5 Things We’re Loving in Our Homeschool
At this time of year I like to reevaluate how our homeschool routine and curriculum is working. As I’ve been thinking over the past few months of homeschool I’ve been struck by how well things are working for us. It just keeps getting better. After 6 years as a homeschool Mama, I am still learning and discovering what works best for our family. This leaves me feeling like each year is our best yet.
1) Morning Time
I. Love. Morning Time.
This dedicated time of day has allowed us to fit in more of the “extra” stuff that I’ve always wanted to get to, but have struggled to add consistenly into our homeschool day. Our Morning Time currently consists of:
-Poetry. We read a poem or two from this book each morning.
-Hymn memorization. The hymn changes each month. For November we are learning Count Your Blessings. Scripture memorization: We’re trying something new this term: Memorizing a passage of scripture rather than verses. We are about halfway through memorizing the story of the birth of Christ in Luke 2: 1-20.
-Religious Studies Loop (see below for more details)
-History Read Aloud
I try to start around 8:00am because the earlier in the day we get started with Morning Time, the better our entire day flows. Sometimes we start as late as 9:00 or 9:30, though. It is what it is.
2) Loop Schedules
Science. For science alternate reading Ellie’s Physics and Ethan’s. They both do a page in their science notebooks for each day, regardless of whose reading is done that day. I think we’ll add in a nature study day to the schedule for our winter term.
I love the freedom I feel because of the loop schedule. I don’t feel like we’re behind when the inevitable disturbance arises in our homeschool morning. And I feel like we’re covering more quality material at the same time.