After breakfast, everyone does independent seat work. At this point, I am available for helping, but not for anything too involved if baby is awake. (Our oldest daughter, 14yo, is working almost completely independently doing Sonlight curriculum this year. Of course, I still listen to/read plenty of narrations.)
Independent seat work includes:
- Copywork/Italic Handwriting book
- Spanish (Rosetta Stone on the computer)
- Typing (Mavis Beacon on the computer)
As soon as baby goes down for his nap, we drop everything and make a mad dash for the Bible. We are currently reading according to the schedule in Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History. I read and listen to narrations most of the time. Sometimes the older kids will do a digital scrapbooking narration to include in their Bible portfolio (which is essentially a collection of scrapbook narrations!). We use this program, which we love. Occasionally, we look at a corresponding map or I will assign something for the kids to research in a Bible reference book.
At some point, I will sit down with my almost 5yo and do her math and reading lesson.
We often don't eat lunch until 1-2pm, but most of our must-do work is done at this point. After lunch, we spend 1/2 hour on home blessing (cleaning!) and then, hopefully, do a special activity.
- Mondays: Art (mostly painting, working through these great online lessons)
- Tuesdays: Nature walk (using the Outdoor Hour Challenges)
- Wednesdays: Drawing (doing 'Sketch Tuesday')
- Thursdays: Tea Time with poetry (where we drink tea and pass around the poetry book, taking turns reading -- we actually do this more than once a week, sometimes)
- Fridays: We don't necessarily homeschool this day, but are usually in-town running errands/going to appointments