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Many of you have asked how I find time to home-school three children, take care of the house, run a non-profit, and blog. Well, let me start by saying that it is NOT easy! But, with some organization, lots of support, and accountability, it can be done! When I was first considering being a work-from-home, homeschooling mom, I scoured the internet for hope that it could be done. What I discovered was that there could never be enough sample schedules to refer to. Also, I needed detailed and specific examples that I could tailor to my own needs. While everyone’s family structure and life situation may be different, my goal is to give you an idea of what can be done and offer my support in any way I can. So here is a day in the life of a blogging, homeschool mom.
A Little More About Me
I am a very structured person and enjoy having a plan for everything. My friends would probably not describe me as a free-spirited, wing-it type of girl. Now, I am all for being flexible and throwing in a little spontaneity, but I do prefer to have things prepared beforehand. As a mom, we all know that kids may be having a bad day, or a fun idea may pop up that wasn’t on the plans. That is absolutely okay and sometimes the best learning occurs during these times. But I do find that with juggling so many things, I must have a plan. Also understand that this schedule is my goal but not necessarily what happens. Some weeks I have more time to blog. Other weeks, I need more time for meetings, etc. Even more about me.
The Life of a Blogging, Homeschool Mom
6:00 a.m. Mama Time
I wake up, drink coffee, pray and journal in my Bible. Then, I make breakfast. Most of this happens while the kids are still asleep. Since they do not take any naps during the day, they usually sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 (especially my 2-year-old). I wake up my 12-year-old at around 7:30 so that he can fix his bed, wash up, and empty the dishwasher.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Cleanup.
This usually consists of me serving my little ones cereal with fruit, bagels, or reheated pancakes or waffles. I like to take a day to make pancakes and waffles in bulk, so that I can freeze them and save time throughout the week. It’s even better when my husband makes a bunch on Sunday and I reap the rewards for a few more days. My little ones are a bit picky, so this is also great for days when my oldest and I want eggs or something different.
8:30 a.m. Morning Worship and Blessing.
This has got to be my favorite time of day. I put YouTube on my Roku and jam out with my three kids. All the while, my dear husband sleeps like a log because he works nights. But seriously, this is so important to me because I love praising Jesus and I want this to be an integral part of my children’s lives. Sometimes they just fool around. But other times I get to see them singing along with their arms raised high and my heart completely full. We play about 5 songs and then it’s time for the morning blessing. We also like The Hip Hop Praise Circle by Robert Crewe.
I started this because I realized I just wasn’t praying for my kids enough. I feel a calling over my life as an intercessor, so I spend a good amount of time in prayer. Unfortunately, not enough of that time was for my own children. As a solution to that problem, I decided to say a quick prayer over each of my children every morning. I like to do it after worship because my heart is more open to the spirit and my prayers more in line with the will of God.
9:00 a.m. Bible Study/ Memory Verse
I don’t have a super strict system in place for this right now. My little ones take turns picking which story we read out of their children’s Bible and my 12-year-old goes through his devotional. These are two that he recommends: Max Lucado’s “3:16 The Number of Hope for Teens” and
“Girl Talk Guy Talk,” by Jesse Florea & Karen Whiting. Next on the list is
“Devotions for the God Guy: A 365-Day Journey,” by Michael DiMarco.
9:30-11:30 “School Time”
From 9:30-11:30, my littles have my undivided attention. We read books, work on projects, play math games, and sometimes get to play outside. I have a set of goals for my 3 and half year-old for the year that I refer to. The goals are more for me than him. As we are playing or engaging in different activities, I try to incorporate some of the goals in natural ways. Every few weeks, I also search online for some worksheets he may like and print them out so that his dad has something to do with him later in the day. My 2-year-old mostly wants to do everything her big brother does. So, most times, I will print two copies of each and just let her color it. If I can get away with a lower level sheet and bring it up to his level, I try that as well.
Depending on the day, I may also let them make their own lunch and use it as a learning experience. For example, when they make their own pizza they are learning measurement, counting, comparing, colors, shapes, descriptive language, etc.
On Mondays, my oldest uses some of this time to mow the lawn. Tuesday through Friday, he devotes those two hours to one of his online college classes.
11:30-12:30 Lunch & Learning with Matt
We all eat lunch from about 11:30-12:00. Then, the kids get to hang out with their big brother while mom gets to tidy up. We actually just started this. Before my oldest would have a morning chore after lunch and I would play with the littles. But one day, my oldest decided he wanted to teach his younger siblings their letters and it was the cutest thing ever! So, he gets to do that instead of a morning chore and I get to load the dishwasher, sweep the lunch mess, and wipe everything down. It’s a win, win!
12:30-2:00 p.m. Daddy Time
My husband is usually awake by 12:30 p.m. So, while he is eating breakfast (aka a dry bowl of Cheerios- Yuck!), the littles get to sit and watch cartoons and I check in and work with our oldest. On Mondays, we go over his weekly plan. Since he takes two online college classes, I have him create a checklist of everything that’s due that week for each class. When I meet with him, he tells me what he plans to get done each day to stay on track. Other than that, I really am not actually doing the hard work of teaching him. And to be honest, the boy is more advanced at math than me and I have two master’s degrees. So, when he is struggling with his trigonometry class, the most help I provide is having him teach me so that he can figure out where he’s going wrong.
On Wednesdays, I work with him on vocabulary and reading. I pick some high-school level books I want him to read. I read it first if I haven’t already and create questions and activities for him to complete. On Fridays, I check over his work to make sure he met his weekly goals. Then, at 1:30, we have family exercise time! That’s usually hilarious and a lot of fun. We put on some YouTube kid exercise videos and tire ourselves out.
Monday is my favorite day of the week because I have most flexibility. Since my husband doesn’t work Sunday nights, he is up by 8:00 a.m. and can help out a bit more. Usually, he will run errands or go grocery shopping with the little ones so that I can get some blogging done. By the way, it has been such a lifesaver since he started doing the shopping. He is more time efficient, sticks to the list, and doesn’t mind shopping with kids. Can you say, Heaven Sent?
My oldest continues with his independent work on Mondays. Every other day, he works independently for an hour and then does an assigned chore for the next hour.
4:00-5:30 Preparing for Dinner
I’m usually cooking at this time and my littles are usually helping me. (What joy!) On Mondays, my oldest takes a live online Hebrew class from 4:00- 5:00. Then, relaxes a bit before dinner. Most other days, he plays with friends from 4:30-5:30. Then, after dinner. Wednesdays are the exception because he hangs out with friends at youth group.
5:30-6:30 Dinner Time
When I worked as a public-school teacher, we would have dinner at about 6:30. As soon as I decided to stay home, we started having dinner a little earlier so that my husband could sit and eat with us before leaving for work. Our new family style dinners have been such a game-changer for us. Dinner time with our picky eaters used to be so stressful. Now it’s all about growing closer as a family and hopefully trying new things in the process.
I only cook about 4 days a week because I am an avid believer in left-overs! Cooking enough for the next day gives me at least an hour extra to work with. Thank God my family never minds.
6:30- 8:00 Night Time Routine for the Littles
The kids play around until about 7:00 while I clean up the dinner mess. Most days it’s with their older brother and his friends. At 7:00, they have a small snack or some chocolate/ strawberry milk. They take a bubble bath together and get ready for bed. Some nights, I read them a bedtime story. Ever since I took them out of daycare and we read throughout the day, they don’t request bedtime stories as much. Sometimes, I’ll make up a fairy tale with them as the main characters. They love that!
8:00- 11:00 Night time Routines for the Older Ones
My oldest has showered by now and is having a snack. (His are usually less healthy than the little ones’ snacks.) He either journals for a bit and then goes to sleep or he asks for some time with me. Though this is my ideal time to get work done on my blog or complete paper work for my non-profit, I usually try to grant his request. We may watch a Netflix show or just chat and laugh for a while, but it’s always worth it. After that, I will try to get some work done and not stay up until 2:00 a.m.!
The above is the main flow of the day and most reflects my Mondays. If you look at our family board, you will be able to see our week in detail and how I get more cleaning time and ministry time on other days. My husband and I both mentor teens so we alternate on Fridays. Sometimes, if it works better, I will hang out with my girl on a Sunday. Fridays I try to plan outdoor trips or join a local community learning center who has special activities/trips on Fridays. Friday nights I no longer work in honor of the Sabbath.
The same goes for Saturdays. After attending synagogue, we do something as a family or just relax at home. At some point the kids all play together, and my husband and I spend a couple of hours studying the word. After the littles are in bed, we will play a board game with my oldest. Our favorite right now is “Faith and Redemption” It’s not super long like some of our other favorites (Monopoly or Risk) but it’s long enough to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. On Sundays, I am all rested up and ready to get busy. This is when I get a lot of cleaning, cooking, blogging, and working done. We also have our family meetings on Sunday and update the weekly board.
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