A week in the life: Home School edition
May 7-11, 2018
If you haven’t read my previous posts, I homeschool my daughters. My oldest is almost 9 and my youngest is 6. They are in the 3rd grade and Kindergarten.
I have been homeschooling them all their lives, and we have had such a wonderful experience. I get a lot of questions about it and lots of people are curious as to what I do with them all day. The answer is, a lot. If you are new to homeschooling or considering it for your family and you want to get a peek inside our daily routines, then this post is for you.
What I love about homeschooling is that we have no limits on what we can do. We don’t have a set schedule, so we spend our days learning while doing activities that we love.
It is springtime, so we can go out and do lots of things. We spend a lot of our time having picnics, going to the park, visiting museums and historic sites, and learning through play. Here’s a peek inside a week with us!
This post is super long. So grab a snack!
This post is super long. So grab a snack!
M O N D A Y
We started off Monday morning with these awesome multiplication mandalas that I found online. When I was a kid I learned multiplication by repetition. It was the easiest way for me to learn. My mom would always find new ways for me to learn the same facts until I knew them by heart. I teach my kids the same way, and these mandalas are such a fun way for kids to sharpen their skills.
Then we moved on to Alexa’s 10-minute math book. Math can be overwhelming for her if we do too much of it at once, so this book is perfect for getting some practice in without stressing her out.
We also did a couple of 3-digitaddition drills.
I got an awesome French workbook that is perfect for anyone who wants to introduce French to their children. It’s super simple and my kids love coloring it after they have completed the work. We did a weather worksheet which was quick and easy.
Then she used my French app for 10 minutes. She loves being on my phone and has learned tons of vocab from the app. You can read about my current favorite apps here.
Sometimes we don’t get their work done all at once, we may take a break to go to town or have a picnic and do the second half of their work when we get home.
Zoey had been asking to go to Pier1 for a while. She loves looking at all the cool stuff in there. My mom used to take me when I was a kid, and I always had such a fun time. They have these adorable 4th of July wine glasses that I fell in love with. Too bad I’m not a wine drinker or I would have grabbed one for myself.
The weather was good so we stopped at the park on the way home. We don’t spend too much time here, about 30 minutes or so and then we went home for lunch.
Somehow, we finished science early. I guess because it is always such a fun subject, we blow through it very quickly. I have just been doing a verbal review with her of the practice questions at the end of each chapter. We also read through her national geographic books that she has lying around the house. We always learn something new from those.
We use the book for History and we are almost done with it. I must admit that we have been very slow with history these past 2 months because we have been visiting a lot of historic sites instead. We live in Virginia, and this area was a huge part of the civil war and the revolutionary war. Everywhere we turn there is something historic. There is even a canon downtown. It’s always an adventure and we love it.
We use a writing book that we grabbed from the bookstore. It covers basic grammar and writing exercised, I like it and she does well with it. We spend about 20 minutes a day doing it. I have never purchased a full curriculum. My mom did for me when I was a kid, and it was fine and all. But now days there is lots of stuff used, lots of resources on apps and on the computer, and there are lots of free things online. I also shop on Teachers Pay Teachers a lot.
Zoey loves to add and subtract so for today’s math work I just verbally drilled her with 10 addition and 10 subtraction problems. She did these very well and I love doing verbal drills because it saves paper.
Zoey did the same weather and food French worksheets that Alexa did. She loves coloring hers when she is done. These worksheets help a lot. Sometimes they can pick these words out when I am watching a French vlog or video online. I highly suggest introducing another language sooner rather than later.
Zoey read a book called Fishy Tales. It is an awesome book about sea life that is perfect for a kindergartener to read. She learns a lot and does a great job reading it! It is great practice because the words don’t all sound the same.
Zoey watched a couple national geographic videos on my phone and we discussed some of the things that we have learned. They are spring related videos, about flowers, butterflies and things like that. I have them linked here.
Zoey did a quick opinion writing worksheet about why she likes the ocean. I pulled these worksheets off Pinterest. If you aren’t following my homeschool board, you should be. I pin tons of awesome free stuff there that I find on the web.
T U E S D A Y
Tuesday was…interesting. We had to go to the bakery to place an order for their birthday cakes. The girls are having a Super Mario birthday party and we wanted a princess peach cake, and a Mario cake. I knew they would require some work and might cost a little bit more than usual, but the prices we were quoted were completely out of control. I would never pay that price for a cake, so I decided I’m going to try to do it myself. That should be very interesting, as I have never worked with fondant before.
After we went to the bakery, we stopped by the nursery to check out all the pretty flowers. Flowers make me happy and we have several nurseries by our house. We hadn’t been to that one before, and I saw some hibiscus plants that I just had to see. We spend quite some time there, The flowers were beautiful!
We got home around lunch time, so we ate and then started school after.
We started off the day with an easy division worksheet. I introduced division recently, so we are still doing easy divisors. 2, 5, and 10. I am hoping that doing these a lot will help her become very comfortable with division. I got the 5’s worksheet free from worksheetfun.com. This is a great resource for students of all ages.
She did another multiplication mandala, she will be doing these until she completes them all.
Then we did another 10-minute math session. This time was focused on 3-digit addition and some addition word problems.
We read about Abraham Lincoln in her history book. The book she uses is by Abeka. It is a used copy and I think I only paid 5 dollars for it. It is nicely illustrated and easy to follow along with.
We have read chapter books before in the past but haven’t read one in a while. I really want the girls to enjoy reading, because it is so important in education. I have started reading one of my favorite books as a kid: Mary Kate and Ashley the mystery of the green ghost. We read two chapters today and will read more throughout the week. We always have a discussion after we finish reading.
I have an awesome map that I got from Leap Frog. I try to get the kids in front of a map at least twice a week. It is so important to know about our Earth. What’s great about this map, is that it is very interactive and works with the TAG system. It is also in French so the kids learn the countries in French.
W E D N E S D A Y
It’s already hump day! Today was very exciting because we went shopping for flower girl dresses. I am having a wedding ceremony (hopefully) at the end of this summer. I have already ordered my dress and flower girl dresses are the next thing on my list. The girls and I love walking around downtown, so we had a great time at The Valley Bride. You can read all about our dress shopping experience tomorrow.
We spend a bit of time here, and then went back home.
We started off today with some spelling. We focused on the words with the silent ‘gh’ sound. Right, might, fright, etc. It’s always the words with the silent letters that are the trickiest to spell.
I let Alexa do some math drills on my phone. I don’t have too many apps on my phone because of storage, but I do have a post about which apps I’m loving this year.
She also did a multiplication drill sheet that I had printed out a while back. We did a couple of word problems and called it a day with math.
Alexa completed another lesson in her writing book. This time about using the past and present tense. It was easy and she always breezes through her writing assignments.
We did some French color by sight word activity sheets that I had printed out for Zoey, but I found them great when teaching basic French sight words, so I let Alexa in on them too.
She also used my French app for 10 minutes. I always listen in so I can learn as well because I am not a fluent French speaker.
We pulled out the map again and checked out Hawaii, then we watched some videos of the volcano that is erupting there. There was a viral video showing lava destroy a parked car, so I showed it to the kids. We all find volcanos and lava so fascinating. It is very fun to learn
We continued learning about volcanoes into her science lesson. We read a book about volcanoes and then we had a discussion. She also watched an Episode of the Magic School Bus about volcanoes. The kids learn a lot from this show and I try to incorporate it in their lessons as often as I can. I picked up the complete set of Magic School bus on DVD from Costco last fall for a great price. It was totally worth it!
Zoey started off with a coloring activity. Kindergarteners do a lot of coloring. I can’t remember where I found this worksheet but if I can find the link I will share it below.
Zoey completed a worksheet that I printed out a while ago. She has been doing a row a day. This is great practice for her and she loves doing the work.
Zoey did a French color by sight word worksheet and a quick sheet that I copied from the French book.
Zoey loves to do art and we have been doing a lot of water coloring lately. She decided to paint a bunch of colorful little planets and I think this is the cutest thing in the world.
Zoey read a super easy book called Me too, woody. I grabbed this book at a consignment store for a dollar and it is perfect for beginner readers. She did a fantastic job on this book and she enjoys reading it.
T H U R S D A Y
Another lesson in her writing book. I also had her write her spelling words again. I also had her do two worksheets where she had to rewrite sentences and correct them with proper punctuation and capitalization.
We used my French Dictionary to go over spring vocabulary words and then quizzed each other. If you are planning to introduce French to your child, I highly recommend that you pick up this dictionary. I got it on Amazon and I have learned so much from it!
We read another chapter in their Mary Kate and Ashley book, and the kids are starting to get into it. This is a spooky story about a ghost and they are always wondering what is happening next.
F R I D A Y
Finally Friday! The weather was fantastic today, so we spend quite some time at the park before lunch. There is a big park not too far from my house. It has a big slide, a sandbox and a walking trail. I let the kids play at the park for a bit and then we went on a walk.
During our walk I quizzed the girls. Alexa did 10 multiplication drills and 10 division drills.
Zoey did 10 easy spelling words and 10 adding and subtraction drills. I love making good use of the time that we have outdoors. The kids always have plenty of time to play, but if we are doing a walk that isn’t new or exciting to us, I like to use that time to do some drills.
When we got home, we did a little bit of written work.
Alexa did a Noun test. I found a free printable online and I figured it would be a perfect review sheet for her. After she finished her Noun test, she did an exercise in her writing book. Easy peasy.
I am also preparing Alexa to do a report on her favorite animal. She will choose her animal and begin research next week. So I went over the basics of how to do a short report. I am excited about this project because reports were always my favorite part of school. I know she will learn a ton and she will love using the computer to type the report.
Alexa did another multiplication mandala, and a lesson in her 10-minute math book. Since we had also done division drills and multiplication drills at the park, I didn’t make her do any more math.
Alexa completed a couple of pages in her Presidents book that I picked up from the Dollar Tree.
Then we did a review on the reading we did earlier in the week about Abraham Lincoln. Always a fun time doing history with her. She does well at comprehending it and answering the questions.
We went over her spelling words for the last time. I had her write them again and use a couple of them in sentences.
I found a cool diagraph worksheet that Zoey enjoyed because she was able to color it when she was done.
Then Zoey read a Finding Dory book that is perfect for beginner readers.
Zoey did a subtraction worksheet and some verbal math drills.
We read a book about reptiles and amphibians, because we went on a hike 2 weeks ago and saw a red toad. The kids have been talking about it ever since, so it prompted our science lesson that day.
Zoey did another watercolor masterpiece, this one was a bunch of pretty flowers, I really like this one and I will probably frame it because the colors are so beautiful!
Well that concludes a week in our lives as a homeschooling family. The girls and I have been having SO much fun now that the weather is warm enough for us to go out. I have a month before I have to go back to work for the summer as a nanny so I plan to do as much fun stuff as we can in these next couple of weeks. School ends in a month in our are and we are so ready to have a break.
Are you interested in Homeschooling your children? Do you currently home school? Let’s chat!
Are you interested in Homeschooling your children? Do you currently home school? Let’s chat!