Good Morning, Friends. Happy Saturday!
As promised, I’m posting our Monday-Friday learning schedule.
Now, keep in mind, I have my oldest, G, who is in first grade and is learning *virtually*.
Then, there’s my middle, E, who I’m homeschooling through the first half of Pre-K.
And finally, my youngest, L, who turned two in July.
Now, this *is* a schedule, but don’t at all assume it “flows”. 😉
There are CONSTANT interruptions and distractions throughout the day.
The most common occurrence includes G having a technology or class issue and needing assistance. on the computer in the middle of lessons with E, and once I run up to help G, E starts screaming because L has tossed our rug of work in the air, and materials have been dispersed everywhere. 🥴
If you are at home right now with all your kiddos, especially with young ones and/or multiples… remember to breathe, and expect chaos. Read that again, remember to BREATHE, and EXPECT.CHAOS.
I truly believe if we do those things, the issues that arise are much easier to handle than if we’re expecting the perfect flow of day. Those unrealistic expectations just cause MAJOR frustration and upset, and that energy is felt throughout the environment.
7:15-8:00am – I wake G, he gets dressed, and comes down for breakfast. The girls usually stroll down shortly after.
8:00-8:50am – G’s in live classes. During this time, E and L are typically finishing up their breakfast. The girls then get dressed and ready for the day, and I begin “Calendar Time” with E (L sometimes joins, but is usually destroying the place). 😉
8:50-9:30am – G completes asynchronous learning (non-live classes, works on his own). During this time, G practices his high-frequency words (sight words) by reading them aloud, completes Imagine Literacy or Math (through his school’s digital resources website), and then comes down to read a story to his sisters and I.
E and I do a “Rug Lesson” at this time. We lay out a Montessori Mat, and this is when I present our lesson of the day; introduce a new letter of the week, phonics, rhyming words, sequencing of events, patterns, numbers, shapes, etc. These lessons include lots of pictures, manipulatives (objects to be handled and moved around), interaction, question & answer, and three-period lessons.
*I will be doing separate posts about specific activities and lessons that take place.*
Following our Rug Lesson, E completes an “activity”, and it usually includes coloring, cutting, pasting, and/or writing, and aligns with our skill of the day and/or theme of the week. It’s some kind of simple and clean craft that allows for practice of necessary skills to prepare for Kinder.
*G typically comes down around this time, and we stop what we’re doing to listen to his read-aloud*.
9:30-10:10am – G plays educational games on his tablet (he really likes Math Race and ABC Mouse), and then heads back up for his next live class. This is when E completes her “worksheets”, which SHE LOVES, and provide excellent practice for listening, following directions, and handwriting, which are all GREAT Kinder skills. I am right there with her, and we talk through them together.
*G typically plays educational games for 20-30 minutes, it just depends on the day.*
10:10-10:30am – G has a live class, and E and I do about 10-15 minutes of “ABC Mouse“ together. ABC Mouse truly is great fun, and helps reinforce any skills we have learned.
10:30-11:05am – “Snack and Recess” (play time, lots of chasing, tag, dancing, music).
11:05-11:25am – G heads back up to complete Imagine Literacy or Math, whichever he didn’t do earlier. During this time, E and I complete her school day – which is usually “trivia cards” (Brain Quest or similar) and a “shared story” – many times on the tablet because she LOVES watching the read-alouds.
While G finishes classes, there is a lot of play dough, kinetic sand, water color painting, coloring, and drawing added in here and there for the girls. I also like to take out a few of their favorite activities (bristle blocks, pattern blocks, little figurines/toys, etc.) and lay them out on the table or around the room so they have something to attract their attention. When out of sight, it’s out of mind, and the opposite is true when it’s out and presented in a way that’s *attractive* to their eye.
12:15pm – “Lunch!” During lunch, I read 1-2 books depending on time and how L is handling the situation. 🙂
*E’s school day is done at this time, sometimes earlier.*
12:45pm – I eat, the kids play or complete their chores.
*I will post their chore charts and how we handle that in another post*.
1:00-2:00pm – G completes his assignments. This is a time where I allow the girls to be on their tablets or watch a show so I can be with G.
2:00-3:00pm – G has his final class, and then he completes any other assignments and chores.
Now, you may have noticed L is not mentioned much. I try to include her in as much as possible with E, but honestly, she is two, and her mission is to TEST, which she does wonderfully. 😉 I will be honest… there are many times where I hand L my phone or her tablet so I can complete lessons with E. She loves Cocomelon (kid’s music videos) and practicing letters and numbers on the Dave and Ava app. Do I love that I distract my youngest with a phone and tablet? Not at all. But if she’s over the play dough, the other activities, and the coloring… and she’s taking away from E’s learning, this is just what works best. 😕
Our afternoons are filled with GETTING.ENERGY.OUT!!!
We either scooter around, go to a nearby park where we can be safe and socially distant, or head to the zoo, a museum, or a nature preserve.
L still needs a nap, but usually a short car nap to wherever we’re going will suffice.
If we stay home, we typically bake or complete one of the “artsy”, hands-on, playtime activities above.
Our days are busy!!! None of this is easy and as I said, hardly ever does it *flow* nice and smoothly. But, I do like having an agenda and a plan for the day. Even with disruptions, it’s nice to always know what comes next.
Kids *thrive* off of routine.
They *love* a good structure.
It provides *comfort and safety*.
Do you have kiddos home right now? Does your day to day look similar? Does it look different? What do *you* find SUPER helpful during these crazy days at home with your kiddos? Teachers… how are you dealing!?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences.
More to come on specific lessons and skills!!!