Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928
I wanted to share a little of how I'm scheduling our day. Often that is the hardest part of this business of homeschool! That and all those papers to organize and file! Good thing I used to file for a living...it helps to know a way to do it that doesn't make mom fall over from frustration. KISS Keep it simple silly...(we don't use the other word around here!)
So here's a taste:
5-6 A.M: Mommy wakes up (yes it's early!!) and does any or all of the following; Workout, Pray, Make Coffee, Eat, Shower and Dress.
6-7 A.M.: Kids wake up (Hopefully closer to 7!!!) and eat breakfast, start morning chores (dress/brush teeth/wash face/brush hair/make bed)
7-8 A.M: Finish getting ready/Free time to play
8:10 A.M.: Leave for Daily Mass
8:30-9:15 A.M.: At Church
9:30-9:50 A.M.: Home and small snack
10 A.M.: START SCHOOL---Opening prayer/bible or saint story and school song (candle lighting always gets their attention)
Daily Practice Work and Core Work FIRST; Sight Words, Days of the Week, Allergy Safety/Safety work, Math, Reading, Writing or Religion (I know it's late, but it works for us and I like taking them to mass...they learn so much there, plus we have music so they get memory work, music, and religion in one nice hour of time).
My son can go "hunting" for objects that start with sounds or pick from a few options for him to play during school time, that way he has something to do while I work with my kindergartener!
Noon: LUNCH BREAK
1 P.M.: Finish any unfinished Core Work, Pick other subjects for the week (Social studies topics or other current subject or do Kindergarten worksheets/Special Project Work/Art).
2 P.M.: CHORES...Laundry/Clean-Up/Make any still unmade beds
2:30 P.M-3:30 P.M.: T.V. Time (if chores are done) and snack
3:30 (on non-Ballet days):
Story time or Religion (Substitute go to library on one Wednesday a month)
4 P.M: Exercise or Nature Walk (as time allows) Otherwise FREE PLAY/Pretend Play/drawing
5 P.M.: Mom starts dinner. Kids help set table, help mom with plates, napkins...etc. Clean-up any toys before Dad gets home.
6 P.M.: Dinnertime
ON FRIDAYS: 6:30 P.M. Once a week drawing lesson with Dad.
FRIDAY FUN! On Fridays we do a tea party, baking, and some games together OR go on a nature walk again (depending on how I feel usually, if I need to get them out, we walk).
School on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday...Wednesdays OFF for Grocery shopping/Library/appointments and field trips. Some Fridays we have Little Flowers and Homeschool Group Electives (We are doing Drama and Crafts for group this year).
PHEW!!! I like this...we are flexible so it is not set in stone...but it is a good outline for us. I can make up any work on Saturday or Wednesday as needed. OR if we travel take Friday off and school on Wednesday instead.
Please Note: Not all of the pics are from Week 2! I took a bunch Week 1 and forgot Week 2 :)