I can’t believe I’ve never done a post like this before, so I’m doing it now. I think a lot of non-homeschoolers are probably confused about what it is that homeschoolers do all day. Do we follow a strict schedule? Do we get up at noon? Do we ever leave the house?
Following is what I did two days ago on Wednesday, March 27th. I wouldn’t have been able to remember everything accurately so I carried a pen and small notebook with me all day and jotted things down when I had time.
6:10 AM – I wake up way too early, so I roll over and go back to sleep.
6:50 AM – Mom wakes me up to let me know that I need to be up and dressed in about half an hour so we can run. Because I stayed up too late the previous night reading, I accidentally fall asleep again.
7:20 AM – I wake up for a third time, then get dressed and brush my hair.
7:30 AM – I go outside and walk with my mom to warm up first, then run 3/4 mile for PE. I’m slowly working up to three miles so I can run a 5K in June.
7:45 AM – I’m back. The cat is whining at me – a really loud, persistent meow that usually wakes me up in the mornings – so I feed him. Then I eat breakfast and read what are, according to me, the best sections of the newspaper – the comics and the letters to the editor.
8:00 AM – I practice the piano. At the moment I’m learning “In Dreams”, which actually resembles the original piece, and “Healing Katniss”, which doesn’t. Ha ha. I need to work on that more. I also play other stuff from movies.
8:20 AM – I get distracted by a book.
8:30 AM – I finish up some Spanish homework that I need to bring in today. It’s a review for the test we’ll have on Friday.
8:50 – I do some Physics problems relating to Coulomb’s Law and correct a few of yesterday’s problems with my mom.
9:30 AM – We drive to college.
9:50 AM – I wait outside the classroom and add more stuff to this list of what I’ve done today.
10:00 AM – In class, the teachers checks the homework and I’ve gotten almost everything right. We do a bit more review for the test – vocabulary, preterite vs. imperative, the subjunctive, and more.
10:50 AM – Class ends and we go home.
11:10 AM – We’re back. I get distracted by a book.
11:20 AM – My brother, Mom, and I discuss the answers to questions from our recent World Religions assignments on Islam. After that, because we’ve finished studying Islam, I make a page in my notebook of general facts about Islam using my previous notes.
11:50 AM – I check email. Yay!
12:00 PM – Lunch.
12:20 PM – At the computer, I work a bit on another article for Mindful Homeschooler magazine.
1:00 PM – Math. In Precalculus today I’m doing problems with interval notation and solving inequalities.
1:30 PM – I have a doctor’s appointment today because I’ve been coughing a lot for about two months now, so we drive there. Actually, I drive there. Which means I can’t read in the car. Darn.
2:00 PM – Our appointment was supposed to be at this time but we end up waiting for a long time so I finish my math and start reading stuff for Classical Mythology. I read pages from Mythology by Edith Hamilton about the gods and the creation stories.
2:30 PM – At my appointment, it turns out I have the bubonic plague. Just kidding.
3:00 PM – We run assorted errands, including the grocery store (boring!) and the library (yay!). At the library I get a bunch of books by Kirsten Miller and Maggie Stiefvater and then walk up and down the rows of shelves picking out books based on whether they have cool covers.
5:00 PM – Finally, we’re back home. I read some of Ovid’s Metamophosis and take notes on all the mythology I’ve read today because I stupidly forgot to bring my notebook along this afternoon.
5:50 PM – I work through about thirty pages of a prep book for the SAT II Literature test, going over literary terms.
6:10 PM – I check email again and work on some writing.
6:30 PM – Dinner.
7:00 PM – I do a bit of Spanish homework online and then write some more.
8:15 PM – I intend to start reading the new Kiki Strike book but instead I get distracted rereading The Raven Boys.
9:00 PM – I take a shower and get ready for bed.
9:20 PM – Oops, I still have laundry I’m supposed to fold.
9:50 PM – I start reading Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel, one of the books I got at the library today.
10:30 PM – Bed.
Well, that was more or less a normal day for me. Some days I read, use the computer, or procrastinate more. This day was a bit different because I don’t usually finish school quite so late. I’m usually done sometime between two and four in the afternoon, although within the past two weeks I have finished as early as eleven AM. Also, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I don’t have Spanish and World Religions because I have Home Ec instead, where we’re learning how to sew now.
If anyone wants to steal this idea, I don’t mind. What are your days like?