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How many "home days"?

post #1 of 10
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I am looking to find a balance between days spent entirely at home (including outdoors close to home) compared to days away from home (play dates, library, classes etc).  I am wondering how many home days other homeschoolers have?  We aim for 3 days entirely at home, but often end up with only 2 days.  However, I think we all seem more grounded when we have 3 days at home.  I am curious what happens in other homeschooling families?

post #2 of 10

We are about the same, usually 2 days at home, sometimes 3-but one of those is often on the weekend when the kids are out playing with the neighbors, so it's not entirely a "home day."  We are definitely home less now that the kids are older (6&3) and involved in more activities.

post #3 of 10
It varies a lot for us. I'm not much of a planner so other than co-op sessions and ongoing classes most of our outside stuff is "hey! There's something fun downtown today, wanna go?" At least two days a week minimum I try to stay home for my sanity though. wink1.gif
post #4 of 10

We are about the same...more than 2 major outing days a week is too much, because then there is not enough time at home to do the things that make home the most wonderful place in the world. Too much time away, and our home time is a frantic rush of leftover chores, transition time (getting ready to go out, and getting back and putting away everything) and having to get stuff packed to go out, unpacked, eat meals, and get to bed.

 

If we go out 3 days a week, the intervening days are just barely enough to either have our relaxing time in an increasingly chaotic house, or just barely enough time to go nuts cooking and cleaning and getting to bed and getting ready for an outing the next day.

 

I think 2 is the magic number, except for when we like to go on walks more often in nice weather . In winter we have a LOT more cozy time at home, tackle serious decluttering and reorganizing, have the holidays, and sort of draw into our inner circle, draw away from the world a bit, and have time at home to contemplate, dream, drift, play board games, be creative, etc.

 

One year we did soccer and ballet and something else I forget what, and that ran us completely ragged. Seems like we lived in the car! The kids begged not to have any "Activities" the next year, and I was more than happy to agree!

post #5 of 10

Not sure if by "home days" you mean days that we don't go out for anything (except maybe running an errand or two, locally), then we don't have a whole lot of those this school year. In theory we don't have any planned activities on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I teach some music lessons those 2 days. But most weeks I end up putting some other appointments on at least one of those days. We are crazy busy most weeks. Next week for instance there is not one day that we will be home all day, not one! And some of these activities and/or appointments involve quite a bit of driving too! It's called "car schooling"...

post #6 of 10

This has really varied for us. When my elder kids were young (under 12, say) we aimed for 4 home days. We rarely achieved that consistently but we tried to be within spitting distance. One of our out-of-home days has always been a trip to the city -- a small town to most people, pop. 10,000 -- about 90 minutes away. We'd do a full day's worth of stuff once you factored in the driving time, and that tended to be pretty exhausting, so we tried to only have a couple of other days a week with commitments. 

 

Once my elder three were in the 8-13 range or older, they had more stamina and greater social needs. We tried to keep 2 "home days." We were happier and more emotionally resilient if we got those.

 

My youngest is more social, and is now getting older (she'll be 11 in a couple of months) and we don't worry about protecting at-home days. If she's had a lot of long tiring days, she'll relish a "Nothing Day" or two at home, but we don't worry about making sure we get them in the course of an ordinary week.

 

Miranda

post #7 of 10

We get out of the house usually three days a week, minimum. Sometimes one extra day for birthday parties or play dates or whatever. I personally *like* being at home (usually) as much as possible. My LO's are 6 1/2, 4 and 18 months, though, and I think maybe my desire to leave the house might grow as everyone gets older and a little more independent.

 

I tend to get overwhelmed if I'm spending too much time trying to leave the house. Also, I find if we do one "big" thing, we can't do another "big" thing on the same day. For example, our town had a festival/parade last week, and we were also invited to help with a walk-a-thon before the event. I had already planned to take the kids to the festival, so the walk-a-thon was out. My toddler still naps, of course, and I want to keep up his routine, so being out "all day" is not happening for us right now. I think all of our limit for out of the house activities is pretty low, though. After a recent trip to the park (and after a couple of other fairly short-ish outings) my 6 year old exclaimed, "we've had a LONG day!" Lol!

 

Our weekly activities that are basically "set in stone" are Sunday morning and Sunday evening church. Tuesday is our library day. Wednesday evening is church. I'm going to really try to do a weekly park visit as long as we have nice weather (we're in the southwest). I'm trying to find/do more social activities for homeschoolers, but it hasn't been easy to find the right activities for us.

 

DH volunteers to shop for groceries and such, so that helps me out a ton!

post #8 of 10

We tend to stay home most days in the cooler months.  We go out a few times a month.  This is going to change though because they'll be going to my grandma's a few days a week and start taking a class or two on those days, I'd still consider that to be very home-like on their non-class days. 

 

Considering that, it looks as if home days will go from 6 on average (during the winter) to about 3 on average.  

post #9 of 10

It depends on the season. Our Fall schedule was really busy and over scheduled. I usually just try and "protect" our mornings 3-4 days a week. I try not to commit to activities during that time, from 8-12:30p.

We have one day a week we are gone all day with a formal large co-op and then I use the rest of the time for errands.

We have another day when we are home in the morning from 8-12:30p but then have a smaller co-op of just a few families in the afternoon. Part of the time is devoted to a unit study the other part is devoted to a play/hang out. Later that same day we have a weekly activity.

I never schedule any regular

activities on Fridays. Sometimes we are home all day, sometimes we do something as a family.

post #10 of 10

I've tried really, really hard to keep T/Th sacred home days this year, but with a new baby on the way and all of the appts that come with that, it doesn't always work.  Out of the house activities for the boys are limited to M/W/F, and usually we still have the morning.  I have a 1st and 3rd grader, so theoretically the morning should be enough time, but it doesn't seem to work like that for my dreamy 3rd grader!

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