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    2009-2010 Average Day Chart

    August 13, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    I‘ve been working on my Average Day Chart, trying to figure out how I am going to manage my time. This year is going to be different, as there is a neighbor girl {henceforth referred to as “M.”} who will be joining us in the mornings. And people say homeschooled kids aren’t socialized. Our children and M. will be together most every single day! M. is approximately four months older than A., but she is an oldest child, and a bit more advanced. On the chart, it looks like A. and M. are doing the same thing at the same time, but that isn’t necessarily so. Because they will have different levels of ability, they will be doing different, similar things at the same time. So, for instance, if they are working on writing letters, A. might be on capital A while M. might be on little d. It just depends on where they are at.

    Anyhow, here is the chart {two pages total}:

    Average Day Chart 2009-2010

    I apologize for the colors. They look quite nice in my spreadsheet, but every time I transfer files like this to Scribd, I end up with garish colors. I am not willing to doctor it. Also, the formatting is nonexistent on the second page. I don’t know why. Does this matter?

    In case you are wondering, we are doing Song School Latin at a slow speed. Our main goal is to learn to sing the songs and acquire the vocabulary. Only E. will be doing the actual workbook pages. I will probably spread chapters over two or three weeks instead of doing one per week, especially since I’ve only planned 15 minutes per day, and usually only four days per week.

    I am trying to convince Si that we need to spend our Christmas money on Latin by Rosetta Stone and never buy another language program again.

    During Ambleside Time, we will add any new necessaries to our wall timeline. I went through the year and prepared dated pictures for everything I could think of so that the children can simply take turns cutting out whatever we need to add that day. Perhaps someday I will have them draw pictures for the timeline, but to be honest one of my goals is to keep it beautiful and neat because it is on the wall of the main room in our house and everyone has to look at it for a full year.

    Last year, we did spelling before Circle Time so that we were fresh for the subject. It was E.’s hardest subject at the time. Well, he has relaxed a lot and learned to enjoy spelling, but beyond this I cannot put spelling during the time that M. is with us. Too often, we went “over” in the time allotted, and since I am wanting to do a large variety of things with the girls, I don’t want spelling to eat up our morning. Better to do it in the afternoons when most of the other children are sleeping and M. has gone home.

    One of the things that I think is going to happen is that we get more done with M. here. I am determined to fit the bulk of school into the morning so that M. can benefit from all of it. At the same time, I also do not have a newborn, nor a pregnancy, for the first time…in seven years. So I don’t have those things causing me to spread school out over a larger space.

    I didn’t put Q. on the chart, but she will be there. She will be required to join us for Circle Time. After that, I am going to see what she wants to do. If she wants to play, she can, but if she wants to join M. and A., I am open to that. I definitely plan to have her present for most of the Special Projects Rotation, which is what I’m calling all my random extras that aren’t in Circle Time this year.

    By the way, I switched out the folk song. I know, I know. I made a big deal about The Jam on Gerry’s Rocks, and now I changed it? Well, I just decided that I wanted something more upbeat, and so we are going with an oldie but goodie, Turkey in the Straw.

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  • Reply Brandy August 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm


    I look forward to seeing your list. I really want to go out to the Organic Pastures Dairy once the temperatures are consistently bearable…before the rainy season starts up! (Is that too picky?) If you send me a list, I might be able to conjure up something myself. Sometimes I just need a little inspiration.

    Sorry I haven’t contacted you about getting together this week. All of my plans fell apart when I caught a cold. πŸ™


    I look forward to hearing how the crib play works for you. I have never seemed to need that approach (never say never…I feel like I will regret the day I mentioned my good nappers, like their skills will suddenly disappear or something), but I have always wondered about it. Specifically, does it have an impact on their ability to sleep in that location later? With my first child, I thought for sure he’d get “confused” by something like that, but now I think babies are pretty smart.

  • Reply Mystie August 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I’m glad you have good nappers, and that you’ll be in for an easier year than previous.

    This next term I’m going to try the Kendra/Managers of the Homes tactic of crib play for 30 minutes and see how that goes. I’m dubious, but I also don’t mind letting a 20-month-old fuss and learn who is in charge. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kimbrah August 17, 2009 at 4:15 am


    I have been thinking of field trips and I left my Fridays completely free, so I will email you with my ideas. πŸ™‚

    By the way, my word verification this time is bugaquet. Funny, huh. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kansas Mom August 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I’ll be posting our day chart later today, such as it is. I find it hard to believe life is going to fit into those boxes. (And I know it can’t work like that every day, but it’s even hard for me to believe it’ll work most days.)

    I had to stop reading (aloud or to myself) while nursing after a while because Second Daughter kept attacking the book, even if someone else was holding it. If it was close enough for me to see, it was close enough for her to reach. So it can be a problem even without bottles! Luckily now she only nurses for a few minutes, but it’s not a scheduled thing so I didn’t even try to plan for it.

  • Reply Brandy August 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm


    We have done school with me “wrestling” a little person before. I might have good nappers, but my milk supply issues (and my choice to go ahead and nurse and then supplement), meant extremely long feedings, and when I was giving a bottle I had no spare hands! I remember having my then-6-year-old holding a book and turning pages for me for an hour while I had an infant on a nursing strike. Times like that can feel SO discouraging. (I’m sure I have more times like that ahead of me than I do behind me!) A friend of mine reminded me often that stages like this don’t last forever, and she was right, for now we are going to be, from what I can tell, in an easier year than we’ve experienced before. Hang in there!

    I’d love to see your schedule if you post it. Seeing how other families structure their days keeps me thinking outside of my little box. I think this year’s chart is pretty appropriate, but there has been more than one time when I trashed the whole chart and started over with everything except breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

  • Reply Kansas Mom August 15, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Wow. Second Daughter does not nap like that. Today and yesterday, for example, she took one nap. For thirty minutes. I plan to school with her climbing all over us and everything else, dodging over to keep her from harm every few minutes.

    Thanks for posting your schedule. I finished ours a few days ago and plan to post it. Of course, I have no idea if we’ll actually be able to follow it, but you have to start somewhere.

  • Reply Anonymous August 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t have a clue where that napping gene came from.

  • Reply Brandy August 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm


    Latin. Yes. I haven’t actually read Climbing Parnassus, but I am familiar enough with the argument: studying Latin and/or Greek develops certain habits of thought due to the structure of the languages. Because of this the benefits reach beyond mere language learning (if we could call it mere). I plan to have E. ask the neighbor to tutor him in some conversational Spanish. It helps to live in a bilingual neighborhood!

    So are you planning field trips for me yet? Just kidding. Well, sort of.


    I feel bashful answering this question because I know not all families are blessed with good nappers but…yes. He sleeps the entire time. Our children seem genetically predisposed to napping well; the only time we’ve ever had problems were when allergies were acting up or general illness. So he typically goes down between 8:30 and 9 and won’t wake up until around 11:30. He will also go back down right around the time I begin spelling with E. Well, maybe I should have planned that for more like 2:00, but we have flexibility in the afternoons.

    Of course, he is getting older. I anticipate this schedule working well until he is 18 months, but I am unsure about anything beyond that. Thankfully, that gets us through almost the entire schoolyear.

  • Reply Mystie August 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    What does O. do during your morning school time? Does he sleep that whole time?

  • Reply Kimbrah August 14, 2009 at 5:30 am

    This is great Brandy! I have already nailed down what our days are going to look like, but its nice to see what other folks days look like, too. I really like that you guys are starting with Latin. I am going to steal that. I had planned on doing French, but it makes much more sense to begin at the beginning. I also like how you are doing fairy tales just once per week.

    I feel like there is still so much for me to figure out! I am not expecting to fit everything in this year, but I want to give it my best try at least. Thanks again for the insight. πŸ™‚

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