Homeschool Day 12/2011

by Ivory Soap on 12/14/2011

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Back in the day when I first started, homeschooling took a lot of time and involved a lot of books.  Then, after my fourth was born, I chose a classical, streamlined method.  It took almost no time, comparatively.  Good thing, since I was nursing like it was my job.   Now that the baby is done with me and taking big naps, I’m spending more effort on homeschooling and less on getting enough sleep.

Here’s our current schedule:

Waller around on computer or in front to TV until 8:30 or 9AM.

Kids have breakfast while I read a chapter from a good book outloud.

I set out all of the entertainment centers for the unoccupied kids to use while I work with the other.

10AM School gets going with Big Kid:  multiplication, cursive, memorization, math, spelling, religion, science, etc…then he gets the timer to start his self-reading time (20min.)

11 AM  While Big is reading, I set up for Little.  Little Kid and I work on all his kindergarten stuff for about a 1/2 hour, then I set up for Middle Kid, who tells me she needs “Five more minutes” to finish whatever art project she’s working on.

12PM  I work with Middle on all her subjects until she gets to handwriting and her journal time.  She fights me a little on school work sometimes, so we’re sometimes in there until 1PM.

*I don’t make lunch much anymore.  They’re big enough to snack around themselves.  They just clear with me what they’re getting.  We have a “6g protein before carb” rule to keep emotions in check.

1PM-2PM  Clean up.  Usually just me.  Luckily since I organize what centers I want at the beginning of each week, I can just toss them all in a crate.  It’s the vacuuming and combing the floor for choking hazards that takes so long.

Get up baby and feed her.  Hang out till 3:30 or 4PM when Grammy comes home or the kids in the neighborhood come out to play.

Watch some Castle or other murder mystery, head home to hang with Hubby.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie December 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Glad your homeschooling is working out better for you now. Sounds like you really have it under control. I remember the days of making my own curriculum…hours of prep work. Now I use an online resource (Time4Learning) so I have lots more time for other things. Whew! And, Castle is one of my faves, too!

Jackie and her web-schooling family who geek out learning with web-based curricula, multimedia electives, and an online writing tutor!

Laura December 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

Just wondering about your 6g protien before carbs rule. I usually make sure my kids have protiens with carbs as well, but not a specific amt. I’m just wondering why specifically 6g?
Thanks so much, love your blog!

Lindsay December 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Can you maybe someday outline some of the younger kids’ centers? I’m at a loss on how to keep my toddler/pre-k-er occupied while I teach the oldest. And with baby on the way, it’s only going to get harder.

Deanna December 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Funny you should mention that Lindsay…I just started a sub-blog, but it’s not filled up yet. Only twenty or so posts.

And Laura, the six grams is mostly because that’s the serving size on our sausage patties. Since that’s the only protein the youngest used to eat, it became the gold standard around here. If he wanted another piece of toast, I had to see another serving disappear. Then one day he says, how about nuts instead today? So I looked on the back and figured an equivalent amount of protein. As his diet widened, so did my knowledge of six gram servings. HA!

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