A great resource was shared with me that I'd love to share with all of you!
For the past 2 weeks, I've been using a Weekly Checklist for our school time at home with Halle.
You can download and print at the bottom of her post - if you'd like one.
This tool has helped me be intentional with our time at home - and Halle really enjoys it too!
I fill in the form on Sunday (or Monday) and we work through it all week. If we finish all of the tasks by Friday, we have a Fun Friday Fieldtrip.
Here are some assignments from Halle's list over the past 2 weeks:
Math - abacus time, simple addition and subtraction, drawing picture problems, cooking with Mom, numbers 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Reading - 5 new word wall words a week, leveled readers with Mom, quiet reading time alone, and I add any homework that is sent home from preschool
Writing & Spelling - Writing in her journal, writing a note to a friend, writing her sight words and handwriting skills
History & Geography - we've been working on our address and phone number.
Science - watering plants around the house, feeding the fish, reading books about snow, reading books about camoflauge
Technology - She is allowed 30 minutes a day on the computer. 15 minutes on education and 15 minutes doing something fun. We set a timer.
Art: We made valentines, playdoh, lots of coloring and random crafting!
Fieldtrips: We try to get to a storytime - a couple times a month - at our library.
This format is so easy for me because I simply add items to the checklist as ideas come to me (or after we've done them). The checklist is usually full when the next Monday gets here. We can do a lot at bedtime - like her leveled readers, sight words, and other books we are reading. But for the most part 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. is our main learning time and the afternoon - when Ian is napping, and she's not at preschool - she does computer time, quiet reading, and crafting when I'm having some alone time - and we do lots of quiet reading together on the couch or in my bed on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons! I will often tell her, "Choose a really long book - one I always say NO to at bedtimes - because it's too long!" :)
More than anything, this checklist has helped me be intentional with my time at home with my children.
What are some of your "homeschool" ideas?