Why skim over info just to get done "by lunch"? (PIOG)
....That's how I feel about folks who miraculously get done "by lunch".
I'm sure I just offended someone, but let me explain.
((My kids are 7 & 5. My 5yo has been reading since he was 4 and participates in the science and Language arts with his sister. He does his own math when she does hers, but usually sits out on History b/c he doesn't have the attention yet.))
Someone said that we must be taking too long on the subjects and that they manage 7 to 8 subjects in a day and are still done by early afternoon, if not lunch, when they started at 7 or 8. That, to me, seems like skimming the information... "Here, honey, read that paragraph on amphibians, answer those four questions and you're done with science for the day." <-- That's where my mind goes when someone tells me they can get through that many subjects in such a short period of time.
I am quite certain that I'm spending too much time on subjects, but how can I not? What I mean is that if I'm teaching my child at home, something that oftentimes gets a lot of criticism, I feel obligated to make sure my kid is actually learning this stuff and not just skimming by.
Here's our schedule, odd by most standards, but I would never be able to fit it all in otherwise:
EVERY DAY starts the same (M-F) Math, Language Arts (nouns, parts of a sentence, etc), and reading a chapter from a novel out loud. Then each day has a "big" subject (which just means it take a while)
History: We're working our way through American History. We're on westward expansion and are currently reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books (this is the chapter read outloud every day). We've recently finished a book on the Erie Canal and two books on the Pony Express. We have another on steamboats and railroads waiting... to make way for the transcontinental railroad, after the Civil war... a couple of books at a time and events added to the timeline. (President study each time we hit a new one. We're at Andrew Jackson.)
Science: right now, we are adding peices of their body to their life-size outline on the wall (paper taped to the wall). We only have the brain and the ears (internal, too). Tomorrow we're doing the eyes, from the cornea to the brain. Leaving this to last the rest of 2013, I'd suspect. (Respiratory system, digestive system, muscles, bones, reproductive, etc.) We also throw in a scientist or two, and add them to the timeline book.
Geography: Each month, we split studies between one country and one state and make a scrapbook-type page with all the flips and fold-outs of the interesting facts. That goes in her "world book". She loves it and retains all the info that way.
Thursday has the same start-up, but the rest is filled with library, errands, and catch-up for anything we didn't finish the day(s) before.
Fridays: same start-up as the rest Then, Creative writing. This is story, plot, characters, etc. Journal entries and rough drafts, poetry, whatever. **(This is our end-early day)**
Saturdays and Sundays are ONLY music and art in the mornings after breakfast, b/c their dad likes to do those with them.
Many folks may tell me I'm going too in-depth for such a young kid. But my 7yo is a sponge. She wants to know more and why and how....
I am SOOOOOO open for tips and advice. I am willing (and eager) to do things differently.
Funny enough, it's the science "projects" the geography "projects" and the numerous History books and stories that take up all our time... And I truly can't imagine Not being that in-depth, ya know?
ok. your turn: Your schedules. Your advice. Ready? Go!