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A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

I’m so happy to finally share this post with you! I’ve watched plenty of day in the life videos but I’ve never seen a blog post about it or one from a homeschooler’s point of view. I thought that would be fun to share with you all. I hope you like it (if you do please leave me a comment 🙂 ).

Are you curious about what a homeschooler’s day is like? Just keep reading.

7:11 am

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I wake up. Usually I wake up at seven, but my alarm decided not to work this morning so, 7:11 it was.

When I first wake up I go to the bathroom and wash my face with freezing cold water to make myself more alert.

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Then, I go back to my room and do my devotions. Getting in a habit of spending time with God everyday is an awesome thing I think everyone should do. It has really helped me learn more about God, get me into His word, and pray.

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After about thirty minutes, I finish my devotions and make my bed.

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Next, I dressed and did my hair.

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Now my favorite part of my morning, breakfast! This morning I had one of my favorite smoothies, PB&J. I like smoothies for breakfast because you get lots of nutrients and they and easy to make. I found my recipe at Blogilates (link to the recipe here). When making shakes don’t be afraid to add some greens. It may not look as pretty but you won’t taste it and you’ll get all that fiber.

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While I’m eating– or in this case drinking my breakfast– I bullet journal out my goals for the day.

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After this I brushed my teeth. If you have braces, I recommend a water pick and electric toothbrush. They make braces so much easier!

On Tuesdays (which is what day it was), I do my laundry so I threw the first load of that in.

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We then had family devotions. We use the devotion Jesus Calling. It is really easy to read and I get a lot out of it.

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I started my day after that. I always begin by practicing piano.

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My mom was ready for us to do history after that, which is the only subject we all do together. We colored a map and label it while my mom reads from the book.

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Next, I did math because I like to get it out of the way.

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I completed my other books next. These are grammar, spelling, and English stuff.

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I then moved on to my co-op work. My co-op is on Wednesday and so I need to have all my homework done before that. We just finished up reading some Shakespeare (which was my first time ever reading it) in my literature class. It was so well written!

My mom checked my writing homework (She is my #1 editor!).

I stopped school to FaceTime my friend for a little bit. This is a nice benefit about homeschooling, you can take a break and do other things, though I usually like to get it done all at once.

At 12:45, I was finished with school. YAY! *dances around the room*

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I cooked myself lunch, which was some leftovers. So I didn’t technically cook….

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After that I read the posts in my reader and replied to comments.  I’ve been getting better at doing that lately, yay!

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I finished up my laundry and made my bed.

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This day I had a lot of extra time so I worked on my bullet journal for an hour.

I also filled out my application for Maine this day too. Last year I went on a missions trip to Maine. This year I am going back! I can’t wait. I posted about what it is like going on a missions trip here 😉

I did my other Tuesday chore which is cleaning the cat’s liter box.

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Next, I packed my swim bag, picked out an outfit for co-op, and got my co=op stuff together.

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I had found a healthy cookie recipe on Pintrest so I tried them (here is the link to the recipe). They were good but not as good as chocolate chip cookies. I will always love my chocolate chip cookies!

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I then made my lunch for co-op. I put in tons of veggies! I also helped my mom with dinner by making sweet potato fries. They are so delicious almost as tasty as normal fries.

At about 5:30 we left for swimming (we ate on the way). My brothers swim first so that is why we leave so early.

Then at 7pm I hopped in the pool for swim team. Our warm up was not fun AT ALL. We had to do 36 laps straight. Later we had to do a 400 IM (that is four laps each of all the different strokes). I definitely got an intense workout.  We finished at 8:30.

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I then took a shower, traveled back home, and got ready for bed.

Before I slept, I wrote in my journal. At 9:48 pm I turned off my light and went to bed.

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This obviously isn’t what everyday of mine is like. Some days I have less free time then this or I have more school work. It all depends. This also isn’t to say this is what all homeschoolers do. Each homeschooler is unique and their day is different. Just wanted to mention this!

What is your favorite part of your day?

-Rebekah

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What’s in my Backpack- Homeschool Edition

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to show you everything that is in my backpack. I am home schooled so most days I don’t need my backpack. I do use it once a week for the co-op that I go to.

Also, I want to thank my grandma, who we call Bammom, for buying my school supplies this year. She’s great at finding the best deals and finding stuff I like 🙂 ! Are you ready? Let me show you what is inside my backpack this year 😀

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This is my backpack. This will be my third year using it. It is really great quality. It is grey with purple and aqua accents.

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Here is the back. The straps are padded which makes them really comfy and they don’t make my shoulders sore.

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On the right side of the backpack there is a water bottle holder which I usually put my water bottle (not shown) and my ear buds.

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This is the very front pocket of my backpack.

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Inside of it I keep: deodorant, a calculator, index cards, my planner (not shown), and an index card that has my schedule written on it.

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Next up is the long, middle pocket.

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I keep my iPod (not shown),  and my pencil-case in this pocket. The pencil-case is the perfect size for a glue stick, a stapler (this is great to keep in case you need to staple some papers together before handing them to a teacher), scissors, a pencil sharpener, highlighters, colored pens (these are so useful for organizing notes and my planner. They are my favorite stationary item), pencils, and colored pencils.

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I also have this small pocket at the top of my backpack which is really handy for storing small things.

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I keep a small zippered bag inside (not show) to hold what I call my essentials. Inside of that I put hand lotion, a toothbrush, tooth paste (not shown), wax for my braces, diaper wipes (these are so useful!), little picks to clean my braces which I really recommend especially if you have braces, chap stick, another brush cleaner thing for my braces, hand sanitizer, a hair tie, and two bobby pins.

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Finally onto the main pocket!

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First, we have all my science stuff. This year I’m taking physical science. I bring my textbook and notebook with me to class along with my binder.

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On the side of my binder it says science and the front is a tag I DIYed.

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Inside my binder there is my turtle folder and on the right there is my three-ring hole punch and my notebook. The three-ring hole punch is one of my favorite school supplies because you can use it right on the spot instead of stuffing  your papers in the side of your binder. I broke my big  hole punch (because I brought it to class every week) half way through the year last year. So I like that this one works the same but it way smaller. Also, it comes with a built-in ruler!

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I also made these DIY emoji dividers. I was inspired to make this DIY from a Youtuber I watch. I love her videos and you should check her out. Her channel is MiniLucie13.

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Next up, literature. I didn’t really DIY anything for literature and so it’s pretty boring.

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Then I found a pencil and my mini hairbrush floating around in the big pocket.

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Lastly, we have writing supplies. This year I’m taking IEW (Institute for Creative Writing). This is my binder with some emojis that describe me (like the camera one 😉 ) along with my notebook/textbook for the class.

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Then we have my folder for writing, which I really like.

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I also made more dividers for writing, using other emojis.


That’s everything that I keep in my backpack. Whew, there is a lot in there! It weighs 17.2 pounds. Though I think it was heavier last year :D.

What is your most important item in your backpack?

Have a great hump day 😉

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My Experince: Private School vs. Homeschool

Last week, I had the opportunity to go to a private school. I am homeschooled and I have been my whole life. I was completely opposed to the idea at first because I didn’t know anyone at the school and didn’t want to dive into something new. I finally decided to go and I’m really glad I went now. As soon as we arrived I relaxed, everyone was amazing, kind, and helpful. I shadowed a girl who I didn’t know at all, yet she included me and made me feel welcome. They took me on a tour and then I went around with this girl and sat in on her classes. I even got to sit in on band practice and have lunch there. I want to give a little comparison to the differences between my homeschooling experience and my experience visiting this school. So let’s start.

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Time

At this school if you aren’t in home room by 8 am you are tardy. I’d be fine with waking up and getting to school that early but I do like the fact with homeschooling that if I have a busy weekend and I’m tired I can sleep in on Monday and not worry about it (for me sleeping in is until about 8:30). I also like that I’m not stuck every week day (except for off days and summer) in a class room for seven hours a day. I love the flexibility I can have with homeschooling.

Dress code

At this school there is a dress code. Khakis, black slacks, or skirts and a polo shirts with the schools logo. I’m fine with dress codes, but I like that at home if I’m having a lazy day I can wear sweatpants and be comfy. I also like the fact that I can show my own style in the clothes I wear.

Teachers

In school you usually have different teachers for every subject (sometimes the same one for a few classes) while with home schooling you have yourself, your mom, sometimes the computer, and coop teachers (if you go to a coop) I think it is nice to have a variety of teachers who specialize in certain subjects. That is one of the benefits to public/private school.

Homework

All my school is homework! I don’t sit in a class all day just to go home and do more work I get it done all at once. Now, the school I shadowed at feels that children should have homework but not so much so that there isn’t time for extracurricular activities. I do like that aspect but I’m happy not to have homework at all.

Extra-Curricular Activities

If you go to a school building you usually will have opportunities to play sports for that school and do band, art, acting, etc. With home school you have to find other programs such as public pools and gyms, homeschooling programs, etc.

Lunch/Cafeteria

In home school you eat lunch at home(pretty self-explanatory) in school you have the option to buy food prepared at the school or bring your own. When I shadowed they gave me a free lunch pass that let me get whatever from the cafeteria. It was an interesting experience and I’m sure I looked like I had no clue what I was doing XD

The food was good, better than all the rumors say and they had AMAZING ice cream.

Gym

In school you have gym class where you learn to play different sports and get exercise. In home school you have to be more conscientious to exercise (unless you generally like to be outside or play sports) I do sports to stay in shape, make friends, and also just for fun. In a school situation it is easier to  be a part of these things.

Social Aspects

In school you are around and have to interact with other people everyday. Meanwhile, homeschooling it is different for everyone. Some people go to an umbrella school everyday and some see people only a few times a week. My family is still extremely busy even though we home school. I interact with other people and make friends just the same way kids do. I may be biased about it, but I don’t feel that I’m missing out on anything, by not seeing my friends every single.

Education/Independence

In school you are mainly taught by a teacher and they show you how to do most of your work. Ususally, you can be in honors but you still are learning at the same pace as everyone else. With homeschooling you can be further along in math. It’s more customized for you. You can also learn from whatever beliefs you want. You also learn to teach yourself.


Well there it is, I’ve just laid out my whole experience with private school and the contrast between them. That was actually a lot of work. What did you think of this kind of post? I’m trying to go out of my normal posting I’m trying some new type of posts. Any suggestions? Leave them below.

What kind of schooling do you have? Let me know in the comments. Talk to you soon!

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