It’s the final week in the Not-back-To-School Blog Hop,
and that means you get to see our average homeschool day,
and how it all goes down.
To be honest we are pretty laid back.
I do my best to encourage my older children to keep track of their own schedules.
I am still using these weekly student planners, they seem to work pretty well
for keeping track of morning chores, schoolwork, and our after-school activities.
Here’s a breakdown of our usual day:
8:00-8:30 Wake up, breakfast, get ready for the day.
9:00-9:30 Children start their schoolwork.
Usually they do all the resources they can do with minimal help first.
This includes: Handwriting, Language Arts, Reading, Math, Writing, Typing, Spanish.
I am available to help them with their lessons as needed. I am usually doing my own chores, and keeping my little babies busy and away from my older children so they can study.
11:30-12:00 Lunch. We are super simple at lunch time. Usually a hot plate from last nights meal, or a quick sandwich with fruit.
12:00-2:00 (Nap Time for the babies) I teach all remaining lessons for the day.
This includes: History, Science, Geography, Social Studies, and Art.
2:00 Playtime, P.E. and After school activities. This is also a time for my children to finish any of their earlier lessons if they didn’t complete them, or to receive extra help on a lesson that was too difficult.
Total time in school each day is about 4 hours.
If you’re wondering how our week breaks down by subject,
here are my basic weekly plans:
Five Days a Week:
Handwriting, Math, Writing, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Spanish, Typing, P.E
Three Days a Week:
Two Days a Week:
One Day a Week:
Art (instructional), Health
We do use a reward system for meeting weekly goals. You might notice the three large check boxes on the right side of the planner. I’m not sure how much longer I will use this with my children, but they do seem to look forward to the “goodie bag” at the end of the week.
To earn this prize they must complete three things each week.
First, they have gotten ALL of their morning list done in a reasonable amount of time.
Second, they showed cheerfullness during their school days. I use a check system and if they recieve three checks in one day, then they are out of the running. I also use bonus stars for exemplary behavior.
Finally, they must have completed all of their assigned work on time.
It’s pretty simple, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be bribing my little ones like this. With my oldest, I might push the reward to a monthly prize instead of weekly.
I’m wondering what everyone else does?
Do you use rewards in your classroom?