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Our 2014-15 Homeschool Schedule is going to be a work in progress, but I knew I needed to have something to help guide me as we get started and see what works.
The kids will be 8th grade (B), 7th grade (J), 6th grade (M), 3rd grade (R), 2nd grade (T), 1st grade (L), preschool (4 years-I), and toddler (2 years-E). It will definitely be our most complicated year yet!
My oldest son wants to audition for all 3 Spotlight Youth Theater shows this year. That requires a class each week, plus rehearsals Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. The others will pick and choose which shows they want to do, but will probably do the classes all year. We’ll be in the Institute for Cultural Communicators public speaking class twice a month. The 3 oldest kids will be in band at Westlake Christian Academy (2 different bands, plus lessons). Five kids will take violin lessons, four or five will take piano lessons, 1 in saxophone lessons, and 2 in drum lessons. I really should start teaching them voice lessons, too. Eeek!
I’m actually glad we are in the Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group this year because it will push all of us to get the week’s assignments due even if we are tired from all the other activities we are doing.
So, here are my thoughts for the schedule: (Wednesday mornings are the Tapestry group.)
6:00 I get up, devotions, get ready, and exercise. My husband and band kids get up and get ready.
7:00 Husband and band kids leave. He rest of the kids get up and eat breakfast. Chores and start dinner.
8:00 Written work for everyone. Help them as needed (math, handwriting, grammar, writing, geography, science notebooks). (Pick up kids from band on Mondays and Wednesdays.)
9:00 All About Reading lesson with R. (Pick up kids from band on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)
9:30 Reading and phonics lessons with T, L, and I
10:00 Bible lesson for kids preschool through 6th grade (Finish “Jonah” Sword Study from BibleBee.org, then Who is God? from Apologia and Grapevine Studies of Old Testament) and Science reading (Apologia Exploring Creation With Astronomy). On Fridays we’ll do the Science experiments/projects.
11:00 All About Spelling lesson with R.
11:30 Lunch and chores
12:00 Free time
1:00 Toddler to bed
1:15-2:15 Read-Alouds of history and literature (Tapestry of Grace books.)
2:15 Science lesson with 3 middle school kids. Help kids with math and check older kids’ work.
3:30 music lessons and practice; work on housework, office work, school planning, and blogging; Speech class on Thursdays, Drama class on Tuesdays, Spotlight rehearsals on Fridays.
5:30 Dinner and chores
8:00 Kids get ready for bed. Husband read to older boys. I read to younger kids.
9:00 Lights out for kids
10:00 Lights out for husband and me
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If your kids are like mine, they are Minecraft fanatics! We only have one Minecraft account, which means that only one kid can play at a time. We also have some very specific rules that are posted right by the Minecraft computer: only after all schoolwork and chores are done, only 20 minutes a day on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends, they only get to watch one other kid play, and if they forget to set the timer they lose their turn the next day, etc.
When I heard about a safe Minecraft server and that they offer homeschool classes, I was very intrigued! The company is called Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft, and their website is whenyouriseup.com.
It’s back to school time, and for homeschool families – that means gathering curriculum, planning and finding new ways to inspire kids in their studies. SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft is the perfect way to add the fun and inspiration you need.
This fall, the class line up is spectacular! If you need homeschool math, science, bible, history, language arts or more . . . you are in for a treat. Using some of your favorite homeschool curriculum companies (including Apologia Science, Mystery of History, and A+ Interactive Math) you’ll learn to incorporate Minecraft projects into your family homeschool.
Find out more about the fully monitored SKrafty Minecraft server where it is safe for your family and children – and get whitelisted for FREE right HERE.
SKrafty is specially designed and the rules are constructed to encourage good sportsmanship – with no griefing allowed, no bad language or ugly talk, and no sharing of outside links to protect your children. See a full list of rules HERE.
What other parents are saying about SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft:
“Since starting Skrafty my son has blossomed. His typing has gotten a lot better. School work is not a chore any more I just give him the list of what needs to be done and he does it. He finds the lessons entertaining and engaging and he loves the activities that go along with them. We are all very grateful for Skrafty.” ~ Cheryl J.
“My son enjoys playing on Skrafty with other kids and I love that it is a safe, moderated Minecraft server! While playing on Skrafty he has learned creative building, developed critical thinking skills, made friends, and learned to be a team player. The classes have been fun and the reading program has encouraged him to read more than ever. Skrafty has been such a blessing to our family!” ~Julie B.
Special needs learning:
“Skrafty has been a huge blessing to our family! My son with dyslexia is not only learning but enjoying learning!!!! His reading and writing have developed more with Skrafty than any other program we have used. The classes are engaging because they are so hands on and truly turn learning into an adventure. I so highly recommend Skrafty!” ~ Caroline D.
What we learned:
My 2 oldest daughters have been working through the Virtual France Field Trip class. There are 2 parts to each of the 4 weeks of lessons. They read about some aspects of France and watch some short videos or look at photographs. Then they go on the Skrafty Minecraft server into the Virtual France Field Trip class portal and have some fun. There they can explore some things that have already been built, like the Eiffel Tower and other places around France, and they get to build things as well. Since they are joining other kids, they have to find an unclaimed spot and claim it in order to build. It took some time, but they usually they found a spot. (This was the only complaint I have. The kids sometimes really have to search and search to find a free plot.) My kids had to share (split the plots in sections) since they are sharing one account. But there was still enough space to build their French restaurants and other creations.
Some of the kids also spent some time doing some other things that the Skrafty Minecraft server offers, like building and exploring in Creative Mode.
Skrafty offers some pretty neat classes. We love using Apologia science and Mystery of History books, and Skrafty offers classes in both! I think we’re going to get the Apologia Astronomy self-paced class for the fall since that is the book we’ll be using with my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. My 3 oldest kids (in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades) will be doing Apologia General Science, so I might get that one, too, if I think they’ll have time for it.
Overall, we were happy with the Minecraft class that we took. There were a few things we didn’t understand how to do, but I just asked questions at the Skrafty Facebook group and received pretty prompt answers. The kids sometimes thought some things weren’t as fun as other Minecraft servers, but I know my youngest daughter preferred Skrafty when she had her free time. My kids don’t do chatting anyway, but if they did I would feel comfortable here with the Skrafty server. I was happy that after they built things, such as their French restaurants, others weren’t able to mess it up. They could go through it and explore it, but not break anything on it. I also liked the things they learned on the class website–what they read about France and the videos they watched. The one about the battle of Normandy was especially interesting.
Here are some pictures of things they built:
A Merry-Go-Round. We saw on a video that they had one at the beach at Normandy.
Various French Restaurants:
Fried Apple-Sauce Cafe:
A Music Room in the Restaurant:
Extremely affordable classes (between $6.99 – $32.00) make it easy to add creativity and excitement into your education at home. Sign up HERE for live classes or self-paced classes and begin your journey into the world of homeschool Minecraft with SKrafty.
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If you decide to try a SKrafty class, let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear about the other classes they offer to see if we should try them!
(Disclosure: I received a free Skrafty class in order to write this honest review. As a thank you, I will receive another class for this fall.)
Join us at the Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft Facebook Party Thursday night at 9 pm EST. (It originally was at 8, but is now at 9.)
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We are doing something new this year: Tapestry of Grace!
I’m really excited about it because it completely fits in with my style of teaching: some Charlotte Mason (reading living books) and Classical Education (learning all humanities through the guidance of the the history we’re studying). We’re doing Year 4, which means we will all be studying 20th Century history, literature, music, and art. The kids will also have writing assignments for history and literature “class.”
Our family will be partcipating in a brand-new Tapestry of Grace Fellowship group that will be meeting on Wednesday mornings for 3 hours. Thirty-five families are involved! My oldest two boys will be in the Dialectic group, which means they will have assignments to read and complete each week so that they will be able to participate in the discussions. Here are the books they will be reading this year: The Call of the Wild, Tales of O. Henry, Anne of Green Gables, Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, Peter Pan, Our Town, The Snow Goose, Homeless Bird, The Little Prince, My Side of the Mountain, Onion John, Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, The Lilies of the Field, Have Space Suit – Will Travel, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, Raising Dragons, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
My oldest daughter will be in the Upper Grammar class. The next 3 kids are in Lower Grammar. The Grammar classes will be doing all kinds of neat projects and activities that will enrich our read-alouds at home. I’ll share what they are after we do them!
My youngest son will be in the preschool class, and my 2-year-old in the nursery.
I will be teaching 4 music classes at our Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group: 20th Century Music History/Appreciation for Dialectic/Rhetoric classes (middle school and high school), 20th Century Music History/Appreciation for the Grammar (elementary) classes, Early Childhood Music and Movement for the preschool class, and Early Childhood Music and Movement for the nursery class. I’ve been working hard this summer to come up with the music history/appreciation curriculum. I’ve actually been writing it since I haven’t been able to find exactly what I was wanting to teach. It’s going to be so exciting to share this music with the kids. They won’t all like it, but I do hope they will learn to appreciate classical music more!
For the preschoolers and baby/toddlers I’ll be teaching music and movement classes that I have taught for 15 years. I love teaching those classes!
I’m glad we don’t start until the end of the month because I still have so much planning and writing to do. I’ve been slowly ordering the books we need. At least we’re set for the first couple of weeks. It’s going to be an exciting year!
Read some other homeschooling posts at these blogs this week:
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Jenn @ Treasuring Life’s Blessings
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Dusty @ To the Moon and Back
Michelle @ Delightful Learning
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining