Planning: Rhythm (again)

This post is a part of Waldorf Wednesday. See all links here.

Our new school day rhythm is working out pretty well. Having Tom be in charge of breakfast in the morning has made such a difference. The boys are fed, dressed and we are out the door on our walk by about 9:30. This has allowed us to complete both main lessons by about noon. In-town activities have begun, so I have been working out our weekly rhythm. I try to keep our trips to town to a minimum, as it is about a 20-30 minute drive. Both boys are in cub scouts which means den meetings twice a month and a pack meeting once a month. Both boys also take pennywhistle lessons for 30 minutes once a week. Because we are in town for their music lesson, I usually drop them at Tom’s office and he takes them swimming.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are pretty much the same. Wednesday is our in-town afternoon and Friday, for the most part, is a much looser day. Below you will find a layout of our week, although I have to admit, writing everything out tends to make a day look clunky and regimented – and in a way, that’s how it is in the beginning. However, once the rhythm of it all takes hold, it flows rather nicely (still waiting for this . . .) I have highlighted the items that change from day to day in pink. (I’m getting fancy here at WordPress!!) Anyway, here is a look at what I am thinking our week will look like. I’ll keep you posted on how it all plays out.

Monday

  • Chores
  • Walk/Movement
  • Songs, Candle, Opening Verse
  • Poetic Recitation/Memorization
  • Main Lesson Grade 1 (Vincent does a math practice sheet and makes snack.)
  • Snack
  • Main Lesson Grade 5 (Jude clears and sets the table for lunch.)
  • Lunch
  • Break/Play (I take my walk.)
  • 15 minute Pick-up
  • Snack and Storytime
  • Free Time (I usually take another walk.)
  • Dinner
  • Play
  • Night Routine

Tuesday

  • Chores
  • Walk/Movement
  • Songs, Candle, Opening Verse
  • Poetic Recitation/Memorization
  • Main Lesson Grade 1 (Vincent practices pennywhistle and makes snack.)
  • Snack
  • Main Lesson Grade 5 (Jude practices pennywhistle and sets the table for lunch.)
  • Lunch
  • Break/Play (I take my walk.)
  • 15 minute Pick-up
  • Snack and Storytime
  • Free Time (I take another walk.)
  • Dinner
  • Play
  • Night Routine

Wednesday

  • Chores
  • Walk/Movement
  • Songs, Candle, Opening Verse
  • Poetic Recitation/Memorization
  • Main Lesson Grade 1 (Vincent does a math practice sheet and makes snack.)
  • Snack
  • Main Lesson Grade 5 (Jude clears and sets the table for lunch.)
  • Lunch
  • Free Time (I take my walk.)
  • Handwork and Music (listening, not playing)
  • Penny Whistle Lesson in town
  • Swimming in town (with dad)
  • Dinner
  • Night Routine

Thursday

  • Chores
  • Walk/Movement
  • Songs, Candle, Opening Verse
  • Poetic Recitation/Memorization
  • Main Lesson Grade 1  (Vincent does a math practice sheet and makes snack.)
  • Snack
  • Main Lesson Grade 5 (Jude sets the table for lunch.)
  • Lunch
  • Break/Play (I take my walk.)
  • 15 minute Pick-up
  • Snack and Storytime
  • Free Time (I take another walk.)
  • Dinner
  • Play
  • Night Routine

Friday

  • Chores
  • Walk/Movement
  • Songs, Candle, Opening Verse
  • Form Drawing
  • Tongue Twisters
  • Math Basket (if doing a language arts block)/Fairy Tale Friday (if doing a math block)
  • Country Diary (this will alternate every other week with Math Basket/Fairy Tale Friday)
  • Break/Play
  • Lunch
  • Handwork and Music (listening, not playing)
  • Free Time/Play (I try to walk until Tom comes home – just kidding!)
  • 15 minute Pick-up
  • Snack and Storytime
  • Dinner
  • Play
  • Night Routine

3 thoughts on “Planning: Rhythm (again)

  1. I really enjoyed reading your rhythm. It doesn’t seem anything but lovely to this reader of it.

    How long do you find that Main Lesson takes?

    i loved re-reading your “story time” post. I paused for a minute and figured out that having a healthy snack before dinner (directly following your story/snack–see, I am in fact paying attention) is an excellent idea. We may have to do that!

    We love our dedicatd story time, which is after breakfast and after lunch. We read, usually, one and only one chapter and really find it enjoyable. And have such a long relationship with the characters. Seems that we’ve chosen a “Lovely” book for the breakfast and a more “Adeventurous” book for lunch. It’s just worked out that way, but as many things that work out without our planning, it has been beautiful and perfect. And, just this morning we started, upon your reliable suggestion, Rascal. We are already In Love with it.

    Your Rhythm looks wonderful.

    I’ll share ours after the Big Thing is decided this week!

    As always, your blog has been a beutiful break in the afternoon and given me good things to ponder for the rest.

    xo
    Mama

    • Hmmm . . . that is a tough question about the length of time for main lesson. Jude’s usually lasts about 30mins; Vincent’s about an hour. That doesn’t include anything but their specific ML. Circle time, poetic recitation, reading, walk, etc, is extra.

      Well, we just finished The Wheel on the School thanks to your recommendation.

      Can’t wait to hear the Big Reveal.

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