When friends realize that we home-school, their reactions run along the lines of:
“What is home-schooling?…and what do you do all day long?…aren’t you bored?”
So far so good: I did not get bored, not even once, in eight years of home-schooling!
Here is a typical schedule (with approximate times):
6:30 Good Morning, Mom!
Goldberry – our sixteen-year old, resident fluffy clock – purrs loudly to let me know that its time to feed the cats, walk the dog and start the coffee and my day.
7:00 Walk and/or bike to the park with Rocky.
8:00 Breakfast and the news followed by dishes.
9:00 to 12:00 School: violin, math, science, history and geography.
12:00 Short walk along the lake path with Rocky.
12:30 Lunch and a story ( we usually listen to well-loved stories like The Narnia Chronicles, The Lord of the Rings, The Little House on the Prairie Series and The Railway Children)
13:30 Start dinner and the day’s chores. The house is divided into three areas. Each area is cleaned in one of the three days a week when we don’t have outside activities. For example, the top floor is cleaned on Fridays.
Twice a week for one hour and forty-five minutes, there are rehearsals for choir: Anima- Young Singers of Greater Chicago:
Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to violin lessons and art. While on Saturday mornings, I teach grammar, beginning Latin, composition and calligraphy to a small group of girls.
Then, there are the days when we meet friends at the Zoo, take a Wednesday afternoon and listen to a Concert at the Cultural Center in downtown Chicago, skate at Millennium Park or visit the Swedish Museum, Art Institute, Planetarium…
As you can see, we don’t spend a lot of time at home. But our little ones certainly enjoy learning under Mom and Dad guiding hands.
That’s what home-schooling is all about: educating your children…wherever it may be!