Every home and home school experience will look different, but I am going to include my routine for the simple purpose of showing one example of how we try and make it all work. This is a rough outline.
8:00- breakfast, clean up, start laundry on laundry days
8:30- read/sing/pray with preschoolers. Older students read devotionals
8:45- set up preschoolers with an activity and start math, language arts and seat work. This is done separately in my home, so I float between my students.
9:45- ‘Snack Man’ prepares snack
10:00- recess. At this time, I either change the laundry, make phone calls, write emails, go on a walk with the kids etc.
10:15- This is the time in school where we do all the combined teaching subjects (ie: My Father’s World, unit studies, Mystery of History etc.).
After lunch- recess
1:00- Quiet rest time. This is when I get our ‘read alouds’ read. Everyone lays on his bed and I read a chapter in our book. Usually by the time I am done, my little ones have fallen asleep and take their afternoon nap while the older students and I slip out and have our reading time followed by any school work that has not been completed.
3:00- Nap time is usually done and chores are started. In order to school together and play together, we must work together. I have divided our household chores among the days of the school week and we tackle some each day.
4:30- Start dinner