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Old 05-23-2010, 12:01 PM
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Block schedule?

I was just reading about a local school going to a block schedule and I got curious. Does anyone use a block schedule for homeschooling (where you break up the subjects into day...for example have 2 subjects on Monday and do a weeks worth of lessons on that day)?

I was just wondering if anyone uses this in their homeschooling and if so, how do you break it up? Do the kids enjoy it. I do something sort of like this with my own college work. I'll work on a certain class for a while and complete a few assignments before moving on to another. But for kids I wonder if this would make it easier to forget things or would they enjoy it more? Seems like it would be bad for days when there's a subject that the kid hates (like if he's not into math, having math all day long might be agonizing, lol).
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:11 PM
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Never heard of it but it does sound interesting. For those hands-on classes as in science and history, this could be good. There are times that I have set aside a day to spend on certain subjects. This would not work for my child on grammar and math. It seems to take a few days for the information to reach his brain. If I pile on a lot of information in the more difficult subjects, it would not be absorbed.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:37 PM
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I think it could work great for SOME older kids, but young kids have such short attention spans I personally think it's a bad idea. Plus going over the material daily is how some people learn/retain it. The repetition is needed by some.

IMO, it's a bad idea for public schools to use, but I think it could work well for some homeschool kids, but not all of them.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:41 PM
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I never like block scheduling when I was teaching. Especially when it came to math. I think there is something to be said for doing core subjects every day especially while kids are learning time management skills.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:04 PM
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All through Elementary, Middle, and high school we had block scheduling. I hated it. MsChickie is right when she said that core subjects needed to be taught everyday. Take Math for instance. Somedays you would only have 2 days to learn/study/review a concept, and the next week you might have 3 days to learn it. My take is that it's not nearly enough. (Thats if you do this 5 days a week, and take weekends off.)

Plus, keeping track of the days (ours were school colors- Black day, Gold day alternating) is tough, especially if you are stressed/sick/feeling blah and so on. For electives it's ok. I had Band and art on one day, and Choir and my elective language the next. You might spend less time each day on subjects, but maybe more time reinforcing a concept or idea in the long run. See what I mean?
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:04 PM
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I use a form of that, I suppose. We do the basics everyday (math, etc.). We do things like science once a week, though. We'll spend an hour or two at a time on it sometimes. I think it really helps, but it has to be done at a time when there will be minimal interruptions and when the kid is in the mood. I'd never try something like that late in the afternoon or on a day that we also had something else planned.

There are days when we finish a subject quickly, and then he asks if we can continue working on the next and next and next day's work. I'm fine with that as long as he's understanding what he's doing and we have the time to spend.

Block scheduling was all people talked about when I was in school (high and college). About half in our area did it and half didn't. For the most part, parents liked it, some teachers liked it, but students hated it, and extracurriculuar teachers (band, art, etc.) hated it. It ate into their schedules, because classes like that had to meet every day. I interned at a school that had a 9-12 grade band. The 10-12 graders were in one building on block schedules, but the 9 graders were in another building (walked to band) and on a regular 7-subject schedule. There were days when 9th graders would practice 20 minutes, the other grades would join them for 25 minutes, and then the 9th graders would leave. It's very hard to work as a collective organization when members can't practice the entire time together, and it's especially hard for lower classmen to learn from upper classmen in a ranked class like band.

Sorry... didn't mean to go off on a limb there. If working with several siblings, block schedules could cause problems. If working with only one or two with long attention spans, it can be great.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:52 PM
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A block schedule would not work for us. The thought of working on a subject for hours at a time would drive me crazy.

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Old 05-23-2010, 02:57 PM
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Carl's school did block scheduling, and he really didn't like it, either.

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Old 05-23-2010, 03:45 PM
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My high school switched to block scheduling the year after I graduated, and I had several friends who were a year behind me, they all HATED it! Our babysitter's High School did block scheduling and for her it was horrid because if she missed a day (which she did often do to chronic health issues), she was automatically behind a week in that class...it was nearly impossible for her to catch up and she only graduated because two of her teachers got together and started having classes with her on Fridays (her school was Monday - Thursday) to help her catch up on her work. I think it's a bad idea, especially for us just because as homeschoolers our schedules are often much different than public schools and to do a weeks worth of work in one class each day would throw off our entire schedule and my boys would always be "behind" do to outside comittments.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:57 PM
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I heard from kids when their schools went to block schedules, they all seemed to hate it. With that "UGH BLOCK SCHEDULES" kind of saying.
I have had my kids do all one one subect for one day and another subject for second day etc before, when we had 5 subjects it worked nice for a week or so lol. They decided they watned to do the easy ones all in one day but the harder ones they wanted to break up.. so maybe there is a variation the easy subjects can be one day, a week, like say Wednesday English
Monday Math and History and Science, Tuesday Health Math and History, Thursday History Science Math and so on
Wed only english would mean the easy class done all only one day but many hours to complete the weeks work, of course we could end up finishing early on that day ....
Personally I like Math everyday, the rest of them jumble up , usually english each day cause thats Grammar and writing.
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