About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tag: ‘day in the life’

    Our Homeschool Day ~2018

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

    If you want to see how things have changed, check out previous posts.

    Day in the Life 2017

    Day in the Life 2015

    My boys start school while my girls are eating and doing chores (the boys get up earlier and do some chores before breakfast and some after school).

    That way I can help them more with their math and go over their grammar without too many distractions (in theory).

    I was having too many kids asking for help with different things at once.

    This staggers the questions a bit.


    We are trying out the Brave Writer program so I was giving my second oldest dictation here.

    And trying to keep my 3yr old from kicking the stack of papers off my desk…

    The boys have to get Math done before anything else and then need to do Writing, Grammar, and Spelling before moving on to other subjects.

    Otherwise, they put off the harder subjects and just read all day.

    After chores, the girls start on their school.

    Usually, they do their math first and if I am busy they will do their handwriting.

    I do a lesson with one of the twins on one day and practice with the other that same day.

    The next day we switch.

    Practice includes a math card game, review of previous days lesson, math game, and a practice sheet.

    I only work with one of the twins at a time even though they are in the same grade.

    They just do best when they are separate.

    I try to get the twins math done before lunch.

    They think better in the mornings.

    We eat lunch pretty early (11 am) and take turns eating.

    Right after lunch is Read-aloud time and then quiet time.

    This is when I read the girls their history and science.

    All the kids listen while I read our current read-aloud book though, Little House on the Prairie (I forgot to get a picture).

    After quiet time we usually go for a walk.

    It helps to get all the wiggles out so they can finish up the rest of their school.

    My oldest needed me to give him spelling words.

    I feel like a lot of my day is trying to give things to my 3-year-old to keep her entertained.

    She usually lasts 5 minutes on something she really likes…

    We were not able to get all the math done in the morning so I worked on that right away with my twins.

    I always wonder if my kids will even need to read an analog clock when they grow up.


    Her faces while playing the math card game…


    The boys do their independent work the rest of the day.

    History, Science, Reading, Khan Math, Typing, and Programming.

    The twins schedule is:


    Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Handwriting.


    Math, Reading, Spelling, Grammar, and Handwriting.

    I try to do something with my 3yr old a couple of times a week but try to encourage her to play more than anything.

    My boys’ schedule:

    Math, Grammar, Spelling, Writing.

    History(except Wed and Fri), Science, Reading, Typing (twice a week), Programming (twice a week).

    Project (once a week), 10min Khan Math, and Geography (not daily).


    I took video also on this day!

    So here is the video I made on the same day.

    Our Homeschool Day~January 2017

    Monday, January 16th, 2017

    The last Homeschool Day I shared was January of 2015.

    I only had two kids to teach.

    I now teach 4 (and a half).


    My 2yr old does not like being left out so I do a little lesson with her on most days.

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    I  am trying to start our day with a short story or poem with all of my kids.

    Then one of the boys plays with the 2yr old and the other starts his math.



    I do reading with one of the girls.

    The other does an independent reading project, like word matching cards.


    I then switch and my other daughter reads to me while the other does independent work.



    When I am done with both of the twins it is my youngest’s turn.

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    We work on letter sounds, numbers, and simple things like farm animals or butterflies.

    After I am done with her lesson we usually go for a walk.

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    The boys can do most of their work independently.

    They just need writing assignments, new books for their school shelf, and their work monitored.

    I also will give them science or history projects.

    For our current study they are researching the Erie Canal with the knowledge they will have to build a working canal with a lock.

    I tie together the boys history, geography, science, and literature by time period.


    For instance, they are studying the war of 1812, the Erie Canal, Francis Scott Key, Peter Cartwright, Steamboats, Mark Twain, and Beethoven at the same time.

    I put all their books on one shelf.


    Here are steamboats that they made.

    I actually had them research and make their own prototypes first.

    Then I gave them some sites with directions and needed to help them troubleshoot.


    We eat lunch and have quiet time.

    The boys do their reading during quiet time.


    I am usually correcting in the midst of working with one.


    After quiet time and snack I start the twins math lessons.

    They do not learn well together so even though they are learning the same thing I do the lesson with one at a time.

    Sometimes they are able to finish their math lesson, but often they need extra help to pay attention and need to wait for Nick to get home.


    This is probably a pretty honest picture of how our lessons go.

    I have found holding a hot cup of tea calms me.

    Sometimes I just need to hold my cup of tea, breath, and think of how I can explain something so that it is understood.

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    The boys and girls both do the same math curriculum (RightStart Math).

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    Once in a while we do projects all together.

    Most of the time the boys do projects independently.


    I like how calm these pictures make it look.

    It was not calm.

    It was a thousand questions and a toddler that kept spilling things.

    Not questions about the science of it by the way.


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    If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen these.

    I took the first group of pictures at the same time to show what everyone does at a given moment.


    This one shows the aftermath of our math lessons…


    Hope you liked getting a peek into what our day might look like.


    I have found I have to be flexible most days.

    Our homeschool day ~2015

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

    After reading several “Homeschool a day in the life” post at Simple Homeschool, I decided to track how long we actually spent on subjects.

    So for those of you who are curious what an at home day looks like around here, here you go.

    6:15am try to pull myself out of bed so I can have quiet time. This is also when I try to get my blog post done and up.

    *My husband usually goes to work before I get up so he is already gone for the day.

    7am the boys get up (this is the time they are allowed up, I do not wake them up unless we have to go somewhere)

    7:30am I made breakfast so I told them to come eat.

    8-9am the boys play(play was traded for my youngest laying down and my oldest sitting on the couch, sometimes they just cannot seem to get along!)


    9am 1st Lesson of RightStart Math



    9:46am 2nd Math Lesson (we are trying to get through two math books this year so we double up when we can)


    10:15am Handwriting Without Tears


    10:23am First Language Lessons & Super Grammar



    10:35am All About Spelling



    10:45am Snack & Break

    breaktimeThey usually opt for playing with legos during break time.

    I try to do any prep work for history and science during their break time.

    11:10am History

    historyWe were wrapping up the study we had been doing for the past 3 weeks so I just read to them a mini biography and we put the figures up on our timeline.

    Sometimes history involves a lot of reading and can take up a huge chunk of our day.

    Or we wait and watch a documentary on the computer while eating lunch.


    11:20am Science

    scienceI wanted to get some more shots of our Hero’s fountain so we did it one more time before wrapping up our study of him.

    Depending on the experiment, science can take up to an hour.

    Especially since I often have no clue what I am doing at first…

    11:30am Done with school!

    We did really good this day and finished before lunch!

    That is my goal every day but sometimes the boys have other ideas.

    No Geography today.

    End of a study so we did not have much to cover today.

    Sometimes the end of a study means we are playing catch up though! It can go either way.

    12:30pm Quiet time & Reading

    They do their school reading usually at quiet time. Right now though my oldest is trying to get through The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    1:30pm boys are up, chores and free time.

    We have one or two days a week that we do hiking or fieldtrips, on those days I really try to get anything I have to get done before we go.

    I also have them read school books on the way to places and watch any educational dvds I have planned for them in the vehicle.

    I hope this helps someone!

    What does your school day look like?

    Do you enjoy peeking into other peoples lives as much as I do?