I posted about multi-level homeschooling with Sonlight and Celee at Miscellaneous Musings of a 5X Mom wondered, “Since this is my first year using Sonlight and I have little ones, too, I’d love a more specific break-down of your schedule. Do you do your read aloud time all at once or do you break it into two or three different times of the day? Do you schedule it for while babies and toddlers are napping? At what point do you do map and timeline activities? Do you use just the one timeline for all your kids and study it together as a group?”
Here is our overall schedule: (To see my original post with notes about this schedule go here.)
5:30 Mom’s quiet time
6:00 Big kids read Bible’s, little kids learn catechism with Dad and Mom showers and tidies bedroom
6:30 Big kids do before breakfast chores, little kids get dressed with mom and help start laundry
7:00 Breakfast, all kids work on memorization box and Bible or book study
8:00 Big kids do chores, little kids help mom with chores
8:30 Big kids start independent work (handwriting, music, math, Greek, etc.) little kids time with mom and/or reading and handwriting with mom
Next: All kids sit quietly for Bible
Next: Big kids history, science, literature, some language arts and assignments for the day with mom, little kids need to play quietly
Around 12:00 Lunch for all kids, mom exercises
All kids play outside, mom cleans up
1:30 Big kids read for pleasure, finish independent work, little kids nap, mom blogs, knits, draws, naps, etc.
3:00 Big kids have “productive time”, little kids finish napping and have free time, mom acts like a regular mom (fixes dinner, helps with projects, reads aloud, folds laundry, kisses boo boos)
Next: Table Chores
Next: Family Worship
Between 7:00 and 8:00 All kids bedtime
This doesn’t really have specifics about how Sonlight fits into our day, so I’ll attempt to fill that in for you now.
The two time periods labeled “Next” is where we put in all of our Sonlight work. First we read the assigned Bible reading, discuss it and pray. (We do all of our memorization work during the 7:00 time period. Then we work through the supplemental Bible reading and/or assignment together.
Next we have the little ones move to some of their school time activities and the big kids move right into our history reading and discussion. As we work through each assigned book, we do our timeline and map work as it comes up. We use one timeline and markable map for everyone and I ask the youngest students to find and mark things. I posted about managing and entertaining little ones during this time, here are some of my ideas.
After we finish the history portion of Sonlight everyone gets out a quiet, hands-on activity, knitting, sewing, wood carving, drawing paraphernalia, etc. (the little ones usually play together on the carpet or draw) and we have our read aloud time. Often the children fix and eat lunch while I finish reading aloud. My preference is to have all of my part of Sonlight finished by the end of lunch.
After a play time the little ones go down for a nap and the big kids do their independent Sonlight reading assignment and any independent work that didn’t get done before we started Sonlight. Most of the time the children read silently to themselves, but for some of the assigned readers, I let them read aloud to each other.
We use one timeline for all of the children and study it together as a group. I really like the idea that Mystery of History has of making a timeline on the back of a fold-able cutting board normally used for sewing. I plan on starting one of those next year when we make our way through world history again.