Today was the last day of VBS; my kids had a blast and I am beyond thankful for all the people that poured their time and energy into making this week happen.  My husband brought the kids to VBS and I stayed home with the baby until his morning nap was done.  What did I spend my “spare” time doing?  Well… considering this upcoming school year.  I have sold tons and tons of stuff, because I truly feel like I have a solid direction for homeschooling.  I am excited to say I will doing The Charlotte Mason Institutes pilot program this year.   Although the program is full for this year, you can check out what it’s about for the future at http://www.charlottemasoninstitute.org.

Out of all the things I would desire for next year, one of the greatest ones is to make a habit of outdoor time.  I believe there is so much learning that can only happen by spending time in God’s creation and experiencing it first hand.

I plan to tweak this later, but here is my tentative schedule this far.

2016-2017 Nelms School Schedule

 

School Days Tuesday- Saturday

5:30-6:30 Bible and Prayer Time/ Quiet time for kids

6:30 Wake Micah up and nurse, start a load of laundry, get dressed, start breakfast, empty    dishwasher

  • Abel
    • Daily:Get Dressed, Brush teeth, Clean friendly’s cage, help James with clothes
    • Tuesdays: Empty upstairs trash cans
    • Fridays: Empty Recycling
    • Wednesdays: Take Sheets off bed
  • Lydia
    • Daily: Get dressed, brush teeth, take clothes out of dryer, fold any towels
    • Tuesday: Empty downstairs trash
    • Thursday & Fridays: Water Plants
    • Wednesdays: Take Sheets downstairs
  • James
    • Daily: Get dressed, brush teeth, take clothes out of dryer, collect dirty clothes and put them in basket

7:30 Breakfast

  • All kids clean up after themselves, teach kids how to put plates in dishwasher

8:00 Family gathers together for Bible time

  • Tuesday /Old Testament/ Recite Genesis
  • Wednesday/ New Testament- Catechism
  • Thursday/ Psalm Recitation & Parable
  • Friday/ Old Testament & Recite Genesis
  • Saturday/ New Testament & Catechism
  • Sunday- God’s Names & Psalm and Parable
  • Monday- Jesus Storybook Bible and Catechism

8:15 Say goodbye to Daddy

8:20- 8:35 Lydia’s Reading Lesson

8:35-8:50 Abel’s Reading Lesson

8:50-9

  • Tuesday- Poem Rep/ Wednesday- Picture Talk/ Thursday-Writing- Friday/ Natural History- Saturday- Hymn Rep

9-9:15

  • Tuesday- Spanish/ Wednesday- A Reading/ Thursday- Spanish/ Friday- Drawing/ Saturday- Spanish

(Get Micah Down for a Nap)- Have Abel Get Math stuff out

9:20-9:40

  • Abel Math- Lydia Play with James/ Quick Snack ( Cheese sticks, nuts, bananas, raisins)

9:40-9:55

  • Lydia Math- Abel Play with James/ Quick Snack

9:55-10:10

  • Tuesday- Printing/ Wednesday- Handcrafts/ Thursday- Handcrafts/ Friday- Handcrafts/ Saturday- Handcrafts

10:10- 10:25

  • Tuesday- Exercise & Games/ Wednesday- Singing/ Thursday- Dancing/ Friday- Spanish/ Saturday- Singing

10:25- 10:35

  • Tuesday- Writing/ Wednesday- Brush Drawing/ Thursday- Printing/ Friday- Brush Drawing/ Saturday- Geography

10:35-10:45

  • Tuesday- Natural History/ Wednesday- A Reading/ Thursday- Geography/ Friday- A Reading/ Saturday- Natural History

10:45-11

  • Tuesday- American History/ Wednesday- Composer Study/ Thursday- Biography Read Aloud/ Friday- American History/ Saturday- Biography Read Aloud

11:00 Get Micah Up, if not up/ Clean Up/ Make Lunch

11:30-12 Lunch

12-1:00 Daily Nature Walk

1-2:30 James Naps, Abel and Lydia play quietly, keep journals/ my computer, reading, bill    paying & meal planning time

1:30- 3:00 Micah Naps

2:30 Tea Time- Read Poetry, a picture book, and listen to classical music

3-4:30 Afternoon Rambles

  • Tuesday- Grocery store & any errands/ Leftovers for dinner
  • Wednesday Clean Upstairs:  Teach kids to make beds/ Put Clothes Away
    • Abel, Lydia, and James Clean their rooms
    • Abel: Clean Bathroom sinks
    • Lydia- Dust baseboards
  • Thursday & Friday: Extended Outdoor time; change day according to weather (crockpot meals)
  • Saturday: Clean downstairs / Kids clean playroom & then free to play/ get ready for weekend & hospitality / catch up on any wash

4:30-6:30 Make, eat, and clean up dinner, Kids baths & showers

6:30- 7:15  Family Time (include math games/ Picture books for James and Lydia)

7:15 Lydia and James to Bed

7:30 Read aloud to Abel alternate Historical fiction & literature

8:00 Abel Bedtime

 

Habits to Work On:  Clean up after yourself/ Say excuse me and wait until a person is done talking/ Doing work cheerful as unto the Lord and not man

 

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