Topic | Schedule/routine..please advise

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  • my3boys
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    I am in need of an outsiders perspective on what we have going on here:)

    Schedule wise I have decided to do all our Family Subjects at 9am or earlier.

    Bible/Character readings (we alternate Millers and Bible) 10-15 minutes or so, maybe some discussion/Scripture memory is usually done at dinner with Dad

    Picture/Composer biography, if I have one/Hymn/Poetry 1x a week each 5, 10, 15 minutes….depending on resource. We listen to music while driving.

    Geography on Fridays, map drill of South America with atlases, maps, puzzles, etc. 15 minutes or so…they love to look at maps and such so I let them enjoy that time exploring.  Okay, Geo may be longer than that, just noticed I wrote that.

    We are in the middle of Trumpet of the Swan and read throughout the week at lunch.

    We listen to many audio books while driving.  At the moment we are listening to This Country of Ours awaiting more Sugar Creek Gang

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    12 yo then works independently on:

    Math 3-4 days a week (30 minutes)

    Leisure reading (Sugar Creek Gang couple ch. a day or maybe 30 minutes, he loves those books:)

    US History 2 days/World History 2 days, narrating after each reading (20-30 minutes or so each) timeline on Fridays (he loves the books he’s reading, btw)

    JAG 2 days week/SW 2 days, test on Friday/Book of Mottoes, as well

    Exploring Creation w/ Astronomy 2-3 days a week  (30 minutes or so)

    Practice ASL daily 5-10 minutes (is at the end of this class so he’s not working on it like he was, wants to pursue Spanish)

    Daily Devo for boys in the morning 5-10 minutes max

    He has karate 3 nights a week/co-op on Mondays/Pottery on Fridays (1 1/2 hour class)

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    8 yo then works indepently on:

    Copywork 10 minutes or so/calendar work

    EFTTC 2 days a week

    Math daily (2 lessons a week split in two)

    Leisure reading daily (currently reading through Thornton Burgess books)

    Peter Pan at night w/ mom

    Outdoor Secrets 2 days a week (could probably do 3 days)

    US History/World History daily, alternating 1-2 ch. w/ narration (timeline work on Fridays)

    Co-op on Mondays for an hour/Grandma & Grandpa’s afterward/Pottery in the afternoon for an hour an a half/horseback riding maybe 1 day a week

    Violin Practice 15 mins or more daily

    Bible devo book he’s begun that takes about 5 minutes to read to himself

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    So, it already seems like alot, but we have a pretty solid routine and the boys know what to expect daily.  They do chores throughout the day as necessary and know when they need to bring something with them to work on while we’re out.  My 5yo tags along with whatever we’re doing and has some simple, not too structured lessons that we work on throughout the week.  He has his own supplies of playdough, puzzles, binder of drawings, etc. and does Outdoor Secrets with 8yo.  He is with us throughout the day, but not expected to narrate and we’re s-l-o-w-l-y working on letter sounds, math, etc. through play. We will begin Delightful Reading and Right Start math in the fall. We are reading Little House in the Big Woods at this time and he loves UNO!  All 3 boys read lots of books I leave in a basket at their leisure and have a large bookshelf to grab books whenever they choose.  Boys spend lots of time outside, but I have yet to really institute a real Nature Study :(

    I have some scheduling to work out for next school year, but that’s not really anything that can’t be tweaked (like doing all family subjects at one time will really help out), it’s content that I’m concerned with. 

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can make it through my mess of a schedule (looks better in the Organizer than written out like this:)  I appreciate and respect your comments/suggestions immensely:)  Happy Schooling.


    LindseyD
    Participant

    Looks great to me!

    It might make it easier on you if you did science as a family subject, rather than each child having his own science work. Other than that, it looks like you’ve got a great schedule!

    (And don’t feel bad about nature study…I’m not very good at having it regularly either…) Innocent

    Blessings!

    Lindsey


    my3boys
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    Thanks Lindsey for your response….I sooo appreciate it!

    I hate to compare, but sometimes it is so helpful to look at someone else’s routines/schedules and ‘see’ how that might work for your family.  At the same time it helps to have others look at yours to see if it looks right, not normal, what’s normal, but when you’re in it you may not see what others do, kwim?

    Well, in regards to science….we did do 106 Days together and that was great when my oldest was a little younger.  He is a very ‘old’ 12yo and works best with certain subjects by himself.  My 8yo is kind of young-minded and I knew he’d gobble up the books on the Outdoor Secrets list (obviously my 5yo would, too).  Plus, there are such sweet ideas in the guide (with some nature study) that I thought I’d include my 12yo in for fun when they pop up. 

    I do try to keep my kids together for family subjects for the convenience of it all, but also to help them ‘spend time together’.  Sometimes it feels as if I have 1 older child and 2 younger ones, even though they are all the exact same years apart.  My 12yo is sooo old for his age, not that he’s not fun-loving and really 12, but he’s much more serious, determined and focused than my 8yo.  Even when he was 8 he was not near as imaginative or goofy as my current 8yo.  Weird, I know, but true:)  He’s incredibly independent, hard-working, plans out his own time frames for certain subjects.  For example:  He’s in karate…he knows exactly how many hours of instructional leadership time he has to complete and how he is going to accomplish that.  I do not help with any of it.  I would if he asked, but he doesn’t, he just tells me how he plans to do it.  He’s such a good and easy kid…I pray he always is:)

    Okay, I’m rambling.

    Thank you so much for your comment…I am so thankful for this site:)


    LindseyD
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    If it helps, our schedule looks like this for dd almost 6 and ds7:

    Family M-F: Hymn singing, Scripture memorization, Module 1 History, Literature (currently Pollyanna Grows Up)

    ds7 Independent Work M-F: Copywork, Math (MUS Beta)

    dd5 Independent Work M-F: Copywork, Math (MUS Primer)

    Family M-F: Science reading Arthur Scott Bailey’s The Tale of … books

    ds7 Independent Work T, Th: Reading Pathway series

    dd Independent Work M, W, F: Reading Pathyway series

    ds 7 W, F: EFTTC

    dd T: Ballet lessons

    Family M, W: Composer Study

    Family T, Th: Picture/Artist Study and Poetry

    Family W: Signing Practice

    Famiily F: Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), sometimes nature study

    Family M-F: Family read aloud, currently reading through the Little House books, handicrafts are done at irregular intervals whenever we have time or whenever kids ask to work on their projects

    Leisure reading takes place 1-2 hours daily, even on weekends, without assignment. Ds is starting baseball in about a month, which will go most of the summer.

    See, you’re doing a GREAT job!


    LindseyD
    Participant

    If it helps, our schedule looks like this for dd almost 6 and ds7:

    Family M-F: Hymn singing, Scripture memorization, Module 1 History, Literature (currently Pollyanna Grows Up)

    ds7 Independent Work M-F: Copywork, Math (MUS Beta)

    dd5 Independent Work M-F: Copywork, Math (MUS Primer)

    Family M-F: Science reading Arthur Scott Bailey’s The Tale of … books

    ds7 Independent Work T, Th: Reading Pathway series

    dd Independent Work M, W, F: Reading Pathyway series

    ds 7 W, F: EFTTC

    dd T: Ballet lessons

    Family M, W: Composer Study

    Family T, Th: Picture/Artist Study and Poetry

    Family W: Signing Practice

    Famiily F: Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), sometimes nature study

    Family M-F: Family read aloud, currently reading through the Little House books, handicrafts are done at irregular intervals whenever we have time or whenever kids ask to work on their projects

    Leisure reading takes place 1-2 hours daily, even on weekends, without assignment. Ds is starting baseball in about a month, which will go most of the summer.

    Forgot to add geography…which ds does on Thursdays, but we haven’t done it in a while because we aren’t following Module 1.

    See, you’re doing a GREAT job!

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