Hitting the Books
We also do lessons that we are able to en-
joy together like learning new idioms. Writ-
ing assignments are something that we all
engage in; yes, I write too. We not only fo-
cus on language, but we also include math
by doing math challenge problems that we
work through together.
During this time, we work through science.
Since the girls aren’t too far apart in age
or grade, we do science together. Working
together is the core of our eclectic homeschool, and it also plays a part in which
curriculum we use. Currently, we are using
Apologia Astronomy and Evan-Moor Daily
Science Grade 5. Both of these programs
work well in our learning environment because they both offer activities that appeal
to each of my daughters.
After science, we have lunch together.
While eating lunch we listen to an audiobook.
This allows us to get in some reading-aloud
time without worrying if we can fit it into our
schedule. Reading aloud during lunch keeps
us in school mode since we all could easily
venture off and do our own thing.
By one o’clock, we are usually finished
with lunch and our first part of the school
day. School after lunch is mostly dedicated
to independent learning time. But first,
together we work through some grammar
activities which include Latin and Fix-It
Grammar before the girls jump into their
Independent lessons include language
arts at their level, grade-level math, history, and other subjects of their choice.
History initially was a group subject, but
Wrapping Up Our School Day
my oldest daughter prefers to do these
lessons alone. I still work through history
with my youngest daughter because she
prefers to do it with me. Mathematics is
not teacher intensive, but I do provide in-
struction as needed.
Our day typically ends by three o’clock. By
the time it is over, we have engaged in a
variety of conversations and learned about
our current topics of study using a variety of
materials. There’s no ringing of a bell to let
us know the day is over because, although
our intentional school time has ended, the
girls continue to learn in their own way.
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bulk of her time to her family. She is blessed
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There’s no ringing of a
bell to let us know the
day is over because,
although school time
has ended, the girls
continue to learn in
their own way.