My HOD Bigger Hearts Schedule

Monday, June 3, 2013

I just got a question on one of my old posts about our daily schedule. Our schedule was pretty bare bones. I did enter things in Homeschool Skedtrack (for record purposes), but mostly I followed an order of the day. This was the order that worked for us. Some days I switched things around, but this order seemed to work best for our family. We started out the year with math being one of our first subjects, but quickly found that dawdling was ruining our morning. I found that by moving it to the end of the day there was much less wasted time. It was do your math, or waste your free time.

Our days started our mornings at 8 am, and ended by or before 12. Sometimes Aedan might have a little extra extension reading or science to finish up after lunch, but we mostly were able to accomplish all of this before lunch. By the end of the year the boys were beginning to do their math before 8 on their own, so they would have more time at the end of the school day. Diligence at work. You gotta love that! We completed most of our written work by 10 (up to HOD science on the list), and then we took a snack time break. During snack I read our storytime book. After that we completed everything else. Typing and AAS fell by the wayside by the end of the year. I will pick them both up again next year.

I've already done most of my schedule for next year. The schedule I made for next year is detailed daily schedule on a weekly grid. I've been working on it until my eyes were bleeding ha! Both boys are going to be in their own guides, so I wanted something more detailed next year. I hope to post our final plans for next year in the next week. All of our boxes have arrived. I'm excited about all the boys will be learning next year.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for this. So what two guides are you headed to next year? We are also moving to 2 guides. Excited but really looking at time!

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  2. I will be backing my youngest into Beyond, and bumping my oldest up to CtC. I know that's unconventional :) I didn't feel he was ready for Preparing just yet (not without modifying it anyway.) How about you? What guides are you doing?

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  3. thanks for this, I have been stalking your blog like a mad women, preparing for next year!

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  4. I love the colorful display of your weekly schedule! I'm sure that after all your planning that you will have another spectacular year filled with LOTS of precious memories.

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  5. Great Blog! I discovered it while looking for information on HOD Bigger to use this fall w/my DS 8. A couple of questions for you about the line up HOD suggests...I see from your blog that you used the entire R&S Grammar 2 package. Did you find that you needed the TM and tests? I've read some people only buy either the TM or the student book but not both. Don't want to purchase them only to find I won't use them. I am also wondering about your experience w/ Cheerful cursive for your 7 year old. Was that enough instruction for your little guy since there aren't multiple levels of it? Thanks for any advice you can offer!

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  6. Stephanie,

    Thanks for visiting :) You won't really need the TM for R&S 2. I do definitely recommend getting it for level 3 and above for the oral review. I did like having the tests. Level 2 doesn't have worksheets. My 7 year old did decently with Cheerful Cursive, but if I had to do it over again I'd wait until 3rd. He really needed more work on his manuscript. We'll be using Pentime transition this year. It's cheap, and will give him practice with both.

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  7. THank you for posting up your schedule. We are also doing Preparing hearts with my 10-yr old boy. I really wonder how you could fit all that in and finish by noon! Here we are struggling to finish it by evening and sometimes will continue into our after dinner hours. I feel so overwhelmed. But looking at your schedule again does help me get an idea on how I should re-arrange mine. I also realize we need to start school earlier! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us...it really helps me to see how other homeschoolers do it :)

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  8. What is the Rotating Box please?

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  9. What program do you use for Typing>

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  10. We use Typing Instructor. We recently returned to it because back when we used it they weren't quite ready for it. They like it now :)

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  11. The rotating box in this guide was Timeline, Geography, and a few other things I can't remember :/. It's been a few years since we have done this guide. It is a box in the guide that rotates every day.

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