Our Delightful Feast- A Look Into Our Living Education

A Day in Our Delightful Life:A Look at Our Feast

I am humbled and honored to offer you a peek into the way that my family chooses to delightfully feast. Your feast will not look exactly like mine, and it shouldn't, but my hope is that in seeing how a busy, ministering, businesswoman, homeschooling mother serves up a wide feast and (mostly) delights in it, you too will know that you can spread a wide feast and that homeschooling can be delightful and enjoyable. With both the courage to form a plan and set aside the hours that its due and the grace to let each imperfect day go so that you can embrace the next, you can have a banquet table that excites and enriches both you and your born persons. 
May all your days be spent delightfully feasting.... 

The Framework of Our Week

We do formal lessons three days each week, and do field trips and other activities on a fourth day. Please know that this fourth day is not a day in which I cram all of the "fine arts" or other "extras" within a Charlotte Mason feast. Art Study, Music Study, and Handicrafts are not extras in our home, but rather an essential part of a wide feast. These lessons, along with drawing and singing and many other "extras" are dispersed throughout our week, so as to provide everything that the mind needs to feed upon within each day, not just at the end of our week. Our fourth day, however, IS a day in which we can do some of the things that require leaving our home, such as physical geography lessons, nature walks, and field trips.

A Week in Our Life:

Monday-
House Cleaning, Grocery Shopping, Teacher Development (studying, planning, etc)
Tuesday- Morning Lessons,  Occupations, Karate
Wednesday- Morning Lessons, Tea Time, Occupations
Thursday- Morning Lessons, Occupations, Karate
Friday Morning- Free Time
Friday Afternoon-
Nature Walk or Cooking Lesson
Other Things for Friday or Saturday- 
 Field Trip, Physical Geography, Nature Walk/Exploration, Extra Cooking/Baking, etc


A Day in Our Life- A Typical Tuesday:

5:15-
Mom Awake
5:30- Bible Study, Prayer, Daily Readings
6:30- Workout and Podcast
7:00- Make my Breakfast and Begin Blog Work, Etc
8:00- Mother Culture. (read more about Mother Culture here.)
8:30: Daily Cleaning/Laundry
*During this time, I also make the boys an easy breakfast if they are awake. 

8:45-
Boys Awake.
If the boys are not awake by this time, an alarm goes off to remind me to wake them up. If they wake before they have to be up, they can engage in quiet activities until it is time to begin their tasks. 

9:00-
Daily Tasks
The boys go to their chore list for the day and work through their chores together. They each have a cleaning bucket filled with all of the supplies that they need, so there is no arguing over or spending time locating supplies. They have 3 tasks to do each day, in a different room depending on the day. They then have a checklist of every day tasks to complete. This usually takes about 10 minutes. 

 During this time, I do my daily tasks as well. This includes getting some essential oils diffusing, taking out the trash, emptying the dishwasher, starting a load of laundry, etc.

9:15-
Drill
The boys do ABC Exercise cards, Yoga Cards, or Swedish Drill, depending on the day. 
During this time, I either join them (for Swedish Drill, I instruct) or I wrap up any tasks that I needed to do for the morning, so that I can set everything aside and focus on our school day.

9:30-
Treasure Time
After we finish drill, we go check the weather and temperature and see what birds have come to visit that particular morning. We also make a daily observation about either the sky/birds, the ground/bugs, or a plant.We then gather at our Treasure Time table.  At this table, we have our Calendar Binder, our daily books, and our Treasure Time Binders. These binders are laid out in front of each person's spot at the table.


Our Treasure Time consists of an Opening (Holy, Holy, Holy and Psalm 51), Prayer and Repentance, Scripture Reading, Scripture Memory, Catechism and Creed, Worship (Hymns), Calendar Time, Bible, Poetry and Rhymes,Biography or Nature Lore, Habit Training or a Virtue Reading, Nature Study,  Tales, Poetry Recitation, Literature) and a benediction. 

You can learn more about our Treasure Time here.

10:30-
Group Lesson
After Treasure Time, we head to our desks and the boys do their Daily Binders. Then, we do a Group Lesson. My youngest, who is 4 is not required to participate in this lesson unless he is interested, but he almost always is. These lessons are Zoology, Painting/Pastels, and Nature Object Lesson/Journaling, depending on the day.


11:00-
Morning Lessons
My Form 1A student begins his day by working on Copywork while I read a story and play some early years letter and number games with my 4 year old. 
Then, we transition into Morning Lessons.

Morning Lessons on a Tuesday:
(More about Lessons on other days below)
1.Vocabulary
A brief, five minute lesson where we learn a new word, illustrate it, and think of a story, tale, or poem where we have heard the word. (or sometimes make up our own).
2. Recitation
A 5-10 minute lesson where we practice and work on our current recitation piece(s). We use poetry and scripture for recitation, learning one of each for each term.
3. Folk Song 
A 5 minute lesson, where we simply listen to and sing our current folk song. (We choose one each term.) Occasionally, we will listen to other versions or read a brief history of the song.
4. Arithmetic
A 20 minute lesson, where we go over math concepts, demonstrate understanding of them in a math notebook, and narrate the concepts.
5.British History
A 20 minute lesson, consisting of reading a living book and narrating it. 

12:30- 
Lunch Break 
The boys grab their lunch trays and then grab lunch from our Lunch Drawers. While they do this, I change over or fold a load of laundry, grab another cup of coffee and grab a bite to eat. 

 
1:00-
Afternoon Lessons

6. Dictation
A 10 minute lesson, where we do studied dictation of sight words. 
You can find out more about our Dictation here.
7.ASL
A 10 minute lesson, where we work on concepts for American Sign Language. 
8.Drawing
A 20 minute lesson, usually by video.
(I can use this time to do a quick chore or meet my 4 year old's needs, etc. 
9. Citizenship
A 10-15 minute lesson, where we read and narrate a living book(s). We also sometimes add interesting things learned to a Culture Notebook.
10.Picture Study
A 10-15 minute lesson, where we carefully observe a painting by our term's artist and then narrate it. 
11.Solfa
A 10 minute lesson, where we learn sight singing by video.
12. Piano
A 10 minute video lesson that can be mostly done independently.

2:00/2:30
Independent Work/Occupations
After lessons, my oldest student moves to complete his nature journal (doing an entry in the front yard, the back yard, the garden, or from a window, depending on the day)and a typing lesson.
Then, both boys do Occupations.
1-2 hours where the boys are expected to engage their minds and/or bodies in enriching ways, with the freedom to choose and to enjoy within the parameters of activity choices that feed the mind, body, and soul. They each have a list to choose from that includes things such as piano practice or making music, exercise, nature exploration, gardening, clay work/playdough, Nature Lore on audio, etc. After choosing a few things from these lists, they may move on to their secondary list which includes things such as outside play, minecraft, and legos. All screens are off during this time, and we go nowhere during these hours. These precious hours are sacred and protected by me, because without time spent at home, quietly pursuing richness, there is no time to digest what has been learned during Morning Lessons and connections are not made.You can read more about how I accomplish Occupations here.

During this time, I am in my office to work, do ministry related tasks, or take care of home management tasks. If I do not have to be in my office, I will head to the deck with some books.

Lessons on Other Days

Wednesday
Morning Lessons-
(After Daily Tasks, Drill, Treasure Time, and a Group Lesson)
Hymn Study
Shakespeare
Arithmetic Games
American History
Observational Science Stream
(These streams of science change each term, and we often revisit them from year to year)
Citizenship
Lunch Break
Afternoon Lessons
Reading- Sight Lesson
French (Foreign Language #2)
Sloyd
GeographyMapping
Tea Time
A 30-40 minute snack and time of bonding, where we read poetry, tales, virtue readings, incorporate a bit of music, work on Habit Training and Manners, and spend time talking, narrating and digesting everything that we are learning and feasting upon. You can read more about Tea Time here.

Thursday
Morning Lessons-
Vocabulary
Folk Song
Recitation

Arithmetic
Ancient History
Lunch Break
Afternoon Lessons
Reading- Sound Lesson
Christian Studies
Architecture
Natural History
Composer Study
Solfa
Piano


Friday-
Cooking/Baking Lessons
An hour lesson consisting of two parts:
1. Cooking/Baking Terminology, Tools, Skills, and Careers

2. New Recipe 
(For each recipe, they first complete it during the lesson, then they must repeat it twice {once with help from me and once mostly on their own} before they may move to the next recipe.)

OR
Laundry/Gardening Lesson
OR

Nature Walk





May your days always be spent Delightfully Feasting...

Crystin




2 comments:

  1. I really like your daily flow. It sounds beautiful. Would love to know more about the books you are using for all your feasting.
    Lisa Cho

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Lisa! Thank you very much for the compliment. It is ever a work in progress, and much grace is needed, but we truly enjoy it! I will post a list of the books I am currently using for each lesson listed above!

      Delete

My Friend, Charlotte: Who and What Am I Talking About?

My Friend, Charlotte...

Who and What is Charlotte Mason, and Why Does It Matter?  Things To Know : Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800's...