View Full Version : I love when a plan comes together!!

07-22-2011, 10:00 AM
This being our first year and all, I have struggled tremendously. What to teach, how to approach it, and most of all WHEN!! This last issue is huge as I have one daughter who strives on routine (although she'll say she hates it) and another who operates on her own clock(frustrating beyond belief). Both are often times very needy and neither like to share MOM. Then I found this site and I love it. I've read nearly every post on this site that relates to routines vs. schedules and then yesterday, I set all curriculum aside and focused on just our daily needs and aside from curriculum what we need to learn. I put pen to paper and finally did it!! I know each family's way is individualized. It's one of the things I absolutely love about taking the HS journey with my kids. However, the perfectionist in me is desperately searching for some feedback.

Here's what I've got. It's just an order with no specific times with exception to a start time. Basically, everyone out of bed by 8 and at the table ready to go by 9:30.

Everyday starts with a morning routine(8-9:30): (breakfast, hygiene, chores,pledge,calendar,character education story/discussion).

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
1. LA Block ( memory work, penmanship, reading comprehension,grammar/editing)
2. Snack 'n Story/ Move 'n Groove (informed that I'm required to teach US History so we're doing the My America series as a read aloud courtesy of another posters suggestion. Move 'n Groove is simply moving to music based on need. Fast if we're feeling shlumpy or Slow if we're wound up tighter than 8 day clocks)
3. Math Supplement (time for first half of the year and money for second half. Both struggle with this so teaching them individually, separate from Core Math)
4. Spelling 1-on-1/Independent Work (to feed there need to have me alone and to foster there independence)
5. Lunch & Free/Quiet Time
6. Spelling Supplement (found a wonderful reinforcement that falls in line with AAS)
7. Math 1-on-1/Independent Work(same reason as above)

1. Morning Routine (naturally)
2. Art ( Tuesday and child led), Music(Thursday, basic music theory)
3. Health (Tuesday), Civics (Thursday, again because I have to teach US History)
4. Snack 'n Story/ Move 'n Groove
5. Science
6. Spelling/ Math Games
7. Lunch/ Free or Quiet Time
8. Geography(map skills) and History (prehistory and beginning SOTW)

In addition, my girls hate to read so we'll be doing an incentive thing. A game board for each on the wall. Every time they orally read and finish a short story or read at least 15 minutes in a longer book a game square gets initialed, dated, colored. When it's full they earn a reward that they have previously chosen. Also, using a behavior reward with bean cans. They earn beans for appropriate behavior and loose beans for inappropriate behavior. When they fill their cans we go somewhere "big" on a day of their choosing (Splash Lagoon is first on the list).

Any testing (very limited testing) will be open book to assist in teaching study skills and boost self esteem. I am going to grade but the kids won't know about it. I wouldn't grade at all but I think I'll need reassurance at some point and numbers will make me feel better. And Farrar, I am using your journaling method post from the other day. You really do need to blog about it!

07-22-2011, 10:01 PM
As far as feedback goes, I'd only say you know what your kids will respond to and rebel against, and if they respond well to routines, then you've probably got a good thing going here. Incentives are tricky around here. They work for a little while and then they just don't care anymore, but that's us. Good luck with this!

07-23-2011, 07:45 AM
We've run across the same issue with incentives. However, I must admit, it was mostly on my part. I always have to make things difficult and eventually lose interest in them along with my little ladies. The two ideas above are about as simple as I can make them because there's not much tracking. Hopefully, they will last long enough to have a positive outcome which is my only goal. If I can get my girls reading more than they are now and improve their behavior a little bit then it's a success in my book.

07-23-2011, 11:47 AM
I know just what you mean. Starting today at our house, we've just given the boys a to-do list. No incentives, just a short list of things they need to do each day and then check it off.

07-24-2011, 08:53 AM
I think any plans are better than none. Especially in the early days. As long as you continue to be flexible and aware of your childrens needs (which you obviously are) then all will fall into place.

Oh and I'm curious about your spelling supplement to AAS?

07-24-2011, 07:22 PM
Kylie it's published by Scholastic and authored by Lisa Fitzgerald McKeon a reading specialist. It's titled 20 Week by Week Word Family Packets. It specifically focuses on blending, isolating, decoding, rhyming, comprehending, deducing, and attending. Each packet contains 9 activities focusing on one concept and one type of word. My girls are starting at Level 1 of AAS, although I don't think it will take us the entire year to complete. Anyway, here's the link... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439929237.

Stella M
07-24-2011, 08:45 PM
Good for you, it's always nice to have a plan :)

07-25-2011, 03:39 AM
Excellent, thanks. I have one that will be starting AAS sometime soon so I'll check it out :-)