Thursday, October 21, 2010

On a Typical Day in Our Homeschool

Here's what a typical day in our homeschool looks like:
  • Start school - I try to start between 8:30 and 9:00 am.
  • Calendar time - Prayer, Days of the Week, Months of the Year, The Date, Make the Date, Color of the Day) 
  • Poster time - seasonal songs, skip counting (by 2's right now)
  • Circle time - memory verse from RRSP, memory verse song, letter song (this week from Leapfrog album)
  • Devotional story - from My ABC Bible Verses to coordinate with RRSP (We read the same story every day, or we just discuss it - depending on the attention span of the kiddos.)
  • Raising Rock Stars Preschool (RRSP) - reader and activities  (First I read the reader to Sweet P then let her "read" it; sometimes LP will take a turn reading it to her too.  This has built so much confidence in Sweet P!)
  • Letter of the week activity 
  • Story time 
  • Story activity - I try to find and download some printables or lapbooks that go along with the story we read.
  • Playdough - I usually try to add a cookie cutter or a playdough mat with the letter we are focused on along with a rolling pin.
  • Sensory tub - This was the first week I used this and it kept Sugar P busy for quite a while several times throughout the week!  (The older two girls liked it too.)
  • End of preschool time - I try to end with an activity that will keep Sweet P occupied for a long time while LP and I get started on our other schoolwork.
  • Outside time - I usually send the youngest two outside to play.  I keep the front door open and can keep an eye on them through the windows.
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Right Start Math
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - We switched from Saxon Phonics 1 to this just this week because LP was getting frustrated with Saxon.  I started with lesson 33 because up to that point we had covered with Saxon.  She seemed to persevere through this a little better this week.
  • Snack time - Everybody's favorite time of the day! :)
  • Tapestry of Grace - history, Bible, read alouds, lapbooks, activities, etc. that are part of the TOG curriculum
  • School finished - We usually finish right before lunch.  Some days we don't finish until after lunch and rest time.  It just depends on our work load for the day (or LP's frustration level!).
  • Chore time - Using Melissa and Doug's magnetic responsibility chart.  Chores the older two girls complete are brush teeth, clean their room, set the table, clear the table after lunch (and clear their own dishes after every meal), feed and water the dog, pick up toys at the end of the day, and stop whining.  Yes, they get paid to go without whining.  (For more on their allowance, see this post.
  • Lunch time - noon (ish)
  • Rest time - after lunch until 1:30 or 2:00 (These days, I sleep too!)
  • Free time - The rest of the day I let the girls have time to play in their room, outside, or watch a video.  Most of the time they want to play outside - that's a huge change for us!  In our old city, temps are still in the 90's and they don't want to play outside because they don't have the energy.
  • Art - If we run out of time before lunch, I will do this casually at some point in the day - sometimes right before bed and sometimes we just skip it all together, but I try to do it 3 times in the week.  We use the "Come Look With Me" series.

That's about it!  It's not a perfect system, but it's what's working for us.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I'd be glad to let you know what is working for us and what we've changed because it wasn't working.  I didn't have as much energy in our previous city, so we didn't do near as much, but we are enjoying our time together now (most of the time), and I think the girls have noticed the extra energy that Mommy has.
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