How Our First Block Session Went + What’s Next

As mentioned in the last post, we are now using the block scheduling approach, which means that instead of following a traditional school schedule, we homeschool for a set amount of weeks then take a week off. In our case, since I decided to homeschool year-round, we have school for five weeks then take the following week off for me to plan the next block and to make sure we have consistent (not too long or too short) breaks throughout the year. You can learn more about the block approach here. BTW, subscribe to her channel while you’re there. Trust me!

Our first block has come to an end and I have to say, this approach has worked wonders! I’m more organized and prepared, and my sun knows what to expect each day. It has made a world of difference in my confidence as a teacher and has given my sun a variety of subjects to learn, while keeping things fresh and flowing. We really enjoyed ourselves.

There were some changes following my initial post. Here are the topics I decided on for the first session:

4 days per week

  • Hooked on Phonics
  • Math
  • Site word memorization and spelling
  • 20-minutes of individual reading time
  • Read aloud time

2 days per week (subjects were on alternating days)

  • Literature curriculum
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project
  • Grammar
  • Spanish

Overall, we stayed on schedule and covered most of the subjects according to plan. We seemed to develop a good rhythm and did more or less, depending on the day. Having everything printed ahead of time was awesome — definitely will be doing that from now on. Also, having a detailed plan left no space for boredom or stagnation. We knew what we needed to do and did it. There are some subjects that will be changing in the next block, though — more on that later. We ended up going six weeks instead of five because of birthdays (both suns have birthdays in January, eight days apart), as well as other delays, but that’s ok. I’m pleased with our progress so far.

This is our off week, so I’m planning the next block, which will be four weeks instead of five because it will be almost baby time. Yay! We’re still homeschooling four days a week, but will be making some tweaks to the subjects we’ll cover.

4 days per week

  • Hooked on Phonics
  • Math
  • 20-minutes of individual reading time
  • Read aloud time

3 days per week (in a row)

  • Spanish

2 days per week

  • History (first 2 days)
  • Grammar (second 2 days)

1 day per week

  • Art or a STEAM project
  • Life skills

I’m dropping site word memorization and spelling, as well as the literature curriculum because they just aren’t working. My sun can easily recognize/figure out and spell site words naturally, and the literature curriculum was just too easy for him, so I’m scrapping them. Why waste time when he obviously gets them, you know?  Instead we’ll focus more on handwriting, integrating it into other subjects, as he needs the practice. I’m also adding in history (mostly family history) this go round, and will have him practice Spanish one additional day. Lastly, we’ll be working on life skills in the form of cooking and cleaning (per his request), and might even starting some seeds to be transplanted outside when the weather breaks. BTW, I’ll share all of the resources we’re using on a future post, so be on the look out for that.

These next four weeks will be full, but I think we’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun, too. Hope your homeschooling is going fantastically!

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