Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Week and the Daily Schedule

This was the 2nd week of school, BUT this was the first week to get through almost everything. Including physics experiments AND an art project. We got to the pool AND the splash pad. So much done and all done together. Maybe, just maybe the conference last weekend provided some important skills, both for me and for the kids. Last Friday I sat the children down in their first home school conference meeting and explained that the lady speaking wrote our grammar AND our history AND recommended most of the stuff that we use and have used for the past three years! That is Susan Wise Baurer (ok, she didn't write the grammar stuff, but her mom co-wrote it and it was profound). My husband met SWB too. I don't need to go to any other conference after this now that I've seen that SWB is profoundly sincere in what she does. I just needed to hear her AND see her. Praise God that the Well Trained Mind book was in our public library for me to read and turn to when I made the choice to homeschool.

This past week went well because I set up a "suggested" schedule for us to follow throughout each day. The main purpose was that if it was not G2's time with me, she should WAIT for my attention OR move onto what you are able to complete.  So, we're putting Lewis and Clark behind us in history. We've reviewed all of the basic cursive forms of upper and lower case letters along with those phonics sounds. We'll work on groups of letters next week per the Spalding Phonics cards from, um, kindergarten. It definitely didn't follow at strict clock, but it was helpful and the computers were working in order to let bored kids work on their National Park Webranger account.

times                         G1, G2, G3
6:00 AM Daddy wakes kids for breakfix
6:45 AM Daddy says goodbye and delivers the first cup of coffee to Mommy
7:00 AM Mommy goes for second cup of coffee and is officially out of bed
7:30 AM Bible Study Everyone
8:00 AM SOTW4 Everyone
8:30 AM SOTW4 Everyone
9:00 AM Physics Everyone
9:15 AM Habitats Everyone
9:30 AM Artistic Pursuits Everyone
9:45 AM Monday Spelling, ETC, Handwriting
10:00 AM Handwriting, Monday Spelling, Monday Spelling
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Language, Handwriting, ETC
10:45 AM Math, Language, Flags
11:00 AM Flags, Math, Language
11:15 AM Typing, Flags, Math
11:30 AM Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 PM Grammar 3x/wk, Typing, Violin
1:15 PM Piano, Grammar 3x/wk, Typing
1:30 PM Mango 1x week, Piano, Grammar 3x/wk
1:45 PM Devotions Everyone
2:00 PM Fly free little birdies :-)

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