First off, let’s just get it out there by saying that homeschool isn’t for everyone! Some days I doubt it’s even for us. Can I tell you the number one reason we homeschool? It is…So we can go to Disney whenever we want! There, I admit it. Spiritually and educationally sound, I know. We love Disney, especially during the off-season when everyone else is in school!
Seriously, there are other reasons we are homeschooling right now. Nope, I’m not committed forever. We take it one month at a time. But right now this is what we’re doing, so I thought I’d give you a little peak into how it works (or doesn’t!). Enjoy…
This is our official “homeschool room.” It’s bright and makes me happy! It’s the most beautiful room in our house (which helps all of our moods when we don’t want to do school). A special shout-out to Sallie Hambrick for designing it!
We tend to do school in lots of different places besides our designated room. About 50% takes place at the kitchen table. This little table is in the kitchen for the boys to color on or play cards (Monopoly Deal is their new favorite!).
We do Bible during breakfast, so I keep our favorite Bible books close by. It makes it easy to grab what we need without “forgetting.” And on that note, the boys and I usually sit down for breakfast, snack, and lunch together. We do lots of school while they’re eating (that way they’re quiet!).
My kitchen walls have become an art gallery. We read a science book during snack each day and most of the time the boys paint something they’ve learned. (I’m in the process of cleaning this display up!)
This is the playroom upstairs. It usually looks way crazier than this. When Stephen is doing school Caleb and Jonathan have free reign to play upstairs. Most days I just close my eyes to the mess when I walk by! The extra time with Stephen is worth the extra mess!
This is the schedule I try to stick to. We’re pretty flexible. Caleb gets a little school each day. Stephen gets quite a bit in the morning. And we do Bible, Science, Literature, and History together during meals and snacks.
And there you have it…the way we rock homeschool around here. Hope it encourages you that things don’t have to be perfect! Trust me, it’s far from that in our home. Whether it means homeschool, private school, or public school we just want the boys to love learning. That’s our ultimate goal!