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    Can I please get some feedback about how many subjects you all study each day and for what amount of time? Last year we had a very solid routine of doing 4 subjects every day Monday through Thursday (math, composition, violin and geography) with regular but not daily time also spent on History, Science, Typing and - less frequently - Art. Fridays were most often spent as field trips or special studies. And DD has dance class two afternoons per week.

    I would like to implement a more structured routine this year where we study each subject on predictable days of the week so that everything receives regular attention. I would also like to add in Spanish (Rosetta Stone), formalize Science with a curriculum (REAL Science Odyssey), start some logic work, and divide up our art time to address music history as well.

    The subjects I have planned are:

    Math - daily
    Composition (etc) - daily
    Violin Practice - daily
    Geography - daily
    Spanish - new this year - daily?
    Logic - new this year - alternate with typing 2 times per week?
    Typing - alternate with logic 2 times per week?
    History - twice per week (M/W)?
    Science - twice per week (T/TH)?
    Art/Music - once per week alternating weeks or each subject each week?
    Dance Class - twice per week

    My challenge in the past has been that we've tended to spend soooooo long on certain subjects (especially history and composition) that we've often run out of time for other subjects (most notably hands-on science and art). I am really struggling with this because I have this ingrained belief that one of the big benefits of homeschooling is that we don't have to watch the clock and stop what we are studying just because of the time of day. At the same time, I didn't do a great job last year of giving every area of study equal attention and I would like to add in new areas of study this year too.

    Is it realistic to have 8 subjects per day (counting dance class)? It sounds like a lot to me and yet this still assumes we are studying several subjects just twice per week. Some of our subjects require no more than 10 minutes of focused attention but then there's the long subjects like history and science and art........ I've never really watched the clock a lot, but I'm sure we usually spent an hour on each of those subjects and frequently longer.

    I would really appreciate hearing about how other people with schedules structure their day. How much time do people spend on different subjects? Does the clock rule or do you take each day as it comes? I will never be a highly regimented homeschooler but each year we continue we get more and more structured. This year - Grade 3 - will be our fifth year.

    My dd is pretty independent in most of her everyday subjects and likes to do her daily work on her own in the mornings when she can. Science, history and art/music are always done together in the afternoons.

    Also, she is academically advanced or gifted or whatever I should call it. I mention this because I think it may have something to do with why we have spent so long on certain subjects. We have tended in the past to go pretty deep into things in a way that I assume was probably not typical for her age.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me about all of this!!! New school year starts up after Labor Day for us.

    Thank you!

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    We do five or six subjects per day, not including independent reading, read alouds, or extracurricular stuff. My kids are in 3rd and 4th grades.

    Math (30-40 min), penmanship (15 min), spelling (15 min), and French (30 min) every day in the morning. Afternoon: history (M-W-F, 30 min) or science (T-Th, 30-45 min) plus one of the following each day: geography, poetry tea, grammar/dictation, free write, art, or music (30 min each). Total "school time" is about 3.5 to 4 hours per day.

    Some subjects, like art and music, don't always get done, unfortunately. Logic, typing, and other extras just get thrown in when we have some time, but that's fine. I already feel like I'm juggling fifteen balls in the air with the core subjects, so I have to cut myself some slack!

    I've learned a couple things about scheduling. One is to wait and see how long a subject takes--three pages of math or a typical science lesson--and THEN figure out how to schedule it. The second thing is to have school time scheduled in blocks with breaks of at least 30 minutes in between. If we run late in one subject, the break works like a "buffer zone" so that the rest of the work for the day doesn't get pushed later and later.

    Good luck finding your rhythm!
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    You could try combining some things: if you write in history, can that 'count' as your composition? If you are working on a particular skill, like persuasive writing, you could connect to what you are talking about in history and kill two birds with one stone. Make art a part of your science or history, or geography or even Spanish. I think learning makes more sense that way, is more enjoyable, easier, faster- all that good stuff If you have a separate curriculum and lesson plans for each, then I guess this would be harder to do.

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    At the start of every school year I sit and plan out the first two weeks of school... then things never go according to plan and we're way off the schedule LOL. Our day roughly looks like this
    9-10 logic/math sometimes we are a little shorter sometimes longer depending what we are doing
    short break
    10:30-12:00 Language arts- typing, cursive, spelling, vocab, grammar, copywork/dictation, maybe free reading time (we don't do all of these every day)
    12-1 lunch break
    1-2:30 Science and history
    2:30-3:00 Rosetta Stone French
    at some point later in the evening is reading our group book read and discussion.
    That's pretty much Mon-Thursday for now , though once ds starts classes we won't be doing it on Tuesdays and will get to skip language arts on Thursdays since he's taking a writing class.
    Fridays we do field trips, science labs, art projects, etc.

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    We have never done that many subjects in a day, but then we have never done that many subjects.
    It has gotten longer as they have gotten older though.
    Right now, it looks like this:
    Mon/Wed
    History (with any necessary geography, social studies, etc.)
    Literature (which includes grammar and composition)
    Math
    Foreign Language

    Wed/Fri
    Science
    Math
    Foreign Language

    Thursday is co-op
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    We do the following every day:

    Daily Math Workbook, Daily Language Arts, Daily Geography. Each day has 5 or 6 questions and we do them as a warm up to our day. It usually takes 15 minutes.

    Language Arts (45 - 60 minutes)

    Spelling (15 minutes)

    H w/o Tears (15 minutes)

    Math (45 to 60 minutes)

    Independent Reading (30 minutes)

    In Addition we do:

    Science (M/W - 30 minutes)
    Social Studies (T/Th (15 - 30 minutes)
    Reading Comprehension (T/Th 15 minutes)
    Reading Fluency (T/Th 15 minutes)
    Spanish (Wed/Fri 30 minutes)
    Music (learning the recorder) (Mon/Fri 20 to 30 minutes)
    Keyboarding (Mon/Wed 30 minutes)
    Art (e/o Friday... we take as long as we need)
    Common Sense (e/o Friday, usually 45 minutes)

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    How useful to see others' responses!

    My older daughter has decided that since she's 7, she wants to do 7 subjects/activities each day!! That includes 1 recess, so we've got 6 subjects each day. Here's how that breaks down:

    Every day we do:
    -Math
    -Writing
    -Spelling

    For the other 3 activities, we mix up the following (in a flexible way & varying week to week, but each of these at least once a week):

    -Science
    -Social studies
    -Music
    -Art
    -Mayan studies (language, Mayan math, culture) - generally taught by DH when he can, but my goal is to make this a daily activity
    -Logic

    Both children also do the following every day:
    -Spanish (sometimes as part of another subject & due to immersion!)
    -Phys. ed (mostly bike rides & dance and swimming classes)


    I would note that learning another language usually works best when done daily, so you might consider doing something in Spanish (even if it's short) every day.
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    7-year-old loves animals and math; 10-year-old loves reading and magic
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    I'm not good at getting a lot done, and for the most part, we really just do the four basic subjects - language arts (with a focus on writing much more than lit), math, science and history. I find some subjects are hit harder some years than others, and i sometimes try to do more science over the summer, though it failed this year
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    Quote Originally Posted by ali View Post
    -Mayan studies (language, Mayan math, culture) - generally taught by DH when he can, but my goal is to make this a daily activity

    I would note that learning another language usually works best when done daily, so you might consider doing something in Spanish (even if it's short) every day.
    I second the language every day, even if it is just something like watching cartoons (there are lots of Spanish cartoons available on youtube and dailymotion) or Spanish Brainpop.
    Last edited by bibiche; 08-11-2015 at 08:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbmamaz View Post
    I'm not good at getting a lot done, and for the most part, we really just do the four basic subjects - language arts (with a focus on writing much more than lit), math, science and history. I find some subjects are hit harder some years than others, and i sometimes try to do more science over the summer, though it failed this year
    We also really focus on getting those four done. We do logic occasionally. Art occasionally or in conjunction with history. Geography is in conjunction with history. Writing is its own thing and done with science and history. Piano practice and ballet stretching and some other little things like that are for the kids to accomplish on their own. Independent reading is for them to do on their own as well. We did typing as a unit last year and we probably will again. I don't play well with rigid schedules though. Sometimes I make one for awhile, but it never quite sticks.
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