Sample School Day

Victorian family of homeschoolers

It’s really hard for me to do a sample school day, because we don’t much have days that are exactly the same from one day to the next.  But here’s a close approximation for today.

My students read the narrated Bible independently.  They are supposed to be reading through the Chronological Bible in order this year.

They make breakfast and do a chore. Usually dinner goes in the crockpot about this time.

They read from their history books:

 The Boy is following AmblesideOnline’s schedule pretty closely. as did our oldest four daughters.

Our sixth daughter, however, did A history of England, by C. R. L. Fletcher and Rudyard Kipling in most of year 7 and 8. We bought our copy for a few dimes at a library booksale ages ago. I believe it has also been published under various titles, including A School History of England, An Introductory History of England (Classic Reprint),  and Kipling’s Pocket History Of England (again, I am assuming these are different titles for the same book).  It was more engaging and easier for her to follow than any of the others.

When it was time to add more American specific history, we added a textbook series published by American Vision and written by Gary DeMar and various co-authors.  The books are; A New World in View; Reformation to Colonization
On the Road to Independence, co-authored by the inestimable George Grant.  They have a similar interface to the History of US series, but much better quality regarding both content and writing style, and I’d say they are written for advance middle school or average high school.

They exercise, which may take various forms. The FYG usually does aerobics. The Boy these days chops woods, but other times he just runs through the woods, or rides his bike, or shoots a few hoops in the driveway.

They do math. We are using Algebra A Complete Course (Modules A,B,C,D,E,F), and the reason we are using this is because it was given to us for free and my husband is willing to go through it with them. Free is an important consideration, and quite often the ‘best’ resource is the one you have.

They do science– which also follows the AmblesideOnline’s schedule.  Right now I am also having them read a few pages from The Private Eye : Looking/Thinking by Analogy – A Guide to Developing the Interdisciplinary Mind. A couple times a week they look at anything they like under our microscope and then describe it, using the ideas they’ve gleaned from this book.

At some point we eat lunch, and usually we watch a Korean drama during lunch. But we don’t just watch it anymore. We analyze it and discuss it. We talk about character development, methods of communication and story development used in the medium of film, Korean customs and culture, and any themes I see from the show- we would discuss themes they wish to talk about, too, but right now they let me do all the leading. We’re working on that. You can see some examples of what I mean if you scroll down a bit in this blog post.

Foreign Language: They spend a few minutes on sign language, using this free online program.

They read from their literature of the day (the FYG prefers audio books).

Foreign Language: They do Tagalog using Tagalog, Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Tagalog with Pimsleur Language Programs

Then we get together and do some reading together- usually from Charlotte Mason’s Ourselves, poetry, Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read (Masterworks Series), and some of AO’s books that I think work better for us as read-togethers. We do not do all of these every day, but one or two things one day, something different the next day, and so forth.

We work on memory verses. We sing the Psalms we are memorizing in chant form, using this website.

WE also do folk songs, hymns, and grammar together.

Two days a week they work on Matt Whitling’s Aesop’s Fables (Imitation In Writing). Other days they might read their biographies, or one or two of the other books on AO’s lineup, or do some supplemental historical reading from one of R. J. Unstead’s Pictorial History books, or another of his history books.

They have music practice (guitar for the boy- he traded free lessons from Shasta for lawn mowing).

There is usually some map drill at some point during the day.


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