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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