Last week, I shared our learning plan for the summer. Today I thought I’d explain how that operates for us on a daily basis. I’m just going to list a time frame, since the actual time of day may vary based on what other activities are planned.
I will say that we don’t sleep in late on weekdays unless we’ve been out late the previous night. I like to have our daughters up in time to be eating breakfast by 7:30 A.M. Since their summer bedtime is 9:00 P.M., they should be getting plenty of sleep.
Independent work: 45 minutes. This includes reading a book (or a chapter of a longer book) that pertains to that week’s theme, writing a few notes from their reading in a designated notebook, practicing the week’s Bible memory verse, doing math review (either a worksheet or flashcards) and an additional worksheet (subject varies, but could be spelling, English or critical thinking skills). [Keep in mind that my daughters are completing 3rd and 1st grades and are used to doing independent work.]
Supervised learning: 20 minutes. Together, we look over their completed papers and jointly work on that week’s themed activities. If they have any questions from their reading, we can also spend this time researching answers on the Internet.
I try to cover the above material in the morning if possible. I use their independent work time to answer e-mail and type blog posts.
Since our girls typically practice the piano earlier in the morning, I’ll plan to save the typing/keyboarding lessons that I hope to begin for mid-afternoon.
Since tomorrow is the last day of school, we’ll be heading to the library to get books about our first theme – weather. I’m excited about beginning our summer schedule next week!
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