Do you wonder sometimes what a day in the life of another homeschooling family may look like? Unless you are a part of a dynamic and large homeschooling community, you may not have time or energy to connect with others on a regular basis to discuss your routines and timetable.
As per a few requests I would like to offer a glimpse into our daily learning life and share how we manage to provide a high-quality education to our three children in the home environment.
In the morning children are free to wake up based on their inner clock.
8-9 AM – Morning routine. Each child is free to set their own pace to complete their morning routine of getting ready for the day. They prepare their own breakfast or help to make it. After that, each chooses their list of chores and helps to clean the house.
All homeschooling is done in the morning with no exceptions and each child has their own 3-hour learning cycle routine. Hence, everything that happens between 9 and 12.30 is entirely child-paced.
Lower Elementary Aged Child creates her own list of work to accomplish for the day. With no exaggeration, every single morning 3.30-hour cycle looks and sounds very different as it is practically child-led and interest-centered. So I just picked one day to demonstrate what happens in our homeschool setting:
Math. Now that the comprehension skills and reading are on the level when the child can work on her own with occasional help, this is a completely self-paced math work with a Montessori-inspired math curriculum that she completes without having to wait for a lesson from a parent.
Reading. The book choice is generally based on the child’s current interest and skill level. It can be a chapter book, a science book, or something that caught her attention in the library.
Character-building work. This work is generally done with Bible or character-centered exercise book that includes an article with interesting facts about the natural world and lessons that can be learned and applied in everyday life.
Pet Care. This requires a series of simple tasks, but it does make it a valuable experience as the children learn to take responsibility for another living being.
These five aspects of the day mentioned above are done every day and most of the time independently first thing while I spend one-on-one time with the younger siblings. Next:
Piano lesson. I play piano, so it was my absolute joy and delight to be able to construct a curriculum that is child-centered and based on a creative and holistic approach. I found it to be one of the most fulfilling opportunities to connect with my children.
Creativity. I have a set of tasks that I rotate every time when my daughter chooses to do creativity. That week, we were talking about fire safety, and as a part of the unit she got to design her own room.
Russian lesson. Once my daughter became a confident reader in her community language – English, she was able to start teaching herself to read in Russian with student books that are used by parents and teachers in Russia to teach children to read.
These subjects were chosen from the list on this particular day.
Other important subjects such as Science, History and Language Arts are covered as well during any given week. I use a set of carefully chosen curricula. The content is often based on observations that I’ve made in a previous week. Many necessary skills are conveyed in the lessons, like storytelling, artistic expression, and technology. All are done within the context and often completely initiated and developed by the child with some help from the guides – her parents. We do the work of scaffolding and make sure that the child has access to all necessary tools and resources.
The afternoons consist of extracurricular activities such as Art Classes, Dance, and Sports that were picked based on the natural abilities of my daughter and the desires of her heart. We also make a trip to the library, spend time outdoors in nature, go to the church where they receive additional support and care, and organize play dates.
Learning cycle of a Preschool-aged child:
Practical Life-at least one meaningful task a day (eg. cooking or cleaning)
Math– we follow a basic Montessori curriculum for learning one-to-one correspondence and numerals
Reading aloud – I make emphasis on comprehension. It means pausing, asking content-related questions, and follow-up questions.
Music– songs and musical activities
Calendar – accompanied with the Earth Goes Around the Sun, Months of the Year and Days of the Week songs. This is one of the initial ways to introduce the subject of History as we discuss family upcoming events and events of the past.
Most of the time all these activities are done within the first 1.5 hours. The rest of the time I encourage my younger children to play and explore with very minimal involvement from an adult. We also join the age-appropriate play-based community weekly events.
A Morning Routine of the Toddler
Spontaneous activities. Anything that may arise based on the child’s interest and capabilities. There are 5-7 hands-on activities that are always accessible for the child and which I rotate on a weekly bases.
Art and sensory activities.
Reading aloud. The main emphasis is on language and learning new words and concepts.
It may sound like a lot, but in reality, when it is spread across the week, it adds a great dynamic to our everyday life. We end up doing what we love the most – learn, spend time together, meet with our friends, pursue our interests and enjoy the outdoors and nature.
We also use school holiday time to completely switch off and pause our timetable, our days are far less structured. We use this opportunity to spend most of the time in the parks, forests, by the water or with our friends. It creates a perfect balance which is very important.
I believe that vision should be the foundational part of every homeschool. We’ve designed this structure andplan that works very well and is effective.
You may also find helpful these two lists with curriculum resources:
Back to School learning resources with hands-on activities gathered in one bundle. This bundle includes materials that help develop skills to support the main areas of a child's development - language, math, geography, fine motor, social-emotional, organizational skills, and sensorial. It fosters creativity and logical thinking and prompts moments of deeper concentration. The materials are suitable for use in a classroom setting at school or childcare and in the homeschool setting. It contains tools to help children transition and settle well into their classroom and support the development of their executive functioning skills. You will find many materials to include in your All About Me unit, editable name tracing printouts, and tools to help you organize your classroom such as a Linear calendar and Mobile calendar to start the day. Editable and Homeschool teacher planners are also included. The bundle contains language resources for learning to identify initial sounds and CVC words, and math hands-on resources for teaching basic mathematical concepts.
Chore Charts for children of different ages Fifty-six visual and thirty-six non-visual chore cards Blank rounds and editable blank chore cards to add your chores to the list Different chore board designs to choose from
Editable and customizable homeschool planner with daily and weekly planner templates for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary students based on key areas of Montessori scope and sequence. It can be used by families internationally with the option to choose Jan-Dec or Aug – July academic year.
Seasonal printables were designed specifically for Montessori classrooms with a large variety of activities that cover different learning areas, such as geography, math – one-to-one correspondence, language – identifying the initial sound, reading, sight words recognition, classification, fine motor practice for students aged 3-6.
I Have, Who Has? Math Games help reinforce valuable lessons and math concepts whilst capturing students’ attention, focus and concentration in a fun and engaging way. Students will be learning while having fun and playing math games with their peers in pairs, in small and large groups. Once students are familiar with the subjects, these cards can be also used as an individual activity to review important math concepts.
Early Learning Bundle with 40 printable sets that contain 3-Part Cards for an object-to-picture matching activity. Sets are designed to match the classroom favorites – Safari TOOB figures. Use in any language. All sets include an editable PowerPoint file. Types labels in your own language and print.
When I first learned about Montessori, we had just welcomed our second son and I was in the midst of trying to figure out where my then 3-year-old son was going to go to preschool. He had been attending a 3-day-a-week autism therapy school for early intervention and was about to complete his time there since he had reached all of his targeted goals.
Homeschooling isn’t a new concept, but it sure has gained momentum over the last few years. But, is it effective? What does the research say?
You might be surprised to learn that while only 7% of American students were homeschooled in 2021 (an increase from 4%), over three quarters (78%!) of these students perform better than their traditionally schooled peers.
Should your family homeschool or should you send your child to a school? This question has crossed the minds of many parents in the past few years. So I am here to share with you my thoughts on whether it’s best to home educate or to send the child to school.
A homeschool space setup is an integral part of home education. How do we create a space for learning that is inviting, clutter-free, practical, budget-friendly, and efficient? Before we set up a learning environment we need to ask ourselves, what goals are we looking to achieve.
I often get asked where to purchase Montessori materials, what I consider Montessori essentials, what handmade items are best for those who prefer handcrafted materials, etc. Below you will find a list of materials, resources, and toys I sincerely recommend. Everything on this list is of high quality and value. I’ve gathered resources and products that I personally purchased, had in my Montessori classroom, reviewed, and would genuinely recommend.
Having a plan at hand, especially during uncertain times, can only benefit busy and overwhelmed parents. Sometimes parents can be going through a period of transitioning when they work on establishing new homeschooling routine.
With streets and public places going quiet during the time when all the effort is being made to minimise the transmission of the virus, life is definitely getting busier at home.
Whilst as a homeschooling family we have a busy social life (organising regular playdates, inviting people over, and our children attend sporting and other extracurricular activities), I dare to say, we also live the reality of coronavirus pandemic almost on a daily basis – being frugal, counting small blessings, enjoying the gift of all this time we get to spend with our children while they are still little, having to deal with tantrums and demands every single day. And trust me, it’s not that bad.
When a family decides to take a route less traveled to homeschool their children the number of questions and choices you have to make is staggering and overwhelming. The list is never-ending – from what approach to take to how to manage household and expenses on one income, and of course, there is socialization.
Don’t fall for gorgeous looks! Beauty is within. The modern world portrays Montessori as a fancy method of education for privileged children. In its essence, the Montessori method is not about the status or gorgeous classroom interiorioir. It is about meaningful connection, respect and authenticity.
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Our homeschooling journey is something that consumes my heart and mind these days. I guess because it is unknown territory that we are walking into. So far it has brought great fruit and I feel that our everyday life is bursting with colors like never before. My daughter’s “whys” have got a completely new dimension, and I love, love, love how excited she got from receiving a magnifying glass by mail the other day. I would like to share what happened when we emerged into our Montessori work 3 – hour session. You can read about our Homeschooling routine in this post. I hand-picked a list of Montessori materials for our classroom. Aside from this list we also use some natural toys and materials that carry educational purpose.
It is not a secret that the child needs stability in life in order to feel secure. Order in life creates inner order and peace, something that lays the foundation for successful learning, smooth transitions, and a happy kid. One of the first tasks for homeschoolers is to establish their own rhythm, and set up a daily schedule that is the backbone of the whole process.
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by Jacy Ruwe (Author), Elin Johnson (Illustrator)
It’s a question that nearly every homeschooled child asks at some point. With its delightful, hand-painted illustrations and rhythmic structure, this charming book shows readers how they can learn scholastic skills through everyday life. Sometimes, ditching the desk makes all the difference. In choosing to homeschool, your family gains the freedom to learn while snuggled up in a porch swing. Science lessons can take place in the garden. Math facts can be mastered in a grocery aisle. Days are spent in the company of loving family. The school bell doesn’t ring until tired eyes are amply rested. The homeschool life is a simpler life. Written in patterned poetic prose, this book showcases a few of the delights that come with the decision to homeschool.
by Susan Stephenson (Author) Format: Kindle Edition
A fifteen-year experience of day-by-day, year-by-year, learning how to create an authentic Montessori education at home through elementary, middle, and high school. The main guide or teacher during these years had taken AMI teacher training courses for 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 and had taught for many years. Even though this is not to be thought of as an instruction manual for Montessori homeschooling it is hoped that the book will be helpful for parents and teachers wanting to understand the value of a unique educational path, rather than thinking that all children should be educated exactly the same way (in both traditional and Montessori schools). The idea is “following the child.”Also I hope it will help growing children and young adults feel that their own choices, their own individuality, can be respected. I believe that unique and creative educational paths such as this one will help solve the problems of the future.
by Christopher Lloyd (Author), Andy Forshaw (Illustrator)
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A hands-on open-and-go Montessori math curriculum. Use as a supplement to traditional, physical Montessori math materials OR as a stand-alone math curriculum. Montessori math sets a firm foundation in concrete principles before slowly progressing into abstraction. This workbook uniquely takes the Montessori concrete materials and puts them on paper, so your child can sit with a pencil, scissors, and glue, and concretely manipulate, touch, and visualize numbers, creating a strong math foundation using just this workbook.
This is a learn to read book for kids 3-5 and5-7. Each age group will use the book in a slightly different way. The first group will be able to work with the help of an adult, while the older group can start the Montessori reading series mostly on their own, as they will be able to cut, paste and color most of the reading activities by themselves.
Number Concepts - number rods, cards and counters and one to one association Golden Beads - introduction and arithmetics with golden beads Linear Counting - bead bars, teens, tens, skip counting, hundred board Arithmetics - addition, multiplication, subtraction and division
by Frank Egholm (Author), Anna Cardwell (Translator)
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by Vicki Cobb (Author), Tad Carpenter (Illustrator)
Kids take the reins in the kitchen with this hands-on book of edible science experiments! With revised and updated material, a brand-new look, and hours of innovative, educational experiments, this science classic by award-winning author Vicki Cobb will be devoured by a whole new generation of readers.
Combine with such books as Awesome Science Experiments for Kids to help junior scientists continue their learning, whether at home or in a classroom.
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by Julie Bogart (Author), Susan Wise Bauer (Foreword)
Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. Learn more about Great on Kindle, available in select categories. View Kindle Edition Publishers Weekly bestseller · A joyful and accessible homeschool guide to making learning a part of everyday life Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?
MULTI AWARDS WINNING FUN LEARNING TOY - Family Choice, Mom's Choice Gold Metal & Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2018, and Creative Child Kids Product of the Year Winner 2019! The most popular interactive smart educational talking world map poster.
Continent Race Geography Game for kids was created by 6 year old Byron duringpassion for geography with a desire to help boys and girls like him learn and have fun during their hospital stay - and beyond! For 2+ players
The ShillerLearning Math Kit I - everything you need in a single box! No lesson preparation required by parents! Your package contains over a dozen different manipulatives based on Dr. Maria Montessori's method developed over a hundred years ago. Includes a balance, number cards, number tiles, operator set, foam ball, wood dominoes, a US/metric ruler, wooden shapes, dice, measuring cups, and probability bag. You also receive a wide range of decimal material, including 100 unit cubes, 27 ten rods, 27 hundred rod, and 17 thousand cubes (1 plastic and 16 oaktag) along with a wooden decimal tray.
Magnetic Fuel Tank Monitor Card. Magnets on the game board to hold Fuel Stations in place. 2 levels of game play. This game will arrive in new condition. Please note that each Mission to Mars Edition game was opened in the U.S. for the sole purpose of adhering the magnets to the game board, thus saving customers the task. The game will arrive taped closed with clear tape on all 4 edges of the color box.
It’s time to say NO to trying to fit square-peg kids into rounds holes, and YES to raising them from a place of acceptance and joy. Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn’t embrace who they really are. They are the one in five “differently wired” children with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neurodifferences, and their challenges are many. And for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as numerous, as they struggle to find the right school, the right support, the right path. But now there’s hope. Differently Wired is a revolutionary book—weaving together personal stories and a tool kit of expert advice from author Deborah Reber, it’s a how-to, a manifesto, and a reassuring companion for parents who can so often feel that they have no place to turn.
Teaching children how to manage their intense emotions is one of the most difficult aspects of parenting or educating gifted children. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings provides a much-needed resource for parents and educators for understanding of why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior and how to manage the highs and lows that accompany emotional intensity. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, this revised and updated second edition contains additional chapters addressing temperament and personality development, as well as expanded role-plays and strategies designed to show parents and teachers how to interact and guide gifted children in a way that teaches them how to recognize, monitor, and adjust their behavior. Updated resources and worksheets make this practical resource a must-read for anyone wishing to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of gifted children.
by Susan Stiffelman (Author), Eckhart Tolle (Foreword)
Our children can be our greatest teachers. Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons — refusing to cooperate or ignoring our requests — can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.