Friday, January 29, 2010

Our Homeschool Routine lately

For those who are interested, this is our homeschool setup as of late. A loose interpretation of the Workbox Method.
Basically, the big kids have a color & tag type, and work through their boxes every school day. In their boxes they have work assignments that they can do on their own. The little kids have one box each with a few activities to keep them busy and teach them basic things like phonics, counting, handwriting, etc. There are reading times every day that we do together, and other tags for piano practice, chores, etc. I'll also include fun activities like a puzzle, outdoor activity, or online educational games to keep it from getting boring. This has been a life saver with a newborn! I know once I start working at the farmers' market again that this system will keep school going smoothly.
Here is Sophia working through a folder that has pictures of simple words and letters to spell in both lowercase & uppercase:

When they boys finish a workbox, they put the number back on this grid. It's a great visual for them and for me on how much they have left to do.
Of course, one of the beauties of homeschooling is the spontaneous learning that takes place. Yesterday we got to learn all about the Pileated Woodpecker, when a pair of them showed up in our backyard:

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