Saturday, August 30, 2008

Monkey Art

BALLET CAN BE FUN by: Monkey 8/30/08

Monkey got her inspiration from the pencil sharpening which she found in Baby Bear's pencil sharpener.

More Homeschool Freebies

Do you remember when I posted about the Homeschool Freebie of the Day?

This weekend only, the site is hosting a "Homeschool Freebie of the Day Labor Day Weekend/ End of Summer BASH!.

They are adding new freebies all weekend that remain free for the whole weekend. There is also a scavenger hunt to find past freebies that are available again for this weekend. I went through the whole hunt and found all eight items in just a couple minutes. That's saying a lot since we have dial-up.

This is what our computer desktop looks like right now. It's fitting, huh?!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our Schedule: General and In Detail

The best schedule we have found since Jon has been on first shift is one in which we get up early and go to bed early.

5:00 AM - Jon and I get up and ready for the day.

5:30 AM - Jon wakes the kids while I fix breakfast and pack Jon's lunch.

5:30 - 6:30 We eat breakfast and have family devotions.

6:30AM - Jon leaves for work. The kids get ready for school. I help the kids as
needed, check e-mails, check for blog updates, review my lesson plans for
the day, and gather the materials I need for teaching. The kids and I do our
morning chores.

8:00AM - 3:00 PM School

3:00 - 3:30PM Clean-up from school

3:45 - 4:00PM Jon comes home from work. The kids finish any schoolwork that wasn't finished during school time.

5:00Pm Supper

6:00 - 8:00PM clean-up, chores, family time, and bedtime routine (kids in bed at 8:00PM)

9:00 PM Jon and I go to bed.


Before we started back to school, I wrote out a very detailed school schedule:

8:00AM Prayer, Pledges, Praise, and Bible

8:30 Social Studies/Science

9:00 Language Arts/Health and Safety/Art

9:25 Break/Snack

9:35 Spelling/Vocabulary

9:45 Penmanship to Praise

9:55 Creative Writing

10:00 Wisdom Words

10:30 Math

11:30 Reading

12:00PM Lunch

12:30 Read Aloud then Boys' naps

1:00 Spanish (1st Semester)/French (2nd Semester)

1:30 Learning to Love Literature (Froggie and Kitty Kat)

2:00 Mon. - Music, Tues. - Etiquette, Wed. - Homework, Thurs. - Sewing, and Fri. - Home Economics

2:30 High Way to English Grammar (Froggie and Kitty Kat)

3:00 Break/Snack

3:10 Afternoon chore time

4:00 Physical Education

5:00 Supper


While the kids and I thrive on a schedule, the above schedule is a bit too strict. The set times for starting and finishing subjects doesn't allow for finishing early or continuing with something that needs more time. Here is the general schedule we follow for school. (If we are starting late, like today, we adjust our times accordingly.)

8:00AM - Noon The Weaver Curriculum, Vol. V subjects, Math, and Reading

Noon Lunch

12:30PM Read Aloud then boys' nap

1:00 For the first couple weeks: finish Math and Reading.
In the following weeks: add in the rest of the subjects listed in the afternoon in the above schedule.

3:00 Finish school except for P.E., "homework", and music/instrumental music, if music didn't get done earlier (Jon is teaching Froggie and Kitty Kat to play the saxophone. I'm teaching Monkey to play the flute. The others aren't quite ready for doing anything but playing around with their toy instruments.)


Over the summer, our church took a break from the regular Sunday evening and Wednesday evening programs. Those will start back at the beginning of next month. When that happens, we will be getting to bed later on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Any school day after a late night, we will either adjust the start time for school or add in more rest time during the day.

Actually, our whole schedule may be changing soon. Jon's work place is supposed to be doing a rebid for positions. He will have to go with second shift this time, because we can't afford for him to stay on first shift. First shift is great for family life, but terrible on the finances. When Jon is on second shift, I usually stay up until he gets home and winds down. When his shift changes, we will adjust our schedule accordingly.


August is a crazy month for us.

August 4th - We started back to school.

August 8th - The Olympics started and by the 11th, our schedule was so mixed up that we decided to take a break from school to focus on the Olympics. I had planned for us to do a lapbook, but we were usually napping, resting, or doing chores when we weren't watching the games. I already printed the pages out, so I may set the materials out for the kids to work on at their leisure.

August 13th - our anniversary (14 yrs.) and Kitty Kat's birthday (12) (This is also my grandma's birthday.) We had our own family celebration and K.K. got her ears pierced the next day since no one was available to do it when I called on the 13th.

August 18th - We had a five way birthday party at a shelter near the C.J. Brown Reservoir.

August 19th - a niece's birthday

August 20th - one of Jon's brother's anniversary

August 22th - Puppy Dog's birthday (6) We went to Young's Jersey Dairy for ice cream and then had his cake at home. We didn't end up doing miniature golf (as planned) because it was just too hot.

August 23rd - Birdie's birthday (10) Due to Jon's work schedule and other issues, B.'s birthday stuff was spread over three days.

August 24th - another niece's birthday

August 25th - We started back to school, but not with our regular curriculum. Jon had the day off and we ended up continuing a conversation about the U.K.'s "God Save The Queen" and the U.S.'s "My Country, Tis' of Thee" that we started during the Olympic closing ceremony. We also did some math and health on the subject of intake and burning of calories. K.K. and Monkey worked in their math workbooks. Most of the kids read. Most of the kids colored or drew pictures. We worked on getting our school room in order. (Our school room is upstairs and it is too hot to use it right now, so we do school in the dining room and living room.) The kids played a card game. We reviewed the food we had eaten over the course of the day to see if we had a well balanced diet. Finally, I read from THE LIGHT AND THE GLORY until the kids were too tired to stay awake.

August 26th - I'm letting the kids wake up on their own today since we were up a little late last night. We're going to ease back into our schedule. So far, four kids are up. Birdie is playing with a magnetic creations fairy tale play set we gave her for her birthday. Kitty Kat, Puppy Dog, and Baby Bear are playing "Go Fish" with playing cards. If Froggie and Monkey don't come down before 8:30, then I'll wake them up and get everyone some breakfast. We'll probably start school around 10:00 today.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's been a busy week.

We started our 2008-2009 school year this past week. Jon and I have been getting up around 5am and he gets the kids up at 5:30am. Jon and I get ready for the day and then we all eat breakfast together and have devotions before Jon leaves for work. We set our start time for school at 8am and the kids are usually chomping at the bit to get started. We've been really productive. The kids and I rest or nap in the afternoon. The evening is then spent together as a family.


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