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Updated School Schedule- For Real!

I have made a lot of changes recently on my attack plan for, well I don’t want to say the next school year, I’m throwing years out…just the future!

I decided to really embrace the Robinson curriculum fully again with just the CC memory work songs.

Links to majority listed below are found in the FREE Homeschool tab.

Learning Routine

Breakast and table chores

Bible Time

Video of how we do Bible Time is HERE.

  Character Quality

Math and Piano-

Izzy and Elly Math Lesson a day.

I work with Little Kids on Every Day Numbers, and Ray’s Arithmetic and have them procatice their Math Flashcards.

Writing-

Izzy and Elly write an essay, short story, etc., hand to me to correct.

While they wait on me they practice with their Spencerian handwritting worksheets.

I work with the Littles with Word Mastery, and Phonics Lessons.FREE DOWNLOAD OF WORD MASTERY HERE.

Download Blend Phonics Lessons and Stories HERE.


While the 5 and 7 yr old practice copy work/handwritting, I do Letter of the Week with the youngest two.

Memory Work 

-Classical Conversations Memory Work for the Week and applicable read aloud books.

*Lunch and table chores (kids play outside while I make lunch)

Mind Up Break

*Quiet Time

Little Kids lay in bed listening to a book on tape

Izzy and Elly read from RC book list.

(2 hours)

*Tea time and sharing time of what we have learned.

Errands or Swimming

If Kids want something else to do they can go down the Loop Learning List.

Grammar/Spelling

Coding

Typing

Keepers of Faith/Crafts

Art/Drawing

Dinner Prep

Dinner and table Chores

Bedtime Routine

Read Aloud before bed.

(printable here)

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Our 2018-19 School Routine & Curriculum Choices

Can you tell I have a negative reaction to the word schedule? I much prefer routine because it gives us more flexibility, no matter when we get started either 6am or 9am. I have decided on some changes that would streamline things better, make homeschooling even more affordable and simple, and allow more time for other interests. I will make more posts about these choices soon.

I plan on doing on a video what this all actually looks like in real life. I have added pictures of the products when I could find them, these are affiliate links so any purchases made through them, I would receive a small commission. I have also included all free downloads from the web that I could find. Simple printable version of this, HERE.

2018-2019 SCHOOL ROUTINE


Morning Routine-

Bible Time- Read the portion of the day.

Video of how we do Bible Time is HERE.

  Character Quality

 Mind UP


School Starts-    

         Music & Math

 

Big Kids alternate between Ray’s Arithmetic and Piano Book, while I work with Littles with a Ray book.

ALL OF RAY’S ARITHMETIC  IS AVAILABLE FREE HERE.


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Language Arts-

Writing Essays or Journaling for Big Kids (RC) while I teach Phonics to Littles.

 FREE DOWNLOAD OF WORD MASTERY HERE.

Download Blend Phonics Lessons and Stories HERE.

Copy Work/Penmanship for All
FREE DOWNLOAD OF SPENCERIAN HANDWRITING

FREE WORKSHEETS

Grammar/Spelling for Big Kids while Littles Play

 
There are several quality FREE Grammar Resources Online-

New Language Lessons

Elementary Grammar and Composition

A Practical Grammar of the English Language


LUNCH-

Literary  Lunch *Read Aloud while they eat*

Table Chores

Mind Up Break


Reading Hour-

-Independent Reading for Big Kids from RC list or approved book by mom.

-Audio book for little kids in their room.

Lunch and reading for me.  

Relax Time.



CC Memory Work-  

Go over all the Week Songs

Tracing Maps & Review Book

Brilliant Memory Exercise

or Quick Flip Arithmetic


Independent Loop Afternoon-

(Go down the list until Tea Time)

(Independent Loop for Big Kids-)

Coding

 

Typing

Keepers of Faith/Crafts


Art/Drawing

(Activities for Littles from Letter of the Week)


                    Tea Time and Story or Discussion Time or Errands


Blessing Tour/Chores

Dinner


Bedtime Read Aloud Time

*So that’s the plan! Let me know below what are your choices this year!*

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Homeschool Misc. Favorites

In this video I go over some favorite materials that aren’t in any regular categories that I’ve covered so far. I mention character development, coding, memory, and my new favorite Mind Up.

In this video I go over some favorite materials that aren’t in any regular categories that I’ve covered so far. I mention character development, coding, memory, and my new favorite Mind Up.

Mind Up Books- Prek-2 https://amzn.to/2uehYou
Grades 3-5 https://amzn.to/2L5RE9J
Grades 6-8 https://amzn.to/2umZQbe
Adults- https://amzn.to/2uegfzB

For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child-Training
https://amzn.to/2zxLCdi

DK Coding Books- https://amzn.to/2LbyJqW
https://amzn.to/2m9yLo4

The Usbourne Book of Famous Lives- https://amzn.to/2Jdzoq0

 

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10 Tips For Bible Time With Children

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In my quest to be better at story time read alouds, I realized many of the tips found in read aloud handbooks are actually a perfect fit to also make Bible time more memorable.  These tips have really helped me and I hope you find something useful below.

  1. Before you begin ask your children where you previously left off. Ask the children to give you some highlights from the previous day’s reading. This will rejog their memory as well as get them interested right away instead of trying to figure it out while you start reading.

“But for this book we could not know right from wrong.”― Abraham Lincoln

2. Ask questions during your reading. As adults, we have the attention span for continual reading, but kids need a little help sometimes to stay engaged. I like to pause when I start to feel like I am loosing them and ask questions such as, “What do you think is going to happen next?” “Do you think this will be a bad king or a good king, why?” “Who do you think wrote this book of the Bible?” etc. I find this instantly engages them again and who doesn’t like to vote or give their opinion.

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3. End the reading on a suspenseful part. I use the One Year Bible and the passages are marked for me and they do a good job of ending on a point that makes sense. However, sometimes I like to scan a little bit ahead or a little before and stop on a suspenseful part. The kids undoubtably will be more eager to find out what happens the next day and you might even catch them reading ahead on their own.

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4. Encourage participation. I mentioned this in my Bible video, make sure every child has a Bible and stop at certain key words, pausing to let the kids say the word out loud. You could also call on a child to read the following verse and keep them on their toes calling on them throughout the reading.

5. Use your voice. This is the same advice from the reading magic book review I did. Just like you would with read aloud books, avoid using a monotone voice. Speed your voice up in dramatic parts, slow down during sad parts and when the mood turns. Change your pitch for different voices and don’t underestimate the impact of dramatic pauses.

6. Slow it down. Sometimes as a parent you are thinking of all the things you have to do or places to get to and you might read through the Bible quickly without even realizing it. Reading slowly enough for the children to build mental pictures of what they are hearing is important. Reading quickly also will hinder your ability to do the previous tip of using vocal expression.

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7. Act it out! This is one of my favorite things to do when we have the extra time. Assign parts after you are finished reading and let the children recreate the scene. If you have an extra 5 minutes you could all probably whip up some props or even costumes.  This is one way to really have the stories sink in, young and old.

8. Be a good Bible coach. So many of these tips are great for read alouds and the Bible. When we get to a character that I know will be important later on, I pause and say something like, “Mmm, this (person/place/thing) could be important later on.” That way when it is, I can remind them of the previous marker when it was first introduced.

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9. Answer questions. I realize this is something that you have to keep in balance or else Bible time will last all morning. I encourage the kids if they have a question during the reading to raise their hand. If they hold all questions to the end, after a lengthy reading they might have forgotten. Some of our best conversations happen as a result of a Bible question. It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers and search for the answer together.  Think of the interruption as an opportunity to expand the child’s biblical knowledge.

10. Don’t confuse quantity with quality. Even on a bad day if you can only manage a chapter or 10-15 minutes, if they are 15 minutes filled with full attention and enthusiasm, they will last longer in a child’s mind than 2 hours of Bible cartoons.

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Do you have any tips for me? Please leave them in the comments below!

 

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Documenting Delight 7/365

We finally finished “Because of Winn-Dixie” this morning. As a celebration we had egg salad sandwiches for lunch (something from the book) and I let them watch the movie to compare with the book. It was good and my daughter said she would like to read more from the author.

Now that we finished that one, we started this new real aloud that I am *really* excited about! A friend loaned me her copy which I am grateful for because I am developing a book spending problem hehe.

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

I had a dentist appointment and I did a quick check on the way home and saw there was a field agent job at the Fry’s right across. All I had to do was pick up some organic eggs and take a picture of the eggs and receipts and answer some review questions and my whole purchased was reimbursed with a few extra bucks. There is also a thrift store next door that had 75% off all books so I had to check it out. This is what I picked out and my total cost was $4 so not bad at all!

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I was also very excited that my little kid workbooks came in. I am getting everything ready for the school year and this was one of the last pieces.

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These books from Rod and Staff are so affordable and fun for the kids.

What are you reading now?