First Day of School!

You are seeing two VERY excited little boys!  They have been really looking forward to the first day of homeschool.

Here is our basic schedule, based upon the routine that our family naturally follows and adding in our school work.  I basically made a list of the items I wanted to include in our school day, and then tried to place them in an order that made sense for our family.  Right now, our school lessons make up about 2 hours of the day, with (4) 30 minute lessons. There will be days when our schedule changes, such as to accomodate storytime at the Library, playdates, etc.  And days when we’ll have field trips.  There will also be times when our lessons and fun activities overlap, resulting in a shortened day, and condensed schedule…flexibility is one of the many perks of homeschooling :)

I’ve added an extra subject.  A lot of kindergarten curriculum requires only 2 subjects, and just works the rest of the learning in with those, but it’s more helpful for me to separate it.  I feel more organized that way.  So, my third subject will be a rotating social studies, science, and health.

I am not using a curriculum.  We’re on a bare bones budget right now, but I really think it will be okay.  I got a $10 kindergarten workbook from Walmart, a $32 Bible Lessons book from Lifeway (that I could have got online for much cheaper!), and for everything else we’re just going to make it up as we go.  I’ll let you know how that works out :)

I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old.  Caeden will be technically in kindergarten, while Logan is technically in preschool.  For now, I’m going to be doing basically the same things with both of them (Logan is very smart!), and will continue that until it doesn’t seem to be working.  It’s a learning process for all of us.

Our Daily Routine & Tentative Schedule

6:00/6:30–Wake up.  Daddy is getting ready for work, and the boys usually hang out with him, and he gets them their breakfast if he has time.  My kids are early risers and always have been.

7:30–Breakfast/Morning Chores/TV Time for the boys (if they didn’t eat with daddy).  Breakfast and quiet time for mommy

8:30–Official start of the school day with our morning board. (I’m going to do a separate post with details of what’s included here).

9:00–Lesson #1 (Bible) We are doing a creation unit this month, working through this book

9:30–Songs/Movement/Snack Time

10:00–Lesson #2 (Language Arts–Letter of the Week)

10:30–Craft/Activity

11:00–Kids have morning recess while mommy preps lunch

11:30–Lunch Time, clean up

12:30–Lesson #3 (Math and numbers)

1:00–Story Time

1:30–Lesson #4 (Alternating-Social Studies/Science/Health)

2:00–Quiet Time

3:00–Outside to play

4:00–Clean up

4:30–Daddy gets home from work (unless he has to work late b/c of a forest fire)

5:30–Cook supper, eat, clean up

7:00–Family Time (outside, games, watch a movie together, etc.)

8:30–Bedtime Routine (bath, bedtime stories, prayers)

9:00–Lights out for kiddos.  This is the time when Chad and I can spend some time alone together, I can work on my blog, work on lesson plans for the next day, etc.

11:00–We try to be in bed by 11:00

 

(You can find more homeschooling posts at ihomeschoolnetwork or at the Homeschool Carnival

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