After a day at CHEA, and getting to view my chosen curriculum up close I got inspired to do a little more planning and set up a rough weekly schedule. I first found and printed the table of contents for my science (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Life) and history (Story of the World - Ancient Times) curricula.
On a side note, it makes me laugh that science has 28 units and history has 42. Don't they know a typical school year has 36 weeks? But then who ever said homeschoolers were typical?
Here's the plan by subject, allowing hopefully no more than 30 minutes for each subject:
Math: 4x week
Reading: 4x week
Phonics: 2x week
Grammar: 2x week
History: 2x week
Science: 2x week
Journaling: 2x week
Bible: 2x week
Nature study, field trip, music, art, poetry: 1-2x month
And by day:
Monday: math, phonics, reading, history, journal
Tuesday: math, grammar, reading, science, Bible
Wednesday: math, phonics, reading, history, journal
Thursday: A rotating schedule of field trips, nature study, art, music, poetry, games, handicrafts, and general free learning time
Friday: math, grammar, reading, science, Bible, plus possible mini co-op in the morning
You will notice that there is no spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages, current events, or P.E.
I've added several subjects this year (journaling, poetry, music, and grammar) and I'm trying not to bite off more than I can chew! I would like to add some of these things eventually, but need to pace myself.
We will do P.E. this year in the form of ballet classes, park days, playdates, and some activities and games with little bro and sis, but it's not during school "time" (which is in the afternoon during nap time for the little ones) so it's not on the schedule.
Now since I have 6 more weeks before actual implementation this may change multiple times. And I'm sure it will be tweaked as we get into the school year. I'll have to review this post in January to see how and what we've done with our schedule!