What Does Homeschooling Look Like in 2020 & 2021?
I have to be perfectly blunt right now I’d rather be sitting here enjoying the gorgeous weather we’re having than writing a blog post😝 But I do want to address what homeschooling is going to look like for us in the year 2020-2021.
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What is homeschooling?
Basically in a nutshell homeschooling is just a continuation of parenting. I hear stories of parents freaking out over having their kids at home with them for so long and I think…really? Is it that farfetched thatwe actually would be WITH our children for the vast majority of their days? I don’t think so! Yeah it gets CRAZY and nutty and we can all get grouchy but overall its wonderful and I can’t imagine it any other way! So homeschooling is just simply continuing to educate and stretch your children, mentally, physically and spiritually. Will there be fights? YES! Will they get tired of each other? Sometimes! Will you need a break? You betcha! Will you love it? We sure DO!
Our Homeschool Schedule:
Ok actually we don’t have a homeschool schedule but we do have a routine. It looks something like this…
6 a.m. get up, eat breakfast
8 a.m. start schoolwork either indoors or outside
Noon: lunch, naps
4 pm clean up house, make supper
5:30 Dad comes home
6 p.m. family time, outdoor play, chores, life skills
9:30 p.m. bed
As you can see its not hugely structured but the kids know what to expect based on the time of day. There is lots of exercise and outside play each and every day!
My kids all LOVE learning but if i sat them at a table and expected 6 hours of seatwork or computer work well I would have some absolutely miserable kids! So we absolutely DON’T do that. You do? Thats ok, we’re all different😜
Instead my kids do their math outside under a shade tree and learn their spelling while swinging! Its so much fun when they ask to skip count just because we set it to a fun song.
So what are we working on this year?
We have a pretty wide range of curriculums this year. I tried to make it easy for my son to learn while at the same time stretching him from his comfort zone.
Math: Living Math from Masterbooks
Bible: we’re actually doing a combination of things here. More on that later!
Language Arts: SSS-A from IEW (read my review)
Science: Sassafras Science, Nature Study and Elementary Biology
History: we’re actually doing a combination here also. A MAP STUDY from SchoolhouseTeachers.com a book called The Hidden Message and Drive Thru History which is also available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com
Reading: we are reading LOADS of fabulous books such as Swiss Family Robinson, Little Britches and Treasure Island. Then Jake is reading 50 books aloud to earn a new kayak😝
P.E. we are doing martial arts, running and weight training.
Then we are adding in Life Skills on an everyday basis!
This year may look differently then you first expected. That’s alright! Life is never completely predictable. Make a plan but feel free to adjust if something isn’t working. That’s the beauty of homeschooling. Breathe in, breathe out. YOU CAN DO THIS!