Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome to a Day in the Life of our Homeschool- TOS Crew Blogcruise

The homeschool room. 

The cubbies are where the current use texts and workbooks are stored.

It took us a few months to hit our stride this year and find a schedule that was strict enough for me to get everything done that I need to accomplish each day.  Each of my kids has a laminated schedule/checklist to keep them on track throughout the day.  Even their five minute breaks are accounted for.  Of course, there's nothing to stop them from finishing a subject early, in which case they can choose to go on to the next subject or take a break until the official start time for their next subject.  It seems rigid, I know, but it works for us.

Each of my kids has a slightly different schedule since I'm reading aloud two cores this year, Monk and Twinkle Toes share Sonlight readers, and the kids take turns on the computer for Rosetta Stone.  I'll share my 12 yr old son's schedule with mine in parentheses.  This is our typical Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri schedule.  We use Sonlight's 4 day schedule and go to Community Bible Study as a family on Wednesdays from 8-noon.  On those my school kids do math at CBS while I'm in leader's meeting and Monk does science on his own when he gets home.  Monk and Twinkle Toes have piano lessons on Wednesday afternoons, as well.

(6:15 am I have breakfast made and wake up kids.)
6:30-7:00 am     Make bed, get dressed, eat breakfast
7:00-7:30 am     Catechism, character sketches, and prayer with family
7:30-7:55 am     Individual Bible reading and Scripture memory
8:00-8:55 am     Math- TT Algebra II
9:00-9:45 am     Individual Sonlight reading (I'm reading aloud Sonlight Core B to Measle)
9:45-10:20 am   Read-aloud with mom Sonlight Core F Eastern Hemisphere
10:25-11:15 am Science- Apologia Physical Science (I'm making lunch right now.)
11:20-11:55 am Lunch
12:00-12:25 pm Rosetta Stone Mandarin Chinese
12:30-12:55 pm Language Arts
1:00-1:25 pm     Greek 2 pages
1:30-1:55 pm     Computer Science
2:00-3:00 pm     Practice piano
3:00-                  Homework- Complete all unfinished work for the day.

Of course I forgot to include Eastern Hemisphere Explorer in the new schedule so Monk and Twinkle Toes try to squeeze that into their Language Arts and Reading time or as homework at the end of the day.  Monk gets the opportunity to earn an hour of electronics time per day as long as he keeps an A average in math.  He also has swim team every evening.

See, he really does get free time!


  1. Wow - you get a lot done! I'm liking Monk's quality time with lil' brother in that last picture... :)

  2. I always like seeing how scheduled days work out! Thanks for sharing!



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