Saturday, July 31, 2010

2010-2011 Schedule

It is my goal to kick off our new school year Wednesday, August 11th. The past couple of weeks we have been practicing our new morning routine. Our mornings typically went this way: Dad would feed the girls a bowl of cereal while I either slept in a few extra minutes or finished up my Bible study and prayer time. Dad would leave for work. My son and I would drag ourselves to the kitchen and eat our breakfast and we'd all start doing what we call our "Morning Work." This just was not working because everyone was starting their days at different times, and the girls were ready to start school and my son and I were still trying to wake up. So, we are working on some good habits around here, and my husband and I are really pleased with the changes we're making! This is how our morning routine looks now.

6:30-7:00 a.m. - Mom's Scripture and Prayer Time
7:00 a.m. - Mom Prepares a healthy breakfast (cereal is only for the weekends now).
7:30 a.m. - Family Breakfast and Prayer Time
Children stay in their rooms until breakfast time.
8:15 a.m. - Dad leaves for office and we begin our morning chores
(Breakfast dishes, make beds, get dressed, brush teeth and hair, and we do our weekly chore [see below], and start a load of laundry)
9:00 a.m. - Family School Work
Language Arts
11:00 a.m. - Lunch Break
Eat, Read Aloud, Break
12:00 p.m. - Independent and one-on-one time with Mom
Math, Copywork or Dictation, Silent Reading, Spelling, Reading Lesson with Kindergärtner
Afternoon Rotations
P.E., Art, and Music

So, the past couple of weeks we've been working on getting used to our new morning routine. On August 11th, we will see if the schedule on paper actually works well for our family or not. I am not a strict schedule follower, but I do like to have a routine. I thrive with structure, and I am a total mess without it. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to getting back into a more structured way of doing things. We have had a lot of fun this summer, and have enjoyed our relaxed summer projects a lot. Learning about reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies was a lot of fun! I can't wait to see what the children choose to learn about next summer!

Weekly Chores
Monday: Bedrooms (organize, dust, and vacuum)
Tuesday: Bathrooms
Wednesday: Empty all trash cans and clean living room
Thursday: Kitchen
Friday: School Room/Basement

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Sounds like a great schedule! I think breakfast is our most unhealthy meal of the day. You'll have to share any new recipes you try!