A Typical Homeschool Day

What Do Homeschoolers Do All Day, And How Do They Get It All Done?

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There are as many ways to homeschool as there are homeschooling families.

Some model their day after the standard classroom -- lead off with the Pledge of Allegiance, and spend the rest of the day doing sit-down work, with a break for lunch and perhaps recess.

Others arrange their homeschooling schedule to suit their own needs and preferences, taking into account their own high- and low-energy periods.

While there's really no "typical" day, there are some ways of organizing activities that many homeschooling families have in common. Here are a few:

1. Keep Mornings Relaxed

Since homeschoolers don't need to dash for the school bus, many families try to make their mornings as calm as possible, saving their energy for the activities ahead.

sleep later and avoid the drowsiness that plagues many school kids.

2. Ease Into the Day With Routine Tasks

Diving into something difficult first thing can be stressful for many kids. So starting the day with routines like chores or music practice can help get them warmed up for tackling new tasks and skills that will demand more concentration.

3. Schedule Toughest Subjects for Prime Time

Every family has times that are more productive. For some, it's the morning hours. Others work best later in the afternoon.

Homeschoolers can take advantage of their peak hours by scheduling their toughest subjects or most involved projects for those times.

4. Get Out for Group Events and Other Activities

Homeschooling isn't all sitting around the kitchen table hunched over workbooks or lab equipment. Most homeschoolers try to get together with other families as regularly as they can, whether for co-op classes or outdoor play.

If no homeschool or afterschool community activities are scheduled, the family may visit the library, run errands, or take an impromptu field trip.

5. Allow for Some Quiet Time Alone

Education experts say that students learn best when they're given some unstructured time to pursue their own interests, and privacy to work without someone watching over their shoulder.

Some homeschooling parents use quiet time as a chance to work with one child individually while the others are busy on their own. Quiet time also gives kids the opportunity to learn how to entertain themselves and avoid boredom.