Today I’m sharing some homeschool-specific stuff. We’ll be back to regular programming with some geeky goodness tomorrow, then Monday is the Twitterature linkup. Get your posts ready!
This year–our fourth year homeschooling–I have three students: a fifth grader, a third grader, and a six-year-old who’s about halfway through kindergarten materials, which we started at a really relaxed pace last year.
I worked out this schedule with the help of my ten-year-old and eight-year-old. I’m horrible about creating schedules and structures (even though I like them once they’re in place), and while it looks nice and tidy here, it did not come easy.
This year I have three students: a fifth grader, a third grader, and a six-year-old who’s about halfway through kindergarten materials, which we started at a really relaxed pace last year.
We homeschool four days a week, taking Wednesdays off.
Our first attempt at a homeschool schedule.
All three kids are using different levels of Rod and Staff math.
My 6-year-old is also using these Rod and Staff workbooks for her math work.
I’m also doing reading lessons with my six-year-old, using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading.
We’ve owned Prima Latina for three years, and this year I’m using it with all three kids. (My oldest is a bit old for this introductory curriculum, but I’m using it anyway, because there’s no way my six-year-old could keep up with a more advanced one (like this) and it’s so much easier to have them doing the same thing.
11:15(ish) Book basket time
We have a basket that holds a rotating selection of nonfiction reads: science, nature, history, biographies, or any other subjects we’re informally learning about. The kids can read whatever they want from this basket during this half hour.
11:45 Clean up
(I’ve learned if it’s not on the schedule, it doesn’t get done.)
12:30 Recess (and chores)
This is time to play outside (or in the basement, if the weather stinks) and tidy up any loose ends that need to be taken care of before…
1:30 Rest time (and literature)
This is family downtime, when my kids can read, craft, play independently, or nap (I wish). The older two–who read independently–spend 30 minutes of this time reading a book I consider to be challenging and/or good literature. (Right now, my ten-year-old is reading a Houdini biography, and my eight-year-old is reading By the Shores of Silver Lake.)
Subjects that don’t have a home in the schedule
My oldest two are doing Rosetta Stone German and Ten Thumbs typing again this year. These are computer programs they use independently, typically after their math is finished or while I’m doing writing with another child.
Spelling Power. We do weekly spelling lists, but don’t have spelling time built into our schedule.
I thought we were all booked up for our fall activities, but we added art classes when I found out about a class that mixes art history and hands-on fun that my three oldest could do together. Each week, they study a famous artist’s style and works, and then create a work of their own in that style.
Last week–their first–they studied Kandinsky.
I’m sure we’ll do plenty of tweaking–if not a complete overhaul–as the school year progresses. But this is our starting point.
I’d love to hear how many of you are homeschooling or afterschooling this year. Tell us all about it in comments.