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Our Homeschool Schedule

A Life Well Spent by Charles West Cope in 1862

 

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I have finally completed the long overdue update to my homeschool pages, and you can now find grades K-10 in the drop down menu under the Homeschool tab.

I've made a few changes to some of the other grades as well.

The biggest change is that we will be studying modern foreign languages instead of Latin. My four oldest have each decided on a language (Dutch, German, Italian, and French) and we are using Duolingo.com for their study. In addition, we are seeking out other websites and YouTube pages that have free learning programs in each language. Winter is using LearnDutch.org in addition to Duolingo. We may decide to purchase their paid content later, but for now, she's just using the free program. She's currently spending an hour a day on Dutch using both websites. We're also using WordReference.com as our foreign language dictionary. I love that there are so many great free foreign language options available now. 

My 4 younger girls (all of the girls except for Winter) are watching some YouTube videos for French; right now we are using the free videos from Learn French With Alexa. They may end up choosing a different language later, but right now they are learning a bit of French this way, and Liberty (who is almost 10) is also using Duolingo. We watch the YouTube videos through the television. 

I did buy one thing for them to use with these free programs, which is a pair of earbuds with a microphone built in, to make it easier for the computer to hear them when they are speaking. With our large family, it's not always easy for the computer to hear them saying words over the background noise.

My 5 oldest are also using the computer for typing, using the free program on Typing.com.

We'll have to do some tweaking to the schedule to allow everyone to use the computer for these subjects (plus using the Saxon Math Teacher cds for my two oldest) until we get another computer, but in general, this is our school schedule:

 


8:00 Math

9:00 English

10:00 Spelling/Typing

10:15 Penmanship/Typing

10:30 History

10:45 Geography/Typing

11:00 Before Lunch Chores

11:30 Lunch

12:00 After lunch chores

12:30 Science/Art

1:00 Foreign Language

1:30 Quiet reading time/naptime

 

 

Reading HP The Prudent Homemaker

Reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the day it arrived.

 

Quiet reading time (aka nap time) is when they read the books I've assigned them, as well as books for fun. They also play in their rooms during this time.

Piano practice is done both in the morning once chores are done and before school starts, and after 3:30 when naptime; i.e quiet time ends. (I should note that it is often my two teenagers who take naps; all of the children know that if they're tired they are welcome to sleep during that time).

Physical education comes in the form of outside playing (swings, merry-go-round, trampoline, scooters, running, outside games including races and badminton, and bike riding.) They play outside every day; in the morning before school, a bit after lunch (more so in the winter than in the summer when it is too hot to go out mid-day), and after naptime.

All but the baby have school. Ivory as been doing schoolwork since she was 3, as she wanted to be just like her older siblings. She will diligently accomplish her work right away almost every morning before she runs off to play.

Our evenings are free to spend as a family, except for the activities that the children attend: the boys have Scouts once a week (plus campouts), Winter has a youth group once a week, Liberty and Wren have a church activity every other week, and Winter occasionally attends the church youth dances in town.

In addition to these, Winter attends a seminary class every weekday. It's an hour-long religious class for high school students that our church does. This year they are studying the New Testament. There are 375 students who meet in the same building each morning at 6 a.m. (the local high school here starts at 7, and seminary is before school). 

I do a lot of printing. We use a laser printer that prints in black only and toner cartridges that print 8000+ pages (I can usually get it to last another month by giving it a good shake when I get the message that the toner is low). This cartridge lasts me around ten months. 

We have school at the table, except for time on the computer. 

And that's our day!

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  • alittlebird August 09, 2016

    I wonder if the girls would be willing to review the new Harry Potter book. It apparently is receiving mixed reviews. Maybe a book report?? Just a thought, thank you for sharing your world and days.

  • We all LOVED it!

    How was that? :)

    The mixed reviews I saw were people who didn't seem to understand that it was a play--but they should have known it was a script. They didn't include all of the stage directions, so it's almost all conversation.

    Within 2 days 5 of us had read it. I've now loaned it out.

  • alittlebird August 10, 2016

    Thank you! I was hesitant to purchase but now I will.

  • jen arrow August 09, 2016

    Thanks for the pointer to Typing.com. In my day it was Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing but these days I think this is the way to go.

  • Marcia August 09, 2016

    I am interested in why the kids have chosen the languages they have to study. I studied French and Greek in school, but if I were doing it now, I would choose Spanish immediately. The US is a melting pot, indeed, but it seems like Spanish is almost a second language in our country these days. I didn't start Greek until I was in college and I think it's a mistake to wait that late to do any language, so I never really learned it as well as I wish I had. However, it is immensely helpful for understanding origins of words, and I wish I had studied Latin as well for the same reason. I did take one semester of Spanish when I was working, as it would have helped in my job had I learned it well--but there was a registration problem which resulted in the second semester class being cancelled entirely. Very disappointing!

    I'm just curious, if you have time to respond. If you don't, I fully understand!

  • Ezrom really wants to go to Italy. I told Winter to pick a place she might like to see one day. Cyrus just told me he wanted German and Liberty has been wanting to speak with my friend's daughter who is the same age as she is (and she is French). I don't know if she'll get that chance, but for a year she has already been picking up and using French phrases every day (after asking me what they were), so I strongly suggested she continue with French.

    Elsa and Ivory are interested in going to Paris, and Wren usually watches whatever they watch, so for now, they're getting French, but they may choose something different when they are older (though I think Elsa will stick with French!)

    I took a semester of Spanish in junior high (and I already knew some Spanish from kids at school) but it wasn't what I wanted to learn (the class was required). I took 3 years of French in high school and ended up going to France for a year and a half.

    So, knowing how I felt about learning Spanish in junior high, I told them they should pick what they like. I figured they would retain more if it was something they were really inclined to learn.

  • Marcia August 11, 2016

    Thanks for your answer. It makes sense, and they can always practice their French by going to Canada---until they get to Paris!!

  • Heather October 02, 2016

    Plus, I believe there are 29 French-speaking countries around the world. It's also one of the official languages of the United Nations and Olympics. It's a great language to know!

  • Libby August 09, 2016

    You're amazing! I can't imagine helping the kids to complete these tasks and getting everything else done. I wanted to mention that my local Costco refills ink cartridges for cheap. I think our new ones cost around $30 and they refill them for under $10.

  • Sierra Moxley August 10, 2016

    Wow... My mother in law teaches seminary for our ward. I think she has seven students? We are in VA. I can't imagine such a large group.

  • Roxie August 10, 2016

    Your day makes me tired just reading about it. I take care of little children all day, 4 all under 18 months. I also have the normal house hold duties to do. But gosh, you leave me in the shade wondering what is happening. I think it is amazing that your children are learning so many different languages. You are going to have a mini UN before long. God bless you and your husband. Your family seems amazing to me.

  • Alison August 10, 2016

    My local library has online resources for language learning as well as many CD s and workbooks. Check yours out.

  • Ours has a tiny selection of workbooks in French and Spanish (mostly Spanish). I know some libraries offer Rosetta Stone for free (also online through their websites) but unfortunately our district is not one of them. Rosetta Stone is very expensive, so it is nice that some libraries offer that.

    I have been using Duolingo myself and I am much happier with it than other programs and workbooks we have tried in the past. They can hear the words being pronounced and they also have to pronounce them correctly (or it marks it wrong). And it's free, which is great!

  • Leticia Cinto August 12, 2016

    Brandy, I'm not sure if you already know it, but there is an amazing source of books in French: http://bibliothequenumerique.tv5monde.com
    More than 400 books, mainly the classics, of course.
    Hope that helps your children to enjoy French :) I am reading L'île misterieuse from Jules Verne.

  • Myra August 10, 2016

    I loved your comment about it's the two teenagers that usually nap! Lol. Our quiet/nap time is 1:30-3:30 as well. My three year old grandson has started phasing naps out on his own so we switched from "nap" to quiet time. He is required to lay down for an hour because he will still often go to sleep but he can look at books or listen to audiobooks or music during that time and if he hasn't fallen asleep within that hour, he can get up and play quietly in his room until 3:30. It gives me a break as well and allows me to get some things done while they are resting... If they both go to sleep, I can sometimes sneak a short nap in that time too!

  • Fiona Chain August 10, 2016

    Hi Brandy, I think you have put a lot of effort into raising your lovely family. A single day like this would be hard to come by in most homes. Your children must have enormous respect for you both for it all to run so smoothly.
    I also love the flexibility you have given your children in their choices for learning. You're a dynamic lady.

  • Rhonda A. August 10, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your normal daily school schedule with us. It was very interesting to read how you set up your day.

    I read your comment above about why you let your children choose the languages they wanted to learn. I wholeheartedly agree with this. In Ontario, Canada, we are required to learn French as part of our school curriculum starting in grade 4 (there is also the option of putting your children into French immersion, in which they learn all curriculum in French, but you have to put them into it starting in grade one or not at all). I took French up to grade 10. Much later in life, when I attended college for the second time, I decided to take a conversational French class. What I learned is that I suck at speaking French. Although I can read and understand a fair amount of French, it's not of significant interest to me. Had I been allowed to choose a language I wanted to learn, perhaps I would have been more interested and retained it more.

  • Rhonda,

    I met a Canadian-born woman in France who said the same thing. She ended up marrying a French man and moving to France, which was funny! She really had to work on improving her French then.

  • Miriam in Estonia August 10, 2016

    My native language is Finnish, which is spoken by about 5.5 million people. We are also required to study Swedish (it's called 'forced Swedish' and currently discussed if it's time to let it pass) which is one of Finland's official languages. I have no interest in Swedish - - -

    I have always thought that speaking several languages is a form of wealth like no other. What ever happened, you'll always have it with you and nobody can take it away.

  • http://Polly September 20, 2016

    I just saw this and had to comment! My husband learned Finnish (we are Americans) a few years ago. We loved Finland and its people!

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