Schedule Changes

Well, four weeks into it and I have had to make some serious changes to our packed out looping schedule. Click here to read my post regarding my original  looping schedule, or just continue reading to see the changes that I have made.

This is what my original schedule looked like:

original schedule 2014

And here is the new schedule:

updated schedule 2014

The Kindergarten Loop has stayed the same, but in all actuality, I could have changed the time. The last few weeks, we have been able to begin this loop at 9:30 and easily make it through all of the activities by 11am. Leaving the start time, however, makes me feel really successful when starting early and right on time when we don’t start until 10. 😉

The next thing you may notice is that I anchored Math RS C (Right Start Math Level C) in the 3-4th Grade Loop time slot. I just couldn’t stand not teaching math every day. Yes, the kids still practice the math facts during independent practice time, but the Right Start curriculum is just too good, and, according to the kids, too much fun, to not do every day. Can’t argue with kids who want to do math, so I anchored it. I didn’t give it a specific time frame, but we generally work on a lesson for about 30 minutes before we move on to the looping activities.

Here is a closer look at the original 3-4th Grade Looping section:

3-4 loop before

And this is a close-up of the new schedule:

3-4th grade loop

I am head over heals for this:

grammar notebook

Kids creating their own textbooks! What a phenomenal idea! Our notebooks will be a topic of a future post, so suffice it enough to say that the interactive notebook has trumped Easy Grammar and Sonlight for now.

Another thing I have added to my schedule is a column to keep track of the lesson that we are working on and a column to mark when that lesson is completed. This addition helps me to keep track of where I am in the loop. I generally continue an activity until the lesson is complete, so if we haven’t finished the lesson within the time frame allotted, I know to continue with it the next time we meet for that looping period.

Literature has also become a larger part of our day. Originally, I was planning on a more casual read aloud time while finishing up our lunch, but this book…

21BalloonsCover

required much more attention than a casual read, as I am sure all of the others will as well. What was I thinking?? The kids love literature time. Even the twins want to know how Professor Sherman managed to get from one balloon over the Pacific Ocean to the 20 in the Atlantic. From a balloon house basket to a volcanic island, inquiring minds want to know.

Here is a close-up of our original lunch schedule:

lunch before

And the new:

Lunch after

We usually start our story at about 12:45, but again, I’m not changing the time. I like feeling great about starting early. 🙂

The Family Loop is the section that underwent the most surgery. My original schedule was just too full…

Family loop before

First, I had to drop this…

hero tales pict

Boooo! I really didn’t completely drop it however. I am adding it to our read aloud list, so Hero Tales will get its full time of glory when we finish The Twenty-One Balloons.

Next, I moved Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Jr. to Thursdays. This is a perfect fit for our shopping day and has also become the kids payday. We only have one more lesson in this curriculum, but I am planning to keep this time to practice our money counting and spending habits. So much problem solving happens here and they see the relativity of their math lessons.

So here is a close-up of the new Family Loop schedule:

Family Loop

The kids love the Bible Answers curriculum, as well as science, so allowing longer periods for both makes everyone happier.

Finally, I am so incredibly happy with The Homeschool Piano curriculum from Jazz Edge, that this also begged for more scheduled time. Originally I planned to continue with the Family Loop during this time slot, but the kids actually wanted to watch more Willie, the piano instructor, so I couldn’t argue.

Here is the original:

Music schedule before

And here is the dedicated time slot:

Music after

At about 3pm, I review the kids remaining independent practice work and head out for my jog with my dog and my much needed alone time with my Lord. He is the One who gives me daily strength and patience.

But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15

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Checklists

Well, we have been successful without checklists since September, but I am finding that they need to be re-implemented. My daughter prefers to build with legos or play with her My Little Ponies first thing in the morning, and then wonders why she is still doing schoolwork at 3pm. She needs a checklist to keep her on track. She can’t complain when she knows exactly what she is required to do each day. Legos and My Little Ponies can come after her schoolwork is complete. Even then, she has plenty of time to play.

Activity

M

T

W

F
Typing
Reading Log
Piano
Drawing

My drummer boy works hard for most of the day, but due to his learning disabilities, he does not get as much completed as his sister. He needed a checklist to help both of us keep track of what he is actually accomplishing each day.

Activity

M

T

W

F
Educational Therapy
Typing
Drums
Guitar
Reading Log
Drawing

Generally, I am getting a bit spring feverish, so I need the checklists just as much as they do. My 7 and 10 year old each have a checklist for their individual, independent work, and I have a master checklist for the subjects we complete together.

Mon Tues Wed Fri

Bible

AAS

Grammar

Memory Verses

Math

Current Events

ReadAloud

After assessing this weeks implementation, I will finalize the lists, laminate them and have my students check each item with a dry erase marker, in order to save on paper and ink.

Graduation Update

I am currently preparing my graduate for a senior finale, which will include a career exploration, resume, and a 2 year plan of action. I need to go through pictures for his graduation party slideshow. His transcript is just about complete, minus those classes he is still finishing up, and his senior pictures are being edited. I can’t wait to see how those have turned out.

Happy Spring

Next week is spring break, and we are looking forward to spending time with family. Don’t forget to stop and smell and flowers.