You guys – we have hit it! HOMESCHOOLING PEACE! We have just the right balance between subjects, the schedule is all figured out, there’s not much drama, and everything is actually enjoying themselves! I am so excited!
Here’s how it all looks now:
Year 5: Math (Singapore), AO Free Reads, Copywork, Spelling (Phonetic Zoo), AO selections for: Science, Science Biography, Geography, History, History Biography, and Literature. We added in religion and health.
Year 3: Time4Learning takes care of science, math, language arts. We do copywork and AO selections for: History and Geography. We added in religion. And we are keeping Drop of Water because it’s really a great book (but working through it much slower).
Year 1: Math, Phonics (MCP Plaid Phonics), Copywork, AO selections for: History, Literature, and Geography. We also added in religion.
Peanut still has a big workload, but she feels this is more manageable. You’ll notice we removed Latin from her line up, along with poetry from all three kids’ line-up.
Schedule wise, we have a general flow of things. Wok usually does her work before 9am. At 9am, Peanut and Moose start on theirs. Moose is done by 11am, and Peanut works until 11am. 11-1pm is our break for lunch, and afternoons are reserved for Peanut to work with me. If you’re not doing school, you’re either doing chores, playing, reading, playing outside, visiting the Grandparents, and so on.
We still have time for downtime, to play with friends, to keep the house mostly in shape, and more. It’s the perfect balance between rigorous and attainable.
Next week is our final week before Break Week #1. This break week was supposed to be our big vacation, but our plans for that fell through. I’m not sure what our break week plans will consist of now, but I’m sure we will figure something out.