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Homeschooling Day in the Life: Shannon, Charlotte Mason Loving, Homeschooling Mom of Four

Day in the Life Shannon

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 Shannon, Charlotte Mason loving, homeschooling mom to four children.

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 Shannon

Meet Shannon

Shannon @mrs.shannonkelly lives in Southern California with her husband of almost 19 years and their four children (ages 17, 15, 9, and 7). This is their 13th year of homeschooling and she will be graduating her first student this year.

Shannon finds so much joy in this accomplishment. She wasn’t convinced of homeschooling when they first began, but God has been so gracious to them and now she can’t imagine educating their children any other way.

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Her homeschool style has been heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason’s philosophies. Shannon loves her emphasis on children being born persons, reading living books and spending lots of time outdoors.

Outside of homeschooling, Shannon loves camping with her family, reading, baking, embroidery and lots of nature days.

Good Morning!

Good morning Shannon

Good Morning! I’m Shannon from @mrs.shannonkelly. I’m excited to have you join us for a day in our life. This is our 13th year of homeschooling and a very special one for me. I’m graduating my first student this year, my son. It’s hard to put into the words the joy this brings me. I feel like “we are the Champions” should be blasting around me at all times.

Before my husband and I were married he told me he wanted to homeschool our future children. I was not on board with that, but figured it would just work itself out. Well, it did 😂 and here I am.

God’s providence has been so much better than my plans and he has worked all things for our good. All these years later, I am so thankful to be homeschooling our kids.

I have four children 17, 15, 9 and 7 that are currently in grades 12th, 10th, 4th and 2nd. My high schoolers do a large portion of their school work independently through online classes and dual enrollment with our local community college, while I mainly use the Ambleside Online Curriculum for my younger girls.

Our homeschool has been heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason’s philosophies since the beginning. When I was new to homeschooling and had no clue where to start, I was told about Ambleside Online and started looking through their website. I loved so much of what I saw, especially the emphasis put on children being born persons, reading living books, studying the “riches” and lots of time spent outdoors. It has made for a beautiful education.

Onto our DITL. I’m usually up by 6:30 am. I like to open the windows, light a candle and make coffee. I really enjoy the quiet of the morning. I read my bible, feed the dog, make breakfast and usually bake up a loaf of bread for the day (this is something I really enjoy and we pretty much go through a loaf a day).

By 7:30 my older kids are starting to wake up for their online Humanities classes and school begins for the day. I’m happy to have you follow along with us today.

Our Busy Days

Our Busy Day

Wednesdays are our busiest days. My older kids are up first. They each take a live online Humanities class M-Th for 1 hour. The class consists of History, Literature and Theology from a Christian classical school.

They both usually eat breakfast soon after they wake up and are free to start their independent work after class is done until it’s time to begin Morning Time as a family.

After class, Wednesdays for my son include: working on a class for duel enrollment, Spanish, his weekly fire cadet meeting with our local fire authority, and any reading or assignments that need to be done for the day.

For my oldest daughter: Math (teaching textbooks), Spanish, any reading or assignments due for the day, and Youth Group with our church. While they’re in class, I get ready for the day and my younger girls start waking up.

Morning Time

Morning Time is my favorite part of our day. It’s filled with beauty. Years ago I watched an Ambleside Flourish video where they asked “What does the atmosphere of the home say is worthy?”I’ve thought a lot about that over the years and I think our morning time encompasses so much of what I want the atmosphere of our home to say is worthy. We pray, read the scriptures , sing our hymn, work on a memory verse, catechism, and read a chapter in whatever books we’re reading through. Right now we are reading a biography of John Calvin and The Holiness of God. With my older kids doing so much independently it’s nice to have us all together.

At we finish with the initial part of morning time my older kids can go back to their independent work and I continue with my little girls. We work on :

  • Poetry memorization: this month is Christina Rosetti’s “Who Has Seen the Wind”and it’s the sweetest to hear them recite it.
  • Folk song (don’t skip this if you use AO; folk songs can add so much fun to your day)
  • Geography: My girls are loving This is Our World by M. Sasek. This week we read about Ireland and found it on the map.
  • Memory songs: these are just fun songs about things I want them to memorize like the books of the Bible, the states, presidents, geography etc.
  • We do artist and composer study weekly. Which is mainly looking at and narrating about a painting from the artist we’re studying and listening to a piece of music from our composer. This term is Claude Monet and Maurice Ravel.
  • Lastly, we’ll read a chapter of our free read. We just started The Dark sea of Darkness. Have you read it? I read the whole series along side my oldest daughter awhile back so we could talk about it and we both enjoyed it.

A Break Outside

Outside Shannon

At this point we’re ready to be outside. My younger girls and I head out for our daily walk. I bring our dog and they scooter or ride their bikes and we spend about an hour getting sunshine and exercise. When we get back, they hit the books.

First up my 9 year old starts math. She uses teaching textbooks and rarely needs my help, which frees me up to start work with my youngest. We do reading practice, and cuddle up to read a few books from her Ambleside schedule.

With my oldest done with math we move to grammar. I keep both girls together for this. We use Easy Grammar. The lessons are short and sweet and it’s been a good fit for us.

After grammar my youngest usually takes a break, listens to an audio book or starts working on her math and my 9 year old moves to working with me on readings from her AO schedule. This includes history, science, literature and biographies. She has a list of readings to get done each week and we work on them daily. I really like this time. Her books are so interesting this year.

When we wrap up, we’ll pack some snacks and blankets and head out to meet up with our new “Riches” group.

Weekly Group

Weekly Group

We’re new to this weekly group. We show up, throw blankets down on the grass, sing our hymn together, recite our memory verses and poem, sing our folk song, have a quick lesson lead by one of the Moms on either the artist or composer for this term and then the kids are free to roam. Which is my absolute favorite part of homeschooling, Free time outdoors, climbing trees, playing games, rollerskating. It’s the best.

As the air gets chilly and the sun starts to set, we head home to hot soup in the instapot for dinner.

Our Day Comes to a Close

End of Day Shannon

The school day is done for us. It’s been a full day. We’re about to have dinner. Before bed we’ll get the kitchen cleaned up, do family bible time and I’ll read to my little girls.

I’ll leave you with encouragement from Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Thank you for following along today!

Day in the life Shannon

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

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