Homeschool Dad : Friday

Two weeks. I’ve taken a break of two weeks from posting. And yes, that was enough time for me to make yet another adjustment to what is now “normal.” Thankfully, I enjoy change and exploration, so I’ve relished the variety.

Perhaps the most exciting change is a new bit of furniture in our reading room. Three boys share one bedroom, two girls another. My wife and I have decided to use the attic as a bedroom, which leaves our smallest bedroom vacant. This has become our reading room… just another space to allow for learning.

07:45am – wake kiddos
08:20am – stretch
08:25am – catechism & prayer
08:35am – family walk
09:00am – history
09:30am – music
10:00am – literature
10:30am – language arts
11:20am – lunch
12:15pm – (take #4 to preschool)
12:45pm – Twenty Questions
01:15pm – math #1
01:35pm – math #2
02:00pm – math #3
03:00pm – (pick up #4 from preschool)

I love Fridays. A Top 5 decision this year was to stand in opposition to many homeschool advocates by foregoing classical music in favor of the history of rock ‘n roll. I’ll speak on that decision in a later post, but it has given Fridays a certain enjoyable edge, and also allowed for a particular connection with my kiddos that extends well beyond our studies. (Besides, I can’t lose them to pop music without their knowing what they’re missing…)

Twenty Questions is our version of a weekly review. The questions range all subjects except for math. The front side is typically 17 quite varied inquiries, but nothing so detailed as to be outrageous or unfair. If they’ve paid attention all week, they survive without difficulty. The back side is a specific review for language arts with careful attention to spelling, capitalization, punctuation, etc. We tend to get pretty fired up reviewing 20Q. It’s a highlight of the week. We celebrate what we know!

Each of these five days has become a time to cherish with my kiddos. Fifty-two days in, I am loving the homeschool experience. I am excited to share more on the curriculum choices in the coming weeks.

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