A Day in the Life of Homeschool Mama Lisa
Here’s a look at the Day in the Life of Lisa, mama to eight kids, and a curriculum writer who believes in gentle education for young learners. 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.
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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!
Lisa is a mama to eight, ages 3-21, with one amazing daughter-in-law added to their big family last year. She has been married for 22 years to her arborist husband who also loves nature and New England as much as she does! She has been home educating for 14 years, not starting out as a homeschooling mama, but so thankful homeschooling found their family.
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Lisa believes in gentle education and through her passion for that gentle, thoughtful education for young learners she has written curriculum with The Peaceful Press and launched A Year of Tales last year, combining the Beatrix Potter tales she loved so from her childhood with her thoughtfulness of nature and literature-based learning.
Lisa also balances life with one student in the local public school system with the others at home and truly has a heart for hearing our children and mindfully seeking education that fits each child how it is best for them, and the family as a whole. She is so excited to share her day with all of you today! It is a wild ride, so stay tuned.
Good morning from our nest to yours. Today will not be home as much as away. We have classes and Co-op and nature walk probably late afternoon for #exploringnaturewithchildren winter tree study, but for now we are having a sweet morning time and then piano practice, handwriting and a little play before we separate. Gathering is a priority for my heart, my family, for our education.
Isn’t it a misconception that us home educators are all hanging out at home in our pjs? I mean, yeah, we do that, too, but usually it looks a whole lot like today.
Happy Wednesday, friends. Can’t wait to take you along with us, Learning Well Community!
Tea & Breakfast
Slow mornings are my favorite but when we can’t slow and have to go like this morning I appreciate a gathering over tea and breakfast. It’s worth the effort to gather, even if you leave the house a mess and other things are left undone. I never regret a morning we gathered before we separated.
We are using a looping schedule that includes reading through Beatrix Potter’s beautiful tales with A Year of Tales. We often eat overnight oats on busy days like this one so I can make them the night before, but I’ve added carrot cake muffins as a special treat!
Morning can be hard for me, especially since t1d entered our lives with my son, Levi, but it’s worth it to make it as special and purposeful as you can… it makes it less overwhelming somehow if it’s seems like a gift.
Our Nature Table
We haven’t changed over our nature table yet, which usually follows the schedule of #exploringnaturewithchildren which is such a beautiful nature guide for the whole family to learn and explore through together. And that is one of the biggest needs for our large family, as much together-learning as possible. We haven’t changed over to winter trees yet because we love moon studies and wanted more time to explore. That’s okay. It’s okay to let things be.
On days at home we would start the same as today with morning time, but we would linger longer. And instead of dropping off two to learn in a nature class in our community we would lean slowly into independent and one on one work after we gather.
It’s slow, it has a rhythm that flows so seamlessly for us most days, but often time doesn’t exist like a day like today. Today I had to hustle. I had to spend hours in the car, with the sounds of Story of the World The Middle Ages playing in the background and Legos clicking together and being shuffled through in the back seat.
This one glimpse of this girl enjoying a moment of peace in our master bedroom at the nature table usually happens in the afternoon while the littlest still naps, but today it was the in between while mama snuck in a half hour of needed work.
Thank you so much to Lisa for sharing your family’s day with us!
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