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Homeschooling Day in the Life: Mindy, Veteran in the Field of Education, and Homeschooling Mom to Three Boys

Day in the Life Mindy

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 Mindy, veteran in the field of education, and homeschooling mom to three boys.

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 Mindy

Meet Mindy

Mindy @redefiningschool has been married to her best friend for the past 17 years and counting. She homeschools her three boys (ages 14, 12 and 7).

Mindy loves Jesus, her family, and the beach. She’s been in the field of education for 23 years and holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Mindy loves homeschooling her three boys and creating literature, writing curriculum, and classes for other homeschool families.

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Good Morning!

Good Morning Mindy

Good morning learning well friends! My name is Mindy, and I’m so excited and grateful to be here with you all today. I live in Florida with my husband and three sons and I LOVE being a boy mom. My boys are the absolute best part of my day (next to my husband and Jesus of course 😉)

I‘ve been teaching for 23 years. Currently I work full time from home while I homeschool my sons. I also am the creator of @redefiningschool where I create curriculum and teach live online literature and writing classes for middle and high school aged homeschoolers.

Our mornings around here are usually pretty slow, but Wednesdays are our busiest day for sports training so I’ll be waking up my guys here soon.

My mornings look mostly like this…until it gets too hot to be out here in the morning. I spend a good bit of time reading and praying before starting my work day.

I hope y’all join me in stories today as I share more! And ask any questions you have. Oh and you can check out more about boy mom life, homeschooling, great books, and information on the middle and high school years over @redefiningschool and see my courses too!

Morning Time Routine

Morning Time Mindy

Our morning time routine on heavy training days takes about 45 minutes. We have breakfast and devotions and do Bible Study and a read aloud. Sometimes we watch @worldwatchnews and other days we save that for lunchtime. Right now we are reading Tuck Everlasting 🤍.

I used to have a morning basket to occupy my sons upon waking as I wrapped up some work. We’d have games, puzzles, coloring books, and art supplies. We haven’t done a morning basket this year as my boys started their own businesses and usually spend their mornings sorting sports cards and addressing envelopes to send them out. My youngest usually does Legos at this time. He has a car wash business and my middle son, in addition to buying, trading and selling cards, also has a pet sitting service. I love their entrepreneurial spirits. 🤍🤍🤍 comment below if your kids have their own gigs. I’d love to hear about them!

The Balance Game

Balance

On balancing work, entrepreneurship, mothering and homeschool…

Most afternoons I head into my office to teach live classes for Redefining School or to create curriculum. During this time, my older boys are working on their independent studies while my youngest reads, completes afternoon chores, does drawing tutorials or plays outside in our yard. The older two usually complete their independent studies within a couple of hours and then we all regroup. On Wednesdays, we are out the door again pretty quickly at 3:30 for football practice.

A note on balancing all of these roles- planning is key, grace is necessary, and flexibility is key in our house. I love what I do at Redefining School. It’s a part of me, just like being a mom is a part of me. And, it’s important for me to spend time in this role.

The benefits of working full time from home include that it has cultivated responsibility and organizational skills for my sons too as they have to direct their own learning at times throughout the day. My little one has to entertain himself and he can spend hours outside just with nature and his imagination. I know myself and I worry that if I had all day with them, I may just try to railroad my way through it all and direct their entire days for them. I’m thankful for the opportunity this role allows for me to give them space and see how they choose to spend their time. 🤍

Afternoon Commitments

Afternoon Commitments

On Wednesdays, we have many commitments. We have basketball training in the morning with all three boys, then we are home for lunch and family studies with history, current events and World Watch. After that, I work 1 on 1 with my youngest on his core subjects while the older two handle their afternoon chores.

I head into work for a few hours in the afternoon while my boys work independently on their math, science, language arts, reading, literature, writing and electives and then we rush out the door for football practice for the older two. They stay after practice and head straight to youth group with their friends because it’s all on the same campus.

Most Wednesdays my youngest has a baseball game, so after I drop off the older boys, the youngest and I hit the baseball field. My husband works late on Wednesdays so after the game, my lil guy and I will head back over to pick them up from youth group and head home for a late dinner 😅

Usually, my older two will have a little bit to wrap up with their independent work and by then we are all pretty bushed. Not all of our days are this scheduled, but we are a pretty busy sports family. My boys love their sports, and I love that homeschooling gives them more time in their day to do what they love. ❤️🏀🏈⚾️

Thank You!

Thank you Mindy

Thank you so much Learning Well for letting me share a DITL ❤️❤️. I had the best time! And thank you guys for following along! I’ve been so inspired by these other mamas’ highlights. Sometimes homeschooling can feel a little isolating, but when we get to see all of these other days in action and how everyone does it a little bit differently, but perfectly for their family, it’s really encouraging.

If you want to follow me along @redefiningschool, I would love that. I love sharing good books and literature, teen mom life, balancing work and school and homeschooling encouragement. Thanks again for letting me share today. 🫶. And now…it’s past my bedtime 😂. Goodnight! 🌙

Day in the life Mindy

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

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