Tuesdays at Our House: The Schwartz Family

(Editor’s Note: This week we welcome the Schwartz family to Tuesdays at Our House. We love to read about what homeschooling looks like in other homes– it’s the best way to see the variety of styles and “flavors” of homeschool! If you’d like to share a typical homeschool day with us, please send an email to Tuesdays@kellyhuckaby.com.)

Schwartz Family

I let everyone ease into their mornings — whatever works best for them (and me) — because I have found this suits our differing personalities. The twins (6-years-old, 1st grade) like to get up and get going, my older child (10-years-old, 4th grade) likes to sleep in and have a slow, relaxed start. He prefers to jump into school with a read aloud from me to get him started. I enjoy having morning coffee and time for emails, so this laid back approach works for us.

MorningsSchwartz family

Our homeschool days typically begin around 9:30 AM — some of us are late risers. The twins like to get up and have breakfast around 8 AM. After that, they start on their math, spelling, or phonics (independent) work. The oldest child gets woke up around 9:00-9:30 AM. He starts independent work around 10:00 AM after he finishes breakfast.

By 10:30 AM everyone has come to the schoolroom, where I help Sam and Trinity (the twins) with any questions they have and review their completed daily lessons. Peyton usually gathers up all his independent work while I read aloud for a couple of chapters from whatever book we’re currently reading.

We use My Father’s World (MFW), so we dive right in together with our Bible lessons, History and Science. We take as long as needed and usually stop for lunch around 12:30 PM. Anything left unfinished before lunch will get completed after. The kids love MFW, and this is always our favorite part of the day.

Afternoons

Schwartz 2After lunch, we finish any MFW materials and perform science experiments. Peyton completes his independent work (math, spelling, English, and handwriting), with me checking and helping as needed.

Everyone has a mandatory 20-minute reading time that is required each day before any electronics are allowed. Typically this takes place mid-afternoon. The kids enjoy this for the most part, and will often read longer. Sometimes they even listen to a book on CD in their rooms for hours while they play.

Most days, even starting at 10:30 or 11:00 AM, we finish with schoolwork by 2:30-3:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to run outside and unwind.

Other Days

On days that Sam needs his allergy injections (we go weekly), our days are the same with one exception: we take independent work along if needed. I love using workbooks because I can tear out the day’s work and take it along wherever we go. We try and get to the Allergy Clinic by 1:00 PM, so we leave right after lunch (because we must sit at the clinic after the injection for at least 30 minutes). There were days when he had a reaction, which caused us to spend over 2 hours there–I was grateful to have the kids’ work, NOOK, and Kindle, all with me. The kids usually bring along Schwartz 3book bags, too, because we stop at the Library since we are already out and about.

These “shot” days often cause the MFW part of our school day not to get done. Thankfully, it is set up for a Monday-Thursday week, with Fridays off. This modified set-up gives us the flexibility to move everything over one day without the feeling of falling behind.

How About You?

Thanks for taking the time to visit with the Schwartz family! Is there any part of their day or week with which you identify? Leave a comment, or send an email telling us about your day — you may be featured on an upcoming Tuesdays at Our House!

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