For us, not every week has the same outline. Yet we usually try to run on the same weekly schedule.
After I am showered and we are all ready to start our day I go over a list of things that I would like to get done that day. I make a list on a dry erase board with the date on it in our school room. Some things we do together but most things I shuffle between the kids so they can learn what they want and need to learn at their own levels.
The length of learning/educational time depends on all of our moods, what each kid is learning, and what I feel like needs to get done. On another post I will fill you in on what each kid is learning and doing during their learning time.
As soon as P is finished with his list he checks his iPad to see if he has a missed Skype call from his friends and gets right on to Minecraft. He will then usually play on Minecraft and watch videos pretty much until he goes to sleep.
D usually takes forever doing her items on the list because she chooses to play around through out learning time. When she is done with the items on her list she does a list of many other things. She will play with dolls, play with me, watch shows, or play on her iPad.
After learning time I either do things that need to be done around the house that weren't done during learning time or I go hide in my office to mess around on my computer, sew, or try to organize it. That is if D isn't begging me to do something. Most of the time she will help me with what I am doing or follow me to my office and find something to make a mess with.
Tuesday is also a library day for us. We utilize two libraries. Our Tuesday library we usually only go to if a book needs to be returned or we are looking for a certain book. This library is small and we don't spend much time there. If we have to go the same day as grocery shopping we either just drop the item off or just spend about 15 minutes there. Otherwise we spend from a half hour to an hour at the library so we can all look around and D can play.
A couple times a month we meet up at a library. This library is larger than the library we visit on Tuesdays. There is a large area that the kids can play with puppets, puzzles and different toys. We also bring different games for the kids to play together. It sometimes gets a little loud, but since the children's section is separate from the adult section the librarians don't mind. We haven't been kicked out yet so it can't bother them too much. It is always a good time, the kids get to play and make friends and the mom's are able to have "mom" time and have adult conversations.
Once a month we usually go to a church that has a large gym to play in. The kids play ball or ride scooters and such while the moms are able to visit with each other. After gym time there is a more structured lesson and craft.
About once a month when weather is cold we meet our group at a McDonald's that has a play area that all the kids can run around and burn energy.
When the weather is warm we usually meet our group at a park about every week.
But like I said, not every week follows this schedule. Our weeks are always changing because many different things, laziness, sickness, going out of town, field trips, etc. Even though we don't stick to a strict schedule the kids are still learning. Everyday life teaches us many things even though we don't realize it. Just like the saying, you learn something new everyday. If as adults we are learning something new everyday, how many new things a day do you think a child learns? If you are feeling like you aren't getting any "school" done, don't sweat it. Your kids will turn out just fine, just think of why you homeschool rather than send your kids to public school. Time with your kids is precious, enjoy your time with them.
Take a step into the life of Auer (pronounced like our) homeschool. We are a family that likes to learn through life experiences. We would like to share our experiences so maybe we can make a difference in the lives of others. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook to get the smaller activities that go on that don't always make it to the blog.
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