Monday, August 30, 2010

Liftoff!

Our first day of homeschool was today and I'm not sure how I feel about it. We barely did anything! I read them a story and it was all I could do to keep them from running all over the place. Hopefully they will get used to the idea of circle time and actually start to sit down for it. After a few pages of the book, Bedtime with Frances, Jeremy finally seemed to be getting into it. I'm using the wonderful guide Peak with Books as the basis for our homeschooling. Here's what we did:

Read Bedtime with Frances
Looked at pictures of badgers online
Practical Activity: folding laundry

As you can see, it wasn't anything to write home about, but since Jeremy is only 4.5 my main goal is to create some wonderful rhymths and habits. If some learning does happen along the way at this point, it will be an added bonus.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

We have rhythm!

Finally, I've gotten our days into the beginning stages of a nice rhythm. It's not perfect, but it's a far cry from the haphazard way we were living our days before. It helps tremendously that Liam no longer naps during the day. We get up at around 7:30 every day, and by 7:30 pm, the boys are both in bed and fast asleep.
Here's what our days look like so far:

7:30 Wake up and have breakfast
8:00-9:00 load of laundry and clearing of clutter
9:30-11:30 park time/or lesson time
12:30 lunch
1:00 storytime and quiet time
2:00 free play time
3:00 art time
5:00  dinner
6:00 bath time
7:00 bedtime story and milk
7:30 lights out

Now, we are following some elements of Waldorf in our homeschooling, such as a reliance on classical stories and fairy tales, establishing rhythms, etc. We're not purist by any means, because I am teaching my 4.5 year old some academics, but it's very light in nature.