Daily Schedule: K-3 and 4-5

This daily schedule is based off ideas suggested in The Well Trained Mind. It is worth reading the whole section, and the whole book, really, to get a better idea of what is recommended, but this is what we are planning to do this year (2017-2018) with a nine year old, two four year old’s, and a two year old. Everyone gets some time and attention towards their school work, more or less depending on their age, capability, and interest. They have the benefit of working together and being involved in each other’s school time to whatever extent they can be, but the little kids are free to go and play (or nap!) when they want to. Finally, they all get used to a routine that gradually increases their skills, abilities, and attention span in a fun and peaceful way.

Preschool and Kindergarten:  Age 3-5:

  • Reading: 10 to 20 minutes
    • read books together, out loud, and add to a reading log
    • read books on own, quietly
    • The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
    • short and simple ‘readers’, together, out loud
    • listen to audio books, together as we do other things
    • create narration and illustration pages, or coloring pages
  • Writing: 10 to 20 minutes
    • begin a writing workbook to trace and write letters
    • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Math: 10 to 20 minutes
    • counting, 1-100
    • addition and subtraction with manipulatives
    • skip counting (by 2’s, 5′, and 10’s)

TOTAL: 30 to 60 minutes

Grade 1 to Grade 5: Age 6 to 10:

  • Reading: 20 to 60 minutes
    • read books together, out loud, and add to a reading log
    • read books on own, quietly, and add to a reading log
    • memory work
    • create narration/copy-work and illustration/coloring pages
  • Writing: 20 minutes
    • penmanship (printing, then cursive)
    • copy-work
    • dictation
    • letter writing
    • creative writing
  • Spelling: 10 to 20 minutes
  • Grammar: 10 to 20 minutes
    • First Language Lessons
  • Math: 20 to 60 minutes
    • work with a concrete model, copy the concrete model, work without the model
    • Jump Math
    • practice worksheets
  • Science (and Applied Design): 20 to 60 minutes
    • read something, add to a reading log
    • nature studies
    • experiments
    • create narration/copy-work and illustration/coloring pages
  • Social Studies (History, Geography): 20 to 60 minutes
    • read something, add to a reading log
    • find the location on a map
    • create narration/copy-work and illustration/coloring pages
    • create a timeline
  • Arts Education (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art): 30 to 60 minutes
  • Physical Health Education: 30 to 60 minutes

TOTAL: 3 to 7 hours

General Goals:

  • Learn how to find information and how to fit it together.
  • Read books, do experiments, take field trips.
  • Write about what we’re learning, then write it and they copy it, then they write it themselves.
  • Review all work once a month.

Daily Schedule: K-3 and 4-5