8.15.2010

More about our weekly schedule

Someone asked me to post more information about our weekly schedule, so here goes.

Logic Handout (5-10 minutes, simultaneous)
I have a binder full of various logic puzzles, many like Mind Benders, that I had torn out of teacher’s magazines several years ago. There are also visual and mathematical logic puzzles. I have decided to just plunge in and have my boys complete one of these a day.

Handwriting (5 minutes each)
This is simply their first instruction in cursive. Ben: Getty-Dubay Italic Cursive; Nathan: Zaner-Bloser Cursive.

Dictation, Aesop for Children by Milo Winter (10-15 minutes; simultaneous)
Essentially, I will read a fable to the boys. I will then dictate a sentence, perhaps even the moral, to them. They will in turn write from dictation.

Narration, Aesop for Children by Milo Winter (10 minutes each)
Essentially, I will read a different fable to each of the boys. They will each narrate to me and in turn write their narration. For this, I will choose the shorter passages.

Main Writing Instruction, Writing Binder (20 minutes; simultaneous)
I have compiled a binder full of the handouts necessary to facilitate the writing skills I plan to focus on this year and organized them according to the month in which we will practice the skill. We will work through Poetry Patterns by Evan Moor at the rate of learning about and writing two kinds of poems a month. The boys will each write a letter once a month.

(Sept) combining sentences in a variety of ways with a focus on conjunctions and phrases.
Instruction comes from Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs.

(Oct) writing better, more descriptive sentences
Instruction comes from Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs.

(Nov) writing with figurative language including simile, metaphor, personification
Instruction comes from Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs.

(Dec) finding and writing the main topic of a single paragraph
Instruction comes from Thirty Lessons in Outlining and Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs.

(Jan) Finding and writing the main topic of multi-paragraphs and outlining
Instruction comes from Remedia Publication’s two books on outlining.

(Feb) Finding and writing subtopics along with main topics and outlining
Instruction comes from Thirty Lessons in Outlining and Remedia Publication’s two books on outlining.

(Mar) Finding and writing details along with subtopics and main topics and outlining
Instruction comes from Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs, Thirty Lessons in Outlining, and Remedia Publication’s two books on outlining.

(Apr and May) Paragraph writing and introduction to very short report writing from an outline.
Instruction comes from Evan Moor’s Writing Fabulous Sentences & Paragraphs and Remedia Publication’s two books on outlining.

Notice, the aim in writing is to practice different skills on different days.

Spelling, Megawords (5-10 minutes; simultaneous)
1 page a day.

Greek and Latin Roots (5-10 minutes; simultaneous)
This is a very informal study using homemade flashcards, words we come across in science, and the assistance of the resource Vocabulary Packets: Greek and Latin Roots.

Grammar, Rod and Staff English (15-20 minutes each)
One lesson a day. We skip the writing lessons. We do much of it orally.

Grammar Review, Daily Grams (5-10 minutes; simultaneous)
One page a day.

Math, Saxon (5 minutes instruction each, 20 minutes working alone)
One lesson a day. They tested out of many lessons, so we only have to do Saxon four times a week.

Science, God’s Design for Science, etc. (20 minutes unless there is an experiment)
Either reading from text and copywork and reading supplemental literature. Projects and experiments.

History, Story of the World, etc. (20 minutes)
Either reading from text and map work or reading supplemental literature/primary source documents. Some projects.

The Complete Book of Maps and Geography (5 minutes)
This is a simple book, and I’ve had two copies on my shelf forever.

Composer study, Baroque (20 minutes)
Reading picture books and listening to samples. Much listening will be done in van and while playing and eating as well.

Artist study, Baroque (20 minutes)
Reading picture books and looking at samples. We will also look critically at several pieces.

Art, How to Teach Art to Children (who knows, LOL)
This one always gets put on the backburner. We’ll see how it goes. It really is quite simple. My boys also watch the Getting to Know Art series which teaches many of these principles.

I don’t put time limits on their nightly reading – they would rather stay up and read than go to bed. LOL I have also not considered how long I will read to them at night. My husband sits with them for their piano lessons after dinner.

So, it looks like about 3 hours with me, 4 hours total. Some days will be llonger if they include experiments and projects.

1 comment:

Michele said...

Looks great! We have been enjoying The Complete Book of Geo here too. Thanks for the tips about the Evan Moore poetry and paragraph books!