I'm sitting here wrapped up in my leopard print birthday Snuggie with the laptop.
I just wanted you to have a visual.
And I begin the day with Little Bit in the school room doing reading, spelling, journal and handwriting with her. Little Bit LOVES having me all to herself first thing in the morning.
Here is what Sweetheart is doing in her room:
1. Read one chapter of the Bible. (Right now she's reading John and I made a list for her to check off. Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc.)
2. Write in journal. I made an assignment sheet for the week. Yesterday's assignment looked like this:
Wednesday January 5, 2011
Write a story about a baby ladybug. You may draw a picture at the bottom of the page when you are through.
So, the date is right there for her to copy into her journal and each day has a new assignment. Since she read over them all on Monday, I know she's been thinking about what she wanted to write ever since then. And that's a good thing because her story about the ladybug had all the story elements in it.
3. Grammar. Here is where she does 2 boxes on a Drops in the Bucket sheet.
4. Math Practice. I printed a bunch of practice worksheets for her (way more than one week's worth) and just let her pick one to do each day. I check it the next morning.
5. Handwriting. One sheet in her Handwriting Without Tears book. I will probably begin to alternate this with copywork next week.
The first morning all this took her 30 minutes. Can you believe that? She LOVED working by herself and knowing exactly what was next. She's already asked me if she had to do things in order and I told her she did not. At a real job, you work on whatever needs doing and no one really tells you "first this, then this" so I'm letting her choose. If her math papers are continuously wrong, we may discuss the need to do math first. We'll see.
Then, the rest of the school day is spent alternating between "together" subjects and individual subjects. The only independent subject Little Bit has is computer time. But that's only because she's in first grade. Doing things this way breaks up all the reading I do and the listening they do in History and Science so that's easier on Little Bit.
So far, so good. This is the first step in having a more independent student. Don't ask me what the next step is, because I haven't a clue.