A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old

It’s been awhile since I shared what a homeschool day in our lives looks like. To be honest, writing this type of post exhausts me. I don’t think I ever actually realize how hectic things are around here until I write everything down and reflect on it. All I can say is, yikes.

One of the things I try to be careful about is trying to keep this blog authentic. I spend an awful lot of time doling out advice and encouragement, but I really need to point out that my life is just as crazy as everyone else’s…possibly more so. 🙂

So, welcome to my life…enjoy the ride!


A Homeschool Day in the Life with 10 Kids

8am- I hear the kids moving around downstairs and get out of bed. After making the bed and wishing I could sleep until noon, I head to the first floor, where I find the kids at the dining room table making paper dolls.

So far, so good.


8:15- I start some blog work while the kids eat cereal and watch an episode of “Jessie” on Netflix.


8:30- There’s a pretty bad thunderstorm outside, but my 17 year old still has to leave and walk to work. One of the disadvantages of being a one-vehicle family. She doesn’t mind. She prefers this weather to any other kind.


9:30- I eat breakfast while the kids clean up their mess in the dining room. We usually straighten up the living room and dining room before starting school each day, but today the living room was able to stay in one piece. Nice.


9:45- I start a pot of coffee (finally) and do a load of laundry. I just love the smell of the fabric softener wafting through the house as we do school.


10am- We start our school day with a devotional. (All of the kids who are 12 and under. The 15 and 16 year olds are still asleep.) After the devotional, the 9, 11, and 12 year olds head off to play quietly or do crafts, while I read Papa Piccolo to the 3, 5, 7, and 8 year olds. After the story, we discuss the action words the author used, such as strutted, skidded, and feasted. The kids have fun acting them out until the older kids join in and everything starts to get a little out of hand.

Time to move on.


10:30- Time to work on phonics and math with the 5, 7, and 8 year olds. I’m not one who is keen on homeschooling preschoolers, but my 3 year old insists on being a part of our homeschool, so she works on her letter notebook.


11:15- We pull out the watercolor paints and discuss light and speed techniques. I ask the kids to paint a building with light coming through the windows and an animal or two outside the building running to give the illusion of speed. Anytime the paints come out, the older kids join in the fun. I’ve got some artsy kids. 🙂


Unfortunately, this happy scene was punctuated by me losing my cool over some behavior issues with the older kids, and all of the children getting a five minute lecture on obedience.

See? I told you.


12pm- Lunchtime- microwaveable ramen.

Hey, I’m not being lazy. My children specifically asked for this because we had to go a month without a microwave after ours broke, and we finally got a new one. Now they’re binging on all the microwave meals they missed out on. 😛

And to be honest, popping some chicken nuggets in the oven or making sandwiches is actually less time-consuming. Have you ever had to make nine cups of ramen when they take three minutes each? Ugh. Boring.

I choose to eat some leftover pizza. Unlike my kids, I’m not big on ramen.


12:30- I work some more on the blog while the kids make some more paper dolls and try out a homemade slime kit. Then they go back to watching “Jessie” for awhile.

The 15 and 16 year olds are awake by now and looking for their ramen.


1pm- Chore time! We do chores at this time each day so the house is nice and clean by the time my husband comes home from work. The kids play outside until he comes home, while I finally get dressed and start another load of laundry.


1:40- My husband gets home. (Thank God!)


1:45- A geography curriculum for my 15 year old to try out arrives in the mail. I sit and look through it and go over some things with her about how to use it. Don’t you just love new curriculum?!


2pm- The younger kids play with our Wednesday bin while I read aloud to the 9, 11, and 12 year olds. We just started reading The Titan’s Curse last week. We adore this series.


As we’re reading, the 15 and 16 year olds come to tell me they’re walking to Kmart (where my 17 year old works) to go shopping and then walk home with her when she gets off.


2:30- I start doing math with the 9, 11, and 12 year olds, individually. I love Life of Fred. It makes life so much easier.


3:20- After math, they start working in their animal notebooks. They have been having such a good time learning about the animals of their choice. These will make wonderful keepsakes.


3:45- By now, the littles and middles are all done with school for the day.

The kids all choose snacks- their choice of granola bars, ice cream, or apples and peanut butter.


4pm- My 17 year old calls home and asks for a ride. Apparently, we had like $150 worth of points from Kmart, so she used them to get towels, soil, seeds, and outside toys for the kids. She’s such a good kid. 🙂 (I’d like to add that today she got a $25 gift card for being a good employee.:D) Anyhoo…there’s no way she and her siblings can carry all that home, so I pick them up.


5pm- I start making dinner- sloppy joes and fries. I’m all about simplicity.


6pm- Chore time! Chores are done one more time for the day, after which all of the kids ages 12 and under take turns getting baths. They got pretty filthy outside.

My 15 and 17 year olds spend the next few hours upstairs painting their bedroom, earning them a break from chores and most of their school work. All my 15 year old has to do is a lesson in her new geography curriculum, while my 17 year old has to do a geometry lesson.


7pm- I remind my 16 year old about his school work. He sits at the table to do some notebooking and ends up spending an hour decorating his notebook, instead. Sigh.

The younger kids sit at the table with him and either work on their notebooks or make loom band bracelets.


8pm- My husband goes to bed for the night, so the kids all sit quietly in the living room to watch Netflix until their bedtime. Okay, they’re supposed to sit quietly, but, unlike theirs, my version of quiet doesn’t include running through the house screaming.


9pm- Time for my non-teens to go to bed. 🙂 I help the teens with any school work they need help with. I’m going to admit that I’m a bit irritated that they started their work so late. By this time, I’m pretty tired, so I may have been cranky with them, but it serves them right. Humph.


10:30pm- I’m finally done helping the kids and can start doing some more blog work. After doing some maintenance, I watch TV until I start dozing off.


11:30- I head up to bed for the night.


I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into one of our homeschool days. And remember, this probably sounds much more calm than it actually was. Just try to picture it with constant running around and screaming in the background, then you’ll get the full effect.

Share a bit about your typical day in the comments! I love to hear your stories! Have a great night. I’m going to bed… 🙂











Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

54 thoughts on “A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old”

  1. God bless you! You just gave me energy by reading this. I love how you all work together regardless. The work gets done and everyone is happy. Keep up the good work and may God strengthen and comfort you through it all! You Rock Mom! I homeschool my 5 year old daughter and am going to start with my 17 year old, so would love to connect with you for your advice. Blessings!

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  2. Wait, was this piece about me?? Lol. I *only* have 8 kids but our homeschool days sound quite similar to yours. My oldest is 13 and my youngest is 2, and I’m pregnant with baby #9. I thought I was alone because I haven’t found a blog by anyone else who still uses microwaves and allows their kids to watch shows like Jessie. 🙂 I’m amazed that you have the energy to maintain a blog! Thank you for your transparency and encouragement!! God Bless.

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    1. My blog is how I keep my sanity, lol. Sounds like we have much in common. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with your ever-growing family! (Aren’t big families wonderful?!)


  3. You AMAZE me, Shelly. You do a great job at directing all of your kiddos – but not being a drill sergeant. There’s so much wisdom that I can learn from you. Thanks for sharing a day in your life with us. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for sharing your day in the life! I am thinking Life of Fred for math next year too. 🙂 Tell me more about your bins…you mentioned the Wednesday bin. Do you have 5 bins and rotate the activities?

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    1. I do. I have 5 bins from the dollar storew marked with the days of the week. I filled them up with things from the dollar store, the dollar spot at Target, and Five Below. Each day, I pull out the bin for that day, and they can only play with that bin. That way, they won’t get tired of the toys as quickly, and that means they’ll be quiet longer!


  5. I love reading about other homeschool days! We only have four kiddos in the mix, but my day actually sounds very similar. And I’m really glad that other homeschool teens wait until night to work. My 16 year old has two jobs, and he’s usually doing his schoolwork from 9p- 12a. It works for him. 🙂

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  6. Thank you. I go crazy trying to get homeschool done from 9-3 but crazy life with baby and toddler its hard. Add we are adding on to the house it’s crazy! I love the idea of high school and night s. I have thought about it, he is a night owl. It’s crazy I love how low key you have it but still do school. Thank you for making us crazy moms who struggle and yes the noise the noise! My husband gets done early too not as early as yours, but ishome by 3:30 or 4, I feel rushed getting evodone in time before he gets home. My favorite time and only thing I do schedule is nap after lunch, everyone lays down, baby to the15 year old, and me. The older ones love to read to younger, then they quietly read, draw or something quite. And I rest. Blessing to you and your family.

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  7. I love your post! I’m wondering, blogging is something I’ve always wanted to do…any suggestions to get started? Lol…I’ve also wondered how homeschooling mama’s mama’s with large families find the time to blog! 😉 Manu blessings!
    C Morris…mama to 3 ages 13, 8 and 2

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    1. I treat blogging like a “job” and dedicate certain days to writing content and a few times each day to sharing posts on social media, answering comments, etc. I always do my writing after the kids have gone to bed. My biggest piece of advice is to always be transparent when you blog. People are encouraged by the truth. Also, don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Some of my most popular posts were the most controversial. Good luck!


  8. Your an amazing momma! I love the simplicity of your “homeschool” day. Even with the added noise 🙂 I have a large family as well of 13. My oldest 4 have moved out on their own so we now have 9 at home ages 18, 17, 14, 11, 9, 7, 4, 2, 1. I have always wanted to find a way to have the schooling part of our day more relaxed. We start school usually around 9 and don’t finish till after 3. I am inspired by your post and am looking forward to reading some of your other posts to find some tips. Bless you all

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    1. Wow, and I thought I had a lot with 11! (My oldest is 23) I did a lot of reading by John Holt and John Gatto to get to the point where I was comfortable with being more relaxed. I highly recommend you read their books!


  9. I laughed out loud! When people stare at me and awkwardly gush about how amazing I am to homeschool 5 kids and work from home and travel with my husband with the kids in tow or whatever, I think of days like this. Mine range from 8-16 and yep, teens are different. Jobs do come into play. Minecraft makes an appearance way too much for me. The last month+ we’ve been in the middle of moving/selling/buying/remodeling and then our vacation we planned way in advance came up in the middle of all of it. I’m not sure when we’ll get back to “normal” but our new house has a bar in the basement and that’s where we’re homeschooling so my kids can grow up and say they were homeschooled at a bar. Can’t wait to read more!

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