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Why skim over info just to get done "by lunch"? (PIOG)

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....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!

by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:55 AM
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by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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I like your schedule! I may start something similar.

by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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 We are typically done by lunch, with the exception of projects and science.  We dont skim material, but we work for 45 min on each subject (typically) then move on.  I'd rather do smaller amounts at a time and be sure they are getting it.  That being said we dont do 7-8 subjects by lunch.  They read, practice typing, do Language Arts, History and Math in the mornings.  Science is two times a week in the afternoon.

by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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While I could be done with my junior kindergartner by lunch, he's only doing 5 subjects (religion, literature, math, phonics, music), and much of that is short - intentionally because of his attentions span - there is NO way I could have been done with my much older child (12 years old) by lunch. No way.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee

by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM
I have a few kids being schooled but if we counted just my 3rd grader, we would be done by noon if we started at 7 or 8. Some kids can go in depth and glean the same amount of information in a shorter period of time. My kids, but my son especially, is extremely bright so can make many leaps quickly but gets bored very quickly too. I keep him at a good pace or I lose him. Lol
by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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I will add that as homeschoolers we need to watch out for the 'I do it better' or attitude that can run rampant. 8) We all know someone that has it. It is easy to slip into especially on subjectswe feel we do extremely well in. All kids are different and learn different.
by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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My tablet is being stupid, sorry. Don't let people tell you that you are doing it wrong if you need that many hours to get what you want out of homeschooling
by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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Also be careful not to feel that you are a better homeschoolers than anyone else because you *feel* you are covering more or doing more. 8)
by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM
My 7th grader can do a chapter in Math, the test, a chapter in Science, the virtual lab, the test, a language section and her History chapter in four hours if she wants to be done. Heck, she could probably get it done faster, but she unlike her brother, likes to take her time to stew on everything. 8)
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM


Quoting Chasing3:

ok -- i've only been doing this for 11 days, but so far, I've found a few days we were done by lunch. Other days we worked a lot longer. If we are done that early, I have on our planner what is called "project." This spot has been filled in a few times, once with tearing down a section of broken fence, moving a pile of old wood, and pulling up some invasive vines in the yard, once with purchashing supplies for and setting up an aquarium, and once with putting Mentos into Diet Coke bottles (we need the bottles for a science project). It's not as if he can play viedo games all day if we're done early!

For example, Friday (yesterday) he did a math chapter pre-test, which is only 3 pages he has to do independently. He finished in 15 minutes. So math was done! I had him do some math drills on-line for a total of 30 min of math. He read a ton of social studies and did a short writing assignment on it for about an hour. Science was preparing for a hands-on project we're doing next week, so not really a sit-and-write learning task, maybe took him 30 minutes. Then, he spend about an hour on a technology assignment (he made a video of an interview with a character from a book he read). I suppose little of this looks like "school" to most folks, and he was done by noon. So, I let him watch 4 videos he took out of the library on ancient civilizations after lunch which was about another 2 hours. So, yeah, he got to sit and watch tv for 2 hours (commence the criticism!!). And that did lead him to look up info on Ancient Greece for a bit on the computer.

It was an easy day. Somedays, not so easy.

I might add, I also consider independent reading after dinner/before bed part of his school hours.

 LOVE the video interview idea!!!

by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

We get through a lot, but we are done usually right after lunch.  We seem to do school M-Th from about 8:30-1ish, and F we are usually done at 12.  If we want to go deeper in something, we do.  But I also want them to have afternoons to do what they want and outside, or research something they are interested in, or just relax, play games, whatever. 

So what time are you done each day?  I like the idea of your schedule, but I'm not sure my kids would like a whole day devoted to one subject (especially on the day that it's a subject they don't like much).  It works well for us to hit most topics each day (history and science 2x a week, art and music once a week), we don't cover a ton in the day, but I'm sure we cover similar to what you do over a week.  (But our topics are different and my kids are older).

I honestly don't see how people can expect their kids to do school from 9-5.  We chose to homeschool so we could have the flexibility we wanted, we can teach what we want, and we can take a day off if we want.  I expect my kids to finish their work each day, but if I notice something is taking much longer than it should, then we drop it and I break it down or save it for later.

I don't think you can really judge people that finish before lunch, they are most likely covering in one week what you cover in one day-only you only do one subject each maybe my history lessons are only 2 hrs 2x a week, but that's as much as your 4 hrs one day a week, kwim?

 Good point.  The only problem is I have NO idea how to split it up into daily lessons.  I think that may be why we have to do a whole day of each.  Language arts is easy, as is math: they have concepts.  Work on that concept and done.  The others are harder to find a stopping point.

Some days, if they're into it, we may still be going come dinner time.  Other days, we read, they write and we may be done by 3-ish.  Fridays are our early days, finishing about 1...maybe ;)

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