This year, we have decided to implement an official looping schedule. In the past, I have naturally looped subjects with my oldest’s high school schedule. This was before I knew that this form of scheduling actually had a name, so this year I decided to make it official with my 4 younger kiddos. I believe this form of scheduling is ideal for larger families.
I have 3 blocks of time during which we loop through subjects. During the first block of time, I work with the twins on math, cursive, and reading. Also during this time, my 2 older kids are working on independent practice items, such as math facts, reading, and typing. Their list of independent practice is rather long and will be a subject for a future post, as I am working on managing this as well.
The second block of time is dedicated to my 2 older kids, during which I loop through their core subjects, such as math, reading, and spelling. Much of this time is spent teaching the kids a concept which they can practice independently. For example, I may take about 15 minutes to teach them how to find subjects and predicates so that they can independently work on their Easy Grammar lessons.
The third time block for looping is when the whole family comes together to work and learn through various subjects. We are working through the Answers for Kids curriculum and God’s Design for Life by the same organization. This is our favorite part of the school day.
Even though it may seem like we may not get to each subject every day with this schedule, the reality is that they are working through each subject, whether during their independent practice time, or even during the family loop. So far, this type of scheduling is working very well for our family.
Below is a copy of the schedule, followed by a subject key.
|11am-12pm||3-4th Grade Loop
|12pm-1pm||Lunch- Memory VersesLiterature|
|2pm-3pm||Music LessonsContinue Family Loop|
|3pm-4pm||Complete Independent Practice|
AAR: All About Reading
RS: Right Start Math
EG Easy Grammar
SL LA: Sonlight Language Arts
Our school goals for the 2014-2015 school year is as follows:
|Math||Right Start C Times Tables Telling Time||Right Start C Times tablesTelling Time||Counting: 1-100, 10s, 5s, 2sRight Start A|
|Reading||AAR 3 Literature||AAR 3 Literature||AAR1 Literature|
|Bible||2 Sam. InductiveAIG||2 Sam InductiveAIG||StoriesAIG|
|Spelling||AAS 2||AAS 2|
|Writing||TypingIEWProverbs||TypingIEWProverbs||Cursive: Full name, alphabet, address, phone numbers|
|Science||The World of Animals||The World of Animals||The World of Animals|
|Language Arts||Easy Grammar 3Sonlight LA 2||Easy Grammar 3Sonlight LA 2|
|Social Studies||Hero TalesWorld History||Hero TalesWorld History||Hero TalesWorld History|
|Economics||Dave Ramsey||Dave Ramsey||Dave Ramsey|
Unfortunately, I am unable to format the charts above, and get them to actually look like they do in my Word Doc, so in order to save my sanity, I am going to leave it as is.
Below is our literature list for the year:
The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene Du BoisAnd finally, here is this year’s literature list:
Detectives in Toga: by Henry Winterfeld
The Door in the Wall: by Marguerite de Angeli
Red Sails to Capri: by Ann Weil
I am hoping that we read many more books than this, but I don’t want to set us up for failure, so we are starting small.
I pray everyone has a successful and rich school year.
Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4 NKJV