We have had an awesome school year so far! I am so excited about how it has been going so far. We started school July 5th. We did four whole weeks of school already! This is exciting for us because it will give us time later in the year to take days off as needed. We will be doing a six weeks on and one week off schedule until we get to Thanksgiving and Christmas. After the first of the year we will resume our six weeks on and one week off schedule until the end of June.
I decided to take a very gradual, easy approach this school year. We started with just with just a couple subjects and each week just added more and more. The first week we started with just Morning Time Meeting. This is where we do our calendar time, bible, art and music appreciation, poetry, and our family read aloud. It was a great way to just ease into the school year.
Our second week we added in Math and WriteShop. It was nice to be able to spend a little extra time learning our new math curriculum and learning our new English curriculum. Needless to say, the kids LOVE it. The older two do their math independently on the computer. The little girls are working through Singapore and my model girl is finally getting math and it is coming much easier to her this year. We are starting slowing. On Fridays we reinforce all the skills we learned throughout the week. It is so much fun!
Our third week we added history and science. Then last week we rounded things out with adding reading and spelling lessons. We started with month with reading 20 minutes every day also.
The kids have a list of pre-approved books that they can get from the library. These books are classic literature and books that will take them deeper or help them learn. I do allow them to read “fluff” books, on their free time, but for their 20 minutes of school reading time they must read from one of the books from their list. They also have a list of activities and websites that they can choose from so that they are doing something quietly while I work one on one with their sibling.
We have tried a couple different schedules over the past four weeks also. We finally settled on the one we have been using for two weeks now. We allow the kids to wake up whenever they want. For a few this means some where between 7:30-8:00am. For the others this might mean 10:30. Instead of waiting until everyone is up to start our whole day I give each child 30 minutes of wake up time to kind of ease into the day. They watch a show or just snuggle. After their wake up time I give them some breakfast. Then we rotate subjects and kids until everyone is awake. Once everyone is awake we do an hour of chores to get the house ready for the day. Then we start our subjects we do together. This schedule has worked out really well for us. I am excited to see where our school year takes us.
Did you start your school year? How is it going?
Have a very blessed day.