What School Looks Like in Our House

So I’ve written about my Master Lesson Plan Book and how I assign my kids their school work. But I haven’t written about the nuts and bolts of how we do school in our house.

As I’ve said before, we use an online homeschool curriculum. Therefore, most of the work my kids do, is at the computer. There are three computers in our house, but my kids only use one for their homeschooling.

In the past, I’ve let the two older ones work through their assignments on their own. However, kids being kids, (Please tell me that your kids are like this too!), they will skim through the lessons without reading and skip quizzes. Because of this, MyHero has requested that I sit with them when they are doing school.

They are required to score 70% or better on any quiz and test or they have to redo it. If they have to redo the quiz or test more than 3 times, they have to redo the entire lesson.

I assign 4 days of school in their assignment books, leaving Friday free to do “make-up” work. If they have no “make-up” work to do then they get to have the day off from school.

Assignment Books part 2

I’m working to get my children to memorize the skip counting facts. That way if they can’t remember for instance 3×6, they can simply think, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and then know the answer is 18. In order to make this easier on both my children and myself, we are learning a couple more facts each day. This was suggested by a friend and seems to be working marvelously.

Page 2 Lesson Plan Book

For spelling, we use an online spelling curriculum. I have spelling lists that I have set up based on the level of each child. I assign specific activities for each of them each day. These stay the same each week so that we develop a routine. My goal is that they will each get practice with the spelling words through the week so they are ready to take and pass the test at the end of the week. You’ll see that there are also assignments for vocabulary work and practicing cursive for my children as well.

Once I have each of the assignments written in the assignment book, my last step is to print out any worksheets that are needed for the week. That completes my chore of lesson planning, but my children still have their chores and exercise to do before they are free to do their own thing.