Well, I guess the New Year isn't so new now that it's February, but at any rate, we're trying out a new schedule around here.
Little Miss Sweet Pea has decided to try to give up her nap. Naptime is usually when we do most of our schooling; thus, change is in order. :) Here is the new plan:
-Spanish (5 minutes - max.)*
-Circle Time: music, calendar, weather, Before Five in a Row, letter of the week (We won't do all of these everyday.)*
-Superman: Reading Made Easy
-Girls: fun box activities (I'll list these in a separate post soon.)*
-Superman and Giggly Girl: Handwriting Without Tears
-Sweet Pea: Coloring/playing with Mommy as I guide older two.
-playbreak while I prepare lunch
-specials (Composer and Artist Study - We do these during lunch.)
-Sweet Pea goes down for quiet time (formerly known as naptime - LOL! Sometimes she still actually sleeps.)
-Five in a Row or other unit study
-Giggly Girl: quiet time
3:00-Everybody up from naps/quiet time - unless the girls are sleeping (then Mommy has a little quiet time too)!
-other Specials (nature walks, science experiments, cooking, teatime - We don't do specials everyday.)
*These are things that are brand new for us. Yes, I'm probably crazy to implement new things in the middle of the year, but they are additions/changes that I'm convinced we need:
-Superman has been asking to learn Spanish for a long time now. I'm using the suggestions on Kathleen's Spanish blog for a very simple, informal curriculum that should take no more than five minutes at the breakfast table each morning.
-Circle Time: We have been sporadic with Circle Time this year, but I know the children enjoy it - especially the two littlest ones. This time will be geared for them, but of course, Superman is welcome to join in (and I'm sure he will!).
-The Fun Box activities are independent, preschooler and toddler-friendly activities. Giggly Girl loves her own "work" to keep her occupied, and she is also really great at including Sweet Pea in whatever she is doing, so I think these will keep the girls occupied for the half hour that I do reading with Superman.
-I'm very excited about the math that Superman has begun this week. We're using the Gnomes and Numbers Math Story over at Serendipity, a unit study blog by Elizabeth Foss. Superman loves this work and has looked forward to it with excitement each day! If you're interested in some living math, I recommend a visit to Serendipity.
So far, so good with the new schedule, we're not getting quite as early of a start each day as I hope to eventually. I'll try to post the Fun Box activities tomorrow.
We're having really nasty weather here tonight. Praying you have a safe and restful night!