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 Tiffany, previous second grade teacher, now homeschooling mom to three kids!
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!
Tiffany @cirquedusewell is married to Trevor, a Marine helicopter pilot, and is mama to three kiddos – Bella (8), Lincoln (6), and Magnolia (4). Tiffany was a second grade teacher and inclusion specialist before staying home to raise and homeschool their three children. They are a military family from Texas who has lived all over the U.S. and will be moving from San Diego, CA to Japan this summer.
As a family, Tiffany and her family LOVE to hike, explore, and adventure together! They feel closest as a family when they are exploring in nature together. They also love working on all kinds of handicrafts! Their homeschool style is very eclectic! They love art, poetry tea time, and deep dives into history! Tiffany loves teaching history the most!
She is very passionate about Christian motherhood and the conviction to homeschool their children through a Christian worldview lens. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys running, gardening, listening to podcasts, cooking, and sewing.
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Good morning! Tiffany here from @cirquedusewell -I am so excited to spend the day with y’all!
We spend a lot of our time in our school room space, but right now we are in the middle of a giant military move to Japan! Our school room is packed up in boxes and on a shipping container in the middle of the ocean somewhere.
Today you’ll see a mix of what our school life looked like in our home as well as what our learning currently looks like on the road! I believe that learning is a lifestyle and can happen anywhere and anytime. I hope you enjoy seeing a mix of both!
How We Start Our Day
As I mentioned in stories, my day starts around 6:45 or 7. I have quiet time and try to squeeze in a morning run when I can. My children wake up between 7:30 and 8:00 and enjoy some down time before we get moving.
At 8:15, our Amazon Alexa starts playing worship music and we all come to the table for breakfast and morning time. I have a preset breakfast menu for the week on our fridge, so my kids know what to expect for meals each day.
While they are eating, I read our Bible story, ask some questions, and we go through our scripture memory and catechism (basic questions about what we believe). When they finish eating, they have morning notebooks with calendar, handwriting, and a coloring page to do while I read to them.
This is the time I cherish the most. It feels like my most important work happens around this table!
My favorite subject to teach is 100% history! It used to be a struggle to fit it in our schedule, so we switched our schedule around to include history right after breakfast.
We spend about 45 minutes studying geography, art, music, and living books as we cycle through the history timeline. Our favorite days are pulling out our big maps, reading books, and sprawling out across the floor together!
Right now, we are studying early American History. One of the major perks of homeschooling (and this move) is that we get to spend this month in Washington DC deep diving into this history of this nation!
Prioritizing my Preschooler
After we finish up breakfast and history, we usually take a quick walk around the neighborhood to get some wiggles out and then my older two get dressed and do some chores.
I try to prioritize my preschooler (age 4) first before moving on to formal lessons with my grade school kiddos. I’ve found that it really helps her day if I take 20ish minutes completely focused on her!
Some days this looks like snuggling and reading a book on the couch and some days it’s a prepared lesson that I’ve laid out ahead of time! She loves a good invitation to the table!
There’s something about all of us being around the table together that makes me slow down and take a mental picture of the beauty of it!
My preschooler is usually still occupied with whatever I have out for her or she’s quite happy to grab some books or play on her own.
There was a time where I couldn’t work with my older two (1st and 3rd grade) at the same time. They both needed a lot of attention and help. This year we turned a corner and both can work at the same time!
They rotate math and language arts, so I’ll set one up with their math lesson and make sure they are good on their own. Then I will work with my other child on their language arts until they can work on their own. Then we switch.
It’s something that took time to figure out but works so well for us now!
During lunch we listen to our science lessons and usually add in an experiment or two for hands on learning! But after lunch, we love to dive in to art projects!!
Our favorites include artist studies where we read a book about an artist, study a piece of their art, and then try a project that would mimic their style.
My kids especially love when we paint like Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel! Projects like this are what make lessons and snippets of history stick in their minds!
Being in Nature
I’ll be the first to admit that five years ago I never wanted to be outside! I didn’t want to hike, look for bugs, or watch for birds. I’m so thankful my children have changed that for me! We try to be outside as much as we can every day.
Many afternoons are spent hunting for nature treasures to add to their journals. Saturday mornings are dedicated to hiking either just with dad (I do our school planning for the week during this time!) or as a whole family.
As we have been traveling for the last month, many days have been spent hiking or exploring National Parks. As a result, we are all learning to pay close attention to the great details of Creation!
Thank you for following along with me today! Our life as a military family isn’t very normal but home education has been a wonderful consistency for all of us! Our home may change, dad may be gone for awhile, but we know our daily rhythm and we are all thankful for it!
We finish off our days all snuggled up together! Similar to our morning time, after dinner we snuggle up on the couch and have a time of family worship. Trevor leads us in a short Bible lesson and prayer before we sing a few songs and get ready for bed. So many great conversations happen here!
Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you’ll join me over @cirquedusewell for more motherhood, homeschooling, family travels, and military life.
Thank you so much to Tiffany for sharing your family’s day with us!
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