Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Home Educator

Share a day in the life of your family?  Sounds kinda boring, but maybe our schedule can help someone.  We have three girls, ages 12, 10, and 8 currently.  We are quite structured in our homeschool.

We start at 8:30, and I let the girls choose which subject they want to do first, which is usually math as they want to get done with it.  They work independently in math unless a snag comes up, which we deal with.  They bring their work to me on the spot and move onto their next subject while I check their work.  This way, I don't have mountains of work to correct at the end of the day, plus they get on-the-site critique of their work and fix it right away.

Math usually takes an hour, and if the older girls haven't finished, I have them stop (because there is only so much math a person can take in one sitting) and move onto grammar, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes to do.  While they are working independently, I work with my youngest on writing and phonics one-on-one.  Youngest then moves into handwriting by herself.  If she finishes, she can take a break and get a snack or whatever she likes.

By this time, one of my older girls is usually completely done with independent work (math, handwriting, and grammar).  I move onto spelling with one of them. Then the oldest girls do writing together.  Finally, we finish spelling with the last oldest.

Usually this takes us to about 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. After eating lunch, we finish up with history and literature with Sonlight, which usually takes about a half hour to 45 minutes for older girls and 20-30 minutes for youngest.

That's how I weave our day together.  It has changed over the years of course.  I've purposely chosen several subjects that can be done as independently as possible, while choosing other programs that take more one-on-one time with subjects that need more practice.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Elementary Supplement Schedule-Fall of Rome to Present

This is a first time share for this schedule.  I've used it before and had a hard copy, but I lost the PDF in my computer crash several years ago.

Anyway, I've collected videos, hands-on activities, recipes, notebook pages, and some art suggestions for Sonlight Core C®.  This schedule and this author are not affiliated with Sonlight®.

I have lots of books in our personal library, which we may or may not add, and I've included several in this schedule.  You can try to find at your library or just go ahead and substitute something else or read nothing extra at all!  More and more, I've not added anything to our Sonlight cores, especially reading.

The books that stand out as gems to me are:

  • How Children Lived by Chris and Melanie Rice
  • Geography From A to Z by Jack Knowlton
  • Story of the World Volume 2 Activity Guide by Susan Wise Bauer

With those, I think there will be plenty of supplements to keep you busy this year!  While Story of the World Volume 2 is not scheduled in this supplement outright, you will note SOTW Chapters in the lapbook and Activity Guide suggestions.  You could read those chapters in SOTW if you like.  I am really trying to simplify things, so we will actually be reading A Child's History of the World that Sonlight schedules.

Elementary Fall of Rome to Present Supplement Schedule