A reminder of why I do this. More and more people are interested in homeschooling. More and more people are questioning the assumptions that professional educators are shoving at them regarding pedagogy and outcomes. More and more people who are pouring tuition into Catholic schools that are mindlessly following these trends are questioning as well. I’m putting this out there just so it will be floating around the web as a peak inside a sort of typical homeschool day. It’s not typical because I’m only homeschooling one, and perhaps not super typical because we don’t do any sort of boxed curriculum or online classes.
Also – I usually do this the day of when all the rabbit trails are fresh in my mind. This is 24 hours later now, and I’m old, so…bare bones.
- Friday! Made all the more complicated because of the Threat of Snow. It wasn’t supposed to come through until later in the day, but chances were high that the high school would dismiss early, so we had to take that into account.
- (And it did – 1pm. )
- Prayer – keeping up on 1 Samuel. We had missed Thursday because of the Cathedral class, so we read that, Friday’s, and Saturday’s, and filled in the blanks. Covered Saul’s pursuit of David and his death. Even though it is roundly derided by many, I always had a soft spot for Richard Gere’s King David and might dig it up for viewing this weekend – nude Bathsheba fast-forwarded through. It’s not a terrible movie and it follows 1-2 Samuel fairly faithfully.
- So, yes, prayer, as per usual with the Morning Prayer petitions of the day.
- No copywork – Friday he illustrates one of his previous copywork entries. He chose the “Blow, blow thou winter wind” from a few days ago.
- Keeping up with cursive – just one sentence from this book. (For cursive practice, he uses leftover books from my older son’s time in 4th and 5th grade brick-and-mortar school. They are specifically for Catholic schools, so they have a lot of Catholic vocabulary and Catholic-oriented sentences. I can still use them because the “method” of teaching cursive in those classes was to hand out the books at the beginning of the year and say, “Hey, you guys need to get this done when you can.” Therefore, we have a couple of mostly blank cursive workbooks.
- Math was multiplication and division review and word problems. We’ll start a new unit of Beast Academy on Monday.
- He then finished reading the Revolutionary War chapter in From Sea to Shining Sea and did the workbook pages. We’re finished with the Revolutionary War and will start the Constitution next week.
- He went off and finished reading the last 30 pages of Johnny Tremain and looked over the questions in this study guide. Monday he’ll do some writing related to it.
- Practiced piano.
- Done. Not super creative. Not even time for any videos that I’d bookmarked. I had intended to do the worm dissection in the afternoon after his brother got home, but by that time his neighborhood friend was also home from school (all the schools dismissed early..it’s what we do down here with “possible inclement weather”) so the three of them spent the rest of the afternoon outside, which was better anyway.
- Timeframe: 10-12:30.