Homeschooling is such a general term. You have your strict, scheduled homeschoolers who have a set regimen and follow it to a tee. On the other side you have homeschoolers who do little or no bookwork and let life lead the path of learning. While either are great, I think most families fall somewhere in the middle. This week I am participating in a blog hop all about real life homeschooling with members from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Throughout the week I will be giving you a glimpse into our school week, the ups and the downs. I hope you will join me each day this week for a new post about our real life homeschooling!
We have a four day school week. Thankfully we live in a very easy state when it comes to homeschooling. There are no set number of days or hours that we have to do schoolwork. Still, I try to maintain a basic schedule so that AJ can have the best education that I can give her. The days we school often change depending on appointments, Grandma, and just life in general. This week we plan to do school work Sunday through Wednesday. Ideally, I will plan our school week the weekend before, but sometimes come Monday morning (Or Sunday if that is our first day) I am going over the work from the week before and figuring out what we need to do. Recently AJ has taken a maturity growth spurt when it comes to school. She informed me that she wasn’t a baby anymore and that she could do some things on her own! That was music to my ears! Coming from a kid who has needed someone to sit by her side to keep her on task, I was shocked to say the least. I looked at our schedule, some things needed to change. I was scheduling too much and not giving her enough independence. I switched up how I was scheduling our week and the last few weeks have run a lot smoother. Here is what scheduling looks like for our homeschool. First I go through the work from the week before. I should file it, but this week I stuck it in a folder to take care of later. By the looks of that folder, later needs to get here soon! The next step is going through the next lessons in each subject AJ is working on. I look at what we are reviewing and decide if I will be switching out subjects, or adding more subjects to our day. Once I know what I want her to work on, I type it all up into a spread sheet.
The new thing I do is color code the spread sheet. I go through and change the font color based on how she is suppose to do the work. One color is for the subjects she will work on with me, one color for the subjects where I need to teach her something, or work with her for part and then she works by herself, and a third color for the topics she is to do by herself. This takes a little longer, but it seems to help our day run smoother. After I have the week planned out, I print out the spread sheet, print any worksheets that need to be completed, and gather all of the books she will need. I stack the books and worksheets up in a pile, and we are ready for the week.
On the schedule for this week…..
Math – Finishing up book 1 of Percent and finishing Unit one of A+ Math Pre Algebra (A Review Item)
Science – Learning more about weather – including a cloud experiment
History – Working through the book of Joshua in the Bible and starting our study of The Children of Israel.
Literature – Because of Winn Dixie. I want her to finish the book this week, but I don’t know if that will happen.
Bible – Focusing on Luke chapter 1 about Jesus’s birth in a new Bible Study (A Review Item)
Spelling – Spelling You See (A Review Item)
Extras – PE and Star Toaster – An online reading adventure (A Review Item)
We will see how this week goes. I hope you come back tomorrow to join me on or week of Real Life Homeschooling!
Discover real life in other homeschools with the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers! Join the blog hop to read more!
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Every Bed of Roses
Ben and Me
Footprints in the Butter
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Counting Our Blessings
Homeschooling for His Glory
Chestnut Grove Academy
Only Passionate Curiosity
Farm Fresh Adventures