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A day in the life of a homeschooler

A sample of what my daughter's life is like as a homeschooler.

If you don't homeschool, chances are you have the wrong idea about homeschooling. I come across this almost on a weekly basis when people ask my daughter where she goes to school and I give the famous, “She's homeschooled” answer. Because there is such a misconception associated with homeschooling, I decided to write about a typical homeschool day.

6:00 am Everyone starts waking up.

6:30 am Breakfast is under way. I begin packing a lunch for my special needs child who attends our local Special Services School. Then I give her her morning meds. My oldest daughter feeds her cat.

7:00 am My daughter gets dressed. I dress my special needs child.

7:30 am School begins. I set the school books on the dining room table. We put them away one by one as we finish each subject.

8:15 am I give my daughter any instructions she'll need while I wait for my special needs child's bus to arrive.

8:30 am I check the work my daughter has completed so far. I usually give her the independent work first thing in the morning because I have to get my other daughter on the bus. Now it's time to do the rest of her subjects that require me to teach.

10:30 am We stop to make lunch. Some days we have actually finished school by now.

11:00 am We eat lunch.

11:30 to 12:30 pm We finish up school. Usually my daughter spends this time working on the book she is writing for NaNoWriMo.

12:30 to 2:30 pm We work on household chores. If we get done the chores early, I get started on articles and my homeschooler starts chatting with her friends on her iPod. Sometimes she'll listen to music and other times she'll play her piano.

2:30 to 3:00 pm I wait for my special needs daughter's bus to bring her back home.

3:00 to 4:00 pm The kids play and I work.

4:00 to 5:00 pm We run my homeschooler to her horseback riding lesson.

5:00 to 6:00 pm Time for dinner.

6:00 to 7:00 pm The kids play and I work.

7:00 to 8:00 pm We watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

8:00 pm Time for bed.

Of course this is just our Friday schedule, but my daughter also spends two weekdays hanging out with her homeschooled friends from 12:30 to 3:00 pm. There are also a few nights we have church events. Thursday night she baby sits for another church. There are times when she's involved in plays and musicals as well.