Our Schedule for 2014 in Our Bible Based Homeschool

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I have put together a {loose} schedule for us to start anew in 2014 in our Bible based homeschool. For the most part, things will remain, but with a few tweaks here and there.

As most of you know, I am not ever tied to a schedule. I allow life to get in the way and let life teach us more times than not. Yet, there is something that the kids and I both need about a schedule at times. It provides us with some structure and stability and it helps to know what to expect each day. We are aware though, that the schedule can get shaken up at anytime, and that is the beauty of homeschooling- learning to adapt in real life!

I share it here with the caveat: Our homeschool is not your homeschool. This is an idea of what we strive for, and if that helps you in anyway, so be it. I do not intend to say this the way to do it, or this should be copied. Take what you can from it… (note-Tuesdays we are out all day at our Fine Arts program and Thursdays we are out in the morning for a co-op class) 

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As you can see, we start the day with Family Hour. This is the meat of our day. We will never skip this time, no matter how busy. We study the Bible together during this time. (I use “hour” loosely, as it can go longer if we are in discussions, etc.)

Right now we are studying the Gospels, and are working through Matthew. I will read the passage out loud, or the kids will take turns reading out loud. Everyone follows along in their Bible.

Then we discuss the passage. I use various commentaries, websites, or other sources to help us dig in. The kids have a Bible notebook to take notes. Sometimes we may use other books or videos. We also use this time to study history together. Right now we read books about Ancient Rome so we can get an idea of what life was like during the events we are reading about in the Bible.

After our discussion, we pray and sometimes we worship.

Next it’s time for Individual work. My 7th grader gets a list of assignments for the week on Monday. She is responsible to have all of the tasks complete by Friday. Her work consists of a Math U See lesson each day, Apologia General Science, a writing assignment for the week (right now she is working on a Research paper about Ancient Rome.) Other weeks she has worked on different types of essays. I usually tie them into our Bible reading some how. You can see these FREE Rome Writing Prompts here:

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There are also some resources here:

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She also has reading assignments and right now is working through Augustus Caesar’s World.
She also works on homework for her public speaking class, has Bible assignments, and she also has to practice cello, dance, and her sewing.

The younger boys (5th and 3rd grade) work on Math U See. Then we do Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physics and Chemistry together, Spelling Wisdom (from Simply Charlotte Mason) and a writing assignment. They also have reading assignments, Bible verses to memorize, and copywork. Again, I try to tie in as much as I can to our Bible study.

Both boys also work on public speaking class homework, and my younger son practices guitar.

After lunch I read aloud to all of the kids. We have read The Chronicles of Narnia, A Christas Carol, Charlotte’s Web, Life in Ancient Rome, just to name a few.

After our reading time, they finish up any tasks not completed yet and have quiet time. I have a basket of books they can choose from for leisure reading. I work on my blogs, answer emails, etc. during lunch and this time.

Anytime after 4 pm, they are allowed electronics. Everyone loves the iPad around here, but it must wait until 4 pm!

I hope this glimpse into our day helps answer some questions you may have about our Bible based homeschool.

 

 

 

Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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