Homeschool Schedule

Describe your average homeschool day and give new homeschoolers an idea of what to expect!

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Homeschool Schedule

Postby aprilsparrow » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:01 pm

This is our home school schedule right now. My son is in first grade. I would love any feedback. Do you think we are doing to much? Please give me your ideas and suggestions I feel like we are doing a lot. Our son loves to be read too. What do you think?

School Schedule

9:30-9:45: Calendar, Flag, teeth, and current events

9:45-10:15: Bible

10:15-11:00: Phonics/ Josiah Reading

11:00-11:30: Break

11:30-12:00: Handwriting

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:15: Spelling

1:15-1:45: Math

1:45-2:15: H.S. / Science

2:15-2:30: Read-Aloud

2:30-3:00 Art/ Music

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Postby Elei » Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:34 am

Hi Aprilsparrow,

One of my boys is also in first grade (the other one is in 4th) and we do more or less the same I think, but not so strict.
They have to be ready, washed and dressed by 8, and then they have time until 9 to do different things: drawing, playing or video (not TV).

Around 9 we start, but if I see they are doing something really interesting, nice drawing, playing really well, I just let them continue a while.

Then we start maths or reading and writing, it depends on what they choose. We do that for not more than one hour, sometimes it takes a lot less, if they work very well and are finished they can play. They have a little break and then we switch, if they did math first then we do reading or the other way round, for about one hour again..

If there is time left before lunch (around 13:00) I sometimes give them a computertask, silent reading, sometimes worksheets on diferent subjects or I read to them or they just play.

In the afternoon we just take a book (children's enciclopedias, science book, animal books or one of the different educational magazines we are subscribed at.......) , I read to them and whatever comes in the book that we don't know (country, names of things and animals.....) we look it up on the internet, a map or other books. Or they do the worksheets and games in the magazines. Sometimes we do a science project or sometimes they watch another video.

They do arts, music and languages in the afternoon from 5 to 7 practically every afternoon.

So I think we do more or less the same. For me it is important that they do maths and reading/writing in the morning for about 2 hours. For the rest we just do this and that, they play a lot, but I think (hope) they learn a lot from the this and that (videos, computerwork, silent reading, magazines, playing, inventing, listening to my reading, drawing.....)

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Postby StellarStory » Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:06 pm

Are you doing so much and so long that you resent it? If so you are doing too much.

Are your kids feeling burnt out? Take a break for a day, a field trip or even longer.
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Postby Kitty-Cat » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:07 pm

Wow I am tired just looking at what you do! Most homeschoolers I know do about 1 1/2 hours for first grade. Longer if they are doing craft or a science experiment.
My dd is just finishing up K (School year runs late Jan to early Dec over here) Bible takes about 10 minutes, LA about 20, math about 20 also. I do not plan on spending any longer then an hour on those subjects next year for first grade. Teachers will tell you for that long school day they only average about 2 1/2 hours of actual teaching. Homeschooling is concentrated learning, you don't need so much of it.

We try and start at 10am and I never go passed 12. Once Bible, LA and Math is done that hour from about 11am on is open for craft. Next year that hour will be for history or art or science. I would not do them all every day. If we finish in 20 minutes then we would be finished. I do not homeschool after lunch.
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Postby bendawndavis » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:19 pm

I love that schedule

I am planning on homeschool mon-fri from 8am-2pm.
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Postby seekingmyLord » Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:59 am

My daughter is first grade age, although she is doing mostly second and third grade work. I like schedules, but I found that they make me feel frustrated when my day does not cooperate. We have settled into 2 or 3 long days each week and the remaining are short. I have only one child so she does not really have a playmate until the neighborhood child are home from school and their after school care. So if we are not doing lessons, or lessons cleverly disguised as fun and games, she can be just running around getting stir crazy, but she also can play quietly by herself. She just sees lessons as time with her mother for the most part at this age.

A long day currently goes something like this:
Our lessons begin during breakfast, because my daughter eats very slowly. So she often has a Bible reading/study and French lessons during breakfast.

Piano/music-depends but usually 30 to 60 minutes.

Math-30 to 60 minutes.

Logic-15 minutes.

Geography-20 minutes. (I do this as a stand alone currently only because my daughter really loves geography. Eventually this will be incorporated in history/social studies unit studies with maps and journaling, which I hope to start by summer.)

During lunch, we do a devotion and Bible study and begin Latin and Greek which take only about 15 minutes.

Language Arts fills most of the afternoon with Handwriting, Copy Work, Spelling, and Reading etc.

Science stuff after that, if there is time or games/activities that teach strategy, logic, anatomy, etc. Just playing around with her microscope can keep her fascinated for an hour.

On short days, when we have other activities, like Chess Club, she does Music, Reading, short lessons with Math or Language Arts and/or whatever we did not get to usually Science or a unit study with History. One day a week, when we go to town for piano lessons, she is with me shopping for organic foods and learning about things on the way.

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Postby bendawndavis » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:32 pm

That is a good schedule too. Right now my son is 22 months old. We are still doing short days, but when he turns 2 we are moving up to longer days gradually. He is only learning Spanish as a foreign language, but I will be getting French and Latin in there sometime in the future.

I still haven't decided on which instruments to give him a choice to play. My husband plays guitar and piano. I bet he picks guitar, he loves watching daddy play and he has his own elmo one right now. LOL!!

Anyway, if anyone else has any ideas for scheduling that would be very helpful.
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Postby Linda » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:22 pm

That seems like a long day for a first grader. You don't want him, or yourself to burn out. This is after all the beginning of a lot of years of schooling. How about more nature walks, zoo trips, and library visits. And read, read, read...about all sorts of things.

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Postby seekingmyLord » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:59 am

Yes, from the time my daughter was 18 months, we went to the library weekly for a storytime. We stopped when she was around 4yo because I had a business, she had piano lessons, we had begun homeschooling, ut mostly because just about half the children that were going then always had colds. :(

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Postby Mathmom » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:04 pm

About going to story time at the library vs. getting books and reading them yourself, with your child:
Our library has story time with the children's librarian. Our 2 yr old won't be able to go to that until she is 2-1/2. They have this really cool room with all kinds of puzzles, magnetic letters on a magnetic wall, puppets, etc. And the librarian always does an easy craft with them. It's 45 minutes long. I think I will take her this summer when she is old enough. They don't let anyone else in that room. It's also the Children's librarian office. I do like that they don't have to register to go to it. Pretty simple.

So, I don't mind because I can go to the library with my 4 children, and it's very quiet during the day. It's a "talking" library, so I can read to and play with my 2, 7, 9 and 12 yr old as long as it doesn't disturb anyone. That's really nice. They have lots of toys, games, puzzles and activities there.
I can take the books home from the library(even my 2 yr old loves picking out her own books) and they read them as we walk home(exercise, yea!) and stop at the grocery store to get food for dinner or maybe just a snack :)
Our town is small, and sometimes I tend to complain about it. Now that I tell you all about it, it doesn't seem so bad....
There are bigger libraries that are not within driving distance. So, I make a point to inter-libary loan books. Sometimes they purchase books that we have requested.
It would be hard for me to give up going to the library. I think nursing my 2 yr old has helped her keep from getting sick. I don't really worry about that too much. I just wish some of the other homeschool families would come there more often.

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Postby MomofKS&J » Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:07 pm

It looks like you have a good schedule. I have a first grader also. We start about 9:30 also, but usually finish by 1:30 (and this is with 1 1/2 - 2 hours of breaks). But I don't include Art or Music in my schedule although my son does practice piano in the evening. We also do some History and Science integrated with our literature. Sometimes we spend a little more time if we have a cool science experiment. Also, I wanted to mention that I only hs my boys (1st grade and preschool) for 4 days a week. I'm not too worried, because they are both above grade-level in reading and math). Find what fits for your family and rely on God to guide you.

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Postby sunnie_skys » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:13 pm

Usually spelling is started in 3rd grade so if you wanted to cut something out you could do that. or do it 2 times a week. I actually like your schedule. It seems to fit.

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Postby mamaofmany » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:17 pm

I have 4 kids 8,5,3,2. Our day starts like this.
7 am wake up, tidy rooms, make bed, get ready for day
7:30 Older two empty dishwasher, 3 yr old empties dryer, older girls empty washer.
7:50 breakfast
Next older child does her Bible study while I read Bible studies to younger kids.
Next we all walk to Leslie Sansone. 1 mile walk.
Next oldest does Math language and spelling words. I work on Phonics and Math with 2 middle kids, baby plays with puzzles and other educational toys.
Then we have lunch.
After lunch older kids practice their instruments ( violin and guitar) for 30 min. Then 5 yr old has a rest time while babies nap. Oldest reads for 1 hour while I have a quite time in my room. ( I am an introvert to this time is essential for me).
Then older girls and I work on writing, lapbooks, any help with math that is needed. unit studies Or quizing that needs done. 5yr old does crafts at this time.
Babies get up and they play quietly in playroom, while we finish up.
Once all work is finished they may play, read, do computer games, or crafts.
We do not have a set start finish time, some days we are so excited about a subject we just keep going, others we finish a project early and call it a day, work on chores ect.. :D :D
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Postby milehimom » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:20 pm

This is our first year of homeschooling. I'm a former elementary public school teacher, so I , of course, set out with a very strict schedule for my 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grader. It quickly became apparant that a strict schedule like that confined us and left me, and them grouchy, cuz I was always in a hurry! We've thrown out the schedule, as far as what subject when.

I made up assignment books for each child. In their assignment book, they have a list of required assignments that they do daily (journal, wake up work (math), daily spelling, daily geography, handwriting, bible verse, and daily math facts. Each day, I write in other individualized assingments for the day so that each morning, they know exactly what they need to finish by the end of the day.

We start each morning at 8:30 sharp (with the occasional late start due to a late night or following a ski day..) and work until 12:30. Those times are pretty non-negotiable. I usually let them work till 9 independently. I use the time to either correct the previous days' work, or get assignments or group lessons ready ( I make up my own cirriculum, but they do have several workbooks at their grade level).

At 9, I'll either teach a group lesson on whatever topic we are working on - American Revolution, Verbs, Character traits, persuasive paragraphs, Water cycle etc., OR I'll call the kids up individually for their math lesson (math is the only individualized grade-level lesson I teach). While I meet with one child, the others work independently through their checklist.

We take a break around 10:30. The kids will go outside for a while, play in their rooms, or get a snack. By 10:45/11:00 we'll come back together for Read Aloud. We LOVE this time. I'll quite often read aloud for 30 min. especially if we are getting near the end of a good book (two great ones we couldn't stop reading were True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, and My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier and Collier). This only leaves us about 1.5 hours to finish work independently. Often I meet individually with my 5th grader to extend things a bit more for her. Sometimes we have an additional group lesson during this time. It kind of depends on the day. Some days are heavy in Teacher directed type lessons where I'm 'teaching' them stuff - other days are more quiet - they are just getting work done that's already been taught or explained.

We always break for lunch at 12:30. Sometimes we just stop for the day then, even if they didn't finish all their work on assignment books. Other days, we do an additional hour of work after lunch. We travel a lot (which has a whole schedule all it's own), so if we've gotten 'behind' in our studies due to travel, we'll definitely do more work after lunch! Yesterday we took a spontaneous day off to ski, so we'll do an extra hour each day this week to 'make up for it'!

When we travel, we get pretty creative. A few weeks ago, we went to the mountains for a week.We did school work before and after leaving for the ski lodge, AND we brought grammar workbooks to the ski lodge and worked on them here and there when we came in for lunch and hot chocolate breaks. We like to get work done on airplanes and in airports, so as to have less work to do at our arrival location!
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Postby Shari Nielsen » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:06 pm

The nice thing about homeschooling is that you don't have to switch gears when a bell rings like they do in public school. It is difficult for some kids to go directly from one subject to the next w/ out a break in between. Some schools have moved to block scheduling to decrease the number of transitions throughout the school day.

Has anyone tried more of a "block" approach where they will focus primarily on two or three subjects a day and then come back to these same subjects two days later instead of the very next day and work on 2 or 3 other subjects on the days in between?

I'm not sure how it would work w/ little ones whose attention span is limited.
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