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Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Day in the Homeschool Life of My 4th Grader

I am trying to show more in detail what a day looks like for each of my children and myself.  Last week I started with my 1st and 2nd graders together because they do everything the same with the exception of being at different levels in math.  Today I am focusing on my 4th grader.

Our day starts with breakfast, TV if they wake up early enough to watch something, and morning chores.  In addition to getting his breakfast stuff cleaned up and himself ready to start the day, Alex is responsible for taking care of the rabbit and helping with the chickens.

Our school day starts precisely at 9:30.  We start with our Bible lesson.  We are using Bible Study Guide For All Ages, and Alex is working on the advanced pages.  He sits beside me in case he needs help with some of the reading.  In addition to the worksheets, we are memorizing a simple Bible time line, and Bible Summary Cards.  We also memorize a Bible verse every week.  Our Bible lesson lasts around 20 minutes.

After that the children listen to me read aloud from a chapter book that corresponds with our history lesson in America the Beautiful.  The read aloud time varies depending on the length of the chapter, but it usually takes 15-20 minutes.  Next I read the chapter assigned in America the Beautiful aloud and the boys complete the map assignment, timeline assignment, and student review pages.  This usually takes around 30 minutes. Oh and just pretend you don't see the toy baskets Emmie dumped out behind him and the toys she scattered all over, but welcome to our reality!

Mondays and Wednesdays school is over for the morning.  Tuesdays and Thursdays we also do Science.  When we did Mystery of History for history, I could split it up and do history on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Science on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I prefer this schedule, but it just isn't possible with America the Beautiful unless we take 2 years to complete it but we would rather get it completed in a year.  If it is a science day, science takes about 30 minutes or so to complete.  We just finished reviewing Apologia Chemistry and Physics and decided to go back and finish up Land Animals.  I read aloud from the text, and the boys complete their journal assignments.  If their is a hands on experiment we all complete them together.

After that is lunch and recess.  We try to get outside everyday unless it is raining.  The day I was taking pictures it was raining but he went out to play anyway because it was a light rain.

Then he still had some time so he went to the shop to work on his engine.

After recess it is time for math.  Alex is working through Math U See Gamma.  Mondays he watches the video for the new lesson and then completes one lesson per day 4 days a week.  Math takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

Next is Student Writing Intensive A with IEW.  The amount of time it takes to complete really varies depending on the assignment.  Video days are longer, but we usually spend around 30 minutes on non video days. I work with Alex on his paragraphs to help with his writing and his spelling.  It can be really hard for him to get his creative thoughts down on paper because he has to concentrate so hard on writing the words (making sure his letters aren't backwards) and remembering how to spell them that he loses a lot of what he wants to say.  When that happens I write the paragraph for him as he dictates the words to me.  The day I took this picture he was doing his final draft of the Princess and the Pea.

Next up is spelling.  We are working through All About Spelling Level 3.  Spelling takes around 15 minutes.

Emmie climbed up into his lap to do spelling too.

After spelling Alex reads aloud to me.  I have selected his read alouds from the American History Sonlight reading list.  The book he is reading now is the Matchlock Gun.  He reads one chapter per day taking 10-15 minutes.

Last is French with French Essentials.  French takes around 15-20 minutes to complete.

That's a glimpse into a "Day in the Homeschool Life of my 4th grader."  Right around 3 hours of school per day.  An hour in a half in the morning (less on non science days) and an hour and a half in the afternoon.  Our school day is finished by 2:00.

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