.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today! What a gift to be able to be a part of this amazing @learningwell community!

My heart is to encourage and equip homeschooling moms to walk in their God given calling and to do it with simplicity and intentionality! I would love it if you joined along over at @laurakayjames!

Thank you so much to Laura for sharing your family’s day with us!

Day in the life Laura

If you want to see more Day in the Life photos and videos, be sure to check out our Instagram profile.  There are highlights of each takeover at the top.

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