Friday, January 18, 2008

A typical homeschool day???

A typical homeschool day? Hmmmm. Let's see. Nope, no such thing. One of the Many beautiful parts of homeschooling is that you can adjust to your family's natural rhythm. In Pennsylvania, there is no set time for kids to be homeschooling. (Yes, there are states out there where the law says that school must take place during certain hours. If a child is out in public during those hours, he could be considered truant.)

So a typical day? What does that look like? If you were to come to my house on any given day, this might be what you see....
The children usually arouse between 8:30 and 10. No bus to catch so why push it?

On a typical day, there are things we do together. Right now, we are reading Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable. That's a fun one to do in the mornings with my ds(3) at the table. I will read, the girls will narrate to my son. While I am reading, they are allowed to draw pictures of the story I am reading. My son loves to draw and color, so this is right up his alley. He especially loved the story of Perseus slaying the sea monster to save the beautiful girl. His favorite part was the sword going into the monster's shoulder.

In the mornings, the only other things we do on a regular basis are math, copywork, dictation and poetry reading.

For Latin, we are doing Latin roots. Once they have the meaning of the root and the definitions of a few vocabulary words, we may play a card game after dinner in the evenings.

We do artist studies that usually carry on throughout the day since I tape the pictures on the wall and let the kids look at them all day for several days.

My dd(9) loves her guinea pig and she just completed a unit study on that. She and I will read together library books and other assignments while her older sister is off reading independantly.

My dd(10) just loves to read at bedtime. Once in a while she will "sneak" her math book to bed and get her assignment finished for the next day or she will take her history reading assignment and narrate for me the next morning.

We usually start going to bed around 10 and lights are usually (not always) out by 11.
There are many other parts of our day like chores, but I'll leave that for another post on habits. I love this schedule and our "typical day" and wouldn't trade it for anything.

1 comment:

Midnite Scrapper said...

I enjoyed reading about your "typical day". I may just have to blog about this myself. It will definitely make for some interesting reading. LOL. My girls are usually at their desks by 8:30, but I've usually been up since 5:30 to see hubby off to work. We also have an almost 6 month old and a 2 year old that always wants in on the "homework". She colors. I will be checking in on your blog once in a while for some inspiration!