Mandatory home education crash-Coronavirus-19 course. There have been several of you who have asked for me to share our home education routine. This is what works for our family currently with our boys who are in 2nd grade, Kindergarten, and 2 year old fun-school.
We might not keep this schedule forever, and we had a lot of trial and error before we came up with what works best for our family right now. Hope you can find inspiration here and make it your own style.
15 to 20 minutes during or right after breakfast.
Bible (sometimes we read from 24 Family Ways or Indescribable), Habit training, Catechism, Poetry, & art.
30 to 45 minutes:
Finish breakfast, clean up, get ready for your day.
I usually have each kid do one or two of the following chores each.
Common chores we do right after breakfast are make beds, gather trash, clear table, unload/load dishwasher, pick up toys, start a wash/fold laundry. If they finish their chores early they can play until we start our main lessons.
Main lessons: Math, spelling, & cursive. Little brother plays with whatever he can get his hands on!
Lunch time & Outside Play
I usually try to exercise at home/outside while kids are playing. Little one takes an afternoon nap about 1:30pm and big boys start their individual quiet reading time. I work on my own Italian lesson during this time or read a book. (When we were allowed to go to parks, nature preserves, etc we would have more diverse outside time!)
Snacks involved makes my kids ASK for tea time daily. This sometimes happens when youngest is sleeping still or right when he gets up from his nap and joins us for snacks. Tea time is when we do our history reading of a living book, science reading, and our read aloud book. If there is any memorization they need to do or anything else we need to go over we also do this during tea time.
Other things we incorporate during our day but not always daily:
Online Piano course from Busykidsdopiano at our own pace.
Older boys (before quarantine) played soccer at a local Italian club. And for their language enrichment they will watch a Netflix show or two in Italian while I prep dinner.
Have plenty of FUN and PLAY. That is what the kids will remember!
Of all the joyous motives of school life, the love of knowledge is the only abiding one; the only one which determines the scale, so to speak, upon which the person will hereafter live.
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