Thursday, July 25, 2013

S is for Scheduling First Grade

I have never been a scheduled, organized, Type A personality.  I am more of a go with the flow type gal.  That naturally carried over into our homeschool during the early years.  Perhaps I love Charlotte Mason's approach to the early years because it meant I didn't have to schedule or plan anything.  We let things happen naturally.  However, things are changing now that Elliott is a little bit older and needs more structure.  So that means I had to get myself in gear and come up with a semi-reasonable schedule for first grade to try to follow for school.



We are using Ambleside Online Year 1 as our core, with only very minor adjustments.  You can see my First Grade Curriculum choices to see what resources we're using for other subjects.

One thing I am working on this year is the concept of "circle time" since Emory (Pre-K) likes to be part of school for awhile.  Some of the things will be geared more towards him, to help him get his love tank full.

Family School will consist of Bible, Calendar, Memory Work, Picture Study, Music , Read-Aloud and Poetry.

We will jump into reading and math while the baby is down for her nap, as they require focused attention from me.  The AO Readings can be shuffled around if necessary.  So here's a general schedule.  I'm sure it will change.  Perhaps multiple times.  However, this is what I've come up with for now.



Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Fun Friday
Family School





Reading
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
Game/App
Math
Math U See
Math U See
Life of Fred
Math U See
Life of Fred
Science


AO Reading
AO Reading
Nature Study
Literature
AO Reading
AO Reading
AO Reading
AO Reading
AO Reading
Copywork





History
AO Reading
AO Reading

AO Reading
AO Biographies
Geography

AO Reading


Long/Mason
Spanish





Fine Arts*
 Handicrafts

 Composer

Artistic Pursuits

On my master schedule, I have the specific books penciled into those "AO Reading" slots, but since not all books are scheduled every week, there may be days we only have 1 reading, and there may be days we don't have any readings.  I haven't gone over it with a fine tooth comb to compare exactly when certain books overlap for all 36 weeks, but so far this looks like a fairly balanced schedule.  It's always open for change.

*Fine Arts - I scheduled Handicrafts early in the week, so that if it's missed, there's still a few afternoons to catch up on it.  I scheduled Composers for Wednesday because we can listen to it in the car in the evenings, and art for Fun Fridays because it's generally messy.

Fun Friday
Our co-op will meet every other Friday, so I've scheduled Fridays differently.  I've scheduled a very infrequent literature selection for Fridays intentionally, because I plan to place it on co-op week and use the audio version in the car.  Nature Study will be informal outdoor time when we get home.

On the opposite Fridays I will go down the line, doing a reading game or other "fun" supplement, Life of Fred, and then we will do any biographies and/or geography that is designed to be spread throughout the term.  I can also catch up on any regular readings we might have missed or that need to stretch out, if necessary.  Spanish may or may not be voluntary, depending on what resources we use.  Then comes the really fun stuff!   Art will be our last indoor activity, as it is generally messy and I don't have to do "short lessons" with this one.  Then I've saved Nature Study for the end of the day because once we go outside, that will most certainly be the end of any focused attention.  That's why I've saved Nature Study for Friday afternoons!

As I said, I'm not a schedule lover.  My plan is to start slowly.  We're going to start with our new version of Family School soon.  Then I'll add in Elliott's Reading and Math lessons for a couple weeks in August.  We have a vacation scheduled the first week of September, and when we come back, we'll start full force with everything.  I'm a little scared, but I am really excited.  I've been drooling over the Ambleside curriculum for a few years now, and I honestly can't wait to start.  Even if I do hate schedules.




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