I have to say.. I kind of loved it.
I realize I still have my First Year Rose Colored Glasses on and today was *only* the first day, but humor me. ;o)
Oldest was so excited as well. She did her Morning Routine (potty, teeth, dress, etc) faster than she ever had!
Our library/school basket.
I thought I'd share our schedule with you. I always love seeing what other families' schedules are like. I've examined all kinds of blogs (Ordo Amoris, Afterthoughts, Our Journey Westward to name a few), picked my friends-in-real-life brains and of course, been on the AO Forum and this is the schedule I came up with that will (for now) work best for our family. I'm sure it will change as time goes on, but it's a good starting point.
EDIT: This is my schedule. I have taken the curriculum at AO and made it my own. If you'd like to see the original AO schedule for Year 1, please go HERE.
As you can see, the times don't quite match up. In case you're wondering where *I* learned how to add, I did that on purpose. For example, school starts at 8am with 40 minutes allotted for Circle Time (Oldest informed me that she'd like it to be called "Morning Time") then Chores start at 9am. That's because I want some margin in my day. With a 10 month old and 4 year old, there *are* interruptions. You're shocked, I know.
Is he cute or what?! He's standing almost on his own now. *sniff*
He'll be in school before we know it!
I also tried to break up our school morning with "Tea/Snack Time", chores and time outside. (I was inspired by the schedule over at Nelleke's blog.) That also gives me time to switch a load of laundry, put dishes away, etc.
Page 2 is our Friday work which I tried to keep a little more laid-back. We'll still do Bible, a few Circle Time items and Math, then the rest of the day will be things like Nature Study, Handicrafts and our Timeline. I may add more Art other than drawing in our Nature Journals at some point.
Here's our Timeline:
I put the Basic Overview of Year 1 on my schedule because I wanted a reminder of what books are for what subjects. Some of the books we read can be for several subjects and I like to have an idea of what's what.
Finally, Page 3 is Oldest's Schedule. I know she'll like to take some ownership over her schedule but I think it's good for her to do so as well. I'm going to add the list of Free Reads to her schedule so she can choose which one she'd like to read and so we can keep track of them.
Our stack of Read Aloud's for Oldest; the books she reads to me.
I typed in most of the assignments for this week, but I'm not sure if I'll always do that. Printing a bunch of blank copies then writing the assignments in with pencil might be a bit easier, since realistically, we might not stay on schedule.
A few other extras that are in our School Binders:
- Calendars - my girls love to fill these out. I don't worry if we don't do them though. They sort of learn about days just through everyday life.
- Bible Reading Chart
I know this is kind of early to be starting, only being the middle of August, but we're going to try the 6 week on/1 week off schedule then take only about 2 months off in the summer.
So! Off to bed I go so I can get some rest for Day Two!