Homeschool Day in the Life: 4th, 2nd, and K

Today I’m giving a peek at what our homeschool looks like right now, with a 4th grader, 2nd grader, and wriggly kindergartener.

I’m usually awake between 6:00 and 7:00. I don’t set an alarm, so it varies. There may be days when I’m up significantly earlier {I’m not a stare-at-the-ceiling-and-hope-I-drift-off-again kind of gal} but it’s rarely much past 7:00. The Agents {ages 9, 7, and 5} are typically downstairs between 7:30 and 8:30, although sometimes the youngest sleeps as late as 8:45-9:00. 

Our days have a general pattern to them, although we don’t follow an exact time schedule and intentionally leave a lot of margin.

We divide the structured part of our school day into two parts rather than trying to do everything at once. Morning school includes subjects we do every day {math, language arts, Spanish}. Afternoon school looks different depending on the day: Monday-Wednesday-Friday is geography, history, and science; Tuesday-Thursday is health, world religions, art, and music. The less structured parts—independent reading, keyboard practice, science projects, documentaries, field trips, play dates, etc.—just kind of fit in wherever they fit in.

Of course, this is mostly just for the older two, Agent E {4th} and Agent J {2nd}. My kindergarten student, Agent A, is still pretty much free range at this point. We read a lot and do some math {not necessarily at a specific time}, and he will watch educational shows with us occasionally, but I don’t have formal school expectations for him at this age. {Here are some things we do to encourage his love of learning, however.}

Vacationing in the off season is a fun perk of homeschooling

A simple breakdown of our weekdays could be summarized as follows:

9:00 Breakfast and getting ready for the day
10:00 Morning school
12:00 Lunch
2:00 Outside time
3:00 Afternoon school
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Bath time
9:30 Upstairs to get ready for bed

All times are approximate and leave plenty of wiggle room. The activities listed don’t take super long, which allows for a good amount of unstructured time.

For example, morning school is usually done by 11:15-11:30 and then they are free to do whatever until lunch. Between finishing lunch and going outside is another hour and a half or so of “unscheduled” time. In the afternoons they generally have from the time we finish afternoon school {4:00-ish} until dinner as free time as well. When the weather warms up we’ll start going outside again after dinner, and move bath time until later. In the evenings we are typically all downstairs watching a movie, snacking, playing, or just hanging out.

In their free time, they read, play inside, play outside {weather permitting}, use the Kindle or computer, draw and color, or watch a video.

Note the lack of outside activities and commitments. We’re not busy, and we’re okay with that.

Of course, in the “spaces” where the Agents are occupied elsewhere, Momma is doing other things, like blogging {usually early morning}, cleaning {typically after lunch}, exercising {I’ve found that late afternoon works best}, or making dinner {starting around 5:00-ish}.

And that’s pretty much what a typical “school” day looks like around here at the moment.


  1. Great day in the life post! I love how you have morning and afternoon school. We don't have many outside activities either. Having older kids now, I have come to really appreciate that.

    1. The morning/afternoon split is a new thing we tried this year . . . and we really love it. We plan to keep this set up going forward. Thanks for stopping by, Camie.

  2. I love that your outside commitments are few. We just finished up a busy basketball season, and it was a little crazy for me...after a very full fall field hockey season. I am thinking of saying no more outside commitments until next fall. We need a break (plus, my kids are only 7, 5, and 1 :-))

    1. It certainly makes our evenings and weekends a lot more relaxed. We have considered various groups/activities in the past, but never quite found anything we are interested in *enough* to make it worth disrupting our schedule. Maybe in a few years. Thanks so much for visiting, Heather.

  3. We try to keep our schedule as open and as flexible as we can too. I find it just makes for a lot less stress on us all.

    1. I find that I need just the right balance of routine and unstructured time to keep my own sanity. The system we have now is pretty low key and low stress. And that always works for me! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

  4. Really enjoyed reading about your day! I do my exercising in the afternoon as well (often with at least one other little participant alongside me).

    1. Thanks, Wendy. I tried fitting in exercise at pretty much every part of the day, and about 4:30 in the afternoon (right before starting dinner) ended up being the perfect time . . . which I totally did not expect. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I love glimpses of others' homeschool days. I'm looking forward to the spring when I can get the girls out of the house more often. It looks like you have a lovely schedule right now.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. We are SO looking forward to spring here, too. It's our second winter in the north, and the kids are kind of over it, ha. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week.