I mentioned on the RO Facebook page last week that I was putting together a new schedule, revamping curriculum and compiling new reading lists for the children. Many of you asked if I would post detail on the blog and since it’s been a while, I figured I’d share some of our new plans.
Although I have specific times listed, our schedule generally works more like a routine. We simply move to the next activity when we finish the previous one. There are a couple times during the day that we try to keep to. We try to always start breakfast at 7 and I try to move to working with the older kids at 11. We also try to stick with a regular dinner time, however, it tends to fluctuate depending upon Mark’s day.
You may notice that there are a lot of empty slots in my schedule, that’s primarily because we’ll have a newborn (and I’ll be recovering from a c-section) in 3 weeks and I’m hoping that this schedule will last through that transition.
Here is a brief explanation of most items on our schedule.
Explanation of our day:
- 5:30 Read Bible – The children start their day with independent Bible reading, an hour for big kids and half an hour for little ones. The older children read through the entire Bible 4 times a year and the younger ones read through it twice a year. Colby, as a beginning reader, will soon start reading through the New Testament over the course of a year.
- 6:00 (for me) Shower/dress - I also do a quick tidy/clean up of the bedroom and bathroom as I get ready for the day.
- 6:00 (little kids) catechism with dad - Our children all memorize the Children’s Catechism and Westminster Shorter Catechism
- 6:30 Start laundry and dress littles – We’re currently using the room-by-room laundry system
- 6:30 Dress and Morning Routine (for kids) – Each child is responsible to dress, make their bed, tidy their bedroom, brush teeth and hair and do one task to help get the day going. This link takes you to a list of chores that our children did for their morning routine 3 years ago.
- 7:00 Breakfast, etc. – We eat breakfast, go over our memorization box, have a time of family worship and three days a week we spend a few minutes on a hymn, picture or music study Charlotte Mason style. This frequently takes longer than an hour.
- 8:00 Preschool (Mom, Nick and Isabella) – Although I call this “preschool” it’s probably not what you think of when this word is generally used.
- 8:00 Table Chores - After each meal, each child pitches in to help with clean up. When they are on their game they can generally clean up a big dinner time mess in 20 minutes.
- 8:30 (little kids) copy work and dictation - The children tackle this on their own and bring me their finished work to check (sometimes I will look at their assignments at 1:00.
- 8:30 (little kids) teaching reading – I currently listen to Colby (5) read in McGuffey’s readers and Nicholas (4) is working his way through 100 Easy Lessons.
- 8:30 (big kids) Writing - The big kids complete their daily writing assignment
- 8:30 (big kids) Grammar – A couple of the kids have a few more lessons to finish up in Analytical Grammar. Then this assignment will go away. In the meantime, they will probably need to use their free time to complete these assignments.
- 9:00 (little kids) Sonlight – How we use it, what we like and what we don’t like. We also work on another memorization box, specifically for the younger children and read a variety of other living books (as time allows) during this time.
- 10:30 (big kids) Science – A Q & A about how we teach science to all of our children. (We use Apologia.)
- 11:00 (big kids) History – Mark and I have created our own history curriculum for our older children. We have a list of books, CDs, DVDs and other resources that we are working through together. We spend this time reading aloud, listening or discussing our current topics.
- 12:00 (little kids) Science – This is a link to the same Q & A post about teaching science
- One day a week at various times for different kids – Nature Journal page one other day a week Art
- 2:00 Rest, reading and quiet time – During this time little ones sleep and big ones spend time reading through their choice of book off of their book lists that contain literature, history or character books.
You may also be interested in (that I didn’t include above):
- Why we teach Greek
- Early bedtimes
- 9:00 (little kids) Sonlight – How we use it, what we like, what we don’t like
Are you a schedule or routine family or do you play it by ear?
Do you think I’m being optimistic about keeping this up once little one joins our family??