Hey everyone! Whether you are a working mom trying to home school, or a stay at home mom trying to homeschool… homeschooling is NO JOKE if you have no experience doing so. Also let’s be honest, while I admire the homeschool blogs, they stress me out and leave me feeling like a failure. Mainly because I am not “pinterest-y” like that and I can’t stand projects that make messes, because let’s face it. My boys are messy to begin with so I am sticking to the old school printed worksheets, reading books, and learning videos.
Below I will show you our daily schedule. I also work full time, so first I am going to discuss how I am managing that. If you are only here for the kid stuff just skip the next paragraph 🙂 But first, read this article because it made me feel SO much better about homeschooling the boys during this time.
How to Balance Working Full Time While Doing Homeschooling
I wake up about 2 hours before they do. I grab my coffee, check/send emails, and plan out the day for my team. I thought at first I could work a little here and there while they did lessons, etc. but quickly realized I needed to give my all to them, and then my all to work. I shared this blog post listing 5 tips I’ve learned over the years that help me stay productive while I work from home if you want to check it out.
So from 8:00am to 2:30pm it is the schedule you see below. I stuck to their normal school hours. During their free time I am basically picking up the house and kitchen and or getting myself dressed and ready for the day.
At 2:30pm, their “school” day ends, they get their daily chores done and the screens come out. Yes I know that is too much screen time (like 3 hours per day right now), but until Mark is home with me as well (next week) that is how we are doing things. It is the ONLY way I can work without interruptions. At least the first hour of that is educational Netflix shows (more info with link below). After that is fun on the iPad for 2 hours. Mark gets home and then takes over while I am still working. No family sit down dinners right now but it is what it is. Not THAT big of a deal in the long run – this will pass!
If you guys want a new schedule next week when Mark is home everyday and we are tackling this together let me know!! Basically I predict the kids’ schedule will be the same but I will take morning and he will take afternoon (or vice versa) equalling to less screen time for them and a tiny bit more normal work hours for us. I have a sample daily schedule at the end of this post.
Educational Activities & Helpful Resources for Homeschooling
Printable Worksheets & Quizzes
Learned about this one from a mom friend. It is about 45 minutes in each day. One day was a tour of a police car and there are lots more field trips to come. The boys love it!
How can you go wrong with Netlix lol. This list of 30 educational shows is broken down between elementary, middle and high school levels. The boys consider this a treat! They watch one of these shows per day and it has been a hit.
Websites Sent from the Boys’ Teachers
- Favorite kids books read by famous people
- PISD Online Resources
- Mystery Science
- Virtual Museums
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
- Tour Yellowstone National Park
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover
- This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
- Play games and learn all about animals
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip
- This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life
- Math and Reading games
- Phonics skills
- Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss
- 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens
- Geography and animals
- Math as a fun part of your daily family routine
- Games to get “into the book”
- Educational games K-12
- K-5th Science lessons
- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
- Online education program for toddler through high school
- Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources
- Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial
- Keyboarding practice
- Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.
- Math practice
- Work on the 8 parts of speech
- Coding for ages 4-10
- Engineering challenges with things you have at home
- 60+ Websites for Teaching and Learning Math
The Kids’ New Daily Home Schooling Schedule
8:00am – breakfast
8:30am – Ely: web learning // Fynn: quiet read // Zander: reads to me
9:00am – mom runs, boys ride bikes, snack time
10:00am – E: quiet read // F + Z: web learning
10:30am – E + F quiz over book // Z: worksheets
11:00am – free time
11:30am – lunch
12:00pm – worksheets
12:30pm – spelling test
1:00pm – web learning
1:30pm – quiet read book of choice
2:00pm – FB live field trip
2:30pm – chores, snack, free timde
5:00pm – shower & iPad free time if earned
7:00pm – dinner
We have all been taking time to get used to this new norm and taking things day by day. How are you guys adjusting to your new schedules? I know it can feel overwhelming but we’re all doing our best!! If you are with kids, I hope this post was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or topic suggestions. Talk soon!!