Behind the scenes I’ve been working on updating a SOTW Lessons page. I started making this page last year as I was preparing our SOTW lessons, but now I brought it into the blog for easy viewing. Seeing all the chapters lined out on one page makes it easy for me to see at a glance where we are, for current, past, and future lessons. This is a work in progress. I actually told Susan Wise Bauer’s team I was doing this, so that I could come up with something that wouldn’t infringe on her hard work. I think it will actually make people more interested in her program, as well as helping me plan, so everyone wins.

Also updated is our K-1 Weekly Lesson schedule. I’m a spontaneous person, so I don’t have a schedule down to the hour. Click to see full view, or head to the link above. You may notice I finally cut out our Explode the Code workbook, it was redundant. We cover reading/phonics with our normal reading and We cover handwriting in our normal handwriting and copywork for several subjects. Spelling is adequately covered in All-About-Spelling. There are subjects that we haven’t covered yet this year, like Science and Art. I do feel bad about that, and hope to get organized enough to include them. Other subjects, like Spanish/Latin/piano/swimming class/drama classes maybe we’ll start later this spring or summer.

A Sample Monday

If I had to describe a typical day, here’s how a typical Monday might go. As you can see from our lesson schedule above, actual sit-down work is less than two hours a day, so most of our day is spent as freetime. For some reason, we both like to do Math at night, after we both get a second wind. It has become very enjoyable, but the disadvantage is that if we’re busy, we sometimes skip it. I need to prioritize certain lessons to make sure we cover them as planned.

  • 9:00: Wake up, breakfast, shower, check email.
  • 10:00-10:20 – Reading (OPG)
  • 10:20-10:40 – Spelling (OPG)
  • 10:40-11:00 – History (SOTW)
  • 11:00-12:00 – Mama reads aloud, Satori plays, watches educational video, etc…
  • 12:00-1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00 – Freetime – Play time. Possible craft. Possible educational videos/movies.
  • 5:00-6:00 – Dinner
  • 6:00-6:20 – Math (RS)
  • 6:20-6:25 – Writing (WWE)
  • 6:25-7:00 – Mama might work on blog, while Satori might color/play.
  • 7:00-9:00 – Playtime, mama workout time, TV time…
  • Before bedtime, Satori reads a few stories from her readers, and then Mama reads aloud from a chapter book.