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
Wednesday- Morning Lessons, Occupations
Thursday-Bonus Treasure Time/ School With Friends
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 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, Scripture Memory, Catechism and Creed, Worship (Hymns), Bible, Poetry and Rhymes, Tale or Nature Lore, Habit Training or a Virtue Reading, literature, and a closing 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, with both my 9 and 5 year old participating in the lesson together. These Group Lessons include Pioneer History and Pioneer Science, Pastels and Painting, and Nature Journaling.


11:30-
Morning Lessons
My Form 2B student begins his lessons at this point, while my 5 year old is free to engage in play, puzzles, art, music, block building, etc. 

Morning Lessons on a Tuesday:
(More about Lessons on other days below)
1.Word of Day
A brief, five minute lesson where we learn or discuss a new word.
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.American 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-
Breakout Time 
At this time, my Form2B student begins his independent work, while I work with my 5 year old on letter recognition, number games, and some manipulative work (building shapes with blocks, etc).

My Form 2B's Independent Work on a Tuesday consists of:
Current Events
Copywork
Cursive Handwriting
Solfa
Drawing

Math Puzzle
Typing

My 5 year old finishes this time within about 30 minutes, and my Form2b usually takes about 45 minutes to complete his list.
1:45
Afternoon Lessons

6.Spanish
A 15 minute lesson, where we watch and translate parts of a Spanish Story.
7.Grammar
A 20 minute lesson where we work on basic concepts involving the parts of speech, and practice in a Grammar Notebook. 
8.Music
A 10 minute lesson where we use folk songs to work on music theory and practice.
9.Science
A 20 minute lesson where we read a living book covering concepts from our science stream for the current term, narrate it, and draw diagrams and illustrations in a Science Notebook.
10.Geography
A 15 minute lesson where we read and narrate a living geography reader.


3:00
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
Word of the Day
Arithmetic
British History
Lunch Break
Breakout/Independent Work 
Current Events
Cursive Handwriting
Piano
Math Video and Practice
Typing
Afternoon Lessons
Spanish (Songs and Lesson/Vocabulary)
Reading
Music
Citizenship
Mapping/History Charts


Thursday
School With Friends (One day each week, we gather with some friends to school together)
Ancient History
Science
Picture Study
Composer Study
Math Games
Handicrafts
Tea Time
You can read more about Tea Time here.

Treasure Time (Before we leave to gather for school with our friends for the afternoon, twice each month we have a Treasure Time that includes different subjects than our typical Treasure Time. On the other two weeks each month, we have other activities to attend before School With Friends, such as our monthly Forest School meeting)
U.S. Geography
Biography
Special Studies and Nature Journals
American Art Study
Architecture


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

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    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!

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