A Day in the Life of Wisconsin Timberdoodlers

Hi! I’m Allison, a former teacher and current homeschooling mom. My husband, Andy, is a pastor. We have 3 kids.

Elias, 6, loves anything to do with robots or outer space.

Etta, 2, is obsessed with animals.

And our baby, Graham, loves smiling and keeping me up all night!

We all thoroughly enjoy road trips, whether it’s a 6-hour trip to Grandma’s house or a 5,000 mile journey across the country!

Our Morning:

While I love the idea of a productive morning where we get all our school work accomplished, it just doesn’t happen. Typically, we’re out at playgroup or running errands.

My kids are happiest in the morning, so even when we’re home, I take advantage of their cooperative play to get housework done.

When the 6-year-old does do school, the two-year-old likes to “work” alongside him scribbling in dollar store workbooks.

Our Afternoon:

After lunch, (which would be peanut butter and jelly every day if left up to Elias and Etta), it’s nap time for the little ones.

We always try and do Math-U-See during this point in our day. While I love that she tries to copy what Elias is doing (and starting to learn in the process), if little sister is awake, those integer blocks end up everywhere!

Our Evening:

Our evenings all depend on Daddy’s schedule. It’s pretty normal for him to have evening meetings, but we always try and have dinner as a family, even if it means eating early before he heads back to work.

Homeschooling with a toddler and a baby mean sometimes they go to bed early so we can finish up those last few subjects!

Just for Fun:

We participate in a weekly playgroup. It’s mostly preschoolers, but my oldest has a few younger friends that still attend. I always toss A Reason for Writing in my diaper bag so he can work if he doesn’t want to play with the little kids.

We travel extensively. We love National Parks, museums, and factory tours. One of the biggest factors in our decision to homeschool was to continue to have the freedom to give our kids the opportunity to learn in real-life settings! Vacation that counts as school? Yes, please!



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