A week in the life of a British homeschooling family – Monday

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Sometimes I think my family takes the homeschooling truism, “there’s no such thing as a typical day” to extremes.

On a mythical “normal Monday” we would work through our short homeschooling routine, read a story or play a game over afternoon teatime, and go for a walk with our dogs. There would be no egg throwing, and definitely no rollercoasters.

But as “normal” is never likely to happen, and since this time last year I enjoyed participating in a “Week in my life” blog hop, I thought it might be fun to record the same week this year.


I get up, let the plumber in, and make porridge. (The plumber doesn’t come every day. Only when 9-year-old boys use their bedroom radiator as a launchpad.)


We’re expecting friends to arrive at around 10:00AM, so we get to work promptly on our daily maths and English routine.

First, I do buddy maths with J(9).

Then after a quick jump around, he does some “French dictation”. This is a Brave Writer idea, designed to introduce children to dictation.

J maths

Next, buddy maths with C(10). She usually uses Ed Zaccaro too, but occasionally we work through British materials instead, to check for gaps and reassure C(10) that she’s on track.

C maths


No sign of our friends, so we head to our local park with the dogs.



Pancake time. I dictate an excerpt from Catching Fire to C(10) while I make the batter. She’s using Brave Writer’s Boomerang this year.

C(10) writes beautifully, but dictation is proving very useful for picking up and dealing painlessly with small errors. Today’s passage gave us the opportunity to discuss how “too” and “to” are used.

Pancakes and dictation

We eat our pancakes while reading about James VI in The Story of the World vol 2. C(10) has been learning about this period in her homeschool group, so she entertains J(9) and I with extra details.


C(10) practises guitar. She and I are both working towards classical guitar grade 5 exams this year.

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While we’re making pancakes, C(10) tells me about an interesting demonstration involving eggs and inertia that she’s been watching on Veritasium. Somehow this ends up in an “experiment” involving throwing eggs  at our garden wall. (We’ve been picking egg-shell off the dogs all afternoon.)

Egg throwing


Our friends arrive! (Loraine, I love your timekeeping. We wouldn’t have had nearly such a productive day if you’d come earlier.)

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Because our day hasn’t been quite busy enough, after our friends leave we decide to head to a local theme park. Seriously though… We save up grocery store points to buy annual passes which cover the three big theme parks near us, and our coupon for C(10)’s pass is about to expire.

While we’re there we have to go on a few rollercoasters, of course.

Can you see C(10) there on the right?

J(9) is so excited that by next spring when the parks reopen, he’ll be tall enough to go on this one, which C(10) rides on her own this time.

6:00PM Tacos for dinner. My guitar practice, then off to the gym for half an hour on the cross-trainer while C(10) does in her karate class.


For more Week in Life of a British homeschooling family, see Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

And see Week in the Life of a British homeschooling family 2013 with children aged 8 and 9.


How was your day?

Perhaps you’d like to share a normal (ha!) day in your homeschooling life?

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14 thoughts on “A week in the life of a British homeschooling family – Monday

  1. Has it been a year since you wrote about your week? Doesn’t time go by quickly? I really enjoy reading your day (and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the week), so am really happy that you’re writing this series of post again. 🙂

    Your week is off to a very good start, what with egg-throwing and going to the theme park! Even with those, you’ve managed to get a fair bit of work done. I’d say that’s a very good day!

    I can’t believe how small the HE world is (or maybe it’s because we go out so much)! I believe I’ve actually met your friend and her boys (C and O) a number of times before!

    1. How funny that you’ve met our friends! C and O are probably J(9)’s best friends; they are such lovely boys. I am looking forward to to meeting you and Tiger in person, one day, Hwee! Then again, if you see (hear!) us coming, you guys may well run the other way, LOL 😀

      Yes it was a very busy Monday – I’m hoping the rest of the week will be a bit calmer! Don’t you just love the variety of this life, though? I can’t imagine going into the same office to work every day. (Though I am extremely grateful that my husband doesn’t mind doing so!)

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. I do enjoy being able to look back on this snapshot of our home ed life. I just hope people don’t feel like I’m spamming their inbox with my daily posts!

  2. A normal day? Are we supposed to be having some of those? I must have missed the memo…updating our schedule now 🙂 Your day, if not normal, looked like a crazy lot of fun – really like the eggs!

  3. Lucinda,

    It’s always interesting catching a glimpse of other people’s lives. You set out for the theme park at 3 pm? Oh my! We’d have to set out early in the morning if we wanted to go somewhere similar. I love how you make the most of your day. It’s never too late to do something by the sounds of it. By 3 pm I wouldn’t be thinking of going out (unless I had to). Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sue,

      If if were up to me, we would probably stay in most days, and we certainly wouldn’t be gallivanting off to theme parks in the middle of the afternoon! But I always seem to enjoy these outings, and I tell myself there’ll be another season in my life for quiet days at home.

      Looking back, I don’t think I made it clear in my post – the only reason we went to the theme park was to redeem the voucher before it expired – so there were definitely special circumstances! I think perhaps we are also trying to make the most of the fine weather before winter.

      By the way, I am halfway through your latest podcast which I am enjoying very much. I have also had to order a second copy of your book – I had to leave my first copy with a young friend who started reading it and couldn’t be parted from it! I shall be over to catch up with your blog and FB page soon!

    1. You are very charitable describing Thorpe Park as “goodness”, Claire! You are of course very welcome to pop over and visit us in El Puerto, of course. 🙂

  4. I am enjoying your week! I am also very impressed that you are getting pics throughout the day. I have thought of doing a post similar to this but I haven’t yet. Maybe your week will inspire me. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sharon! Re the pics – it does feel a bit like starring in our own reality TV show this week! I love reading about people’s day-to-day homeschooling lives. It’s fascinating to see how many different ways there are of doing things. I am usually inspired to steal a few ideas, too. Please do come back and leave a link if you do do a similar post!

    1. Please do it, Ticia! I’d love to see one of your days. I bet there are loads of mums out there who start later like you, who would be so relieved to hear school doesn’t have to start at 9! I’m a morning person. Having to function after 7pm wears me out. I’m exhausted just from blogging every night this week!

  5. Eating pancakes, gallivanting with friends, throwing eggs at the garden wall, and going to the fair – maybe if I show this to P, she’ll let me homeschool 😉 I’ll skip all the educating along the way, of course!

    1. Oh yes the eggs were so much fun. And I get such a buzz out of being the mum who says yes when her kid comes and asks “Can I throw eggs at the garden wall?” 😀 (Okay I admit my first response was “…er… why?”, but I really couldn’t think of a reason why not in the end!)

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