Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School Schedule & Party

We are in full swing here at our little academy. (need to come up with a name soon)!
We just started our 3rd week, and our routine is working really well, so I wanted to share what our day looks like.

*I wake up at 6:30 (working towards 6:00). I make my bed, read the Bible and get dressed.

*The boys wake at 7:00. They get dressed, make beds, brush teeth, and feed dogs. I assist one child with wiping the boys toilet...they take turns since this has to be done daily!!

*7:15 I make breakfast while they read their Bible; classical music is on in the background. Breakfast usually consists of some combination of waffles, bacon, eggs, toast, oatmeal, breakfast burritos...you get the idea. And, a great big cup of coffee for me.


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*We eat, and I read the Bible to them. They "read" the Bible on their own to get used to the idea that they need to every day when they can read well on their own. I read to them so they hear the word and will know it.

*8:05 we take Jaiden to his private theraputic school and we get home around 8:35

*8:35 we do daily chores. Start washing machine, dishes, pick up.

*9:00 we start school
   -we do memory work (scriptures, days of week, months, poetry) and write in gratitude journals
   -I turn on hymns in background
   -I work on My Father's World with Brighton
   -while Tristin does Singapore math or Kahn Academy
   - I let Brighton look at ABC book or do a puzzle while Tristin and I do All About Spelling lesson

*10 or 10:15 we take a 15-30 minute break

*10:30 we read our living History literature or Apologia Swimming Creatures science

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*11:00 we do Greek or Grammar

*11:20 we read our Ambleside online reading and poetry or Shakespeare

*12:00 we eat lunch (leftovers, baked potatoes, or chicken salad with fruit)

*12:30 play

*1:00  Trisitn reads aloud to me

*1:30  Everyone goes to their own room to play while I turn on a movie via Netflix and fold laundry

*2:30 boys come put away their own laundry and we go get a snack prepared

*3:00 Jaiden is home, has snack, potty, and they all can watch a movie for 1 hour or play. I clean..or read (grin)

*4:00 movie off. free play (outside) or we can work on a project or take a walk etc.

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*5:00 everyone picks up any messes

*5:30 everyone helps with dinner and clean up (chopping salad, stirring, setting table, washing dishes, sweeping)

*7:15 baths, teeth, and devotional

*8:00 bed, where they can read or color...lights out 9:00 ish

That's our school day!

We have really been loving this schedule and enjoying school so much more this year so far.

The night before we started school, I decided to throw and impromptu  back to school dinner.
I love what nienie does with theirs, so I ran with that.

The boys and I made crowns, I made cupcakes and dinner (lime chicken tacos and rice).

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It is so sweet how they treasure those crown and display them in their rooms.

Our theme this year is to "Dream Big". I want our boys to learn to do hard things. That's what it takes to reach your dreams. God has such dreams for us, so don't be shy to dream big!

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I couldn't believe when I was going through my stash or clearance cupcake liners, that I came across these!!

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We had a beautiful night. A perfect way to celebrate this life given to us.


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Hope your year blesses your socks off!!




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6 comments:

Tricia said...

I love your schedule! It's so organized! We lose a solid 2 hours and 45 minutes everyday with taking my middle son to/from school. It's so hard to make the scheduling work well for us right now, but we just started our new routines last week. I loved seeing your boys in this post, so precious and handsome!

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing your day. We're unschoolers in Australia and love hearing about other homeschoolers' lives and meeting them as we travel!

Michele {A Life Surrendered} said...

What sweet pictures of your kiddos :) It seems like you are doing a great job :)

Thanks for stopping by my place earlier. Your comments really blessed me!

My name is Tiffany said...

Great post. I like the idea of cleaning the boys toilet daily. Hmmm I may need to do that. Your tacos sound really good too! Yum.

Heather said...

Oh, I'm SO glad you posted this! Since we don't start for another few days, this is a great help for tweaking my own schedule. Although we are doing Sonlight this year, we are starting with a unit on Middle Ages with our homeschool group and going all out on the kick-off day. It's going to be so fun. I'll post pics :)
Thanks for sharing, Jeana!

Little Wife on the Prairie said...

You are amazing friend. :)

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