winter homeschool day

A Very Real Winter Homeschool Day

Full Disclaimer: This is not a glamorous day in the life of a homeschool mom post. In fact, when I woke up this morning I thought about writing a post about our usual routine instead, but that wouldn’t be real. Let’s face it, as homeschool moms some days are better than others, many days are busy, and things don’t always go as planned. So here is a look at my not-so-typical, but very real-life Friday.

Early Morning

I’m on day 4 of the flu and fighting a fever, so I slept in until 6:00. I packed my husband’s breakfast and drinks in his lunch box and set down to do some blog work. Shortly after I set down, my 3 year-old woke up and settled onto my lap for morning snuggles. Aren’t morning snuggles the best? (happy sigh)

My husband, Paul, was running a little early so we had about 10 minutes to talk before he left at 7:00.😃 Then I started a load of laundry and made smoothies for breakfast. We don’t usually have smoothies, but Paul mentioned that the vitamin C might help me feel better. They were delicious and I made a mental note to add them to our breakfast rotation.

After breakfast, my daughters (ages 17 and 13) each watched one of their brothers (ages 4 and 3) so I could shower and get ready for the day. Our school day began at 8:30. The girls started their day with math. We use Teaching Textbooks so they work pretty independently and just ask for help when they need it. Normally the boys and I would do some preschool stuff, but I wasn’t feeling well; we happily played “pizza shop” and with stuffed animals instead.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Homeschool


Kelsey (17-year-old) and Katie (13-year-old) are rehearsing for a Shakespeare play they are in, but just Katie had rehearsals this morning. Kelsey asked to stay home to clean and work on school. Um-mm… YES!

So, the rest of us loaded in the car for the 30 minute drive to rehearsal. While Katie practiced her scene, my little guys and I waited in the car. When it comes to waiting in the car my boys are champs. They happily watched a Leap Frog movie and Veggie Tales while playing with some of their toys. I appreciated being able to work on my Bible study.

Day in the Life

When we got home from rehearsal it was time for lunch, which wasn’t fancy. I had soup and the kids had sandwiches.

Early Afternoon

We study a different country each month and enjoy trying snacks from the country we are learning about. This month I had ordered a snack box from Universal Yums. We didn’t know what country we would be learning about until they opened the box. It was Italy! We read some fun facts about Italy and tried a variety of Italian treats. We’re all pretty excited to learn more about Italy this month.

Universal Yums Italy

After geography the boys were begging to take a bath. While I gave them a bath, Kelsey worked on her Bible study and Katie did her science lesson.

Mid-Afternoon – Late-Afternoon

Katie has a little job she does, which she normally does on days we’re already in town, but she had the flu earlier this week. All that to say, we needed to go to town for her to do her job. We all loaded up in the car this time. Kelsey studied her lines for the play and Katie did her Bible study on the way into town, which is also about a 30 minute drive. Totally different town than earlier but about the same distance. 😉

Bible Study

Memorizing Shakespeare lines

Katie cleans up the yards of a couple of dog owners, so it only takes her about 20 minutes to do her job. Then we stopped at the grocery store because I had been promising my 4-year-old all day that he could ride the brown horse.

penny horse at grocery store

I gave Kelsey and Katie plenty of pennies so he could ride multiple times and they took him to ride the horse, while my youngest and I shopped for 4 things that turned into a full buggy. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this.🤦‍♀️

Full grocery cart - day in the life of a homeschool mom


We made it home at 6:00 and threw together a quick dinner. Now we’re ready to enjoy a quiet Friday night. At some point this weekend I’ll look over the girls’ school work from the day. Days like today, I’m really grateful my girls are working so well independently and that my little guys are just getting started with preschool and still learning more from play than anything else.

How do you manage homeschooling and busy schedules when you’re not feeling well? I would love to hear what it looks like for your family.


Misty from Many Seasons of MotherhoodMisty is a child of God, wife, and mom of five, in the midst of many seasons of motherhood. Time goes fast, which is why she hopes to encourage other moms to find joy in each season of motherhood and make precious memories in the process. She writes about family, homeschooling, and motherhood at You can also connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.