I think, according to my readings, very few of us homeschoolers actually fit it all together. We certainly do our best though.
So, what do we do?
For us, at our house, we try to keep focussed on the goal, and I mean the end goal. We want to raise children who love the Lord and who love learning. We want to equip them to be life-long learners and thinkers.
So to this end we:
- Try to do some degree of classical study, grammar, and english studies
- Try to make sure they get educated properly in Math
- Enlarge their world and critical thinking through the studies of the humanities
- We make sure they get spiritually fed and theologically educated.
- We try to have good examples before them
I want to make it clear that I use the word TRY because this is not always consistent or to the degree we want, but we strive, and most of all rely on the certainty and belief that the Lord already knows what their future holds. We are instruments in The Master's hands and he is the one that empowers us and performs his plans despite and through our failures.
This year has been rather interesting and different than my previous 2 years of homeschooling, partly due to my being part of the TOS crew, and it has been a bit unsettling for me. But, praise God, before the year started the Lord had opened my eyes to these truths and they are carrying me through. My kids's are in God's hand, their path is already set before them, and I need to submit to Him first of all, and then strive to do what he has called me to do, i.e teach them and be examples to them.
As for schedule, I am working on that one. Every year I set one up but it does not last 3/4 of the year. I am still on the learning curve on that one.
Lastly I want to say that we are fist of all a family and try, as much as we can, to enjoy each other, play together and have fun together.
Make sure to check how other homeschoolers "fit it all together":
Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool
Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
Our Schedule's Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn
Homeschooling: How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest
Virtual Curriculum Fair--- Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School
Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
A Day in the Life... by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Homeschool and Life: How we get it done by Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What
Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another
Now Where's That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn't See Coming by Letha @ justpitchingmytent
Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World
The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy