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homeschool day in the life -March

Here is a look at our Monday:  We started the day around 9-ish  (yeah, still working on that) after everyone had breakfast we all sat around the dining table and worked on Math.  The 3 youngest students are using Math-U-See and Horizon Math, Josie is using Math U See Algebra 1 and Meg is using Math-U-See Algebra II.

After Math, the high school girls began working on their other assignments independently.  They had grammar review for test prep, Biology for Meg, Art appreciation for Joise, Earth Science for Josie using Switched on Schoolhouse and Language arts for each using Alpha Omega Life pacs.

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Here is a page from Josie’s LA life pac, grade 9 unit 4.  She is learning about topic sentence patterns.  She also takes a composition class with Biola Star on Thursdays.

Meg is learning about Poetry right now with Alpha Omega’s Life Pac -LA grade 11 unit 5.

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Her work was about meter, rhyme, feet, all that good stuff.  I also found her a helpful youtube lecture on meter,  here:  Youtube Rhyming Schemes lesson  and Poetry Metrics 1 by the English Guy in Texas

The 3 younger students did cursive handwriting and then had a short snack break.  Once back at the table, we worked on grammar.  Today we learned about helping verbs and review linking verbs from last week’s lesson.

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We worked in our Spectrum test prep books on reading skills.  I did a read aloud for History and asked questions as I read.  We then stopped for lunch.  The kids ate lunch and then tore through the house with nerf guns.  I did my best to tune them out.  The high school girls moved to their bedroom to work in quiet.

After lunch, we did a Science reading worksheet.  The 3 younger kids then had a 1/2 hour of quiet reading time.

I had to leave and take Meg to her violin lesson.  Josie practiced piano, the 3 youngers continued to tear up the house and play their nerf gun wars.

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My photoshop elements 10 arrived from Amazon!  Much rejoicing in the land.  Ok, I was happy, no one else noticed…  I finally had enough with the nerf wars and the upended furniture and commanded the kids to clean up and stop.  They did and then watched an episode of Sherlock.

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Meg went to the front room and practiced her Irish hard-shoe dancing.  More noise!  The 3 youngers were now just free-ranging around the house.

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Amie gave Emma the wonder labradoodle a bath, Dad paid her $5 to do this.  Emma was not real impressed with how her day was turning out.  The 2 boys played a computer game online.  It’s a game with viking villages and forts…kind of educational…. Before dinner, Sky took Demi to his martial arts class, Teddy’s mom arrived to take him home and I started dinner.

So ends our day in homeschool land.  Nothing artsy or creative was done today, but it was very typical and normal.

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About the author: Jenn; writer, photographer, homeschooled five children and lived to tell the tale.

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  • Theresa February 29, 2012, 6:35 PM

    Wow! You get a lot done before lunch!!

    We work so much better if we start earlier, but we seldom do that. We are just not morning people. BUT once we start, we get one thing done and my kids want lunch!! Drives me crazy!

  • Theresa February 29, 2012, 6:36 PM

    Oh and I also wanted to say that we love Math U See–I am glad to hear that your kids are still using it in high school…I am hoping we stick with it!!

  • Jenn February 29, 2012, 11:06 PM

    Theresa,

    it sounds like a lot, but there are 5 kids to teach! There is actually a lot of time where they just free-range for 20 minutes. Most of our lessons are short 15-20 minutes, except for Math which is longer- we are using 2 different Math programs. Thankfully, the 2 highschoolers work independently.

    We love Math U See!! Just this year I added in Horizons math for the 3 youngers, which is working well, too- it is colorful and is covering skills that come up in the standardized testing. I tried a different, more scholarly looking Algebra 1 program for Meg last year – my civil engineering husband loved it, but Meg did not. She begged me to go back to Math U See, so I did and we are all much happier.

  • Melanie Wilson March 1, 2012, 9:41 AM

    This sounds a lot like our days, though my high schooler is on his own. I find it really helpful to see how real homeschoolers live! Thanks for sharing. What’s the latest and greatest with this version of PS Elements. I think I might still be using version 5 or 6!

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