The main objective for this week of "Schooling Lite" is 1) For the children to become accustomed to a more scheduled, daily routine after a long summer of uninterrupted play and discovery. and 2) For me to see how much they retained from last year, where to review and where to move forward.
I will also use this week to do as much monthly prep work as I can. Ultimately, I would like to have each months' work prepared in advance, rather than scrambling last minute to get everything together in time (something I have always hoped to do, but never actually been able to accomplish.)
I thought, why not have a Homeschool Theme for my blog as well? So this week, I'll be posting (as I am able) about homeschooling in our house. (If you have any homeschooling questions for me-let me know and I will try to answer them this week!)
To kick things off~ here are the school childrens' weekly schedules for the year.
I laminate them and then, as we accomplish things daily, they cross them off with a dry erase marker. The children enjoy knowing what they need to do each day and at the end of the week, I know just what we accomplished (and, incidentally, where we slacked off!) Then, we just wipe them down for a fresh start to a new week.
The corny animals and hearts are slots that are free of that subject for the day. I alternate history and science subjects for different days to ease the too-much-school-today blues. Too much school in one day is just as problematic as too little.
It is the third year of using this system and it works like a charm for us.