Day In the Life of a Special Needs Homeschooling Family!

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*This post was originally published on 1/26/15

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for us, a not so typical special needs homeschooling family?

If so please read on and watch our video!

If the thought has never crossed your mind, well then I invite you to continue reading anyway!
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Because of Bethany’s unpredictable seizure disorder and sleep issues we have never really been able to establish a set routine or schedule for getting our school work done.

But a typical day goes something like this…

Bethany and I wake up anywhere from 4:00 to 11:00 a.m. depending on what kind of night we’ve had.

I’ll get her settled with some food and a DVD, then have Jeremiah keep an eye on her while I take a shower which usually happens anywhere from about 9:30-11:30.

He usually has one eye on her and the other on his computer!

After my shower, depending on Bethany’s condition or mood, she and I might play an educational game or two before I begin working with Jeremiah.

Sometimes, however, I might decide to just let her chill out on the couch for a while before I work with her.

Jerry and I typically work together for a couple of hours on Algebra, Physiology, Language Arts, History/Geography, Art History/Appreciation, and Health.

He usually has some history questions or other project that he has to research after that.

He and I usually eat lunch while we work.

We typically do not eat breakfast.

Of course all the while I’m working with Jerry, I am also going back and forth to play an educational game with Bethany.

Sometimes I read a book to her, fit in a quick lesson of some kind, or just sing along for a few songs with her and Barney.

Malcolm and my daughter, Rebekah almost always come home for lunch!

Malcolm arrives at around 12:30 and Rebekah arrives at around 2:00.

Thankfully, they both get their own lunches made!

Most of the time their presence doesn’t interrupt our school day unless they’ve got something exciting going on!

Usually anywhere from around 1:00-3:00 Jeremiah is done with his work and can pursue his own interests!

His interests almost always require him being on the computer, but surprisingly many of his interests are also educational and can be considered school work!

It’s all in how I translate what’s he’s done to the school district!boy using a computer

Bethany typically peps up in the late afternoon and evening.

This is the time that she prefers to do her school work, work on life skills, or go on social outings.

girl rolling out pizza dough

Then it’s dinner and shower time for Bethany.

After her shower she loves to play dice games or cards and work on crafts or therapy worksheets.

Then she watches a few more videos and finally it’s bedtime!

And then the cycle begins all over again!

To be honest, our days can sometimes be monotonous, boring, and even depressing.

But despite that, we are thankful for our days together and besides, most days are fun and interesting.

I invite you come on over for a virtual visit!

All you have to do is press play, then sit back, relax, and watch!

Thanks for stopping by!


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6 Replies to “Day In the Life of a Special Needs Homeschooling Family!

  1. Sylvia,
    Thank you for letting me into your day. It was lovely to see Bethany at work and some of the things you do. I will be checking out that website to see what I can find. Finding things to do for Sarah has been challenging and I often feel at a loss as to how I can work with her. Hopefully I can find some inspiration!

    1. It was my pleasure, Stephanie. I really am enjoying vlogging as well as blogging! I think you’ll find some cool stuff at Your Therapy Source for Sarah!

  2. I’m glad to know we aren’t the only ones that can’t seem to find a standard schedule, even though we do t have it quite so difficult. Thanks for sharing how you manage each day.

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