Sunday, August 26, 2012

What I Hope Our Days Look Like

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We are starting our new school year tomorrow.  I'm excited to get back into a good schedule and open some new books!  Like I've said before on this blog, I think I like to plan more than I like to teach (which I probably need to work on), so of course I've made up nice plans and a great schedule =)  Now I'm sure once we start, reality will kick in and things will get all changed around, but for now, this is what I'm hoping our days will look like...

7:00 ish - wake up
  • get dressed (these are habits we've been trying to get into for the past few weeks)
  • brush teeth
  • make bed
  • tidy room

8:00 am - breakfast
  • memory work (at the table)
  • read character story (at the table)

8:30 am - chores
  • clear table (Trevor)
  • vacuum under table (Mackenzie)
  • Help mom with cleaning the room of the day
  • optional extra chore to earn a coin

9:30 - play outside (this could be earlier if their chores are done)

10:00 - school time (with little breaks in between each thing)
  • writing notebook (spelling practice)
  • language arts (McGuffey's First Reader or Primary Language Lessons)
  • copywork
  • History (lots of story reading and an activity)
  • Mackenzie will have her own little activities, puzzles, etc. to do while Trevor does his writing and reading, and then will listen along while we read for history.

11:30 am -
  • lunch
  • play
  • extra school if needed/desired (art page, science experiment, music, etc.)

12:30 - Rest Time (nap for Mackenzie, Trevor if needed otherwise he can read books in his room)

2:00 - Afternoons are free!  Grocery shopping, playing, visiting grandparents, read-aloud from chapter book, etc.

This is just a framework to get us started.  Who knows what things will look like after a few weeks (or months!)  I like the idea of having the house cleaned up before much else is done, but who knows, maybe the kids will do better with their lessons first thing.   Maybe daddy will want to be involved in certain parts of school more and we will save them for evenings (we do Bible time with him at night now, and since our history will be lining up with the Bible this year he might want to do some of our history lessons with us!)

I'm excited...are you?!?   Check out the Not Back to School blog hop going on over at iHomeschool Network to see what tons of other family's days look like too!

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  1. Love it! We have been easing into our daily rhythm (I can't stick to a timed schedule to save my life) for a couple of weeks and it's feeling pretty natural now! Today will be our first day doing a full schedule so I'm hoping for an eager student when she wakes up!

    Hope you have a great year! I can't wait to see what you learn!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope that you are all settled into your schedule by now! I struggle with getting everything done. Either school gets done and the house is not clean enough, or the house looks nice and school doesn't get finished =) Oh well, It's nice to know I've got room to learn and grow lol

  2. Looks like a good plan! We go with a rhythm rather than hourly schedule because I am both extra hormonal and a type-a and it stresses me out to be "late" on anything. Yours looks manageable, though.

    1. I work well on a rhythm too! I like to plan by the hour, but don't follow it that way. I'll take some of your hormones, though. It seems like we have opposite problems =)

  3. I like your framework! What I like most is the way you take care of your home first thing in the morning and get your kids involved in that, too. You are also learning in very manageable chunks that won't frustrate your children.

    I think you're set! I bet it will be a great year. :-)

    1. Mary, thanks for the comment! School is going very well, but I'm having a hard time getting everything done. I've slipped into starting school right away because that is when the kids are freshest, but then we forget to get back to housework...or I want the kids to have play time and cleaning just gets pushed back. We're working on it, but I'm glad, at least, that school is going smoothly!

  4. You have a great routine for your day. Thank you for sharing! Many blessings to you!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment! I've enjoyed reading your blog these past few weeks!


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