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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Week in the Life of a Homeschooler - Friday

Friday is our liberal arts day.  This includes: artist study, composer study and Shakespeare.  This term we learned about the following artists: Alexander Calder, Rosa Bonheur, and Rembrandt.  Our composer study was about Richard Wagner.  We normally study three composers each term, but we didn’t get around to our other two.  Back when I was a new homeschooler, this would have upset me.  However, now that I consider myself a seasoned homeschooler, it no longer stresses me out.  I've learned that whatever doesn't get finished this term, can be moved to the next term (or if it doesn’t get completed this school year, it can be moved to the following school year).  

We normally read two to three Shakespeare plays per term, but I decided to take a break from it this term.  We will read them again next term.

This was the last week of our second term and our artist and composer studies were completed, so this was not a typical Friday for us.

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. - The little one played while my oldest did his math work (I normally do not have my son do math on Fridays, but because he didn't get a chance to do it on Thursday, he had to do it today.)

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - The children watched T.V.

9:00 a.m. - Children ate breakfast and talked with their dad while I did some research on the computer.  After breakfast I had my oldest read some information pertaining to the mayor of our city in preparation for the mayor's presentation later that day. 

This morning our city issued a boil alert so before we began reading our science book, I gave the children a brief demonstration on how vaporization works when water boils.

10:00 a.m. - We started our school day - Bible study followed by science (We finished our study of horses and then learned about zebras and donkeys.).  We watched a video showing the differences between the three types of zebras.

11:30 a.m. - Children cleaned the living room.  Little one got himself dressed while older son wrote down his question for the mayor.  We then did his dictation lesson.

11:48 a.m. - Little one played learning games on the iPad while my oldest prepared lunch.

12:00 p.m. - We all ate lunch.  Afterwards, I spent some time cleaning the kitchen while the children watched a DVD about India (Countries Around the World – Schlessinger Media – This is a great geography DVD series for children.  Their series includes 52 countries with topic questions.)

12:30 p.m. - Children answered the topic questions about India found on the video.  Then they tidied up the living room and played some sports games on the Xbox.

1:10 p.m. - We left for our Spanish club.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. - The children attended a presentation by our city mayor.

My son and the Mayor

Our Fridays always go by very fast.

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  1. I miss it when Friday's for my family was public library day and educational board game day! I'm thinking that even though I just have my 15 yr old left at home we will at least start back with the educational board games.

  2. ASliceofHomeschoolPieMarch 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I used to play educational board games with my oldest when he was in K and 1st grade. Then we used to take Fridays off, but since adding more books to his schedule, we've had to do a short day of book work on Fridays. The one thing my son has said he misses are the games. :-)


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