Always and forever I am seeking a way to help be sure there are no gaps in the children’s education and that we are moving forward at an appropriate pace. When I did my December review I realized that at times I have been letting some things slide that really needed more emphasis. So here is the new plan:
For Sarah and Anne, they will spend:
- 1 hour on math (completing one Saxon Unit) daily.
- 1 hour on reading (using the Robinson Self-Teaching Home School Curriculum reading list. Most of these can be found free for the Kindle, a tool we will be using a lot this year. You can put a Kindle App on an iPod touch, a computer, a smart phone and a Kindle.)
- 1 hour of history 3 days per week. They will cover two large books for the remainder of the school year, both of which are highschool level reading: A People’s History of the United States and We, the People.
- 1 hour of Science 2 days per week. The girls requested to re-do Botany.
- 1/2 hour of Bible. This will include one lesson in their curriculum, and reading scripture for the balance of the time.
- 1 hour of writing daily to include: Learning Language Arts through Literature, Foreign Language (Sarah is doing Spanish, Anne is doing Spanish and French), and journaling.
- 1/2 hour of exercise.
- 30 minutes of Piano
- 1 hour of daytime chores and 1 hour of evening chores. Sarah (13) will be responsible for all kitchen cleaning duties and Anne (11) will be responsible for all laundry duties.
- They both spend 30 minutes with each sibling in one-on-one time.
David’s schedule (age 6) is shorter.
He will do his daily chores and will assist Sarah and Anne with their chores.
- Math- 20 minutes
- Reading – McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
- Writing- WriteShop Primary Book A Teacher Guide (WriteShop, Volume A) – he dictates, I write, he traces the next morning.
- Bible time and Art with Anne (30 minutes)
- Phonics tapes and fun activity with Sarah(30 minutes)
- Piano- 10 minutes
- Playing with Daniel (30 minutes)
Now, to keep everyone moving, they are required to check in with me before they move to the next subject. I quickly scan the work. If I am able to grade it in just a minute or two I will grade it immediately. If it needs more review, I just check mark and date it for grading later.