I am writing a post for publication in October for The Homeschool Classroom that chronicles a day in our homeschool, but I wanted to go ahead and share a couple of changes that I have made since we first began school. Today will be our 25th school day of the new year!
Adjusting to schooling five children instead of four, has really not been that big of a deal. I think last year's school day was much harder to adjust to. I already had the expectation of our school day lasting until mid-afternoon before we even began, so the time required to get it all done has not stressed me.
That being said, on the days we have school, that is basically all we do----school. I find it very hard to carve out time for blogging, housework (beyond keeping the house tidy, the clothes washed, and the kitchen clean), and major meal preparations. Since we have one day off from school each week (most weeks), I use that day to clean my house, run errands, fold all the clean clothes that I didn't get to, etc.
Things I have changed so far:
1. Julie (9th grade) is using a different writing curriculum than we first planned. She was using How to Write the Novel Way, a book that she has had for a few years now and was really looking forward to completing, but, as she began working in it, she realized that it was just not going to work for her. I completely understood, and we did a little bit of internet browsing, and decided for her to choose an IEW book. She chose Life Sciences. This works out nicely, since she is studying Apologia's Biology this year. The Life Sciences writing program goes right along with that book.
2. I am doing all of Leah's and Sam's schoolwork with them together, instead of separately. They wanted to sit with each other while they were doing their seatwork, and they both wanted to hear each other's Sonlight books (even though Sam's books are the very same ones that I read to Leah just two years ago!). So, I am beginning my school day by reading both of their Sonlight books to them. I usually alternate by reading one of Leah's, then one of Sam's. That takes us about 45 minutes. Then after our Bible lesson, the three of us sit at a table (I am in the middle), and they do all of their seatwork at the same time. I just go back and forth helping them. Sam finishes his work first, and then he is off to play. When I am done with both of them, usually by 11:00 or 11:30, I move on to helping Clay.
Thank you for all of the pencil advice!
I am going to buy two new items to try--Ticonderoga pencils and some mechanical pencils. I prefer a pencil that doesn't have quite as fine a point as mechanical pencils normally do, but a friend of mine suggested that I try mechanical pencils with lead 9. I will.
How is your homeschooling year going?