dunns05 wrote:I have been so excited to get my EX1850 package in the mail and finally got it yesterday!
Now today as I look through the TM, I have to personalize our schedule since we have a different LA program + I have a preschooler to tweek in there somewhere. I think I need encouragement. I'd like to end this year amazed at what a great year we had.
I'm doing EX1850 with 3 kids this year: 11 yo dd (6th) and twin 7 yo boys (2nd).
I had to come up with a routine so I could do individualized language arts and math with each kid. My days are long, but my kids are getting the one-on-one time they need.
If you go to my blog (see link in my signature), and look at my latest post, at the bottom is a picture of a pocket chart I use to schedule my days.
So, we start with Bible.
Then I work on Spelling with oldest, while one works on Math Drill and the other on his AWANA verses. (If they finish early, they have free time).
Next oldest does AWANA, I work with Spelling with one, and the other works on his math drill.
Next oldest does Math drill, one does AWANA, and I work with spelling with the other.
Then I do similar for English/Rosetta/Book Basket
Again, Math/Wii Fit/Handwriting
Then we have Reading/Notes Drill/Clean desk or room
By then it is time for lunch. (I do read alouds at lunch)
After lunch we do History, Science, and Music/Art.
So, the kids are motivated to work hard and finish their "self-directed" work quickly so they have "free time" in the morning, and I get one-on-one time with each kid. Since you have a preschooler, I would schedule the older two to play with the youngest one on a couple of those, and then also schedule time for you to read him a story or something.
So, basically, you need to figure out what stuff your kids can do on their own.
I use All About Spelling for Spelling, but otherwise use MFW's recommendations for LA and Math.
Adding, that I use a timer and set it for 15 minutes for Spelling, English. I do 10 minutes for Reading. I don't set a timer for Math, as that just takes as long as the kid needs.