Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together



I didn't participate in last week's Virtual Curriculum Fair.  Lack of time to write was my excuse.  The truth is that I really don't think I do a very good job in including "the arts" which was the subject of the week.  So, I didn't have a chance to write a post, but I sort of felt relieved because I didn't have to try to look as if I had it all together and working in the area of "the arts."

And that bring us to this week's final post- the pulling it all together.  I'm going to give a brief "day in the life" sketch.  But, first, I want to reiterate something that I posted the very first week I did this Virtual Curriculum Fair.  And that is this:  this homeschooling thing is not a game where we need to try to one up someone else.  It isn't a comparison where I look at what everyone else is doing and feel like the lowest of low because I don't measure up.  Homeschooling my children is a blessing and a privilege.  It is something God has called me to and which I undertake with care.  But, what I do in my homeschooling is not what you should do in yours.

I had a real life friend tell me, not so long ago, that she constantly felt guilty about homeschooling- like she wasn't doing enough, doing it well enough, covering enough material.  I told her what I'll post here.  I know homeschoolers who homeschool 8 hours a day doing "school at home."  I'm not one of those.  I know homeschoolers who are unschoolers and who don't have any regularly scheduled lessons.  I'm not one of those (though I sometimes think I'd like to be.)  Neither of those people are doing it wrong.  And neither am I.  And neither is my friend in real life.  And neither are you.  Whether you use textbooks or living books, whether you homeschool classically or have a Charlotte Mason philosophy, whether you teach Latin or Spanish or Shakespeare or none of those, what matters is that you do what's best for your family.  And that's between you and God.

So, with all of that out of the way, here's what a "typical" day looks like for us:

Between 8:30 and 9, we all get up and make our way to the table.  I'm usually serving up breakfast, which is most often cold cereal or instant oatmeal, sometime around 9.

I aim for everyone to be in the schoolroom between 9:30 and 10.

Bible is first.  This year we are alternating reading through an overview of the entire Bible with reading through the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Next, I read history and science aloud while I allow the kids to color, draw, use blocks, etc. while they listen.  The exception is my older children take notes for science.

Now we split up and the big kids begin independent work which includes Bible reading, AWANA study, literature unit, grammar, and math.  The little girls and I have a math meeting (a la Saxon) and read from their literature unit.

Then the little girls move into their independent work- phonics, reading, math, AWANA, and copywork.  I rotate through all four at this point inspecting and answering questions.

Between 12 and 12:30 we break for lunch.  Often the younger girls are through with independent work now.

After lunch I encourage everyone to play outside unless it is hailing or sleeting.  And by encourage, I say something like, "You better not come back in this house unless there is blood involved."  I use this time to finish lunch and catch up on some housework.

Around 1:30, I'll have everyone back in and we'll do one our "extras" together- picture study, music, or Shakespeare.

Little girls then head to their room for a mandatory rest time while I do Latin or logic with the older kids- 2 days of Latin, one or two of logic and a day for catch up.

At this point, the older kids sometimes have more independent work.  They will finish up and then are allowed to watch Netflix until 3:30 or 4 when the little girls are through with a rest time.

And that is a typical school day.  Throw in days where someone is sick or we have a field trip or I just have to do the laundry that is taking over the house and you'll have our "normal" week.

I want to thank Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds for hosting this Virtual Curriculum Fair.  I've enjoyed sharing what we do in our homeschool and in peeking at what others do.

You can read what others are doing here:

Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool
http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/01/weekly-homeschooling-schedule.html

Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all
Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
http://courtneysix.blogspot.com/2012/01/virtual-curriculum-fair-week-5-nuts.html

Our Schedule's Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn
http://allthingsnorilynn.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-working.html

Homeschooling:  How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest
http://debbiesdigest.blogspot.com/2012/01/homeschooling-how-do-i-do-it-all.html

Virtual Curriculum Fair--- Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School
http://pebblekeeper.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/virtual-curriculum-fairwrap-up/

Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by
Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
http://everydaysnapshots.blogspot.com/2012/01/virtual-cirriculum-fair-5-ways-to-use.html

A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
http://www.gchomeschool.com/2011/11/peek-into-our-school-day.html

A Day in the Life... by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
http://schoolinginthesun.blogspot.com/2011/08/day-in-life.html

Homeschool and Life: How we get it done by Jen @ Forever, For Always,
No Matter What
http://www.foreverforalwaysnomatterwhat.com/2012/01/homeschool-and-life-how-we-get-it-done.html

Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
http://www.modest-mama.org/2012/01/homeschooling-at-my-house.html

Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com/2012/01/getting-grip-on-things.html

Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another
http://for-one-another.blogspot.com/2012/01/making-home-school-part-of-life.html

Now Where's That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
http://oramblings.blogspot.com/2012/01/now-wheres-that-pencil-again.html

Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn't See Coming by Letha @
justpitchingmytent
http://justpitchingmytent.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-about-homeschooling-i-really.html

Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled
Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World
http://daybydayinourworld.com/2012/01/curriculum-kids-and-a-frazzled-homeschool-mama-leads-to-controled-chaos/

The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
http://sunrisetosunsethomeschool.com/2012/01/30/the-virtual-curriculum-fair-nuts-and-bolts/

Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
http://myhomeschoolgarden.com/2012/01/30/staying-on-top-of-everything/

How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all
Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
http://homeschoolingforhisglory.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-does-this-homeschooling-thing.html

Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy
http://christadarr.blogspot.com/2012/01/nuts-bolts-pulling-it-all-together.html

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3 comments :

  1. Yes, it's so easy to get your head turned by what others are doing. The key is finding what works for you and your own family. Thank you so much for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair, I've enjoyed reading your posts. ;0)

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  2. Great post and wonderful words of encouragement! I've never met another homeschooler that does it just like we do...even if we use the same curriculum. Your timetable for the day did reassure me. Very similar to us.

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  3. I love day-in-the-life posts and reading how other homeschoolers schedule their days. Like the comment above, I've yet to meet another homeschooling family who homeschools in the same way I do, but I do like learning about different approaches and putting together my own style, and making changes when we need a little shaking up.

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