Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Normal Week

I'm going to share our schedule, but I have no idea if this will work for us. I can see at least one problem at the beginning -- starting at 8 am. Over the summer we usually finished cleaning up breakfast around 9, so it'll be a bit of a change for us, but I prefer the earlier start so we're going to try to make it work. I also anticipate First Son's arguments against getting dressed before school. (He wears his pajamas as long as possible every day.) I am hoping the excitement of school will ease the beginning of this new habit.
2009-2010 Normal Day

As you can see, we're planning around some outside activities. Kansas Dad will handle classes on Thursday mornings and then take the kids to our little library for the preschool program they provide. They very kindly encouraged First Son to return because they knew we were homeschooling and wanted to bring First Daughter. If I ever manage to quit working entirely, we may change that morning's routine.

I've also decided to participate in some outside activities with our larger homeschool group this year. We'll see how those work out as well. In particular, I think these will suit our family. I've planned a loose afternoon schedule that will allow us to hit the main points (math and reading mainly) even if we don't have school in the morning. I'm also hoping our early start will enable us to have our opening even if we're headed out for the morning.

I have visions of afternoons with both girls sleeping and First Son entertaining himself during Quiet Time so I can focus on other things: baking, exercising, my own reading, the possibilities are endless...Second Daughter is reaching the age when a long sustainable afternoon nap should surface soon. I hope and pray.

I'm planning a post on each of our subjects. I don't pretend to have any great knowledge to share, I just find my own thoughts reach a greater level of clarity when I've typed them out for the blog. Perhaps, too, I can look back in a few years and laugh at my naivete. At least, I hope I'll be laughing.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this! I love how you worked in the outside time. I am thinking I might go back to something like that next year, depending on how things go this year. I am trying something new, mainly for the sake of the extra little person who will be spending time with us in the mornings. I have heard she responds well to tight structure and we are pretty flexible when it comes to those things...But as I was saying, I like your schedule!

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  2. I have a secret. I think going outside is a hassle and a little too real. I'd much rather sit inside and read a book about how great it is to be outside.

    I'm not kidding.

    So I figured if I didn't actually write "outside" on our schedule, we wouldn't make it a priority. I also tried to make them short bursts of time so I could rush everyone out without worrying about four layers of clothes and sunscreen (or whatever the weather might require).

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  3. I'm with you. I nearly cringe when they ask to go out. I'll think that maybe they'll run around outside instead of in the house but they only sit in the sand, then drag it in.

    It is an impressive schedule. That's a lot of activity before lunchtime!

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  4. Kelly, I know. Sometimes my kids will just sit on the bench by the slide. That's one of the reasons I think our playgroups are so important; they really get moving when the other kids are around.

    However, I also think it's important for the kids to be outside to soak up some sunshine or just watch the clouds so I wanted to make sure we put it on the schedule every single day. It's also a great break before sitting down to something that requires more handwork or concentration like math or handwriting. I think. We'll see how that works out for us.

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