Homeschool Day in the Life: Stephanie, homeschooling mama to three and a rancher

Day in the life Stephanie

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 Stephanie, homeschooling mama to three kids, rancher’s wife, and passionate that learning happens all day!

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.

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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!

Meet Stephanie

Day in the life Stephanie

Stephanie @theranchershomestead is a homeschool mom to three little girls (ages 9, 7, and 5) and a rancher’s wife, living out in Missouri!

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She is passionate about teaching her girls, and not just the book work side of it. Between cooking from scratch, working cattle, herding pigs, chickens, and lambs, and growing a large garden…learning happens all day! 

Stephanie is also passionate about bringing her girls alongside of her in whatever they are doing on the homestead. You will often hear her say, “the world is our classroom.” Teaching her girls hard work and a simple way of life is what they are striving to do. 

Come along and see what their homeschool looks like out on the ranch!

Good Morning!

Good Morning

Good morning Living Well Community! I am so excited to be here and share our homeschool day! I am definitely a morning person. My favorite part of the day is bright and early well before the house wakes. This time is really the only time I get all to myself and what aligns my heart straight for the busy day ahead! 

I usually get up about 1 to 2 hours (depends on how many times I hit the snooze button ?) before the rest of the house. That way I have plenty of time to drink my coffee in peace, read The Word, pray over my day, look over the schedule for the day and what I have planned to do, and get dressed all before my girls’ feet hit the ground. 

This is definitely a sacred time of my day that I cherish! Come along, let’s get our day started!

Chore Time

Chore Time Stephanie

Living on a farm it takes all hands to get everything done. This means chores are a big part of our morning routine! While I cook breakfast, each child is assigned animals to feed. Teaching our girls the responsibility of feeding animals and sacrificing their needs to care for something that depends on us, is very important to my husband and I. They have learned that animals get fed before we do and it takes everyone to accomplish that! Now onto breakfast!

Book Work

Book Work Stephanie

After we have breakfast and do the dishes, we start “school”. We consider school our couple hours of actual book work. Learning happens all day long here on the farm, but we do dedicate around 2- 2.5 hours in the morning for book work. 

We start on the couch all together for Bible, memory verses, and read aloud. Then we move to the school room where each child has specific books for their grade level in language arts and math.

For the past 4 years we have used a combination of Abeka and The Good and The Beautiful as our curriculum. This year we have solely used The Good and The Beautiful! Our science and history this year is family style. So after language arts and math, we take a quick snack break and all meet back on the couch for either science or history. We only do science once a week and history once a week! 

Afternoon Projects

Afternoon projects Stephanie

Our afternoons are used for projects either inside or outside depending on the weather. When the weather is nice, we spend our afternoons working in the garden, working cattle, working with the show lambs, or just exploring the nature on our property! 

On rainy days (like today) we spend the afternoon in the kitchen! Cooking from scratch is a huge passion of mine and I love teaching my girls the skills needed to do so. My daughters and I have celiac so everything we cook is gluten free. Today we made mozzarella cheese from fresh raw milk and gluten free sour dough bread! 

Planning My Week


I plan my week out every Sunday using this handy little tool…. a Walmart day planner. ? Everything goes in my day planner. I would be lost without it! On Sundays after church I sit down and look at our calendar. I plug in any events or appointments we have first. Then I plug in my “must do” things for the week. After that I plan all my meals, making sure to plug in crockpot or quick meals on the nights we are going to be out of the house. Lastly I plug in things I want to try and accomplish on days that seem to have lighter loads. 

Every evening I sit down (either before dinner or after) and look at what we got accomplished that day. If I didn’t get to something, I see if it can be added in the next day or skipped all together. This helps me maximize my time and get a lot accomplished without feeling overwhelmed! 

I hope you all enjoyed watching our day today!

Thank you so much to Stephanie for sharing your family’s day with us!

Day in the life Stephanie

If you want to see more Day in the Life photos and videos, be sure to check out our Instagram profile.  There are highlights of each takeover at the top.

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