Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Daily Plan

Since I'm figuring on spending an extra hour on daily academics this year, I've been trying to come up with a daily schedule for 4-5 days/week.  Here's what I'm thinking about:
  • CNN Student News - This is a 10-minute news video made just for tweens and teens.  Although we discuss current events often, This will cover more.
  • Saxon 76 - I like this program so far.  W has been doing drills in the test booklet on the 4 basic math skills all summer.  He can now do 50 problems in less than 10 minutes.  He does this 3x a week.
  • 1-2 Readings with oral & written narrations
  • Add to history timeline - We'll keep this up on the wall and add to it whenever we read about an important event or person.  If we feel like doing a book of centuries this year, we'll just transfer the timeline info into it and add pictures.   
  • A Workbook for Dyslexics: - LOVE this book.  It's making such a difference in W's reading and spelling.  We are on the 6th or 7th lesson and I can't believe how much W has improved overall.
And then he chooses another 2 things from:

Wordly Wise 6
Simply Grammar
Spelling Skills 5, 6
Artistic Pursuits
Nature Study
Science Experiment

Music from current composer will play quietly during seatwork and works by current artist will be up on the wall for all 12 weeks.  Facts about them, the current poet, and the history timeline will also be up on the wall.

A few times a month we go on a field trip.  Before we go, we'll prepare by reading about the place we're going or the subject matter.

I think this is a thorough, manageable plan that's not overwhelming. Everything on the list will take from 10 to 30 minutes each.  I'm sure we'll tweak once we get into it.

Still no word from the neuro lab on W's dyslexia testing.  It's been almost 6 weeks.  It's so hard to wait.


MrsMo said...

Sounds great! I do have a few questions!! I have to find the comment where you left your email!!

NYCitymomx3 said...

Thanks. My email is right below my picture under the "About Me" in the sidebar. But just in case, here it is