As a homeschooling mom of seven years, I laugh when I hear that people are afraid to homeschool their children because they won’t be “socialized.” What does that even mean? Are humans not social creatures who interact with the world regardless of whether they spend time in a school building or at home with their families? What’s more, most homeschooling families do not actually sit at home all day. For us, every day brings a different mix of subjects and activities. Here is a typical homeschooling day for us:
7:00 am – I hear the school bus beeping as it backs up in my cul-de-sac. I give thanks that I don’t have to be awake at 6:00 getting my kids out the door. I roll over and go back to sleep.
9:00 am – I eat breakfast, tidy up the house, and drink coffee as I put together next week’s schedule. I check the museum schedules to see if their upcoming exhibits coordinate with our curricula topics.
9:30 am – I gently wake up my eleven-year-old to start his homeschooling day. He eats breakfast and meets me on the couch in his pajamas to begin.
10:00 am – We spend the next forty minutes reading a gripping historic novel about the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s and then study a map to see the area where it happened. This is part of the Winter Promise history curriculum, which I love. (I’m learning so much about American history!)
10:40 am – The kid is now awake enough to handle math. I teach a short lesson from his Singapore Math book and he does the correlating workbook exercise.
11:00 am – We now have to get dressed to go to French. We get in the car and I pop in a Dragonfly Video Flashcards DVD on the car player. He repeats the two most-recent 8-minute French vocabulary lessons on the way.
11:30 am – I drop the kid off for a full hour of French immersion with a nice tutor named Miss Sophie. I get lost in a book.
12:30 pm – Lunch at Panera. (It’s our special Wednesday treat together.)
1:30 pm – Meeting at the library—it’s the homeschooler’s book discussion group. They read “The Borrowers” this past month. I hang out with the other homeschooling moms and chat. One of them excitedly shares that there is going to be a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the harpsichord in a couple of months, and I make a note to get tickets.
2:30 pm – The kid and I head to the park to meet up with other homeschoolers. (We listen to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on the way.) We can usually count on someone from his tennis classes or group violin lessons being at the park. The kid runs around for a full hour, playing games with his friends and having a blast. There was one heated argument about whose turn it was for something, but they seemed to work it out.
3:30 pm – Time to head home. We need to eat an early dinner because his Lego League team is meeting tonight to discuss how they want to divide up their research project on carbon nanotubes and what ideas they have for programming their robot to best complete the assigned tasks. Also, the kid really needs a shower.
5:00 pm – Dinner.
6:30 pm – Dad takes him to his Lego League meeting.
8:00 pm – Reading and bedtime, but thankfully, no homework!