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As I’m planning out my sons 9th grade year for the fall, I would love a sneak peek at your schedules and/or how long a typical school day is for your highschooler. So far we’re looking at a 3-4 hour day and I’m wondering if thats too light? Thanks a bunch!
I am by no means experienced, but I too am planning for ninth grade. Here is a link to our plan and our schedule of how it will (hopefully) work. My plan is for her to be done no later than 2:00 p.m. We start at 9:00 a.m. and we take a hour for lunch and clean-up. This would make her school day 4 hours. I personally feel that is plenty. I want to give plenty of time for personal interests and fresh air.
Heather, thank you so much for sharing. However, I’m having a problems with the links – I’m not sure if its my end or yours. I’m taken directly to your blog but the area where your plan and schedule should be it reads “error”. Any ideas? Could you paste and click directly here? I’m really looking forward to seeing how you’ll be doing things. Thanks a bunch!BookwormParticipant
Heather, we generally start school at 8 a.m. We usually finish at about one for the high schoolers, with thirty minutes to an hour off for lunch. So we typically do about four-ish hours, although the time is starting to head up for my oldest son who will be a junior next year. He often has thirty or more minutes worth of things still to do when my current eighth-grader finishes. I don’t have an exact schedule to type in. Or I have it, but don’t really have time to type it in–my schedule is “interlocked” for all 3 kids so that scarce commodities like Mama and the computer are only (hopefully!) needed by one child at a time. LOL (Now if I could only be sure they still need ME more than the computer . . . )
Heather, the links work on my end, but here they are the long way
Let me know if that works.
Heather I love your blog. I so wish we were doing the same year in History because I would definitely use your plan, as long as you didn’t mind. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow some parts of your schedule, it looks fantastic!
You are too sweet. Borrow/use whatever you want. It is because of this great site that I am able to plan anything coherently. Schooling at home has been SO much simpler since I found SCM.
I have borrowed some of your scheduling ideas, as well. Hope you don’t mind:)
I was wondering where your daily schedule was. I saw on your blog a daily one with *Before Lunch/After Lunch* on the schedule. Could I see that again??
I ordinarily have a schedule but it hasn’t been really detailed out. I’d like next year to be better planned and detailed, as much as it can be:)
I adjusted our schedule a bit, so I posted the new one at my blog, but my older timeblocks plan is here:
The (F) means family, the (A) Allie who is 12, and (C) Caleb who is 8.
Do you have your children do Write With The Best independently? I have Vol. 1 and love it but have not gone any further with it because I haven’t been able to get to it. How do you have them do it? Thanks so much! Love your blog! Blessings, Betty
I just recently bought both volumes of Write With the Best for my oldest daughter to use semi-independently beginning in August, so I don’t have any wisdom to share. I have been completely trusting Charlotte Mason’s composition methods (copywork and narrations – both oral and written) for my 12 and under crowd and it has not failed me yet.
I’m wondering how you arrived at doing Modules 1-3 and how you plan to do it?? I’m also trying to plan and we have a lot of ground to cover with my 14yo son b4 he graduates – but he dies inside when I pile on too much. I’m curious – it looks lie you’re very reasonable with yout expectations time wise. 4 hours seems doable to me. I printed outyour schedule to put alongside my planning stuff for comparison and ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.
We do a 4 year history rotation, so doing modules 1-3 is year 1 (Ancient History) for us. Module 1 is fairly light on books, and module 2 and 3 aren’t overly heavy, in my opinion. We school year round and I’m sure we get more like 42 weeks of school in opposed to the average of 36, so that helps spread the books out. I don’t follow the SCM study guides exactly for these modules. We will be able to read all of the Module 1 History selections in 6 weeks or so and then do Module 2 over about 18 weeks and then the remaining 18 weeks on Module 3. For Bible we will spend the first 24 weeks reading from the Old Testament (on our own schedule) and my oldest will do the two independent SCM Bible studies over the whole school year. During Module 3 we will read the Gospels and Acts three days/week and do the Foundations in Romans study as a family two days/week. We will do all of the geography studies and just spread them out evenly. Does that make sense?
My kids are voracious readers, so I simply plug all of the books that I want to cover into the CM organizer and let them go. They have never gotten behind; I actually end up adding in a few extra selections from the Truthquest guides to keep them satisfied.
I REALLY feel like this is doable with these three modules. I WOULD NOT attempt to do this with any other modules, as they have more books and historical material to cover.
Heather that does make perfect sense, thank you. I will definitely be doing this our next time through ancients. I’m wondering if you would give us a review of Write with the Best after you’ve used it. I’ve been thinking of using it, but I already have IEW which is working with two of my kids and Wordsmith is working with the other. I’m thinking that for a little variety WWTB might be nice. Thanks
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