Further Fall Homeschool Planning

I’ve talked to a few of my homeschool friends and it sounds like Time4Learning could work well for us this fall.

That said, there are a couple of other things to work out.

  • How will our days look?
  • Should I sit with Em while she works through her studies online?
  • What other studies do I need to encourage? (Handwriting, creative writing, social situations, etc)

Em will be attending Harmony Project KC again this fall and continuing to learn the cello. That happens on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-5:30 and on Saturday mornings from 10-12. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays she will also practice the cello at home for half an hour.

I dropped the ball on cursive practice this summer, but that will change in mid-August and we will go back to a lessons three days per week.

Spelling is important, so I dug up a 4th-grade spelling list here. We will tackle that on a weekly basis. One spelling list per week. As soon as she gets it 100% correct, we move on to the next.

Writing, being in the habit of it, practicing it each day, will not just help with spelling, but with structuring her thoughts and encouraging her creative outlets.

Reading, which I had hoped would be something she willingly did these days, is still not happening on a daily basis. Despite being surrounded by literally hundreds of books, owning a Kindle of her own (two, actually), and having a mother and an older sister who are both writers – Em still has not jumped on board with reading. This needs to change.

DuoLingo – learning French. I know, I know, Spanish is what is usually recommended. But you know what? French will be good for two reasons: 1) I took four years of it in high school and while I can barely pick words out right now, I will be able to help better soon, and 2) Danielle, Em’s older sister is taking it this fall, so she can help with the French lessons as well.

Writing this all out helps. It helps me visualize what I need to do on a daily or weekly basis.

I want to see her involved in social activities – hopefully we can manage that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and possibly Fridays – allowing her time to pursue her friendships with her friends. She prefers this to taking classes with them – and really, can you blame her? Em equates seeing her friends with fun and play time, not sitting and learning. And I can’t help but think that is as it should be.

So, in looking over my cleaning schedule, along with her schedule, I’m hoping to see things fall into this basic schedule starting at around 10 a.m. each morning:

Monday:

  • Time4Learning
  • Spelling List for week (until 100% accuracy is obtained)
  • Cursive practice
  • Cello practice
  • Journaling
  • Reading for minimum of 1/2 hour
  • Practice French w/Duo Lingo app on Kindle
  • Play dates every other week the McLoughlin family?

Tuesday:

  • Time4Learning
  • Spelling List for week (until 100% accuracy is obtained)
  • Harmony Project
  • Journaling
  • Reading for minimum of 1/2 hour
  • Practice French w/Duo Lingo app on Kindle
  • Play dates every other week with Blevins family?

Wednesday:

  • Time4Learning
  • Spelling List for week (until 100% accuracy is obtained)
  • Cursive practice
  • Cello practice
  • Journaling
  • Reading for minimum of 1/2 hour
  • Practice French w/Duo Lingo app on Kindle
  • Play dates weekly w/Gunn family

Thursday:

  • Time4Learning
  • Spelling List for week (until 100% accuracy is obtained)
  • Harmony Project
  • Journaling
  • Reading for minimum of 1/2 hour
  • Practice French w/Duo Lingo app on Kindle

Friday:

  • Time4Learning
  • Spelling List for week (until 100% accuracy is obtained)
  • Cursive practice
  • Cello practice
  • Journaling
  • Reading for minimum of 1/2 hour
  • Practice French w/Duo Lingo app on Kindle
  • Swope Park Friday recess every so often

Saturday:

  • Harmony Project
  • Social activities/sleepovers

The fall is starting to shape up nicely. Meanwhile, Em is thoroughly enjoying herself at Campfire Day Camp this week. I hope she has TONS of fun!

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