lea_lpz wrote:Trying to get some idea of what to expect for next year. Can you please share how long you take on each subject and the total time you spent? Also would love to hear how you schedule (do you a particular order of doing things) and time wise schedule if you have one, like what time do you do math, Lang, Bible, breaks, etc. if you have done mfw 1st with a preschooler I would love to hear what they were in included in and how you incorporated preschool time.
For preschool, we plan to Rod and Staff A-I Series (or as far as we get) and mfw preschool 3-5 package. We might also include some Wee Folk Art homeschool companion guides by rowing our books and then doing activities as we can.
I am a very low maintenance homeschooler. Everyday the amount of time is different just depending on the curriculum, attitudes, the weather, etc.! We follow the teachers manual in order the way they have it written pretty closely. Our day looks like this:
Calendar/Basic Math Activities or Games as recommended in manual (20-30 minutes usually)
Review our memory proverb and books of the bible (5-10 minutes)
Read the bible story in the manual and discuss, add to timeline (10 minutes)
Introduce new reading sounds and do reading workbook (15 minutes)
Bible Reader (used to take upwards of 45 minutes. By end of year, about 15)
Bible notebook (varies a lot depending on how much interest she has in her artwork. Average 30 minutes)
Complete Book of Math worksheets or more math games (30 minutes, mostly independent work)
And that's it. This year, I have a toddler underfoot. So the art book, and the Usborne Science books have gone to the wayside. I simply don't have the time to do it well, so rather then do it half hearted, we will try to revisit it on rainy summer days. We are involved in a co-op twice a month that includes art and creation science. So I felt less guilty about skipping those aspects of it. She does need some fine motor work, so I think the Drawing with Children could be really beneficial, but like I said I wont touch it unless Im able to do it thoroughly. We do read to her everyday as well, just not during our "school" time. Also, I started out using the library lists of books, but we really hit a rough spot early in winter and skipped those as well. I just used books we had at home. And luckily, she survived
We did do about half of the extra activities as well, like the Passover feast, etc. but honestly we just really needed to stay focused on core curriculum when the baby allowed us quiet moments. Not my best year of homeschooling BUT she went from being a CVC reader to fluently working through easy readers with minimal help. She can do simple addition and subtraction with the help of manipulatives, tell time, use a ruler accurately, count by 2s,5s, 10s, and backwards from 100, and is wise enough to choose 2 dimes over 3 nickels. I will call the year a winner
We love MFW and the flexibility within. Even with all the extras I cut out, I still felt like she got a well rounded education!!