Skip to main content

A Homeschool Day in the Life - What Classical Homeschooling Looks Like in our Home

We have been homeschooling for about 6 years. From the start, our goal has been to give our kids a solid education. We wanted to raise kids that knew how to think, and had a solid base of knowledge of the world around them that would allow them to be equipped to judge philosophies out there. Our search led us to Classical Education and since then have been following that path.

That said, Classical Education can look different from one homeschool home to another. Today I will walk you through our classical homeschooling typical day. I like to classify our way of schooling as 'relaxed homeschooling' and you will see why.


We all wake up anytime between 7-8:30 sometimes 9 or 9:30 for the boys (especially since puberty hit), each day varies.

We almost always eat breakfast as a family, which ends anytime between 9:30-10:30 depending on the day. That time is concluded with our aloud Bible reading time.

After breakfast the boys tend to go and do their own leisure thing: lego, check you tube (they are into supergeroes stuff, movies, TV shows, news,  and the like). We try to have them start their day with their musical instrument practice (Violin for Zach and Piano for Johann), but that does not always happen.

I write up a schedule for them of the topics/subjects that they need to cover that day.

At some point before 12 they each start on their subjects in the order they chose.

For my 7th grader, he likes to cover his online subjects first. These are his Math (Unlock Math ) and French (Duolingo). Then he moves on to his other subjects, Bible reading, Spelling, Math Worksheets or Life of Fred (depending on the day), Grammar and Science. He usually leaves History (Tapestry of Grace) and Writing (Writing and Rhetoric) for last because these are his heavier subjects, the History involving lots of reading, and the Writing involving lots of thinking and writing. A lot of his schooling is done in his bedroom on his bed.

For my 5th grader, he usually gets right to work. He tends to follow the same pattern everyday, easy and short subjects first (Bible, logic, Math, French, and spelling), then the harder ones that take longer (Science, Grammar, History, writing).  He tends to work straight, doing 3-4 subjects at once, then takes a TV and football playing with his brother break. Then he gets back to work and finishes things up.

Somewhere between 12 and 2 they both ask for lunch, so I either warm up some left over, prepares some quick easy lunch, or tell them to grab cereals.


Because they both start late in the day, the afternoon involves the bulk of their learning. My oldest tends to take a lot of breaks while he does school (reading posts or checking you tube on lego movie making and/or movie releases - he wants to go into film-making), so it often happens that he still has school to complete after dinner.

My youngest, on the other end, because he is more task and goal oriented, usually is done by 4.

If their instrument practice was not done in the morning, it usually gets done sometime in the late afternoon.

 As you can see most of their work is done independently, that is because 1) they are older, 2) I have trained them that way. I have and am working hard at teaching them to own their learning. I am always available for teaching, on the subjects that require it, or explaining something. While they do their school work I usually work on my blog, church stuff, do housework, finances, and work on dinner.

Dinner is usually anytime between 5:30-6:30 with dad. And the it is bedtime routine which includes doing dishes, bathing for my youngest, since my oldest bathes in the morning. We love to watch certain TV shows as a family, so that is usually how our evenings go, with the occasional board game thrown in there). When the boys were younger we used to have a devotional time and/or read-aloud time in the evening, but that has faded away in the last couple of years. I have been wanting to bring it back so hopefully this will happen soon!

So this is our basic day routine. Each day only varies slightly. The classical part of our homeschool is in the choice of our material, not in the routine and schedule. I usually endeavor to choose classically minded curriculum and/or curriculum that challenge them. To see our current line up check my Curriculum Line up for 2016 and to see my approach on Classical Education, check my series on Relaxed Classical Homeschooling.
A Day in Our Homeschool


Good job teaching your boys to be independent! I look forward to that. :) Right now we are in the little children, toddlers, and babies stage. Thank you for sharing your day.
Kylie said…
Thanks for sharing and love that they are independent. That's where we are headed, my eldest is 90% there, my middle, about 60% and my youngest is still learning to read so a little off that yet but I'm setting him up on that path.

Popular posts from this blog

Veritas Press Self-Paced History - TOS Review

Veritas Press  is a long lasting Christian classical homeschool curriculum company. They have served the homeschool communities for a long time. For the past few weeks, we have been privileged to be reviewing one of their latest products:  Self-Paced History . The Self-Paced History curriculum is an online interactive history program. It consists of 160 lessons per course per year, each covering about 32 important historical events. The full program is chronological and is divided into 5 periods: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt  New Testament, Greece and Rome  Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation  Explorers to 1815  1815 to Present  These courses are best suited to kids in the grammar stage, that is grade 2-6. Tuition for each course year is $199, with a discount of $100 for each additional student. You have a full year to complete the course. Because Self-Paced History is an online program, you will need a computer with internet access. You can find more

Reformation Day Giveaway

We are approaching October 31, which is an important date for all protestants. This date commemorates Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany, which in turn provoked a debate that resulted in what we now call the Protestant Reformation. As the “Father of the Reformation”, Martin Luther is a vital figure in Church History. His sacrifice and willingness to wage battle against the spiritual, religious, and political powers of his medieval world allowed Christians throughout time to embrace the following truths: salvation by grace alone , through faith alone,  and in Christ alone, along with the supremacy of Scripture, referred to as  Scripture alone, and all of it for God's Glory Alone. These being commonly called the Five Solas of the Reformation.  Danika Cooley, author and creator of the Bible curriculum Bible Road Trip ,  has recently written a book for young people recounting Luther's story:   When

Visual Learning Systems - TOS Review

I have to admit I am in love with our first review product from the 2015 crew year. We received a full year subscription to Visual Learning Systems 's Digital Online Science Program Elementary edition and S econdary edition . Science has always been one those subjects I am having all sort of trouble deciding what to use and never being fully satisfied with what we are doing. Well my search is over. I am really hoping to stick with this one. What is Visual Learning Systems? Visual Learning Systems is an online science publisher that provides quality science educational material through videos. They offer Unit Studies for K-12 in DVD or digital format, as well as a Digital Online Subscription for both Primary/Elementary  (K-5) and Middle/High School  (6-12). The program we received, the Digital Online Subscription, is totally online. Therefore you need a computer and an internet connection. It also works fine on tablets. When you sign up you get a log in for the stude