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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Day in the Homeschool Life of My Sixth Grader

I finally had a chance to take some pictures of Nick and his homeschool day.  Last week, I completely forgot!  I am doing a series called " A Day in the Homeschool Life" of each of my children and even myself. This week was my sixth graders turn.  After Thanksgiving will be my 12th grader.  If you are interested in seeing my other posts here is the one on my 4th grader and here is the post on my 1st and 2nd graders.

Nick is my late sleeper.  He didn't used to be until the last year or so.  He is the only one of my children that I have to wake up almost every day.  He has to have himself ready for his school day and chickens fed by 9:30 in the morning.

We start with Bible.  Nick is using the Advanced pages of Bible Study Guide For All Ages.  Even though we all get started together, he usually finishes before the others because he can do all of his own Bible readings and complete the worksheet while the others need me to read theirs aloud.  It  takes him around 10-15 minutes to complete his Bible assignment.

Next up is our read aloud.  This week we started reading The Great Turkey Walk because we do not have a book assigned to us for History for the next several lessons. Even though Nick is almost 12, you are never too old to be read to.  Listening to people read aloud is great for vocabulary and pronunciation.  I usually read aloud for 15-20 minutes, but today's chapters took a little bit longer.

After that is history.  We are using America the Beautiful from Notgrass. I read aloud from the text.  Then Nick completes the mapping assignment, student review page, and completes the timeline entry.  We spend around 30 minutes on history.

Mondays and Wednesdays we are done for the morning after history.  Tuesdays and Thursdays we add in Science.  We are using Apologia Land Animals.  I read aloud from the text.  Nick uses a regular notebooking journal and completes whatever assignments he has for the day. Any experiments we all do together.  Science takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

Lunch and recess is up next.  Nick loves sports especially football, hockey, and soccer.  During recess he and Alex were playing a little football.
Emmie needed Nick to get something for her so he stopped the game to go and get it.  She is a little spoiled by her big brothers!

After lunch is Math.  Nick uses Math U See Zeta.  Mondays he watches the video, and then completes one page per day.  Math usually takes around 15 minutes to complete, unless it is a video day then it takes a little bit longer.

IEW SWI A is up next.  If there is a video assignment, Nick, Alex, and I all watch it together.  If not Nick works independently on whatever his assignment is.  I read over his final draft of his paragraph when he is finished.  The amount of time varies greatly on the assignment.  Non video days take around 30 minutes to complete.

Last is Latin.  We LOVE Visual Latin!  It is the most fun out of any Latin program I have ever seen, and Nick really likes the teacher and his sense of humor.  We are working through it nice and easy completing one section of each lesson per day.  Nick can watch and complete the assignments independently and even check his own work with the answer key if he needs to.  Nick is on Lesson 20 (he has finished 10 lessons so far this year) and he will complete all of Latin One by the end of the school year.  Latin only takes 10-15 minutes.

Nick has always been a naturally good speller, so he does not do spelling.  He loves to read and reads every night before bed so reading is not part of his school day.  Nick is usually finished with his day before some of my younger children.  I was teasing him the other day asking if he thought he needed more work because some days he is finished before 1 o clock!

That's a glimpse into " A Day in the Homeschool Life of My Sixth Grader.  He spends and hour-an hour in a half in the mornings and an hour or so in the afternoons.

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