About a month ago, Kim asked me to share about our home schooling schedule, and I wrote about our morning circle time routine. Today, I would like to share with you the “meat and potatoes” of our home schooling day, and that is the three Rs, Reading, wRiting, and aRithmatic.
Originally, our circle time started at 8:00 am, however now that the sun is coming up later, my children are sleeping longer too. So, our circle time starts more realistically at 8:15 am. It lasts about 45 minutes, and includes catechism and a daily scripture reading. To read more about it, please click here.
After circle time, we have a break. I used the time to exercise on our elliptical machine. For 30 minutes, my girls watch Super Why on pbs kids. If you have never seen this engaging program, I suggest you watch it with your children. Super Why is designed to teach reading skills, with a layered approach that targets children ages 3-6. Both of my girls love it! After Super Why, they draw or complete a craft that is related to the bible story we read during circle time. Prior to getting on the elliptical I set up all the materials they need, and they complete the project on their own. I am of the mindset, that arts and crafts are not just about the finished project, but the art of doing it. Having them complete the craft activity at this time, reinforces what they learned during circle time, and gives me time to finish exercising. We posted our creations on the buffet for Daddy to see what he arrives home, and later place them in their journals for safekeeping.
About 9:45 am, we start Math instruction. We are using Saxon Math for Kindergarten, and I like the manipulatives used for it. My three-year old plays along, as she can. She is learning her numbers, counting, and shapes. Since we are also learning our numbers, and colors in Chinese, we also use the manipulatives for that. We are usually finished with Math about 10:20 am, and then it is time for snack and outside play.
At 11:00 am, we head to the sofa for reading. We are using The Ordinary Parenting Guide to Teach Reading, and do “the two review and one” method of instruction outlined in the book. Ladybug even made up a song called, “Two Review, and One New!”. We review the past two lessons, and learn one new lesson. Last week, lesson 50 was rather tricky for us, so we broke up the lesson into four sections. After reading, Ladybug works on her phonics workbook independently, although I am there to answer any questions. Then, she works on her handwriting assignment. By the time that is all completed, it is usually about 12:30 pm and time for lunch.