The picture above is of The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Home School Schedule--Morning

Thought I'd type out some of my thoughts on how I will schedule this school year. Here it goes:

5:00 am

My wake time. My goal is to wake up as soon as the alarm clock goes off. I tend to hit the snooze button about 3 or 4 times. I have found that if I don't rise right away, I fall back to sleep into a heavier sleep and go into what I call hibernation, my second sleep. There are times I wake up at 4:30 without an alarm clock and trick myself to sleeping another 30 minutes until my alarm goes off. If I do this, I feel sleepier when the alarm goes off at 5:00 or there are times I don't even hear the alarm....jeeez. I have told myself that if I wake up anytime in the 4 o'clock hour I need to rise. This is the Lord waking me up. I need to obey!!

5:15 am

Once I am up, I will not dress right away. I just walk in my jammies to the kitchen and make coffee and breakfast. I then turn my computer on and listen to a sermon which usually last about 1 hr. This is my bible study time. I so enjoy this time and the Lord always ministers to me. After the sermon is finished, if I have extra time (depends on when I arose) I will pray. If I don't get my prayer time after my sermon, I pray while going to the bathroom, showering, or when I do laundry. I chat with the Father all day. He is my best friend. He hears us moms, knowing our time is filled with ministering to little people.

6:30 am

By this time, I have dressed myself in my spiritual clothing and ready to minister to my little people. But first, I must dress myself. This time is when I groom and clean up my room--Groom and Room is how I put it.

7:00 am
Now I am back in the kitchen making breakfast -- some sort of hearty breakfast. I am in need of some ideas. What tends to happen on many occasions (almost every morning--LOL) the children eat whatever they want. Sometimes this means I am making three different breakfast!! I know, I know....why do I allow this?? Lack of management. Ouch!! My goal is to make a menu to be posted on the fridge so we all know what's for breakfast each morning. So could you help me out a bit and send me some recipes and ideas for breakfast. Thank you!!!

7:30 am

Time to wake the children!!! During this time I will wake the children and get them going. The older children know what to do during this time. I require them to be dressed, groomed, and bedroom picked up. While they are hustling along, I am dressing the little boys and grooming them. Also helping them make their beds. Hoping this doesn't take longer than 30 minutes. :)

8:00 am

At this time the children will sit down for breakfast. While they are eating I will tend to the baby. Dress her, feed her and play a bit. It takes the children about 10-15 minutes to eat. I tell them as soon as they are through with breakfast they need to commence their kitchen chores. When kitchen clean up is over they begin their morning chores.

8:30 am

This is when our family will begin morning chores. I have Chore Packs set up so they all know what to do. I've been having some issues with the children not doing their chores in a timely manner. They tend to dawdle way to much. I am thinking of consequences to administer for lack of timeliness or diligence. I was thinking of taking privileges away. For example: No free time, or computer time. Any suggestions???

9:00 am

Our outside time!! I plan on taking the little guys outside to play at this time. I am guessing some of the older children will still be working on chores. So for those who are choosing to be diligent they will get to play outside before school starts.

9:30 am

School start time!! This will be my preschool time with Kole and Ephee. I plan on 30 minutes of teaching time.
  • Read a book
  • sing some songs
  • learn colors, numbers, and letters
  • activity time (I am planning on using my oldest daughter to take over since she loves crafts)
10:00 am

Galen's one-on-one time: This year we will be using A Beka Phonics and Math. I am planning on sitting with him as he works.
  • Review Phonics
  • Teach new material
  • He does a worksheet (I will sit with him)
  • Review some math
  • He does a worksheet (sitting with him)
  • Handwriting
10:30 am

Quick snack and break for about 10 minutes

10:40 am

Shiloh's one-on-one time: We are using A Beka Phonics, language, handwriting; Pathway Reading and Math u See. I am not sure yet how much time Shiloh will need. I let Shiloh choose how he wants to structure his time with me. There are times he wants to do math and then there are times he wants to read first.

11:15 am

Tsavah's one-on-one time: This year we are using mostly A Beka with most of the children. I am not sure how much time Tsavah will need. I am guessing about 30 minutes of teaching. This will be Tsavah's first time doing History and Science. She will be in 4th grade this year. I will be evaluating how much time she will need during the first few weeks of school.

During the morning time I will be rotating the little boys around with the older siblings. I will sneak in a few minutes here and there during "school time" to lay Ephraim down for his nap, feed the baby, and changing diapers. Justin is pretty much on his own and his daddy checks his work in the evening times. I am planning Moriah's one on one time with me after lunch clean up time. I am sure there are going to be kinks that I will have to work out. We'll see!!!

I am praying for a fruitful and productive year.

My next post will be of my afternoon. This is the time where I need more structure.

Until Then...

Chris

5 comments:

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I love to make bread pudding for breakfast. Throw in a sausage patty and you it's pretty hearty. You can get cheap raisen bread and have it in your freezer, or I use the heels of my own home-baked bread (no one in my family likes the heels). Mix 10 or so eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and pour it over the cubed bread. I make two batches at a time one for the next morning and one for the freezer. We pour honey, maple syrup or top it with whipped cream.

Also, scrambled eggs are a quick breakfast with a piece of whole wheat toast and a small dish of yogurt.

I never allow my kids to eat different things. I'd go crazy!

Mrs. Taffy said...

Hi Chris! Homeschooling is a lot of work isn't it? I think I could spend all day taking care of my little ones. Then spend all day cooking and cleaning. Then spend that same "all day" homeschooling--it's 3 full time jobs! PHEW! Thank God for his grace to get it all done!

I like to make pancakes for breakfast...My husband just got me two griddles that sit on the burners of my stove top, so I can make about 16 pancakes at a time. I also make muffins once or twice a week, always a double batch. Eggs with turkey bacon, Toast with honey butter and hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, cold cereal when I'm tired.

I was just giving my children a lecture this morning about being too old to be reminded to get their morning stuff done. I told them if I went off and did my own thing each morning, nobody would eat! They know I work hard and feel bad when they know they aren't! Remember what Proverbs says? If you don't work, you don't eat! That's always motivating, especially to my teenagers! lol

God Bless you Chris!!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I've got some breakfast ideas on my blog. Pancakes, waffles, hot cereal, biscuits and gravy, breakfast hash and even scrambled eggs freeze well. If you are going to make these, make a ton and freeze the leftovers. I just pull them out the night before and have it thawed out for breakfast. You can look on my blog under lables-->recipes-->breakfast for ideas.

As for kids not being diligent. What finally broke my son of this is when I told him his regular chores had to be done before breakfast. Here's the catch! Breakfast is done being served by (blank) time. If he was done by then, he had to wait until lunch to eat. I started this when he turned 5 years old. He missed a few meals, but it didn't take long for him to learn that I was serious and he better get his stuff done if he wanted to eat.

Hope that helps! God bless, Jackie

Chris in FL said...

Thanks for all the great breakfast ideas. I will look on your blog Jackie for the recipes.

I need to be more consistent with the children. Consistent with their punishments. That is the key....and not give in. :)

Blessings.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Consistency is EVERYTHING!!!