School Day Rhythm: 2013

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We are still fine tuning our rhythm, but below you will find an approximation of our daily schedule. For the most part, Jude’s day has pretty much stayed the same from last year, but Vincent’s has changed substantially. Up until now, all Vincent’s schoolwork was contained within our main lesson time. This year (grade 6), he is responsible for a variety of independent work in math, handwriting, spelling and additional assignments related to our current main lesson block. He also needs to keep track of his penny whistle practice, independent reading/handwork progress and any achievements/work related to Boy Scouts.  This is all compiled by him during the week and turned into me on Fridays at noon. It has been a process that has stretched him in regard to deadlines, time management, and meeting expectations. For me, it has brought up issues with setting expectations, holding boundaries and sharing responsibilities. I’m sure it will be a year fits and starts in regard to personal growth for the both of us.

“Extras” like form drawing, penny whistle practice, poetic recitation and concentrated movement exercises are still being worked into our day. I am finding I like doing these activities individually with the boys at the beginning of their main lessons. We have not gotten everything integrated into our weekly rhythm yet, but I am trying to at least do form drawing once a week. We are beginning the year with circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. These are called “standing forms” in grades 1/2 and “freehand geometry” in grades 5/6. Currently we are drawing the forms on Mondays (circles and squares so far this year), but I also have plans to model them out of beeswax and paint them with watercolors. (Donna Simmons has some really good information about painting the forms in her book Mathematics Grade 2.)

Below you can see how this shakes out. (Times are approximate.)

Monday

  • [9:15ish] Vincent Main Lesson (On Mondays, this will include form drawing, a math lesson for the week, 10 vocabulary/spelling words from the upcoming week’s reading and finally new material.)
  • GO (Get Outside)
  • [11:00ish] Jude Main Lesson (On Mondays this will include form drawing.)
  • Vincent does his independent work during this time. This includes math practice based on the week’s lesson, handwriting practice and any other ML work he needs to finish.
  • [12:30 most days] Lunch
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • DEAR (Drop Everything And Read – or handwork)
  • [4:30 – 5:30pm] Penny Whistle Lessons in Town
  • Drive-Thru Dinner (as in I go through a drive-thru for dinner . . . even the Cowboy Boot Contessa has limits!)
  • [6:00pm] Jude Cub Scouts (3 out of 4 Mondays)
  • Night Routine
  • [9:00pm] Bedtime

Tuesday

  • Vincent Main Lesson
  • GO (Get Outside)
  • Jude Main Lesson / Vincent Independent Work
  • Lunch
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • DEAR (Drop Everything And Read – or handwork)
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • Dinner Prep
  • [5:30pm] Early Dinner
  • [7 – 8pm] Vincent Boy Scouts
  • Night Routine
  • [9:15pm] Bedtime

Wednesday and Thursday

  • Vincent Main Lesson
  • GO (Get Outside)
  • Jude Main Lesson / Vincent Independent Work
  • Lunch
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • DEAR (Drop Everything And Read – or handwork)
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • Dinner Prep
  • [6:00pm] Dinner
  • Play Time with Dad
  • Night Routine
  • [8:45pm] Bedtime

Friday

  • Baking Day
  • Vincent’s Independent Work Due at Noon!
  • Lunch
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)
  • Free Time/Play Time
  • Dinner Prep
  • Dinner
  • Play Time with Dad
  • Night Routine
  • Bedtime

12 thoughts on “School Day Rhythm: 2013

  1. OK just have to say I REALLY love that part about the Cowboy Boot Contessa going through the drive through – it really jives with my idea for my future (hopefully not too distant) blog:) You will have to send me some great drive through selfies to post of you in celebration of the Drive Through Waldorf lifestyle:)
    Sounds like you guys are working hard – in 6th grade is where the rubber sort of meets the road..it is definitely a process..still in the the thick of it over here. After reading Andrea’s recent post, I taped up index cards all around my house which say: Do Not Micro-manage.” The guys seem to find this quite amusing!

    • Yes, picture us fresh from penny whistle lessons, in the drive-thru line at Sonic, and then barreling across town to get to cub scouts. My boys live for stuff like this because it is such a treat! Corn dogs, chicken fingers and tater tots for dinner? “Bring it on!” they say. I had a power bar that I dug out from the bottom of my purse. Then I found a second one for Tom. We did all eat together – the meal such as it was – in the parking lot. Mondays . . . it’s real life . . .

      Love the image of the index cards.

      Miss you tons.
      Sheila

  2. I love reading your daily schedule. And what a great experience (painful but great) that growing process that you and Vincent are going through. Bless you, friend.

  3. Love the image of the CBC going through the drive thru! Establishing a firm rhythm has been a challenge for us this week, so this post is perfect timing for inspiration. Thank you
    xo

    • It takes awhile, doesn’t it? We are about a month in and it is finally feeling almost solid.

      Just keep going and adopt Andrea’s new favorite word: ADJUST!!

      Miss you.

  4. Pingback: The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Homeschool Edition) | Sure as the World

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