We are back to school this week. 3 weeks off was what we needed.
With the new planner, new lesson plan sheets, and a serious schedule, we are back in business.
For us, a typical day, with no interruptions, looks somewhat like this:
8:30- kids turn off their Kindles, eat breakfast. Their chores need to be done as well. They get dressed and brush their teeth. (Some get dressed. Others just wear their jammies.)
9:30- they start their school work on their own because I am still finishing up my own chores and breakfast.
10- We get together and do Bible time. This year we have been working through the ABEKA curriculum, “Joshua and Judges”.
10:30 or so- Math. All go work on their individual math lessons and if I am needed to help or correct pages, I do that. I usually want them to work for about an hour so those that finish quicker can go online or work on worksheets of drills and facts practice. The older 2 can work on Khan Academy on their own when time allows.
11:30- Language Arts. Writing, handwriting or Grammar. Whichever we are working on for the day. We haven’t been doing all of them every day. Grammar is Winston. Writing, I am not sure on yet. We had been attempting to do Institute for Excellence in Writing, but that has been incredibly difficult to do for one reason or another. Not the fault of the program, it is ours. I like the program but I am thinking we may go back to “Writing Strands”.
For handwriting, I found some free handwriting pages online which I downloaded and we have been doing. They are a different kind of script for us, which I actually like. It gives us another style. They are all old enough that we can do that. Before Christmas break, we had been using “Prescripts” which I also liked because we were copying out passages with meaning.
We have also been reading through “Fallacy Detective” every once in a while. The oldest, I know needs a literature program yet, but we have been focusing on other areas and I haven’t gotten to that.
12:30- lunch. Break time, chores, get outside and play for a bit.
1:30- read, draw, work on school work on your own. The younger 2, I have been having read or draw.
The older 2 work on their school work. We have been trying to work on a Latin program. We found Dwayne Thomas has some good videos that keep us interested along with a free book from Google books, “The Vulgate Latin”.
2- Monday and Wednesday, we work on Science. Tuesday, we go to “Gym and Swim” at the YMCA. Thursday, we work on history.
3- (Or so) they finish up any work they need to finish up until 4 pm which is when we are officially done with school.
Fridays are catch up day. Any work that we didn’t get to, we work on then. At the end of this month, we will start a co-op program for the rest of the semester.
And that is what typical day in our homeschool SHOULD look like. I am not saying it always does, but that is what I shoot for. I have to say that this past semester has been a start and stop sort of schooling. We have had more hiccups this past semester than ever! But I think this next semester, we should be back on track.
Part of the problem is that I brought the oldest one in school back home this year and so we have been sorting through what homeschooling high school looks like for us. I haven’t homeschooled through high school before, not since Horse Daughter. Not totally new territory for us, but it is different because I do not have a plan in place for high school. I will talk about that another time.
What are your suggestions for the high school literature program?