Friday, April 20, 2012

Our Homeschooling Schedule

I know that when I read homeschooling blogs, I always wonder about how other families schedule things. Here's our schedule, generally modeled after the recommendations in "The Well-Trained Mind."

Monday through Thursday

10:00 - 11:00                 Math (Lesson, Khan Academy, or workbook drills.)
11:00 - 11:30                 Pooks - reading / Sauce - copywork
11:30 - 12:00                 Sauce - reading / Pooks - copywork
12:00 - 12:30                 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00                   Spelling
1:00 - 1:30                     Grammar
1:30 - 2:30                     History (Monday/Wednesday) or Science (Tuesday/Thursday)
2:30 - 3:00                    Silent reading time


Friday is our less-structured day. We usually have a spelling test, science projects, art study time, French, and we finish up any reading we got behind on during the week (it's good to build this kind of flexibility into your homeschooling week -- it's almost impossible to stay on track all the time!) We also usually do some baking on Fridays -- everyone loves getting into the kitchen and making something tasty.

Non-Structured Time

One of the best things about homeschooling is that not all "lessons" have to take place during your scheduled school hours. Pooks loves to write and draw, and usually writes a story or comic book every week (writing practice!) Sauce loves her guitar and spends time practicing every week (music!) and they both love to read, so there's never any lack of time spent reading (both silently and out loud.) Baking, helping with the younger kids, spending time out in the garden -- all of this is "educational." Kids spend their whole lives learning. All we have to do is give them the opportunities to do so. More about that (and how I managed the Littles) in future posts!

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