Here’s a look at the Day in the Life of Rebekah, a professional homeschooling mama to six kids, nature lover, and a beekeeper! 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. 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!
Rebekah lives in beautiful sunny Florida with her husband and six kids, ages 2- 14. Her husband is a beekeeper and they have a local raw honey business. She is learning all she can about beekeeping and helping with most every part of the business. Rebekah has been homeschooling for almost 10 years. She loves the freedom homeschooling gives them and that they have grown so close together. She loves learning right alongside them as God continually refines her each day. Rebekah also loves getting outside each day to run or workout by herself and exploring nature with the kids. Most of all she loves being with her family, and is so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool her kids and work alongside her husband as well.
Gathering at the Table
Hey all! What a week! I’m Rebekah @little.home.in.the.city I’m excited to share our Day in the Life with you! I was actually supposed to share last month but we all had the flu. I’m super thankful it was then and not now when things escalated so fast! We are all well now and I pray you are also!
Our lives are pretty much the same here thanks to homeschooling. The only difference is that we have my oldest son home with us now who is a freshman in an arts program at public school. Since I homeschooled him all previous grades, this is not a big transition for us. I’m happy to have him with us again!
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I have homeschooled for 10 years now! Our homeschool is constantly changing as my kids needs change. I am still learning right along with them, trying to figure out what works best for each individual child and our family as a whole.
We had a school room but since starting our own business it has been converted into an office. We gather at the table each day and I love it! All of our school supplies are in the dining room and it works great for us now. My biggest challenge is trying to stay on top of each child and making sure they are getting the help they need. I usually plop myself down at the table with them to be available for any questions or help they might need, and make sure they don’t wander off. It gets chaotic and loud here at times but I am truly grateful for the life that we have together.
I hope to be as vulnerable and honest as I can, while encouraging you that your homeschool does not have to be perfect or look like anyone else. I am not an expert on homeschooling, I am not naturally patient or organized. If I can do it you can too!
Keeping Littles Busy
Having a toddler in the mix while trying to teach multiple children can be challenging. My littlest is 3 and thankfully she loves “doing school” with us. I have a whole drawer full of manipulatives, games and books that she can grab to color and do school in. Some other great things to keep her busy are: watercoloring, play dough, blocks, legos and there is always cutting paper and making messes, which she is really good at. How do you keep your littles occupied during school?
Gathering all my kids together is not an easy task ( 2 are missing in this photo), but I’m thankful that reading causes us to do so every day. I know this is an uneasy time for everyone. So many field trips, play dates, adventures and events canceled, businesses closing, but lets lean into this time to be intentional. Lets get creative with our loved ones more now then ever before. Read those books that have been piling up, play those games that you have been putting off till “later”, give that one child the extra attention they need. With so many things going wrong in our world right now, let’s look for those things that are going right. Start with one thing and I promise your list will grow.
I’m thankful that I enjoy being home with my family (for the most part), that we can still get out in nature, that we can all still connect through social media and that our business already requires social distancing.
Getting Out in Nature
It’s safe to say one of my favorite things about homeschooling is getting out in nature and going on field trips. I love being outside! I think one of the reasons is that when I am home, I am always thinking of all the things I have to do: cleaning, cooking, our honey business. Even though I am with my kids all the time, I still get distracted and am often not fully present. Being out with them forces me to fully focus on them.
Along with being distracted at home, is the constant concern that all my kids needs are being met. I often fall into the trap of comparison and wonder if my kids should be doing this or that. As a large family there are sacrifices and sometimes that means we can’t be involved in a lot of extra curricular activities. We get creative and we find ways to pursue different interests and stay social.
Things are looking a lot different in the world right now. All of those things I’ve worried about aren’t even an option. Now with our beloved beaches being closed and other activities not available, I’m so thankful that we have taken full advantage of being out in nature.
Be sure to follow our beekeeping business @queenandcolony if you or your kids are interested in learning about honeybees and beekeeping.
Time to Decompress
After a long day of school I need to decompress. I head out to the garden, sit outside, listen to a podcast while folding laundry or sit with a cup of tea and treat and go over our day for tomorrow. A full day of school doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I let myself get stressed about all that didn’t go right. However, most days I’m just so grateful that I get the opportunity to pour into my children. I’m so thankful to teach them and to learn from them. Thanks so much for joining us throughout our day. I’m so inspired by this amazing community and am constantly learning from you.
Thank you so much to Rebekah for sharing your family’s day with us!
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