Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rescheduling the day...

We have worked hard on getting therapy done for the last 3 1/2 years.  But there have been way too many days that school has not been finished because of it.  Callie is going to need therapy for years to come...so we have to find a way to get school done in concert with therapy.  Our new schedule is to help accomplish that.  Along with our new approach to curriculum, going with a more independent study rather than one that requires my attention and direction.

We are currently using Teaching Textbooks for math, and really liking it.

For the rest of the curriculum, we are using Alpha Omega's Switched On Schoolhouse (or SOS).  We started the twins in an earlier grade, unsure on if there were things they would want them to know that they needed to pick up, or if it builds on each other as far as what is taught each year.  In hind sight, I probably shouldn't have done this at least in every subject, but I did...so now, they are working through grade levels more quickly in order to 'catch up.'

We start our day with activities for younger ones (and home ec for older ones) while I read Bible aloud.

After Bible, we get breakfast started, and the girls work on their lists of things to do. I basically made up the same kind of charts as I use for therapy for everyone so that they can look up what they need to do and get it done.  It is a bit overwhelming for me to look at it all laid out like this...but last week was a really great and productive week, so I think it is helping!

The girls kind of play 'musical computers' throughout the morning.  The TT that the middles use is on just one computer, the TT that the twins use is on a different computer, typing is one yet a different computer...in total, there are 4 computers for the girls to use.  Then there is therapy that is done on the computer, for headphone stories, they can use 2 different computers, or 2 of the new tablets that the girls got for Christmas.  Callie, Justice and Seren also need some computer time to get their therapy stuff done, too!

While the children eat breakfast, I read our together history (a chronological study of history starting with Genesis) and science (again, creation based curriculum).

Therapy is still a family affair, here the twins were teaching Grandpa how to do the table activities with the 4 younger ones, calling them one at a time, while I was also working with whoever I had at the couch...

I work with the littles on the couch, having them listen to classical music, doing deep pressure, tragiminal stimuli, vibrator and deep hugs.

At some point during the morning, the twins also bring the dogs downstairs, along with computers or silent reading books to go on the treadmill.  During the cold, wet days of winter, this helps them to not have too much energy...a young dog with energy that is not worn off, is destructive.  This helps ours to be better house companions!

The older ones also have to grab the piano when it is available, and get their other musical instruments practiced, get their penmanship done and do their silent reading between/around their computer school.

Justice working on one of his therapy items, while Callie is in the background doing another.

Callie waiting for me to stop taking pictures so I can listen to her read, while Brianna works independently on SOS (something she just started last week!)

Callie reading to the littles (a therapy activity).

By the time everyone is done, it is time for lunch (and sometimes the twins are not quite done at this point, but they are normally the only ones who have to get back to school after lunch, the rest of us are done).

While we eat lunch, I read aloud from an 'other' book, which could be just about anything!  We are currently reading a book called Beautiful In God's Eyes.

Then I head upstairs to help the littles get to sleep, while the older ones do a quick clean around the main house.  The middles then have free time, while the twins finish school before their free time.

About twice a week, I sit down and go over any corrections that are necessary for each child, and make sure that they are understanding things.

By this point in the day, we try to get a special project done.  It might be cleaning out the fridge, or changing animal bedding, going through children's drawers, extra laundry, cleaning our cupboards or the pantry, fencing projects, etc.

Then it is time for us to get dinner started, and our nappers wake up right about then.

If there is a bit more therapy (and there usually is!), we get that finished up, then.  Lately everyone has been into board games, so we have been playing 'smaller/shorter/littles' friends' games before dinner.  After we put littles to bed, we get the longer/more involved/olders games out!

Our days are full, filled with joy and music and laughter, and I wouldn't trade even a hard day for anything else in this world!  What a blessing it is to get to learn along side my children!

1 comment:

  1. You never cease to amaze me, Michelle. You are really getting to be the expert at getting everyone organized. I am very impressed. Great job!!