Once you share with your friends and family that you are homeschooling one of the first questions that comes up, is what does your week look like? Honestly, I also am super curious to know what other Mom’s are doing. It’s so hard, especially when you first start to know what your day should look like. How much time should school take? How many subjects should you cover? Etc. Etc.
We are about a month and a half into our school year and are starting to form a routine that works well for us. Here it goes:
Table School Work
(1:30 – 3pm )
Subjects: Words Their Way Letter Sort, K-5 Abeka Phonics, Handwriting, Math, Read Aloud: Science and History Library Books OR Story of the World
|Table School Work
|Bible Study Fellowship
Table School Work
Soccer or Rest Time
Table School Work
Bedtime: Read Aloud Library Books – (one fiction, one nonfiction book)
What I’ve already learned about this schedule is that I have to be flexible. Sometimes opportunities to go and do things out weigh the need to get our table work done. This week we spent our Monday at a local art museum rather than completing the lessons I had planned for us to do. Re-writing my lesson plan for the week sometimes is tough for me. I want to make sure we are advancing quickly. I’ve already often had to give myself a reminder talk listing the reasons why we are doing this. The number one reason being that we allow our kids to be kids longer and expose them not only to content but experiences. The other thing that disrupts our plans are things like doctor appointments or sick little ones. My other children are preschool aged to check ups and ear infections have completely ruined a few weeks. Ultimately we strive to make the most of our time without being too rigidly stuck to our schedule.
We kinda of randomly chose to buy the Abeka K-5 Phonics, Handwriting and Math grade level kits. We did a lot of browsing online and this kit seemed to have the most bang for the buck. Lots of materials, good reviews and a teacher’s guide that would take the pressure off of me. So far it is working well! We have been doing two lessons a day in each subject unless we have a busy day. We didn’t purchase the full grade level kit with Bible and Social Studies because we also do Classical Conversations and Bible Study Fellowship. The lessons are pretty quick to complete. It’s great for our boy because the language they use to teach the letters is very imaginative. He loves thinking of the letters as silly things. He seems to enjoy the work pages, they aren’t too long and are very colorful. We don’t use all the games but when we do my son enjoys them. He also is a perfect Kindergartener, as far as his academic level. The curriculum starts with letters and numbers and that is just right for us. If you had a very advanced Kindergartener this may not be the best fit for you. The lessons do not have a summary of what you cover at the start so you have to read through them to find out what objectives will be covered. It wouldn’t be good for someone looking to start later in the lessons, it would be very hard to figure out what had been covered thus far.
We also do Words Their Way once a week to help reinforce the letters and concepts being learned through the Abeka Phonics. I bought the K student workbook on Amazon for less than $5. I just choose a sort that correlates with the letters we are learning that week. I like it because it’s an easy activity he can do on his own. It helps him practice working independently and gives other context for the letters we are learning. Also the sorts get more advanced as you go and there are tons of ways to use the program in the years to come.
For our other subjects we are just using the library to fill in the gaps. I choose books that expand on the ideas introduced during Classical Conversations. We also are starting Story of the World, which expands on the timeline cards they use in CC. We are on cycle 3 for CC so we have started the year reading lots of books about human anatomy and early America. My guy loves science experiments so when I get excited we throw those in too but mostly we just explore his interests. If you don’t know what Classical Conversations is this last paragraph probably made no sense to you! We are huge fans of CC though, it’s a great way to expose your kids to so much content! They also do all the things I’m not sure into like fine arts and science.
I hope that helps give you some ideas on what a day for you could look like if you are thinking of homeschool. There is no one way fits all way to teach your kids. Thus far we are so glad we made the choice to give homeschooling a try. My kids have had the luxury of time together. We have made some wonderful homeschool friends. This feels like a good thing for our home.