Yes, every year is different, and I usually end up tweaking our homeschooling schedule throughout the year as well. But this is what is (sort of) working right now!
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8:30-11:30 Morning chores and schoolwork
11:30-1:00 Lunch, chores, and free time
1:00 Baby down for a nap
1:15-2:30 Afternoon read-aloud time
2:30-3:30 Quiet time (alone time for Mom)
3:30-5:00 Afternoon chores, instrument practice, dinner prep
5:00-5:30 Educational video
5:30-6:30 Dinner and after-dinner chores
I’ll post separately about the chores that the kids do throughout the day.
For the morning homeschooling time, the three oldest practice violin and do their written schoolwork. The written schoolwork includes copywork, handwriting, Bible Study Fellowship lesson, science, history, grammar, math, logic, and Latin (depending on their level). The younger kids also work with me on phonics, reading aloud, handwriting, phonics workbook, and lapbooks. For the last few years I have wanted to start the morning with a “circle time” where we read the Bible, pray, sing, do memory work, etc. But that has practically never happened. So, I finally accepted the fact that that is too difficult to do right now with all the little kids’ distractions. I let the kids decide which order they want to do their morning work (although I like them to start with violin practice, because if it gets too late in the morning they say they’re too tired to do it).
We have our dining room converted to a schoolroom. My computer is in there as well, so I often do emails or blogging in between helping them with their work. That is why you may often see my blog posts reading a little disjointed. I write one sentence now, another later, another later. . .
For our afternoon reading time, we move upstairs to the boys’ room (while the baby naps). The kids can play with Legos or draw, etc. while I read. Here is what we typically do during this time: review Scripture memory (right now we’re memorizing Colossians 3:12-17), read the Bible (Daniel), read a poem (from an anthology), read science and narrate (2 pages from Zoology 1 Flying Creatures by Fulbright), read history and narrate (one lesson from Mystery of History 1, ancient times), read historical fiction (Greek Myths and Theras and His Town by Snedeker).
For the next hour, the kids are to play quietly or read on their own.
In the afternoon, the older 3 kids have another instrument to practice (either piano or clarinet).
As you can probably guess, if we leave the house in the morning, it’s very hard to get this work done. Therefore, I have determined that we will keep that time “sacred” and stay home as much as possible. I have found a violin and a piano teacher who come to our house for lessons. We do leave to take my older son to clarinet lesson and band practice, though. On those days we sit in the car, and the kids bring their schoolwork to do. I usually get in some good phonics lessons during those days.
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