Here’s a look at the Day in the Life of Tanya, homeschooling mama to five kids, who loves using the freedom of homeschooling to cultivate wonder, nourish her kids curiosity and prepare them for life. 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!
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Tanya from @cozyimpressions lives on an island off of Seattle, Washington where she homeschools her five children! She is a professional photographer, an avid traveler, loves reading, sealing, and paddle boarding. Tanya describes their homeschool as wild, free and flexible! It’s approachable and fun and perfect for summer learning. Follow along to see her day in the life!
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I’m Tanya, mom to the fabulous five. Our wild and free kids are 17,17,15,13,11. We are a proud Navy family where my husband serves as a foot and ankle surgeon. I am a professional photographer and homeschool mama to our five.
Currently we are located in the Pacific Northwest on a peninsula off of Seattle. We live in a charming, 100 year old historic house surrounded by water, trees and all things nature. In the next few weeks our crew will be finishing up our 7th year of homeschooling. Some of us are more excited than others. ?
I would have to say my favorite thing about educating from home is our freedom. Freedom to travel at any time of year, freedom to choose what we teach our children, and the freedom to be intentional and slow in our days by exploring what interests us. Traveling the world with our kids has been one of the most awesome ways to learn. Just this past January & February we took this circus to four Caribbean countries for 17 days. They were exposed to different cultures, people and foods.
We are flexible and laid back with our homeschool. We lean towards the Wild + Free style. “Our Desire is to Give Our Children a Quality Education But Also to Preserve The Adventure, Freedom and Wonder of Childhood” -Ainsley Arment
I look forward to interacting with you all today!
Being in Nature
Did you know that being out in nature in just five minutes can boost your mood?
Our fourth born moves to the beat of his own drum. He’s not a kid you can put in a stereotypical “box”. We tend to school him the basics and then he’s set free to learn and create while he explores for hours on end.
You’ll find him on a typical day romping through our tiny, gated neighborhood with our Goldendoodle, Maui. He walks to our beach, cleans up the hiking trails and loves to chop wood for our fire pit. Being outside is therapeutic for him and he thrives on it. If you have one that struggles, change things up and go exploring.
In many ways the barn is a perfect location for childhood. From the hours outdoors to the responsibilities of taking care of animals. Not to mention it builds character when you are shoveling ? everyday because you begged your mama for the barn life.
This year our family purchased a horse. Our girls are English riders and they begged and begged for their very own. We caved and I am now a horse mama, of all things. The biggest blessing that’s come from our new addition is the quality time I’ve spent each day with our girls out at the barn. Turns out my girls love language is quality time.
You don’t have to have a farm to get these experiences. From local hikes to fishing in a nearby lake to feeding the ducks at the pond to taking a family walk after dinner. Being outdoors with family exploring new things is key.
Schooling Beyond Our Home
Just because we homeschool does not mean we are schooling within our home. Beyond our homes there’s a whole world to discover. Cultivate wonder, nourish their curiosity and prepare them for life.
If you ask most people they’ll say they don’t like history. I felt that way too until I became a homeschool mom. Our curriculum really focuses in on history and brings it to life.
Not too long ago we did a study on Pearl Harbor. We wrapped up that study with an awesome trip to Hawaii with other teen homeschoolers. While we were there we toured Pearl Harbor and got a hands on experience like no other. Nothing like bringing history alive through a field trip like that. There’s no possible way to dislike learning about history when you can make it tangible.
Wander + Create
In order to thrive in this homeschool life our children need both indoor and outdoor environments to wander and create. And most importantly, willing parents who will allow them to explore and grow in their own time. Don’t be afraid to let those kids use your tools. If you’re worried then teach them the correct ways and let them create.
We Are In This Together
Thank you all so much for having me on today. I know the stories were exceedingly long, thanks for baring with me. I tried to answer everything as concisely as I could without leaving anyone out. We had a lot of great questions and so many interactions. I know how us homeschool mamas can get, we can talk all the day long about our kids and curriculum. ☺️
It’s a real blessing to have a community of such an awesome group of mamas. Everyone was so kind and supportive, I truly appreciate that. I also enjoyed the private messages and conversations we had. We just get each other.
There were several messages about ADHD and ASD and the daily struggles. We are in this together. We should be able to reach out for encouragement and advice with each other. If you want to follow our wild family along in our journey you can find us over @cozyimpressions.
I’ll sign off with this quote: “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller
Thank you so much to Tanya for sharing your family’s day with us!
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