Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013/2014 Curriculum Choices & Our Routine

We started back to school on Monday. I probably should have waited a few weeks to finish up my canning but we were all ready to get back to some routine. So right now our days are filled will school and our evenings are filled with canning. Its busy but worth it.

Our first day of school traditions are always fun. We begin the day with a breakfast of junk food. Oh you know, sugar em up really well before school. This year, it was cinnamon rolls and chocolate milk. Luckily, our first day doesn't actually involve much school. I hand out all their school supplies, we talk about what I expect this year and we go over our yearly plan. Of course, we also get first day of school pictures.

I made a MAJOR change this year. We love the Weaver Curriculum but I dropped it. I can not even believe I am saying that! It was time though. It was just not working for us. I love Weaver and would recommend it in a second but I could not make it work for us anymore.

I try to teach all the kids together for most subjects for two reasons. It is just easier on me and because that way Taylor doesn't feel left out. I can water it down or add to it depending on the child. It just works.

Here is a run down of what we are doing this year.

Character Study ~ Character Building for Families Volume 1
Bible ~ Apologia Who is God?
Science ~ Apologia Exploring Creation
History ~ The Mystery of History Volume 1
Art ~ ARTistic Pursuits

ALL (Accessible Literacy Learning) Reading Program
Home Speech Home

Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Math Essentials & Life of Fred

Learning Language Arts through Literature
Math Mammoth
Explode the Code

Logic to English Essentials
Math Mammoth
Explode the Code

I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. Schedules make my skin crawl. I have to have some routine though for this house to run smoothly. So we follow a "routine" instead of a rigid "schedule".

Here is how our day plays out. Most of the time.

 6:00 – Wake
            Mommy time (Read Bible, Get ready for day)
 7:00 – Wake kids
            Dress/Brush Teeth/Make Beds
  8:00 – *School Starts
            Character Study
            Memory Work
  9:30 – English ~Alyssa, Morgan, Carter
            Computer ~Taylor
10:00 – Nature Journals/Composer Study
11:00 – Lunch
12:00 – English & Speech ~Taylor
            IEW ~Alyssa
            Copywork/Explode the Code ~Morgan, Carter
  1:00 – History/Art (M&W)
            Bible/Science (T&TH)
  3:00 – Afternoon chores
  5:30 – Dinner
  7:30 – Showers/Bedtime Routine
  8:00 – Run/Exercise
            Adventures in Odyssey ~Kids
  8:30 – Family Read Aloud
  9:00 – Lights Out ~Kids
10:30 – Bedtime
Now those official times might look pretty rigid but I assure I could not handle that. They are approximates. The times help me to see how well we are doing each day. But it is just a guide. Daddy gets home from work at 3:30 every day. So I try to have everything done before then. We like our daddy time.

There are some days that we get so engrossed in a read aloud that barely any bookwork gets done and I am 100% okay with that. That is the freedom of homeschooling. We make it work. We get done what we can and most importantly build deep relationships along the way.

We only do school 4 days a week so Fridays are a bit different. Taylor has Physical Therapy at 8:30am. I try to save all my errands for after therapy. Grocery, library, etc. We also sneak in field trips or trips to the Wilderness Center.

Its going to be a fun year!

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Renata said...

I really enjoyed reading about your curriculum and schedule. It's interesting seeing how other families school! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Honey said...

I LOVE seeing other's schedules! It always helps to spark something to get me thinking if our current way is still the best for us. ;) copying how you did the kids pics for the new year!!


Amanda Shoemaker said...

It's so cool to get a glimpse into what others do. Thank you for sharing! :)

Misty said...

I love the pictures, and it is fun seeing what others are doing. Hope you have a great year :)

Jennifer Lambert said...

I want a big tree for pictures now. Some great ideas for me to look into for curriculum...Have a great year!


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