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Welcome to a day in our homeschool! This year we are stepping towards independent learning. We are fairly relaxed and my main goal is to foster a love for learning. We use a daily checklist so my son knows what is expected for his independent work each day and then I oversee history and science. If you want to know more about what we are using, be sure to check out the curriculum post.
Benefits of a Routine Schedule
Rather than using a time schedule, we follow a routine. We tried a timed schedule but it just didn’t work. If we were studying and discussing something very interesting, I didn’t want to move to the next subject just because our time had expired. Remember, I want to foster a love for learning. Whenever my student wants to learn more about any subject, I will encourage it!
There are benefits to a routine schedule:
- The student knows what to do next.
- The student knows when the day is completed.
- If the day gets interrupted, it is easier to recover.
- It is easier to make allowances for appointments and field trips.
- It encourages deeper study and “rabbit trails”.
- A routine helps a student with anxiety.
- Knowing how to establish a routine teaches good life long habits.
When my son wakes up, he will go straight to the computer and start up Teaching Textbooks. He is assigned to do one lesson a day but most days, he will do two. I made out a calendar and it lists what lessons should be completed by the end of each month so he knows that he is on track to complete the year on time. He likes to work ahead so if there’s a day of co-op or a field trip, as long as he is ahead of his schedule, he doesn’t have to do math that day. The calendar only lists checkpoints for math and language arts lessons.
There is already a suggested daily schedule in the front of the student text for Readers in Residence and Writers in Residence. I love that it is based on a four day week because we have co-op on Fridays that lasts six weeks and on the other Fridays, I try to reserve for field trips and make-up days.
One on One Teaching
He completes all of his independent study before lunch. After lunch, we work more together.
On Monday and Wednesdays, we spend the afternoon studying history. Depending on where we are in our study, this might just be reading all afternoon. Or watching a history documentary. I even have some games! History is usually more independent work too, but I really do oversee it more than just grading like I do for math and language arts. Since we are not using a curriculum, I need to be involved and make discussions so I can evaluate what he is learning.
On Tuesday and Thursday, we spend the afternoon studying science. I am more involved in science than any other subject. We work on science experiments together and read books. For days that I cannot be as involved (rarely happens), I have worksheets made up that he can work on that reinforces what our experiments taught.
As I mentioned earlier, Fridays are reserved for everything else. Monday through Thursday are heavier workdays so Friday is more relaxed. We are starting up with our local co-op group and will have classes for a few hours every Friday for six weeks. On those days, my son will still need to make sure that his math is up to date and that he has completed all of his other work for the week. If anything interrupted our schedule and he got behind, Friday is the day to make up for missed work. Usually, Friday will consist of reading since that is the one area where my son will drag his feet. If a field trip has to be scheduled earlier in the week, then that day becomes our “Friday” and Friday will replace the regular work day.
If you want to “view” a typical day in the homeschool life, be sure to click the image below to have a sneak peek in the life of other homeschool families.