Thursday, November 5, 2015

Homeschool Planning & Scheduling: Day 4

"Coming Together"

So, my eclectic plan consists of taking the 4-1hour blocks idea from the Foundations Guide at Classical Conversations, combining it with Half a Hundred Acre Wood's Cycle 1 Planner, Teaching the Trivium schedules, and other great idea from other Homeschooling Mommies! (See Day 3 of this series) I began by grouping each subject into the correct block and then splitting each day. This is my end result:

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Purple is for E
Blue is for S
Greene is for W
Yellow is for All

My 4-1 hour block are:

1) Morning Read Aloud Time
2) Grammar Review and Notebooking
3) Language Arts
4) Math
We also have an hour of free reading time in the afternoon

Notice the gap at 10:00

During this time, Mommy works, boys play, E practices piano then plays. We usually pick a toy on Monday and play with it all week. It may be Legos, Linkin Logs, memory, train set, or any other activity or toy that they enjoy. This is not just go-to-your-room-and-do-whatever-time, but more of an organized play time that limits the "toy clutter"!

I know many people like to get up, get started, and get finished as soon as possible, and that's great! I love that idea and if that's what works for you and your family, I say do it! There are many reasons we choose not to schedule anything during this time.

1) S-the middle child, 7 years old- learns better in the afternoon. He wakes up with big ideas on how he is going to play and what he is going to build. I used to fight against that and try to make him work first then play. However, it was just causing strife between us. See, to a child, play IS work! I read somewhere about a family who schools in the afternoons and thought I could give it a try! It was amazing how much better he did. Actually, they all love this schedule and if they want to start earlier, as my oldest sometimes does, they can get out their Daily Check Lists and start on anything they can do independently!

2) My husband is a Baptist Preacher and for the past couple years he has been an Evangelist. We have had the opportunity to travel with him all over the southeast as he preaches. Most meetings we go to have services in the morning from 10-12ish and again in the evening from 7-9ish. This schedule allows us to flow into services without having to change our routine!

*Perhaps this could be another post :)

I would love to know how your day goes! And why!