Homeschool is actually a terrible description of what we do. While our main education happens at home, we are not at home very often! I create our curriculum on my own. I choose various workbooks, games, etc to come up with a fun, educational, well rounded, challenging curriculum.
We want our boys to be well educated. We want them to understand a wide variety of knowledge. Its really important to us that the boys understand history, civics, geography, politics, math, reading, grammar, science-including chemistry, electricity, animal science, biology, astronomy, etc. I love teaching a subject and a question arises and our whole day changes direction.
We do not have a “typical” day. We have a VERY hazy schedule that we attempt to follow, but life is so unpredictable and with homeschooling, we have the flexibility to flow with it! If we have a bad night’s sleep and the boys want to sleep in late, we just move our ‘plan’ later. My little guy still goes to preschool 3 days per week, so on his school days, we do have a little more structure.
He goes to preschool because we want him to have some independence from us. Our older son attended preschool and kindergarten before we decided to homeschool and it was fun for him. I want our little guy to have the same experiences. I don’t think he would paint, create, play and experience music at home the way he can in school because I have an older son to focus on too. By him attending preschool and kindergarten, he’ll get that expressive play with other kids. Once they get to first grade, its more of a structured learning in public school and I can give them that at home. We always play so they will get more playtime at home than they will in school. I find that we have a great balance of work & play in our home.