School for a 6 year old

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Here are a few pictures of our 6 year old during the school day this morning.

First came reading, snuggled next to mom on the couch–she often reads Bob books to me, but this morning we found this old McGuffey reader.  Then she moved on to handwriting and math.

All of this took about 45 minutes, about normal for early elementary school at our house.  She then moved on to free play.  She is exceedingly good at happily occupying herself while bigger kids are occupied, though she’s always delighted when her 3rd grade sister is free to join her in play.  Today she opted to play with big sister’s horses.

And later this morning?   Time to go track up the snow that unexpectedly graced our back yard this morning!  I guess we won’t be lounging in those lounge chairs anytime soon….



  1. Hard to believe it was 50 degrees off and on just last week. I actually saw an earthworm in the snow that I shoveled off of the driveway this morning!

  2. It unexpectedly snowed in PA as well!

  3. That child is just the cutest!

  4. Not unexpected where I live. We don’t put away snow stuff until July 4 every year though one year while watching fireworks kids wore winter coats, mittens and hats! Never know around here. I LOVE IT, I am one of a few thousand people who love the coldest weather imaginable; good thing I live where I do and can feel several -30 below days each year.

  5. Is that Horizons math? I let my 6 yo finish the K books and start on the first 1st grade book, and she’s soooo bored! I’m hoping the math gets more challenging; as it is she’s rolling her eyes at having to fill in missing numbers again.

    • Yes, I like Horizon for the first 3 grades, and find it teaches at a quicker pace and is more enjoyable than some other math programs. If your daughter is bored, try letting her skip 20 pages and see if that gets her to a place that is more challenging. The beauty of homeschooling is being able to customize to your child’s abilities.

      • Thanks! She’s the oldest of our four (so far), so I’m new to the homeschooling thing. 🙂

      • Kristina says:

        OK – I have a question, my kids are in the public school and I know for me I can’t homeschool, but my 12 year old is struggling with Math – so I was thinking of getting him some workbooks to work on this summer – just for about 30 to 60 minutes in a days time. Any suggestions on brand/type?

        Thank you! Love reading about your beautiful family!!

  6. She is just precious! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  7. Bernadette says:

    Great pix Mary! Thanks for sharing some of the fun from your day. This has been a wild year of weather. But the best picture was that of your beautiful daughter and her winning smile. Both of you made my day! Thank You!!

  8. We loved Bob books! They got my children reading in preschool!

  9. She just looks so happy & content! Her bright eyes and gorgeous smile could light up any room, I’m sure! I know they lit up my morning!

  10. Thank you for sharing just a snippet of a “typical” morning homeschooling your 6 year old. I have 4 older children (ages 14-20) that have all attended school. I have decided to homeschool our 4 and 5 year old. I have been feeeling a bit insecure and wondering how much time we should be spending on “schooling” although I know they are learning all day. Thanks for just a glance at your day!

  11. We have looked into the old McGuffey readers. Do you like them? The Christian Eclectic Readers and Study Guide is also on our list of look intos. 🙂

  12. Do you have any posts or would you do one on what you “do” curriculumwise with your older kids? Just curious. My oldest is in the 7th grade now. I am feeling a teeny bit of anxiety about the years ahead. I know you have graduated a few so I was just wondering. Thanks in advance!

  13. Mary! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This post is exactly what I needed. I’ve started to feel really anxious about our oldest, who is 4, not being “in preschool.” And wondering if our homeschooling decision will last. Mostly “preschool” has meant reading bottomless books from the library together, learning alphabet and number recognition…and I worry about is it “enough.” –But this pace, and 45 minutes a day for early elementary sounds so manageable!