A Day in the Life #3 – The Bartch Family

This is our third Day In The Life series post!!! If you would like to participate, send your answers to the questions below to us and include some pictures if you are willing to share them. We are excited about showcasing the diversity of our community!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your family, and share a picture or two!

Hi! I’m Diana. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 14 years this month. We’ve got one crazy 12 year old boy whom we call Bug. We moved around a bit and have been in Woodburn for 4 years. I blog at Busy Homeschool Days and Bug blogs (on occasion) at The Jedi Bug.

The Bartch Family
The Bartch Family

How did you decide to homeschool, and how long have you been at it?

I’ve known since before we ever got pregnant that I wanted to homeschool. I remember finding an old comment I made online that stated I planned on homeschooling. The comment was made about the time we got married. I’m not really sure why I wanted to homeschool back then, other than my husband’s mom was homeschooling his little brother. I also have a good friend who was a public teacher that was planning on homeschooling her future kids.
Due to life circumstances, I had to work when Bug was little. But I was able to arrange work schedules so I could bring him home from daycare when he was 3. We started a relaxed preschool program the following year and haven’t looked back!

How do you describe your homeschooling style, and how has it changed over the years?

Junior Lifeguard!
Junior Lifeguard!
Eclectic! Very, very eclectic! We started off with what I called relaxed classical ala Well Trained Mind. Over the years we’ve added in some Charlotte Mason aspects. Then started going more delight directed / child-led with certain topics. Most recently I’ve been learning about Thomas Jefferson Education model and hope to incorporate some aspects from that. Our methods grow along as Bug grows and matures.

Do you have a typical day, week, or month? If so, what does it look like? If not, please elaborate!

A typical day starts with the hubby and I up at 5:15am. Hubs is out the door by 6 and I get my ‘me’ time in until the kid wakes up. This can be anywhere between 6 and 8:30. We cuddle, watch a show or play until we’re hungry. We have breakfast and then move into school time. Bug works off a checklist that I write out for him. He works until it’s done, letting me know when he needs me (we have a few subjects we do together – others he’s totally independent on). He stops for breaks as needed. When he’s finished he has a few chores to do and then free time until dinner. Dinner & Family time fill our evenings.

Life Learning
Life Learning
That’s what our days look like on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tuesdays look the same in the morning, but at 11:30 we are heading out the door to pick up papers for Bug’s paper route. He spends the afternoon/early evening working. Fridays are ‘Life Skills’. We meet with our local homeschool group in the morning. We follow that with errands & household chores.

What does your family like most about homeschooling?

The customization of the education – studying topics that interest Bug and in a way that works for him. The other thing we love is the flexibility. I love being able to take days/weeks off when we want. We take a lot of road trips and often learn more on the go than we do at home!

Homeschool Freedom
Homeschool Freedom

What are your favorite Salem area resources?

We don’t really use many Salem area resources. I do appreciate the Chemeketa Regional Library System. I also love that there are so many options in Salem, even though we don’t really use them!

Please share a final thought or some words of wisdom for new homeschoolers.

Relax. The best thing you can do for your kids is to inspire a love of learning. All the gaps will fill in as needed when they actually want to learn. My favorite quote is: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but a lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats.

The Bartch Family
The Bartch Family