Tuesday, August 26, 2014
We are going into our fifth year homeschooling and each year our school schedule looks a bit different. One thing I can say is that I begged, borrowed and stole schedule ideas from a hundred different mamas out there! If something on this schedule helps you (as in makes your life better!) then by all means, use it. If not, throw it out! Such freedom in homeschooling, keep what works and throw out the rest. I have descriptions throughout that explain our schedule for our youngest two...
We attend Classical Conversations. At school one day a week we cover: Timeline, History, Geography, English, Latin, Math, Science and Art/Music. We continue to review these core subjects during the week and the child is tested by another parent the following week, accountability!
In the afternoons our kids attend electives, Fiesta Spanish and Culture Camp.
Under Monday's section I have a Busy Box. Basically if the kiddos get bored, they can be directed to something from the Busy Box: Music/piano, write a letter, coloring, puzzles, board games, sand, reading, make a book, word search, drawing, art, craft, bath, shower, blocks, legos, clean, dishes, grocery list, cooking, baking, sewing, nap, eat, roller skating, bikes, go outside!
Technology Free (as in no TV, tablet, games, etc)
8:30 Bible for Breakfast. Bible for breakfast is my best steal from another mama. She said how difficult it was to have a family devo with different bed times and show them to put God/Bible first, so it literally needed to be done with breakfast. This is our third year eating breakfast while I read a Bible story.
Names of God- We review a name of God each Monday, teaching them His unique names, like Abba, Bread of Life, Johovah-Jireh, etc.
Piano- We practice daily and go to lessons once a week.
Math- While one is at piano, I do math with the other, then swap. We have tried many different math curriculum and now I use Horizons and love it.
Handwriting, I use a beginning cursive book with both kids.
Phonics- I use Spectrum
Story Starters- I give the question from the book, I write the story they tell me (usually 2-3 sentences) then they copy the story themselves on their own paper, so I don't have to spell the words out loud.
Snack- We all tank without a snack break.
Reading, read to self while I make lunch
Rest, 1 hour each day
Liberty's Kids- Trying out a, study of kids who shaped America
8:30 B & B
Pledges, US and Christian
Community Group and dinner at church
8:30 B & B
Character Word- As in honesty, integrity, discuss what the word means.
12:30-1:30 Piano Lessons
Home- CC Presentations. Each week at CC the children present an oral presentation in front of the class. We prepare this and practice at home.
Family Night- We do a family devo and play a board game.
8:30 B & B
Teach a chore- Like cleaning a toilet, dust, organize.
11:00 Public Library to get books. We do this purely for pleasure, we do not check out any books on what they are studying unless it interests them. Going for the love of reading.
CC family test, $1. If the kiddos can get most or all of their CC memory work, they earn a dollar from me.
Caught you! I give the kids a star if I catch them doing something good on their own. It MUST be something that I did not ask them to do. Like Nehemiah opened the car door for me or Avi Joy cleaned up her desk, both without being asked. They maybe get 1-2 a week. After they earn 10, they get something from the dollar store.
OK, so there is our schedule! IF we get ONE day that looks like this, it is rare. Even today, we didn't get phonics in, so we did it in the afternoon. If you have Dr.'s app'ts, playdates, luncheons, field trips or a trip to the store (which all of these seem weekly!) then in all reality there is a disruption of some kind each day. Expect it! You are STILL accomplishing more in their little hearts and minds than you could ever imagine!
Having some kind of plan of what could/needs to be completed has helped us tremendously. Overall our school motto is, God first, Family second, School third. We will not push education over family time and not family time over centering time with the Lord. It works in this order and when they get older I pray they will continue with God first, Family second and their Job/Career third.
Hope you find what works for you!
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