It’s that time again. Time to plan another school year. Fall semester starts August 18th and will run until the week of Christmas.
Our day starts early. Every child is expected down for breakfast ready for the day, in proper clothing, with beds made, and animals cared for. Maggie will help me with the milking.
At 9am we have a morning meeting. Students will be assigned a verse to copy out in their neatest handwriting. We will recite a weekly catechism question and work on a weekly psalm. I then read to the children from the Bible (Prophets- Luke) and from our History book (Story of the World- Greeks). We are also researching subjects from various Dr. Who episodes appropriate to the time periods we are discussing.
Emily will head to the computer for Math as she is using Teaching Textbooks: Algebra 1. Everyone else will look at the calendar, sing some songs, and cover math concepts from the Saxon 1 curriculum (like skip counting and memorizing math facts), as well as a story a day from Life of Fred.
Younger children will also work with me on science/ cooking/geography. This fall we will be doing a Unit study on the Microscopic world two days a week, and working with various forms of measurement one day a week, and working on Geography and map skills one day a week.
During this time, older children work independently on language arts. We are using a computer program that helps them progress through core standards as they develop competency. http://www.mobymax.com/.
All children are sent outside with their nature journals before lunch.
Older children break from math/language arts to work with me on reading aloud from the Webster’s Speller and spend a little bit of time on Latin vocabulary (Latin’s Not so Tough Level 1). Em is choosing to work on Spanish this year (Mango Languages through the library). Older children will spend a total of two hours spent logged into Math and Language Arts subjects areas per day, and may continue working until the proper time is logged. There will be weekly writing assignments graded according to a rubric.
Younger children will read to me from their phonics readers and spend some time answering reading comprehension questions.
Everyone is to spend 30 minutes- 1 hour daily reading or looking at books of their choosing.
Children will all spend the late afternoon participating in household chores and meal preparation
Nightly bedtime reading will include : The Silver Chair, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Stories from Shakespeare, Stories from Dickens, White Fang, Heidi, and stories of famous Americans from the Childcraft books.
On Fridays, we attend Creative Kids Co-op. Emily will be going early for a weekly science class with reading assignments and homework to be completed through the week. One of Gracie’s classes for the fall will be “the Human Body”. All the kids will have Art and PE.
Em will continue with weekly art lessons and Gracie with piano lessons.