For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Our homeschooling schedule

Since the beginning of the year, we have been trying to keep a homeschooling schedule. I am not the very schedule discipline girl, but my husband is, so that in itself sometimes can be problematic. Furthermore, I have read many times that kids work better when under a schedule; especially the resistant ones. So, I have been working on that aspect of our homeschooling. Here is what i have been using recently:

Wake up
Breakfast (the kids get to play a bit while I make breakfast)
Kids set the table (they take turn between breakfast and dinner, and every week they exchange)
Violin practice
Break (30 minutes)
School (English, Math and Spelling on alternating days with  Reading, Math, and Handwritting
Free time

I try to keep the routine fluid, that is, there is no set time. It just has to be done in that order.
Zach tends to be a slow eater, so sometimes, English (First Language Lessons) gets done while he is finishing his breakfast (I usually skips the writting part)

The week gets interrupted sometimes, according to what is happening during that season, like for May and June it's soccer on Tuesdays, April and May were our co-op electives classes on Fridays, and sometimes with just playdates, or a fieldtrip, or even our trips to the science center.

I still want to add a more structured reading time, in addition to our bedtime reading, especially to cover Social Science, Geography, and the likes.

It has not been easy keeping things up, but we are striving. Isn't that what the Lord requires of us: our best effort dependent on His strength and grace.

Have a great day, Joelle

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