Last Monday we started a new school year after a two month break. The first week was definitely a little bumpy, with all of us adjusting to a different schedule.
I thought I’d be able to ride the wave of the kids’ excitement for a while, but it crashed before we even got through the first subject on the first day. They realized pretty quickly that even though the temperature remained in the high 90s, their summer was over, and I got some major pushback.
We soldiered on however, and each day got progressively better. I ended up making a schedule change right in the middle of the week, since I could already tell my original plan wasn’t working. That’s the beauty of homeschooling! I also gave my oldest the responsibility of doing half his schoolwork by himself for the most part, so that I could work with my daughter on hers with few interruptions (and not lose my ever loving mind).
As much as I can, I try to switch off their lessons in workbooks- when my son is doing something in his, that’s when I’m teaching my daughter letter writing or counting, and vice versa. Sometimes I’ll even have him play the teacher and guide her through a lesson. It makes him feel awesome, and it gives me a much needed break!
Afterwards I’ll check his work which all goes into a folder. If there’s something he needs help with at that moment, I’ll simply ask him to wait. It’s not particularly fun for him, but it is teaching him patience.
This will be our third year using Sonlight. I chose the complete Second Grade package for my son, with Level C (formally Core C) and Horizons Math. Level C includes Bible, Literature, Geography, and the continuation of World History which we began in Level B last year.
Even though she’s two months shy of 5, my daughter met all of her goals for Pre-K before the end of last year so I “graduated” her to Kindergarten. The awesomeness of Sonlight is that if you already purchased the Instructor’s Guides and Activity Sheets for one child before, you can order them to use with another for half the price!
In addition to Language Arts with Grade K readers, she is using Handwriting Without Tears, Get Ready For The Code (phonics), and Horizons Kindergarten Math. Like last year, I am combining their Bible, Science, and History/Geography lessons. Some things will be over her head and some too simple for him, but I found that everything balances out in the end.
So without further ado, here is our daily schedule! First, we usually have breakfast around 8:30 and do our Bible lesson and devotional at the kitchen table. Sometimes we’ll do it in the living room, because soft comfy couch.
My seven-year-old reading The Beginner’s Bible to his sister and her baby doll. Love these precious moments!
Then at 9:00, we move into the school room where we do calendar and weather before the kids sit down to do their individual Language Arts work.
Okay, so “sit down” is a loose term. Some days my four-year-old prefers to do her work on the floor with a blanket. 🙂
Next is Math. We found these high back stools for a great price at a furniture consignment store, and they are perfect! Before we were using folding chairs and having the kids sit on pillows just so they could reach the table. Last weekend when we picked them up, both kids begged me to “let them” do school.
Then, we’ll take a 30 minute break for snack and play time before Science. Here they’re reading about giraffes since we’re studying different animals.
Finally, we finish up our morning with History/Geography. Geography is really a natural extension of whatever we learn about in History. Since we’re learning about the events of the Middle Ages, specifically the birth of Islam and the Arabian Golden Age right now, the kids color in one country in the Middle East each day and we read about it in Window On The World. I bought these shiny flag and landmark stickers last year at Dollar Tree, figuring we’d use them eventually, and the kids have been going gangbusters putting them on the world map! (Yes, in the right places.)
Then the school room sits vacant for pretty much the rest of the day. After lunch, we pile onto the couch for reading time. My son and I take turns reading out loud, and my daughter will “read” by making up stories to go with the pictures! The rest of the day for us involves chores, running errands, and playing.
How do you structure your homeschool? How many different grades do you teach? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Rachel O. says
Sounds like you’re doing a greta job! Inspiring!
M. Thurman says
When mine were young our main teaching time was during afternoon naps. That was when we could count on working without interruptions. Individual reading, chores, and some self study could be done in the morning. Now they are all in high school and college, so I am more of a resource person/director than anything else.
Lynn Pheasant says
I’m getting ready to start my 7th year of homeschooling and I still don’t have a schedule that works! Every time I have one that works, something new happens to change it. The first few years were easy and then baby brother grew up and needed to be worked into the schedule. Maybe this year we will “figure it out”.
Homeschooling looks like so much fun!
Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard says
You’re so organized. My day is a lot more fluid. We tend to start school between 9-10 much the the same with a pledge, prayer, weather, day of the week/month, and then whatever subjects we didn’t get to the day before. We try to flip flop subjects and find ways to tie what we’ve learned in one subject to a new lesson. We tie reading and writing into everything. But I’m not super organized. I feel like a new teacher all over again. The most organized part of my day is when I go through what we did and correlate it to the state standards.
Irina Rena says
I loved learning about your schedule. Your amazing dear. I don’t really have a time schedule. Some weeks Ill set a time schedule and some weeks its not possible. We homeschool year round. I teach 4 grades. Your kiddos are darling. I look forward to seeing many more homeschool posts.