Based on what I heard from Mystie and Pam, we’re going to see how block scheduling works for us. I find it unrealistic to plan out an entire year specifically because things hardly ever work out the way you plan them. And, like I mentioned here, things happen and I’m not always in control of what’s going on in our life. We’re going to do 3 weeks on and 1 week off. This will give me built in time to adjust and adapt as needed and also give us a break for trips or fun activities that happen outside of our school time.
I talked about what my morning routine looks like here, and we’re wanting to start a habit for Jacob of morning that doesn’t involve a screen. This is definitely less of a structured school “morning time” like other homeschoolers might use; but my goal in this is to help Jacob become an independent morning doer. I just think there’s a lot to be said for getting up and going with the day. On mornings we don’t have much structure, it’s easy to sit around in our pajamas watching TV and then look up and see that it’s almost lunch time.
How we’ll do this for Block 1 is that when Jacob wakes up, he’ll have a list of things to do. Screen-time and stickers on his reward chart toward prizes will be his reward. At first, it’s just going to be a few things. I have a scheduler with laminated chores/activities and he’ll get a sticker when he completes each one. Getting dressed, eating breakfast, putting clothes away and brushing teeth will be where we start.
Then, we’ll move into our school day. This is where actual morning time will start. We’ll sit down together and say a prayer and then work on our first memorization of a song. The plan is to start with the doxology. Then, we’ll work on our Scripture memory work and then we’ll read our story for our curriculum.
Five In A Row breaks down each story into subject areas and activities. For our first block, we’ll be reading 3 books and doing their activities.
A Pair of Red Clogs is our first book, and we’re going to learn about Japan and it’s flag, eat using their cultural traditions for lunch one day, learning about what an island and weather are and doing a math counting activity with the clogs on each page in the book. Our Bible lesson will be to read Genesis 3 out of our Jesus Storybook Bible, be memorizing 1 John 1:9 and talk about stewardship.
Madeline is our second book. We’ll be learning about France and it’s flag, learning some vocabulary words like disaster and solemn, talking about architecture and the Eiffel Tower, sorting by size and learning about good healthful habits. Our Bible lesson will be about Creation and we’ll be memorizing Philippians 4:8 and Proverbs 1:10.
Lentil is our third book. We’re going to learn about a compass and Ohio, playing with our harmonica, learning about music notes and fractions, and learning about taste buds. Our Bible lesson will be to memorize Proverbs 18:16