Monday, July 10, 2017

A New School Year~ {Learning Spaces & Curriculum}

We began our 2017-2018 school year today and the kids didn't know the difference
because we have continued a light schedule over the month of June.

Our Learning Spaces:
We are notorious for schooling all over our house.
From the Sunroom with desks and table
To our Kitchen and NEW Reading Room (Living Room) as well as Family Room AND outside!
It really doesn't matter Where you gather!
It's the hearts that gather and we are SO grateful for the privilege!

I don't go into a new year lightly!
Lots of prayer and scripture reading fills my early mornings and here are a couple that have spoken to me lately~
Teaching my children is a huge and serious task I am entrusted by God as my work.
There is NO doubt it is my life's calling.

Our Learning Materials~
We are using all the same curriculum this coming year with the addition of two studies published by The Peaceful Press: The Peaceful Preschool and Playful Pioneers.  (Click link to visit website)
I am using The Playful Pioneers with EK 6th, SJ 4th, and the boys 3rd grade
and The Peaceful Preschool with the three younger girls.

We begin our day around our table at breakfast and Bible time with these resources~
We read from a couple and switch off the following day.
We are also learning a hymn a month and this month: It Is Well With My Soul.

Individual Work: 
Then we move to our desks and table for clipboard work~
They use the composition notebooks for copywork and projects.
The black notebooks hold our nature journal sketches.

We keep all these books and clipboards in our IKEA carts~

Their clipboard work come from the following resources:
EK & SJ~ (their load is a little heavier than the others)

Boys in green and Little Girls in Red: (Calla just draws or plays)

As they finish their morning work, they move to their rooms for Personal Care time: Tidy rooms, brush hair and teeth, dress, and big kids have their quiet time.
The little girls come back down for their main teaching time {The Peaceful Preschool.

Back Together:
We pick up where we left off with The Playful Pioneers (History) and our continuation of Apologia Science~
The Playful Pioneers is a yearlong study through The Little House books
so we are reading lots of books during this time as well as projects and writing.

The late morning is our Enrichment Time (Bravewriter Lifestyle)~
Monday is Art.
Tuesday is Poetry.
Wednesday is Nature.
Thursday is Geography/Cultures (We plan to add a Beautiful Feet World Study in the fall).
Friday is Free Write and maybe a movie or field trip.

We usually finish up around lunch time and if not, we stop anyway picking up the next day where we left off.

EK is working on an independent Beautiful Feet Horse Study in the afternoons~
Everyone has independent reading every day too.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday everyone has iPod time during rest and Tuesday, Thursday, Weekends are play days for rest time.

Our snack is at 3pm with a time for listening to an audible book.
The rest of the day is OUTSIDE time weather permitting until dinner time.

It may seem like a super busy day but the kids thrive on routine and having a predictable schedule makes our days flow pretty easily.

Hope this post helps explain what we're doing this year and I am always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Just leave a comment and I will get back to you!

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