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It’s taken me a little bit to write this post because it has taken us a while to come up with a good schedule. As I said in my post, Shifting the Public School Mindset, we tried to do the whole public school routine, at Gavin’s request. It failed miserably. So we have been trying different things and finally came up with something that is working. In that post, I did say that I have started using a spiral notebook, but that too has changed.
I discovered a website, Homeschool Manager, and am using that for lesson planning and grading. If you want, I can write up a full review of it at another time, leave me a comment below to let me know. As for right now, we (Lex and I) are entering the lessons into the schedule and then printing it out a week at a time. There are checkboxes for Gavin to mark off, giving him that sense of accomplishment that I understand all too well.
Lex and I decided to split up the teaching, Lex handles all the Humanities; English and History, the Performing Arts; Drama and Music, and Languages; Spanish and American Sign Language with a little Greek thrown in. They both have a fascination with Greek culture and history, so it’s a perfect fit. I will be handling all Science, Math, Visual Art, Health, and PE.
Life skills are something that we are all working with him on. Lex and I do Critical Thinking together with him as we enjoy the discussions that we have. However, Lex will be teaching him sewing and gardening. I will be working on cooking, baking, household management, finances, time management, and anything else I can think of. My husband, who is not hands-on with Gavin’s education due to his work schedule, has been teaching him yard maintenance, household maintenance, and car maintenance. He will also teach him woodworking once we have something we need to build and he has time to work on something.
Gavin did recently learn how to take apart a dishwasher and how to unclog the hose. Let’s hope it’s not something he ever has to do, but if it is, at least he knows!
Enough rambling (something I am good at) and onto the schedule.
Again, we do not have an hourly schedule, that one failed. Instead, we have items that we work on daily, and some that are weekly.
- Daily Tasks
- Social Studies
- Reading Comprehension
- Gameschooling (a post on that soon too)
- Handwriting (manuscript)
- Health/PE (he does stay active throughout the week, this is more structured)
- Critical Thinking (Detective Fallacy)
- Art (visual or drama, depends on what we are in the mood for)
- Poetry Comprehension
Life skills take place on the weekends, but he is always learning something new.
We do have a time frame set up, sort of. We do not start school until after 11 AM Monday-Friday, because that is when my husband goes to work and we try to have all schooling done by 8 PM when he gets off of work. It works better for our family and since we are all night owls, it allows us to get a decent night’s sleep every night. Although truth be told, Lex and I rarely do, oops! That is not to say that it takes Gavin 9 hours to do his work, MOST days. There are breaks throughout the day, chore times, and sometimes things come up and we have to stop for a while.
We also have to work around Lex’s work schedule. Somedays Lex goes to work from 11 AM-5 PM, so after he completes his work with me, he waits for Lex. Other days Lex works 5 PM-11 PM, in those cases, he does that work first, then with me.
If a preset schedule doesn’t work for your family, make one that does. That is the beauty of homeschooling.