Sunday, September 11, 2011

Planning Ahead

Week 9 of school for Lexie, and we’ve gotten 6 books down:

  1. Animalia
  2. Angus Lost
  3. 10 Little Ladybugs
  4. Play with Me
  5. The Extraordinary Egg
  6. and coming soon…. Owl Moon

I’ve been struggling working out doing school with both kids. School with Treyton is great, school with Lexie is great, juggling school with both of them is stressful. So…. I am revamping our school a little bit and will be correlating Lexie and Treyton’s school a little bit more, so that we can do more activities together. Even correlating it a little bit, helps out a lot.

In order to do this, I have decided to focus more on FIAR titles, and I’ve taken the ones that I could and correlated them with the MFW Adventures weeks where they would fit.

  • Stopping by Woods (Week 11 – to begin our New England studies)
    • T is for Trees
  • All Those Secrets of the World (Week 12 – Delaware, Penn, New Jersey and Georgia)
  • Cranberry Thanksgiving (Week 13 – Thanksgiving)
  • Make Way for Ducklings (Week 14 – Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, S. Carolina)
    • D is for Ducks
  • The Little Red Lighthouse (Week 15 – New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, N. Carolina)
  • Night in the Moonjellies (Week 16 – Rhode Island, Vermont and Daniel Boone)
    • J is for Jellyfish
  • Down, Down the Mountain (Week 17 – The Wilderness Road, Kentucky)
  • The Rag Coat (Week 18 – Eli Whitney, Tennessee)
  • Lentil (Week 19 – Ohio)
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Week 21 – Robert Fulton, Indiana and Mississippi)
  • They Were Strong and Good (Week 22 – Illinois, Alabama, Going West Wagon Train)
  • Miss Rumphius (Week 23 – Maine, Missouri, Arkansas and Michigan)
  • Gramma’s Walk (Week 26 – Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, California Trail, California)
    • Grandma’s
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd (Week 27 – Minnesota, Oregon, Abraham Lincoln)
  • Who Owns the Sun? (Week 28 – Abraham Lincoln)
  • When I Was Young in the Mountain (Week 29 – Kansas, West Virginia
  • Three Names (Week 31 – Pioneers on the Plains, North and South Dakota)

I will also be adding in miscellaneous FIAR titles along the way, like Katy and the Big Snow, as well as some of the other preschool books that I had originally planned (like If You Give a Cat a Cupcake) when we don’t have a correlating FIAR title to row.

There are also times that we will not be correlating our history, but our science instead. I decided to correlate with the history more for the simple fact that it was easiest to do with our strong geographic focus this year (and next).

Along with these changes to our curriculum I also updated our original curriculum post for the year, as I have added in a new trial science (Pandia Press – REAL Life Science), Sing Song Latin and a different handwriting program.

In addition to this, for the first time EVER, I have created a school schedule – this is it (for now):

  • 8:45 – 9:00 Bible/Devotions with Dad
  • 9:00 – 9:45 Read Alouds
  • 9:45 – 10:00 Daily Board 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Mom Works with Treyton, while Alexa has free time
    • Everyday: History (activities, narration, lapbooks, etc.), Reading, Math and Spelling
    • M & F: Health, Artist Study and Latin
    • T & Th: Geography & Art
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Work with Alexa while Treyton completes his independent work and then has free time
    • Treyton; Language Arts, Phonics & Handwriting
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Free Time
  • 1:00 FIAR & Activities (30 minutes on Monday and Friday, 1 hour on Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 1:30 Science & Labs (on Monday and Friday)
  • 2:00 The Girls’ nap time – Treyton’s quiet time
    • Tuesday and Thursday – Treyton is allowed to play educational computer games
    • Monday and Friday – Treyton will draw in his Science Notebook
    • Any uncompleted work (with or without mom)

Our schedule is designed to be light on Wednesday because we have our co-ops on Wednesdays.

It probably seems complicated on here, but it makes sense to me :)

I’m really looking forward to the next several weeks as we begin to implement some of these things.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

This is great, Amber! I honestly think you will have the best of both worlds! MFW and FIAR!! Love your plan!