I like schedules, but I also flip-flop between being really strict with times and then just using the schedule as a guideline/check-list for the day.
I like schedule tables with time frames for when the (older) kids act like they don’t have time to get everything done. I can’t stand hearing, “But mom, I didn’t have time!!” Breaking down their days helps SHOW them that they in fact do have enough time, and TEACHES them how to practice using their time wisely.
I’m happy to report that everything is getting done, so I can move to being more flexible with time frames for now 🙂 Here is a new revised run-down of what our 9-year-old’s day looks like…
He understands the specifics of what each time block means:
- Piano (practice for 30 minutes)
- Computer (15 minutes of KhanAcademy, a lesson on typing.com, and a lesson on Xtramath.org)
- Science, History, or Art
- Science–a lesson in an Abeka textbook, is on Mondays/Wednesdays
- History–read a section and answer questions in “Story of the World”, on Tuesdays/Thursdays
- Art on Fridays, usually pulled from artprojectsforkids.com
- Walk (we go 3-4 miles, depending on how I feel)
- Journal (he writes on an assigned prompt, filling an entire sheet of paper)
- English (one lesson from “Rod and Staff”)
- Math (one lesson from “Saxon” textbook)
- Reading (1-2 chapters from assigned reading book)
I used to be really lax about grading (meaning, I’d look through his things every other week or so when I got a chance). What ended up happening is he’d completely misunderstand a concept and get it wrong over and over again before I caught it. Or he’d just skip lessons altogether and give himself a nice vacation. I decided that I needed to buckle down and get serious about going over his work with him every.single.day. I’ve been doing this for several weeks now, and it’s worked much, much better. I immediately know if he isn’t understanding something, and he receives immediate feedback (if his work is really poorly done, then he has to re-do it– more motivation to do it correctly the first time around!).