The Worth of a Challenge

If you give a child a fish, you feed him for a day.
If you teach a child to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
But if you teach a child to learn, you feed him for a lifetime
and he doesn't have to just eat fish.

Our Routine

I know lots of people ask the same question....
How do you do it?
Well, in a few words, start with a plan and then change the plan when it doesn't work

Our Schooling Routine
  • 7:00am -wake up eat breakfast, get dressed, make the beds, etc.
  • 7:45 am-morning learning (about and hour and a half)
  • say the pledge of allegiance 
  • sing America
  • have our morning calendar and math meeting
  • group lesson
  • free choice(about 15min)
  • folders 1&2 completion
  • 9:30am break for lunch and playtime
  • 2:00pm-afternoon learning time(about two hours)
  • story time
  • group lesson 
  • D.E.A.R.'s(about 20 min)
  • Free choice(about 15min)
  • folders 3&4 completion
  • 6:00 dinner
  • 7:45pm bath, phonics reading and journal writing. 
  • 8:15pm clean up and bedtime stories
  • 8:45pm bedtime
Weekly activities: Art(Tuesday) Music(Thursday) Library(Monday) Character(Monday) Computer(Friday)
Twice weekly activities include PE on Mondays and Wednesdays and violin on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

What is D.E.A.R.'s? It stands for drop everything and read. It was something done when I was a youth that I feel is worth value. Just as kids need to get out and play, they also need to take time to read. Being read to also counts or even just viewing the pictures of a book for the youngest of readers. 

So there it is and at the end of each day, I go in after the kids are in bed and grade papers and load up folders and I find this takes me about 30minutes to complete. I think it's worth it to go bit by bit rather than let it stack up and spend hours wading through worksheets and projects.