Although we maintained light schooling through most the summer, today marked our first day back to the full load. (Well, almost full–we’ll add back in our Tapestry of Grace humanities studies next week–just to stagger things a bit.)
Everything went well and the schedule flows smoothly–leisurely even! Changes are minor from previous years, but each year morphs a bit. Once again, I don’t meet with every child every day–the oldest two girls meet with me once a week each. At that meeting I assign for a full week, grade the previous week’s work, and we touch base about any assignments that need explanations or attention. I like seeing them manage their own time. The next two in birth order, Keegan and Keianna, meet with me twice per week. Kieran and Kiffanie (who will both be six by the end of this week) meet with me daily and I oversee their work instead of just assigning and setting them loose.
Today’s lighting was was weird as a storm descended, but I took a group shot of my students squinting into the greyish glare:
Yes, Toffee (the dog) counts as a student. She’s well mannered, but is still learning some commands.
This year I have a high-school student (9th grade), a junior higher (7th), a 5th grader, and the three youngest are straddling years. I found that until about fifth grade, “year straddling” is pretty common in our homeschool. We tend to “do the next thing” and work toward mastery, then move on, rather than being concerned syncing their grade levels, so sometimes they are in different grade designations for each subject. Thus far, it’s evened out somewhere late in elementary school.
And below is our schedule this term; As always, it’s more of a rough routine than a strict schedule, but generally the day flows similarly to what’s depicted: