Today I attempted to do an actual school day. I spent some time last night doing lesson plans, wrote up a schedule, and prepped some projects. My plan looked something like this:
8:30 am- Pancake breakfast
9:00 am- Calendar, days of the week, months in the year
10:00 am- Science: Read Kingdom of the Sun, start solar system project
11:00 am- Reading: sight word flash cards, lesson in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, reading from Pinkalicious book
12:00pm- Lunch and play
1:00 pm- Art: Nature Journaling feathers found in the backyard
Since nothing with three young kids ever goes as planned, I didn’t expect our day to either. The baby didn’t sleep well last night, which means I didn’t sleep well, so when my older girls wanting to come in and snuggle in my bed for a while this morning I wasn’t going to budge on account of a schedule. It was at least 9:30 before we were eating our pancakes. We got around to the calendar and a project on the months by about 10:30.
The baby went down for a nap and my 3 yo got involved in some coloring, so we managed to move on to science right away. We read Kingdom of the Sun and started an art project on the solar system. We will add to it as we continue our study of space and our solar system.
Once we finished with science it was time for lunch, which dragged on far longer than I’d hoped and involved a lot of cajoling and deal-making, followed by an extended bath time because the weather was too rainy to play outside. Once bath time was over it was about 3:00, at which time I put the two younger girls down for naps. My 5 yo and I then got down to some nature journaling and painting, followed by flash cards and a bit of reading from the Pinkalicious book she’s been working on. By this point it was after 5:00, so I decided to skip Teach Your Child so I could grab a quick shower before the little ones woke up.
I honestly didn’t expect to get as much done today as we did, and I’m really pleased with how the day went. I was worried that if I pulled back on the number of organized groups we do in a week and opt to stay home, that we wouldn’t actually get anything done but I’m feeling confident now that with a little planning ahead we can actually do this. For now I think the key will be planning only 4 subject areas per day and only 2 “school”days per week.