Joelle from Homeschooling for His Glory

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Jolle Homeschooling for His GloryToday I’m visiting with Joelle from Homeschooling for His Glory and getting her to share all the ins and outs of her homeschool days. Pull up a chair and join us…

Kemi: Hi Joelle can you tell us a little bit about your children’s ages and grades?

Joelle: I homeschool 2 boys (11 and 9). They are both lego lovers, one is very sportive and the other one is a dreamer. They have been homeschooled from the beginning. They  are now in grade 4 and grade 6. One is a lover of History and Science, the other of Languages and Science. One is very tidy and meticulous, the other is, well, let’s say the opposite, but loves writing stories.

Kemi: Joell can you share with us what homeschooling method do you use?

Joelle: We mainly use a classical approach to our homeschooling, but in a very relaxed and eclectic way. If you want to know what I mean you can read my series on my blog entitled: 5 Days of Relaxed Classical Education

Kemi: Joelle can you share with us what your typical homeschool day looks like?

Joelle: A typical homeschool day at our house looks something like this:
7:30 – 8:30: waking up time for everyone, though my 11 year old recently started sleeping in. Welcome to the teen years for me….
8:30- 9:30: breakfast
9:30-10:30: Dad leaves for work and the boys gets themselves together, usually play around a bit and mom checks the computer
10:30-4:30 school time, with lunch break somewhere in there.
Usually my 9 year old follows his schedule (fixed on the board) to the letter. My 11 year old has a harder time to do the same, as he gets distracted by his own interests (these days making up football  tournaments, but mos time fighting imaginary battles).
During these 6 hours beside lunch break they also get breaks playing football in the house. In the summer it was soccer. We also take breaks working on 500-1000 pieces puzzles.
A lot of their work is independent and therefore I am either on the computer or in the kitchen.
Some days, we start later and end up finishing later, and even doing some stuff after dinner.

Kemi: So Joelle you know that Homemaking Organized is all about homemaking or the details of home. We love to find out how others keep their homes. Can you tell us about your own homekeeping and how you manage to fit it in with homeschool?

Joelle: The care of my home is a constant challenge. We live in a 1000 sqt apartment with lots of stuff (mainly books), so you can imagine the clutter. Between legos, books, my cooking stuff (did I mentioned my husband is a pastor and I went to seminary, so more books from these two facts), keeping the house in order is difficult.
 The way I manage is I don’t manage.  That said,  I try to tidy up every so often by doing the 10 minutes challenge which consists of tidying up for 10 minutes at a time. I also try to do the tip of picking something that does not belong somewhere every time I move from one spot to another.
Every so often I also rearrange the living room/dining room, which allows me for deep clean, I also do that with the bedrooms.
In the kitchen, I cook everyday at least 2 meals, so I am constantly cleaning dishes and wiping up counters, no dishwasher here. I have enrolled the boys’ help, so now they each do dishes twice a week.
Recently I have been in the process or purging, so as not to have as much clutter, as well as to find stuff to sell to generate some income.

Kemi: Finally Joelle do you have any crafts or hobbies that you would like to share?

Joelle: I have recently taken up knitting and crocheting back. But I am nowhere an expert, so not selling stuff for me as yet.

It’s been wonderful talking with Joelle who is a homeschooling mom to two boys, and is married to a pastor, ministering in Toronto. She loves teaching, singing, laughing, baking and playing games. You can find her talking about homeschooling, cooking and curriculum reviews over at her blog Homeschooling for His Glory. You can also find her on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest.

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  1. I love hearing from those who homeschool only or mostly boys. I have three girls and one boy, and I know his life is different because he lives with all of us! 🙂 He’d probably love to outnumber me with more boys.

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