Monday, June 25, 2012

A Day in the Life of Homeschool Circus (Our Official First Day of School)

Here's a glimpse into a typical day in the Homeschool Circus household.  Today was particularly  special as it marks the official first day of school for my 6th and 3rd/4th graders.  (My high schooler began his school year 3 weeks ago).

Our mornings start a bit different for each child.  My oldest (9th grader) rises early to start his work.  After his siblings wake up, he joins everyone for breakfast.  After devotions and clean up, it's school time for all.

First things first - I spend about 1/2 hour with The Nip Napper.  Today it was playing with Wikki-Sticks.  (Each child has about 1/2 hour of Nip Napper in their schedule as well.  My 3rd/4th grader reads to him or plays a variety of blocks, my 6th grader wrestles with him or plays trains/cars and my 9th grader likes to do puzzles)
Learning numbers with Wikki Sticks
Learning numbers with Wikki Sticks

Playing pattern blocks
Playing pattern blocks

Next up - Sequential Spelling with my middle children:

Sequential Spelling
Sequential Spelling


Followed by a sharp change of plans --- we were supposed to start our Geography Task Cards, but, I did not have everything I needed to start this week.  Fortunately, this is the perfect opportunity to finish one last book from the Holling C Holling unit study (Beautiful Feet) - Seabird!

In addition to reading a few chapters, we did copywork with some definitions, a little mapping and drawing of a 'bark' (a whaling ship).

Seabird Geography!
Seabird Geography!
Copywork
Copywork

My 3rd/4th grader and I spent time doing a Mother/Daughter bible study.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.  Psalms 56:3
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.  Psalms 56:3

My 9th grader completed: math, literature, history, writing, computer science, studied scripture (Teen Bible Quiz) and participated in Kempo class.

My 6th grader completed:  math, spelling, grammar, worked on the Seabird unit study, studied scripture (Teen Bible Quiz), finished his Kempo binder, went to a friends' house and participated in Kempo class.

My 3rd/4th grader completed:  math, spelling, handwriting, worked on the Seabird unit study, had a bible study with mom, read a book, phonics and participated in Kempo.

How do I plan it all?  


Well, this year, my oldest is working independently.  His schedule is basically a copy of the weekly plans from My Father's World.  I then write in his extras onto this schedule and include it in his binder - science, math, computer science, Teen Bible Quiz and Kempo.

The below schedule is mostly for my middle 2 children, but I do have a space for things we do with The Nip Napper as well.

Aside from math, I fill out this schedule once a week.  Math I do everyday and is dependent upon on whether or not each child has achieved mastery.

Our schedule

I also lay out their books the night before so everything is ready to go the next day!

My oldest's High School work --- easiest kept in a box!
My oldest's High School work --- easiest kept in a box!

Having all our books and materials laid out the night before makes for a smoother morning!
Having all our books and materials laid out the night before makes for a smoother morning!

What's a day in the life of your homeschool look like?

4 comments:

  1. Good ideas and information! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow! Love your organizational skills, Lisa! I also love that you included the "Ooops! Can't do that today!" paragraph...that kind of stuff happens all the time to me! LOL

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  3. I just wanted to say that I found you on pinterest and I don't find myself staying on many sites for very long! I love your book reviews and the insights you offer!! Thanks for the time you have put into compiling everything. My kids are also using MFW and Math U See:).

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