We have been in survival mode for a few months so our schooling has been very basic. Saturday I informed my family that they would be motherless and Dad was in charge of figuring out dinner for his family while I camped out in the school room to plan. (Somehow that entailed ice cream. I asked them hadn't they read my blog post on food planning? They hadn't. And didn't they know ice cream was for Sundays? Nope, they didn't.)
Here is the plan I came up with. I wrote it out on paper because I think best that way and because the printer is broken and I need the plan in my hot little hand. When I can print, I hope to format my plan into nifty printable planning forms. Or have a member of my technology department do it for me.
First I read picture books to the youngest then put in some quiet classical or chant music and gather my students to the kitchen table. (I have a 6th grader, 4th , 2nd and K. The high schoolers work independently.) We begin with prayer, right now we are working on the Memorare. On Mondays I introduce a new set of character cards. (I cut out the wonderful cards from CHC's first grade lesson plans.) We color them, read them then post them for the week and review them each morning. My goal is to catch each child putting the character lessons into practice during the week. They will get plenty of praise even for a small effort.
- Math. I have to help them stay on task for this and correct right away.
- Reading for my two emerging readers, we will practice their printing directly from their reading practice.
- While I am teaching reading the 6th and 4th graders work on their grammar and cursive handwriting books. On Mondays they also do map skills, which has always been a favorite.
- Blaise then goes to do his Saint Augustine's work which is history, Latin and science. The rest of us do music. We are working our way through Lingua Angelica one piece a week.
- Practice our English From the Roots Up flash cards, 5 a week.
- Poetry, we'll pick two a month and practice just a few minutes a day.
- Science reading on Mon. and Tues., anything hands -on on Wed.
- History reading on Thurs. and Fri.
- Bible reading with an occasional coloring page or illustration on Mon. and Tues. A Bible craft on Wed. This slot will be for the catechism on Thurs. (reading) and Fri.(discussion questions).
- Saints reading. This is usually short unless we make it a chapter book then it will read in the evening.
- First Holy Communion Prep with Dominic.
We have been doing much of this sporadically but I think this plan lays it out in a way that will flow nicely and we'll be finished on time for afternoon cooking and housework.