Here’s a look at the Day in the Life of Marlo, who has been homeschooling for seven years while also struggling with depression. 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!
Meet Marlo! @bluebonnethomeschool is mama to three and has been homeschooling for 7 years. Marlo struggles with severe depression, so their homeschool days are relaxed and unique because of this. I love her bravery for sharing about her struggles because it’s something so many of us struggle with too.
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Our Morning Routine
Good morning friends!! It is 10:17 and I am just now rising. Due to insomnia, it is difficult for me to get started in the mornings. I used to feel guilty about waking up late but I’ve come to accept it’s just the season I am in now. I’m blessed that my husband works from home, so he is able to be with the kids in the morning.
Before he was home I would always have the kids watch movies, play games, and I would have easy breakfast items they could make themselves. Sleeping in may sound nice but when you wake up feeling behind it’s not a great feeling. But I’m up and it’s time to eat!
Daily Art and Independent Work
Sometime in the afternoon is when we start our books. We take no more than two hours and it’s mostly hands off by design. Our homeschool does not take over our day. I know for some people, it is tied into their whole day. While we do learn from life, the book part of our day is only a portion. We always start with art. It gets all of us in a good mood and is easy to implement. When they are done with the day’s art lesson, they start on their independent work. Each child has their own spelling curriculum, math, reading, and writing. My youngest does Reading Eggs on his tablet and is the only one who really needs help. Normally we do all of this at the same time, and at a table, but this is life.
We just moved into our forever home and everything is a mess and packed!(I’m trying to keep it real by showing our mess. Talk about anxiety.?) I gave each child their colored basket with their work to keep track of during our move though. Their independent is the only work we are doing right now. As I unpack we will incorporate our other studies, that are also hands off.
When they’re done with their independent work it’s usually time to eat again. I’m running behind from taking pictures all afternoon, but will start the music for hymn study shortly. After hymn, picture study, and lit we are done for the day.
After their work is done they are free to do as they please. They can play outside, play games, watch TV or work on their passions. My daughter loves to crochet and my son plays guitar. We are done for the day in regards to books. It is short. I keep it short on purpose. If I push too hard or stress too much on all the subjects I will drive myself crazy. I rely heavily on our co-op each week. My children take sciences, drama, art, and so many other classes there. I count it all as learned and done. This shortness of lessons is how I’ve maintained schooling during this season. We don’t have extra magical looking days but it’s what works for us. After their independent work and any extras or history, it’s usually about 2-3 hours.
Wrapping up the Day
It’s outside time for the last of the light and dinner is on the stove. I try to keep our days fairly simple. Some days we have co-op and sports but our other days look like today. I hope I gave you a glimpse into our day today. Feel free to follow along with me @bluebonnethomeschool for more of my days.
Thank you so much to Marlo for sharing your family’s day with us!
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