Homemaking For Us Real Gals – 3
Now that we have our basic schedule for the morning laid out and we’ve practiced it all last week, I am moving on this week to add in the schooling schedule. I am not really ready for this one. Seriously, it took everything for me to get out of bed last week much less make it after I stood up. I made this nice, neat schedule for us to follow each day and when it was time to put it into practice I felt like a whining child, “I don’t wanna!”
Still, the house is looking better and better everyday as we get little things caught up. I should have taken before pictures of our library closet -eek! It looks perfectly organized now and all our books are easy to spot.
The kids are super charged about school! They have been bugging me for a more thorough and detailed school schedule.
Our typical school year doesn’t consist of a ton of book work but we do have a few months each year where we hit the books pretty hard. This is that time of year for us. We still try to keep things pretty relaxed and non-stressful. This helps in fostering the childrens’ love for learning. They’re are subjects they don’t like that they have to do anyway but I don’t push past the point of total frustration (in me or them). This takes some discernment and a lot of patience. I won’t let laziness be the reason for taking a break. I am not raising slackers. However, when I see a frustration-laden melt down coming on I know it is time to take a break. This doesn’t happen often anymore. Because they know I am cool with taking a break they have no problem asking to move on to another problem or subject. They also know my stance on slacking and don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes anymore.
Now, we have been doing school all along but it was definitely not our priority last week while we caught up chores long needing attention and started rebuilding cleaning habits that had gone by the wayside in the last few months. This is quite common for us after having a new baby, however, this time around I am determined not to let it go any further than it has right now.
So, here is the next section of our brand spankin’ new schedule.
We only do hands on, fun school on Fridays. Also, Kait’s school is not on the schedule. She has just started and at home high school program that is very different than the boys’ schedule needs. Since she is self motivated I don’t need to map out a school day plan for her.
9:30 to 10:00 Bible
10:00 to 10:30 Math
10:30 to 11:00 Science (Mon.)
11:00 to 11:30 Creative Writing & Language Arts (Mon.)
11:30 to 12:00 Music
12:00 to 12:30 Reading
5:00 to 6:00 PM – Tutoring with Dad depending on need (this time allotment is very flexible and needs to be adjusted often depending on when my husband is home. His flight schedule is quite sporadic)
Notice how we don’t do every subject everyday. 1/2 hour is a lot of time when you are one on one. It is amazing how much my kids can get done in what seems to be a short period of time.
We also have a coop day on Tuesday where the kids are able to participate in extra classes like History, Science, Bible, Creative Writing, etc… These classes change each 9 weeks. Our kids are never bored on Tuesdays – though I ’bout go crazy.
Like I have said in previous posts – this isn’t meant to be a rigid schedule. It is simply a guideline that helps us map out our day. If we decide to deviate and take the scenic route that is okay! The schedule just helps us get back on track easily.
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