After three years of homeschooling on a Sept-June schedule, this year we made a slight change. Our Classical Conversations campus days ended 2 weeks ago, and instead of moving towards end of the year learning, we are starting on a modified schedule for year round schooling. While part of me wants to take a few months off, I’m excited to see how our schedule works in the coming months!
The main reason for changing from Sept-June to year round homeschool is because our kids do best on a schedule, and even though we all enjoy the beginning of summer vacation, after a few weeks it’s obvious that with too much free time the kids get seriously crazy. Additionally, next year will be Sam’s first year of CC (how is that possible?!) so I think it will be good to help him get used to doing school with the girls.
What our Homeschool Year will look like:
5 weeks on, with 1 week off February through November.
First 3 weeks of December; off the last week.
Off the first 2 weeks of January, on the last 2 weeks.
With all the fun that Christmas brings and then our Disney vacation in January, I’ve found it’s easiest to end our homeschool year the week of Christmas, and start again after we get back from Florida in January. It’s a nice break, and we are all ready to get back on schedule!
Now that our Cycle 2 CC lessons are completed, I am focusing on these four main areas with the girls: Reading/Comprehension, Spelling&Writing, Math and Latin. On Tuesday mornings the girls take a hands on science class at a vet clinic (which Sophie is super excited about!) and Wednesday mornings the girls volunteer at a local History Museum. It’s been a great mix of books and hands on learning, which has made homeschool lots of fun!
What our homeschool week looks like:
Mondays – morning lessons/field trip day
Tuesdays – Science class
Wednesdays – Volunteer at History Museum
Thursdays – morning lessons
Fridays – morning lessons
The girls are also involved with American Heritage Girls, which meets every Monday night. While I miss our CC campus, it’s been really nice to not have to be out of the door by 8:30am!
Both girls are enjoying the modified schedule, and it’s been working well. We start close to 9am and are usually done by 11am. Bella has made huge strides with her reading, and Sophie is cranking on math – she’s happily working through 3-4 lessons a morning. We also have been taking advantage of the warmer weather for some field trips that I’d been putting off until we finished with CC.
I’m sure we will tweak the schedule as we go along, but it’s been great to have a schedule that is working!