Our Homeschool Journey and Schedule

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Whats up! (Particularly to my fellow Claremont dad and mom!)

That is the longest weblog put up I’ve ever written however in case you’re enthusiastic about homeschooling, it’s well worth the lengthy learn. I say learn it with a pleasant massive cup of tea after the children are in mattress.

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Or a cup of atole! We made this scorching, candy, corn-based drink after we studied the Historic Maya

In the event you’re right here for the primary time you may discover I normally write about vogue on this web page. However because the pandemic hit, my go-to outfit has been pajamas. I’m a mother to 2 vibrant ladies (7, 2) so I’ve additionally been targeted on my children throughout these tough occasions. An enormous a part of that has been supporting at-home studying. We reside in a gorgeous city with nice faculties, however even nice faculties have been (and to some extent, stay) unprepared for offering prime quality studying from a distance.

Once I noticed the varsity’s plan (worksheets largely) again in March I knew I needed to do higher. So I began doing a whole lot of studying about homeschooling. This put up is about what we did in lieu of what the varsity supplied. Even now that our district has launched its plans for the subsequent 12 months, I nonetheless assume homeschooling may be the most suitable choice for us. Let’s begin with some takeaways as a result of I do know in case you’re a mum or dad, you’re operating low on time.

In the event you simply wish to know which curriculum I’m utilizing, it’s A Mild Feast. Pay attention, simply take a look at the free preview on their web site—that’s how our journey began. In the event you’re nonetheless , learn on!

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Sunflowers by Van Gogh and Julia

  • Homeschool doesn’t take 6+ hours. For grade college children you’re taking a look at 2-Three hours per day. Keep in mind that is one-on-one instruction. Even in case you have different children, you don’t face the impediment of group studying such as you would in case you have been making an attempt to show a gaggle of 25 children.
  • Homeschool is as inexpensive or costly as you need it to be.
  • Instructing at house is extra about offering alternatives to your children to find and observe their expertise. In the event that they develop into extra insterested in a topic, you possibly can spend extra time on it.
  • Ask your self, “What sort of learner is my baby?” Visible, literary, hands-on, technical, creative? Make the educating mirror how they be taught.
  • Homeschool supplies a baby the distinctive alternative to be taught to their strengths. Does your baby want extra time to jot down? You may present that! Would they slightly focus on the ebook than write a paragraph about it? You are able to do that! Would they slightly write an essay about Van Gogh’s artwork than try to color a nonetheless lifetime of sunflowers? You are able to do that too! This isn’t to say we shouldn’t spend time on creating different vital expertise, however what if we actually let their UNIQUE STRENGTHS shine?


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She’s at all times had a gorgeous thoughts. An outdated pic with Einstein.

I do know the primary query for a lot of is, “Can homeschooling work for my household?”

There are massive choices at play: can a mum or dad be house to show, is that partent affected person/enthusiastic about studying (yep you! not the children, a minimum of not but), what are methods each dad and mom can assist homeschool studying, can we afford it? Everybody has a special reply and in the long run, the selections we make in the perfect curiosity of our children will look totally different and that’s OK!

I believe the toughest factor for me was getting from “I’m on this…” to “I’ve the instruments to start.”

I regarded to different homeschooling dad and mom–there are various on-line who write about their experiences and I used to be fortunate to comply with some nice ones on social media. I felt drawn to the Charlotte Mason technique of homeschool, in order that’s what I used as our base.

Charlotte Mason studying labored particularly effectively for Julia. My soon-to-second-grader may be very motivated by STORIES so she likes narrative, characters, who-what-where, and particulars. She likes to create so I present ample alternatives for writing, portray, coloring, pasting, constructing. At its core, Charlotte Mason is about studying by way of literature.

For additional studying, right here’s a web site that has a fantastic abstract of various homeschool philosophies.

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Historic Egyptian scribe at work

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Greek and Latin meanings of dinosaur names

  • We be taught by way of literature; nice books, poetry!
  • It respects the light great thing about childhood
  • It believes in exposing youngsters to nice artwork and music (we studied Botticelli and Vivaldi throughout our week devoted to all issues Spring.)
  • It values studying about nature—for my daughter’s age we’re studying about butterflies, flowers, bushes
  • Children observe writing by way of copywork—once more, from nice sources of literature
  • Children observe recitation by carefully learning a poem or passage per week (which interprets to public talking & reminiscence)
  • It checks children’ information of topic by way of narration, one thing they observe each day all through our studying
  • No spelling checks
  • It values creating actual expertise in arts and crafts. Weaving, woodwork, portray/drawing, and so on.


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Pharaoh collar



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Nature research again in March pre-shutdown – Botanical Backyard

  • We train philosophy. One fantastic useful resource for that is Instructing Kids Philosophy.
  • We selected our personal math curriculum. We went with Math U See. I like it rather more than what our daughter had at school.
  • We selected an general homeschool curriculum however supplemented it with our personal books.
  • For PE, we do ballet and yoga movies on Youtube.
  • I add enjoyable crafts, cooking, or actions to tug themes collectively. Typically we follow basic CM-activities (say, nature drawing) however generally we simply have kid-led enjoyable


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Starbursts have been eaten at the present time


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Caring for seedlings

Right here’s our homeschool schedule!

  • Breakfast
  • Morning time: we research artwork or music (e.g. Botticelli portray, Vivaldi composition) – 10-20 min
  • Language arts (writing, ideas, important pondering) – 20 min
  • Overseas language/nature research (alternating days) – 20 min
  • Historical past/Geography (alternating days) – 20 min
  • Play or Yoga/Dance – 15 min
  • Phonics & Studying – 20 min
  • Math – 25 min
  • Music/singing – 15 min
  • Afternoon tea – we learn aloud, one thing like a poem – time varies
  • Quiet time/artistic time – play, studying, or some form of artwork venture – time varies
Whole college time (minus tea/lunch) finally ends up being about 2.5-Three hours.

Getting time outdoor is a vital a part of CM philosophy. Personally I’d love a weekly journey to the Botanical Gardens. Pack the character journal and water (and masks.) And simply get a while outdoors.

We do college 5 days every week. Some households do longer days with the intention to have 4-day weeks. Additionally, please keep in mind that is the schedule that works for our daughter’s age and consists of our daughter’s pursuits. An older pupil would spend a bit longer on these topics. Maybe you commerce nature research for biology, or commerce Spanish for coding.

I perceive. Let’s say we’re learning Historic Egypt for 2 weeks. We learn literature and books concerning the time, set that because the theme for our writing and language arts, embody the theme in our math (geometry), discover a brand new talent (map making) and create artwork impressed by the topic (pharaoh collars, pottery.) Once more, the Charlotte Mason strategy is about studying by way of literature. Which means we use books so much.

Yep! There are many methods to homeschool however since I used to be new to this I wanted some assist. What would our days appear to be? The place do I begin? What supplies do I take advantage of?

After researching free and paid choices, I selected A Mild Feast. This curriculum prices $110 with printed supplies or $85 for digital entry. AGF supplies a ebook listing so that you can acquire. There are fairly just a few however I bought nice offers on Thriftbooks. Extra on different issues I purchased additional under.

Because of the many retailer closures it was onerous to trace down books again in March so I ended up simply utilizing the framework with my very own themes and utilized CM ideas. Thus I ended up with items like Historic Egypt, Historic Maya, the Center Ages, Earth Science, Springtime Gardening (we planted a backyard!) Within the fall we’ll be utilizing the AGF curriculum solely. We’ll be learning American historical past (beginning with Native historical past by way of early Colonial occasions.)

Sure! In the event you’re interested in A Mild Feast, you possibly can join a preview of the curriculum on their web site. I ended up shopping for it immediately as soon as I noticed how organized and well-prepared all the things was.

One other factor: AGF is appropriate for teenagers of various grades. You do have to decide on a cycle (historic interval) to start out with. There are Four cycles in AGF. In idea you could possibly do a special cycle yearly you homeschool (ultimately forming a loop) and the really helpful supplies would simply hold progressing primarily based on grade degree up by way of highschool. As an illustration, Julia may be studying a ebook about Galileo appropriate for grade 1-2. An older pupil can be assigned a ebook about Galileo that’s appropriate to their grade inside the identical cycle.

There are just a few locations in AGF the place I select to make use of my very own books slightly than what the curriculum gives. Like I selected to spend extra time on Native American historical past. It simply means updating my google docs which have our weekly schedule all laid out.

Although it’s not ~essential to get a curriculum, having one makes me really feel assured I KNOW WHAT TO DO. That feeling, mixed with assets, made me EXCITED about homeschooling. The plans and schedules and listing of supplies are so useful to have.

One other factor: our household is doing a secular model of AGF. That’s, we don’t add the optionally available bible research. Morning Time is likely one of the loveliest components of our day, so do take into account preserving it in some type. Whether or not you get the optionally available Morning Time ebook is as much as you. It does comprise some hymns but additionally poems and nice artwork alternatives (Da Vinci, Vermeer, and so on.) Nonetheless, you are able to do your individual morning image or music research, particularly in case you have an ipad or museum ebook useful. We additionally use spotify. The significance of morning time is setting the tone to your morning.

Core curriculum

  • A Mild Feast curriculum $110 (printed)
  • Literature assigned by A Mild Feast: $150 – Quantity will range relying in your selections, e.g. I purchased a tough copy of Aesop’s Fables however the assets hyperlink a free digital model. When there’s a free model it’s famous. It relies on your tolerance for screens throughout your day. We are likely to choose bodily books.

Math + Phonics

Pursuits + Fancy Extras (Is dependent upon you!)

  • MET museum ebook for image research: 50
  • Kids’s poetry books: $35
  • Cartography ebook: $25
  • Coding ebook: $15
  • Native American historical past books: $50
  • Classical Music Enrichment ebook: $10

AGF doesn’t embody its personal math or phonics so it’s as much as you to decide on, although the curriculum makes some suggestions. I already talked about the Math U See curriculum. We’ll use this glorious phonics ebook by an organization known as Barefoot Meandering. What I like about it’s that it teaches spelling expertise with out spelling checks. It might sound a bit intense because you’re educating 75 phonograms over time. However all the things I examine it suggests it creates an excellent robust basis for studying and spelling expertise.

In fact there’s additionally stuff like paint, paper, craft provides, journals, pencils.

IN ALL HONESTY if value is an enormous situation, I say don’t purchase any curriculum.

As a substitute, begin your analysis utilizing free assets. There’s intensive information on Ambleside and Wildwood. You’ll have to put in time to develop your individual ebook listing, core supplies, and such. The library in our city continues to be doing curbside pickup so I do assume there’s a method to maximize free books, particularly in case you goal for about Three weeks of books at a time. In fact that is premised on the library staying open all through the varsity 12 months (which I actually hope for.) Past that, you’ll nonetheless want one thing for math and language arts.

For stuff like core supplies, like Charlotte Mason-style language arts textbooks, take a look at Rainbow Useful resource, it’s a homeschooling store with a gazillion choices to go well with any homeschool. That hyperlink is simply to CM curriculum books however there’s SO a lot on that web site. Critically my latest favourite place to browse and store.

If value will not be a difficulty, you’ll like the truth that all that basis work has already been accomplished for you. Personally, I’ve mixed assets from totally different sources however AGF is each the primary supply of assets and the framework for every day.

Can I be part of you? Fascinated with subsequent 12 months makes me really feel all the emotions. However homeschooling additionally makes me really feel empowered. And although we’ve been caught at house, studying makes us really feel like we’ve traveled by way of time and area. I actually do really feel like I’ve gone on a journey with my daughter. That’s why I wished to jot down this tremendous lengthy put up. In case there’s one other mama on the market who’s pondering “I’m open to the concept” however doesn’t know the place to start out.

Right here’s a little bit of artwork only for you.

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I do know that really feel – Metropolitan Museum of Artwork


A be aware about submitting reqs.

In the event you’re going to homeschool in California it is advisable to file what’s known as a Personal College Affidavit with the state. Which means you develop into your individual personal homeschool. In California this must be accomplished throughout October 2020. Please verify your state necessities.

In the event you’ve learn THIS FAR it’d imply you’re tremendous into the concept of actually constructing one thing that’s your individual homeschool and I perceive that as a result of it’s what I’m going to do.

Wishing everybody a beautiful summer season of planning forward.

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So happy with her. She discovered a lot final 12 months.

Hey! This put up comprises affiliate hyperlinks: in case you purchase AGF with my hyperlink I get a small share again, which I’ll possible use to purchase extra books! Please know I’ve bought all the things right here myself and advocate all the things wholeheartedly. Thanks to your assist!

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