Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekly Homeschooling Schedule

 
A typical week in our homeschool is very busy as in many others out there. We aim to have our daily school completed by lunch-time and reserve the afternoon for field trips, sports, hobbies and friends. When we first began homeschooling we participated in many field trips and quickly became overwhelmed with activities which made it difficult to fit in "school". This general plan helps tremendously.

Last year we attempted to finish school by lunch, but rarely did. This year a few changes made all the difference. First of all there is a rule that the kids need to start school for the day as soon as they wake-up. Last year they always waited for me. After preparing breakfast, starting the laundry and everything else we usually didn't get started until around 9:00. Starting school upon waking works well since they both have activities they do on their own, with each other and with me. Now some days they are finished by 10:30 am depending on how early they rise.
Each kid has their own weekly to-do list. The items listed in blue they can do either together or mostly on their own. Here is what a typical week looks like.

3rd Grader

Minutes Days per Week Subject
15 5 Read to Mom
15 5 Listen to Mom Read
30 2 Silent Reading Books
15 5 Writing
15 5 Spelling
15 5 Mother goose
30 5 Math
30 2 Science Experiment
30 2 German Kids Television
30 3 Rosetta Stone - German
15 2 Silent Reading - German Book
30 5 Spanish Kids Television
15 3 Piano
15 3 Geography Puzzle
60 1 Finish missed work or special movie

5th Grader

Time Days per Week Subject
15 5 Read to Mom
15 5 Listen to Mom Read
30 2 Silent Reading Books
15 5 Writing
15 5 Spelling
15 5 Poetry
30 5 Math
30 2 Science Experiment
30 2 German Kids Television
15 5 Write a Sentence in German
15 2 Silent Reading - German Book
30 5 Spanish Kids Television
15 3 Violin
15 3 Piano
60 1 Finish missed work or special movie

In addition to the items listed above the children play outside daily a minimum of 20 minutes per day. During this time they like to play monkey-in-the-middle, or other very physical games with my husband if he is available, or play in the creek behind our house and explore nature. We listen to folk songs and classical music in the car and during meals. Finally, famous works of art are displayed every two weeks following a short discussion of the piece.


Afternoons
Monday - history, crafts and socialization with our weekly History Co-op Group
Tuesday - music lessons
Wednesday - sports, free-time and socialization
Thursday - sports, free-time and socialization
Friday - sports, free-time and socialization

 

I am linking this post to The Homeschooling Hearts and Mind Blog which is hosting a virtual curriculum fair. Here is the list of posts from other blogging homeschooling families and how they schedule their time.

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool

Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool

Our Schedule's Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn

Homeschooling: How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest

Virtual Curriculum Fair--- Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School

Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots

A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool

A Day in the Life... by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun

Homeschool and Life: How we get it done by Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What

Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama

Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another

Now Where's That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings

Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn't See Coming by Letha @ justpitchingmytent

Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World

The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning

How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy

4 comments:

  1. We did alot of field trips when we first started as well, probably one a week, now it is more like 2 a month. not counting the weekend when we go exploring as a family:) Always nice to see how others do school:).

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  2. This is great, thank you for sharing your schedule with the Virtual Curriculum Fair. ;0)

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  3. Hi, I found your link through the Virtual Curriculum Fair. Your schedule sounds great; you certainly are fitting a lot into your schedule- good job! What took you to Germany?

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    1. We wanted to see what it would be like to live in another country and then an opportunity opened up with my husband's job. So we went for it.

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