Here’s a little look at the Day in the Life of Rebecca, who is very active in her town’s special needs community and mom to two kids that have unique needs! 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!
This sweet mama, Rebecca, reached out to me a few months ago when #lwdayinthelife started up this school year. She explained that she had a unique homeschooling life with two children that have unique needs.
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I am so excited for Rebecca to share her day with us, as I know there are many following along that have similar homeschool circumstances. Please follow along tomorrow! Here’s more about Rebecca and her kiddos:
My son Alex is 16 years old. He is in his junior year this year. He does the majority of his schoolwork online like Algebra 2 and Physics, but meets with me for history and reading. He spends some of his time during the week at social groups and music therapy. Alex lives with autism and epilepsy. He loves video games and using his 3D printer.
My daughter Claire is 13 years old. She lives with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. Her educational level is around first grade. She is still learning to read, but is definitely making progress. She loves science and all holidays. We work her school work time around all her therapies. She has physical therapies, speech and OT. We often incorporate what they are working on in therapies into our school time. We also use a lot of hands on activities, task boxes, worksheets and apps for school.
Good morning everyone!!! First things first, coffee!!! No need to show you my smiling face this early. With the growing teens still asleep, I’ll get in a cup before they start to stir. Bonus, peppermint creamer to remind me that Christmas is around the corner. The pumpkin spice has gone away until next September. The changing of creamer flavors is like the changing of seasons!
Today’s schedule shows that it is a Claire day. She has OT and Speech this morning, she goes out with her Easterseals buddy this afternoon for community enrichment and she has tutoring tonight. I’ll take you along to all of those activities plus show you what Alex and I work on while Claire is away this afternoon.
I highly recommend an online calendar for everyone. I was a tried and true paper planner girl, but it was just getting too hard to include my husband and son in the planning process. Two years ago we switched to an app that we all have on our phones and it has made a huge difference. Everyone knows everything and no excuses. There are lots of apps out there and it may take a few different tries to find one that works for your family.
Book Club Preparation
Claire is in with her speech therapist for the next 30 minutes, so I get time to read our Teen Book Club book, Ender’s Game. I have assigned chapters 1-4 for tomorrow. We meet at the library and discuss what we read for an hour. This is our 3rd year doing the Teen Book Club. This year we are reading seven books and this is book number four. We always pick books that have movies based on them. The teens get to watch the movie when we finish the book. We find that more often than not the book is better.
Home from therapies, so schoolwork on the schedule is math and read alouds. Claire does math on her ipad and using task cards. She has gotten much doing both of these independently. We also use worksheets if she is struggling with a particular skill. For read alouds, we have our basket of library books and a basket of seasonal books. This time of year it is all about the Christmas season.
Claire has left with her buddy for the afternoon, so Alex and I ate a quick lunch and now he is getting his physics work done. After physics, he will move onto Algebra 2. He goes at his own pace working through lessons on Khan Academy. He has already read all his chapters for book club tomorrow. I think he loves when he gets his book club assignments done before me. Later this afternoon, we will read over his leader of the week for World History.
A Break From School
Not really homeschool related, but it is nice to have a 6’4” tall teenager that can reach the top of our SUV to wash it. It has been a beautiful day which means the birds have been hanging out and making a mess. Thanks Alex for the wash!
Book Club Activities
Claire is active in our co-op’s Middles Book Club. Her dad reads the books to her at night. Every month is a different book with activities twice a month led by a different parent in the co-op. This month is The Jungle Book. Her project is the make a picture of what animal she would want to live with. Claire’s pick is monkeys and apes. We googled and printed out pictures of the monkeys and apes she likes best, along with a picture of her and bananas (she said they would need snacks).
This has been an awesome experience and I hope you enjoyed a walk through one of our days. We hope you have a blessed and wonderful holiday season from Alex, Becky, Claire and Dan Dula!
Thank you so much to Rebecca for sharing your family’s day with us!
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