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Old 07-06-2011, 04:24 AM
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Is this a good weekly schedule for first grade?

Hi!

I'm just 15, and I'll hopefully have a child when I'm 23, and I want to homeschool my child. Is this schedule good for a first grade? Too long days? Have I missed any school subject? I woud love you to change my schedule if you want to, so that it becomes "perfect".

I will teach the child through role play and concrete things, not worksheets (maybe sometimes though).

Monday:
8 am: Arrival with fruit break. I read a book aloud. Then I show on the whiteboard what the day will look like with cliparts and text.
8.30 am: Today's chart showing the day, date, month, year and weather.
8.40 am: Mr Face, the child shows me what emotions s/he has today on a chart.
8.45 am: English.
9.45 am: Break.
10 am: Geography.
11 am: Lunch.
12 pm: History.
1 pm: Break.
1.15 pm: Go out photographing.
1.45 pm: Print out the photographs on the computer.
2.15 pm: The end.

Tuesday:
8 am: Arrival with fruit break. I read a book aloud. Then I show on the whiteboard what the day will look like with cliparts and text.
8.30 am: Today's chart showing the day, date, month, year and weather.
8.40 am: Mr Face, the child shows me what emotions s/he has today on a chart.
8.45 am: Mathematics.
9.45 am: Break.
10 am: Music.
11 am: Lunch.
12 pm: Physical education.
1 pm: Break.
1.15 pm: Religion.
2.15 pm: The end.

Wednesday:
8 am: Arrival with fruit break. I read a book aloud. Then I show on the whiteboard what the day will look like with cliparts and text.
8.30 am: Today's chart showing the day, date, month, year and weather.
8.40 am: Mr Face, the child shows me what emotions s/he has today on a chart.
8.45 am: Personal health and safety.
9.45 am: Break.
10 am: Citizenship.
11 am: Lunch.
12 pm: Role play.
1 pm: Break.
1.15 pm: Science.
2.15 pm: The end.

Thursday:
8 am: Arrival with fruit break. I read a book aloud. Then I show on the whiteboard what the day will look like with cliparts and text.
8.30 am: Today's chart showing the day, date, month, year and weather.
8.40 am: Mr Face, the child shows me what emotions s/he has today on a chart.
8.45 am: English.
9.45 am: Break.
10 am: Art.
11 am: Lunch.
12 pm: Design and technology.
1 pm: Break.
1.15 pm: Geography.
2.15 pm: The end.

Friday:
8 am: Arrival with fruit break. I read a book aloud. Then I show on the whiteboard what the day will look like with cliparts and text.
8.30 am: Today's chart showing the day, date, month, year and weather.
8.40 am: Mr Face, the child shows me what emotions s/he has today on a chart.
8.45 am: Excursion (for example to the zoo).

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:00 AM
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I think you need to spend a lot of time reading about homeschooling and talking to homeschoolers before you get to the schedule. I know the schedule's the fun bit but it's definitely putting the cart before the horse.

Things you need to know before a schedule:

Personality of child
style of homeschooling
Other commitments
Programs you'll use
How long it takes you and your child to work through a program
Local resources
etc.

Honestly, I've been homeschooling for 8 years and I've only had a schedule for maybe 25% of that time.

And yes. I think that's waaay too much for 1st grade. You've scheduled it as if you're running a school and homeschoolig is very different. I don't know of ANY English programs for a 1st grader that would take an hour to get through.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:20 AM
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You have a few years yet to think about it but for now, remember that a child that young has a limited attention span. For my dd, she could handle maybe 15 minutes per subject. She dawdled, so she always took longer than that, but I never scheduled anything longer.

Total time for first grade of ACTUAL learning was only about 1.5hrs a day, 2 if we had gym. So think less ACTUAL school and more a bit here, a bit there. Does that make sense?

I can hear your enthusiasm, and I'm sure, when you are ready, you will do a great job
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"perfect" doesn't exist when dealing with children and various personalities. But I admire your desire to have a family and to homeschool. Never stop dreaming
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You have some great ideas. I can see the teacher in you coming out. But honestly, schedules are like rubberbands. Daily, they stretch, change shape and even break.

It's not necessary to have a teaching background to homeschool, but I've found mine incredibly useful. If you're interested in teaching, I'd encourage you to look into some schooling in that direction. You never know if the future will work out just according to plan.
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