Day in the Life | How We Unschool
I decided to do a full day in the life of an unschooler, but I forgot to shoot at many times throughout the day, so these are pics over two days.
6:00 Wake Up/Breakfast/Yoga/Shower
I eat before I do yoga. I’m hungry and I’m also not very “bendy” when I first wake up. Remember, this is our ideal day. Some days my body doesn’t cooperate and I give myself a lot of grace.
7:00 Dogs Out and Fed/Mindset/Social Media/Work/Blog/Laundry
9:00 Wake up Kids—they have to eat, get dressed, unload the dishwasher (and whatever else they want) by 10am.
Our kids are late sleepers. They could easily sleep until 10:30/11. But waking up at the same time every day helps us all. Yes, we unschool, but kids thrive in at least some structure.
10:00-2:00 Homeschool time. This is probably not what you’re thinking. Or maybe you unschool, like we do. This is our time when I am giving the kids my undivided attention. We go to museums, the library, or on a hike.
We read aloud from a history book. We play board games. We plan trips. And if I have something pressing that needs my attention, they have free play which includes playing Lego, building forts, or magic tricks.
We run errands—together. There are so many life lessons to be learned when they come with me to run errands (patience, customer service, budgeting, planning our trip, etc).
I love how they always find a way to entertain themselves.
2:00-5:00ish Screen time. For all of us. YouTube, Shows, Math, Online classes, video games…whatever. All while I try to get stuff done around the house and on my laptop.
5:00-6:00 Free play/Dance classes/play outside
6ish Dinner (and a dance break between classes where the dogs get lots of extra pets and attention!)
7:00-9:00ish Screen Time. Roblox, video games, shows
9:00-10:30 reading, Lego, showers/baths, winding down before bed
So this is the general structure and goal that we strive for. Every day is a slight variation of this, but having this plan in place has changed our lives quite a bit. Unschooling allows for a lot of flexibility and freedom, but kids (and adults!) get more out of every day with some structure and knowing what to expect.