Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How We Homestead Week Four

We're enjoying this series on Homesteading.
Make sure you check in with these bloggers to read 
all about their homesteading adventures.

 Amber@ Making a Home
 Meg@ Bit of Life

Today, we focus on:
Our Daily Life

Starting each day with exercise has been my practice for many years.
Yoga and walking are enjoyed each morning.
It's the gift I give myself every day,
to ensure good health and stay balanced.
It's the time when the house is actually quiet
and a gal has time to think and reflect.
It's a treasured time of day.
A morning cup of hot water as email is checked
helps to clear sinuses and aids in digestion.

As a homeschooling family, we spend a lot of time together.
It's one of the things I like best about being homeschoolers.
We can set ourselves up for success each day.
We seem to thrive on routine.
We have a schedule that helps Lil' Guy stay on track,
but it's not so rigid that we can't mix it up when we need to.
Working changes into that routine 
helps him learn to deal with change,
which is always a challenge with kids on the autism spectrum.

Pretty much everything we do has a learning aspect.
Mornings are spent with household chores.
Cleaning according to the chore schedule is helpful
so that all tasks are completed in a timely manner.
Errands are usually run in the morning as well,
if possible, to avoid the heat of midday.
Laundry has become much less of a chore 
since we now employ our clothesline
to do most of the drying.
Once outside,  we are able to see what's happening in the garden.
It's a great jumping off point for nature studies.

Afternoons are spent on projects, crafts or reading.
We can't get enough of books around here.
Baking is another activity that takes place in the afternoon hours.
Making food from scratch does take more time,
but it's the only way we can ensure that allergies won't be affected
and we eat a balanced and nutritious diet.

During the summer hours, 
I work only a couple of hours a week
in the evening as a tutor.
My current student lives right in the neighborhood,
so I can commute by bike and am home in no time.
Still plenty of time to work outside or take a family bike ride.

It seems I watch less and less television as time passes,
but I can always find something to research on the computer,
write my posts for the blog or work on my knitting.
Bedtime is early here, usually 10:00, 
as I am up before the sun most days.

Our "modified" unschooling lifestyle suits us.
It works hand in hand with homesteading
while allowing us to pursue lifelong learning
and spend lots of quality family time together.
We have more than enough flexibility to divide our work and play


  1. First of all, I LOVE your orange bike. It's so happy looking! Secondly, I agree that unschooling goes really good with homesteading. We don't do total unschooling, but I like to do periods of it throughout the school year. It gives us a refreshing break. And being together so much is one of the things I also enjoy most about homeschooling.

  2. oh I love your bike!

    How old is your little guy!? I always thought that I would homeschool, but then I had my daughter! I know that sounds bad, but really, I don't mean it to. She is just better taught in public school, and is doing very well.

    1. Lil' Guy may soon need a new name, he's 12! Glad that you found what works for your family. Public school was not an option for us.

  3. That sounds like a great schedule! Starting the day with exercise sounds lovely, I'm just not sure what that bit about the house being quiet means... ;)

  4. Love, love, love yoga. How fantastic that you can bike to your tutoring job!

    1. Yeah, it's pretty cool! Yoga does so much good for very little effort.

  5. Your days sound very happy and healthy! So awesome that you can ride your bike to work. I spend so much time in my car; it's something I'd really like to change.

    1. I have a really good life, so blessed.
      Hope you can change your commuting time!

  6. I'm glad you've found a homeschooling lifestyle that fits you best! I like how you keep the learning going all the time, not just for school hours. I also admire how you start the day out with exercise - I think that is very important!

    1. Well, it fits us for now, only because we can't have chickens in suburbia!
      Learning does take place all the time, I think people forget that it's up to them to pursue it!

  7. Your orange bike is fabulous!! Your pictures are so inspiring, I can't wait to see what else I can learn from your blog. Thank you for sharing, and inspiring. :) Hugs from WA!!

    1. Welcome! It's all about the sharing! Enjoy your weekend.


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