Homeschool: On Schedules, Visits to the Country, Paper Roads and Fall Bakery Treats

We do not homeschool Monday-Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.

None of our learning is forced. I keep it as stress-free as possible- for them and me.

Obviously there is a certain amount of structure, but with boys our homeschool schedule does not always go as planned.

We homeschool for 2-3 hours a day most of the time.

Sometimes we start at 10:00 am. Sometimes it is 4:00 in the afternoon before school work occurs. We have even done homeschool “after dark”.

Sometimes we skip school work on a  Tuesday or a Wednesday and make a visit to our friends who live in the country.

My kids play with their chickens and goats and later spend the entire drive home begging to move to the country.

And then we  do homeschool work on a Saturday afternoon instead. It literally depends on what is going on each day and each week.

Today was a Saturday that we did school work and we honestly got more done today than we have in one given day in a while.

But in between it all, they needed a break after an hour or so.   I agreed.

Nick and Luke made these paper roads out of my computer paper and a black marker while they took their “break”.

They connected multiple sheets together to build a large city road.

Creative and awesome. Great team work, too!

Just remember, everyone homeschools differently.

I keep thinking over and over again what I read on a fellow Texas homeschool mom blog recently. Our kids do not have to put pencil to paper each day.

Personally, I think public school has trained our minds to believe differently…

And this evening we enjoy sugary treats from our local bakery for all of our hard work. Half of the cupcakes were gone by the time I took this photo.

Cookies shaped like full moons, witches on brooms, ghosts and cats.

So very festive!

I have two Halloween crafts to share with you in the next few days. Some super cute printable lunch box notes and a Hershey’s Kiss goodie!

(All pictures today are those I have taken and shared on my Instagram profile. Cool editing options and so easy to use! )

Have an awesome Saturday evening.


  1. says

    I love homeschool! And you (and your friend) are right. We don’t need to put paper to pencil every day (especially home ec. days when we clean house :)

    • says

      Courtney- I love when my kids can learn from every day experiences and learning is made to be fun. No one wants to be miserable and no one needs to be miserable, ya know.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave your thoughts.

    • says

      Glenda- I am so glad you found this helpful.

      Even though the public school system may not find him ready for school, you could always do some teaching at home. Causally.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave your thoughts.

  2. says

    nicely put. thanks for sharing this\”” good reminder! We do school when dad is at work.. The schedule varies and sometimes that fact freaks me out a bit. I like instagram too! Here from the HHH, have a great week!

  3. says

    What a great philosophy! I’ll admit I’m more “traditional” with school. Perhaps because I was a public school teacher in my “past” life? But I have learned to relax some and go with the flow. For example, we’re supposed to start school around 9:00, but this morning my middle (10) is teaching my youngest (7) to make pancakes and turkey bacon for breakfast. Why interrupt and ruin a LIFE moment, right? So, we’ll start school later. :)
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  4. says

    I am pretty new to homeschooling (my oldest is 5), and I am having a hard time breaking that public school mindset. The one that says you sit at a desk and fill in worksheets for 6-7 hours a day, every day. The one that says only kids of a certain age are supposed to study certain things. I am getting there, but it is a bit overwhelming at first! It is so nice to see how everyone does things differently.

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