Several moms have asked me lately for some insight into our daily lives to help them with their schooling plans. So here goes. I will try to be organized in my answers.
Let’s start with our schedule:
We do school from Sunday evening to Friday evening.
Sunday thru Thur evening:
7 pm story time
7:30 Memory verse time
8 pm Bible Study for all ages
8:30 copy work
9 pm Big kid Bible/history lesson
Monday- Thursday AM
9 Am Devotional and prayer
9:30 Creation and Worship, penmanship and art
10 Am Reading lessons for beginning readers (big kids copy work)
10:30 Reading lesson for advanced students (big kids still copy)
11 AM Torah Tots (big kids break, chores, or Ind. studies)
12noon Lunch and lunch chores
1 PM 4th grade and up history
2-5 Ind. studies, math, science, grammar, etc.
5 PM Chores
6 PM Supper
Prep Day Devotions and Prayer
Prep Day chores and baking
Torah Time for all
Now here is what happens at each of those times.
7 pm story time,
Depending on the time of year depends on the materials. Around feast times I try to read stories that would match up with feasts. Often we read missionary stories too. I love to read them historical fiction books, especially based on scripture. A set of books I use, (that are NOT Torah books so I make adjustments as needed), are a series of books by Arnold Ytreeide that he wrote for Advent and Easter. I just change the words to feast words. I also use a lot of YWAM books. But just about any character building, Bible based book I will read out loud to my kids.
7:30 Memory Work
This year we are using Intoxicated on Life‘s Bible study and copy materials called Christ in the Commandments. The writer is not Torah Observant, but you might believe otherwise, when you use these materials. We recite the verses orally each night. We pick a long passage of scripture and memorize it as a family. Some of our favorites have been Philippines 4, Isaiah 23, Ephesians 6. This semester is the ten commandments Exodus 20.
8:00 pm Bible study. We are using some materials called Bible Study for all ages. I like it because it includes timeline activities and maps. I love timelines and maps. Oh it also has songs, I love songs.
8:30 pm my little kids go to bed, and my big kids do copy work. I will talk more about copy work later.
9ish (whenever dad get’s done putting kids to bed) We do a big kids Bible study, right now we are doing Revelation Revealed and making it into a history/Bible study. I am making it up, but Homeschooling Torah does use this book in their history curriculum.
10ish is bedtime.
Monday – Thursday school schedule
9 Am group devotions we read through a book of the Bible one chapter at a time. Last year we did Proverbs. This year we are doing Acts. We remind ourselves of who YHVH is and who we are and then we pray for our day.
9:30 We are using Torah Family Living‘s science copy work for a group lesson each morning. We copy the verse of the day and discuss it. Then I do a cursive lesson for the week, and an art lesson for the week. We do this each day expanding on the lesson. So if the letters are a,c,d,g,q. Then on day two of the week we write words with those letters in them. I write (or Lydia does) on the white board the verse and then the cursive lesson. We also use the whiteboard for the art lesson. I use Draw and Write through History for the art lesson. (I will be adding Homeschooling Torah’s science in to this time after Sukkot when the Torah portions restart)
My older children go to the table to do copy work. I work with my younger students at this time on different subjects. First I work with Stephen and Josh on reading. I am doing two things with them. Sight Words called SNAP words, and I am using Rod and Staff reader grade one to boost their confidence. After Sukkot, I will be switching them to Homeschooling Torah reading.
Next, I work with Zach. He is a strong reader and I am just having him read me Rod and Staff readers as well, right now. He will also make the switch to Homeschooling Torah materials after Sukkot.
Then I work with my kids that I call, Torah Tots. This is my kids from age three to 7, and my son who is limited. First we use Lessons in Yeshua’s Torah. I read the daily lesson to them and discuss it. They then copy the verse of the week (or I should say trace it). I use Torah family living’s Torah portions copy work for this. Each week they draw a picture on Thursday about the Torah portion. Then we do a Hebrew letter of the week, and we do an English letter of the week. This year I am using Rod and Staff preschool with them, but last year I did Homeschooling Torah’s preschool. I like to switch back and forth. They both take about the same amount of time, once you get the swing if it.
When my younger children are not doing lessons with me then they are playing outside and exploring with an older (adult sibling). This is an important part of education. Kids need lots of outside time to learn about our Creator.
Now while I am teaching all my younger children from 10-12 am. My older children are working on copy work and other things at the table in the room where I can see them.
Copywork in my house looks like this:
When you are about 12 years old, you should be ready to start your official copy books of Torah. These books start at Genesis 1:1 and will go all the way through Torah. I use Homeschooling Torah’s copywork sheets to prepare my kids to begin their copy work. When they first start their official books the goal is to be able to copy as many verses as they are old in one day. So, a twelve year old is to copy 12 verses a day. But it takes several weeks for them to work up that pace.
Copy work is the number on priority of my kids independent work each day.
They are to do it neatly. They are to read the whole chapter before they begin copying it. Then as they copy they are to be precise. Once they complete a chapter, they are to journal on that chapter and draw a picture for that chapter. Then they are to have their work checked. If there is any errors they are to be whited out and corrected. All copy work is done in ink.
I remind them often that copy work is not about putting words on paper, but about planting them in their heart and mind.
Copy work will take a student hours a day.
IF their hand get tired or they just get tired, then they take a break, work on another subject, or just do chores.
We break for lunch right at noon.
We do chores after lunch.
1 pm Then we do history for my 4th -12th graders. Right now it is just a little of this and la little of that. But after Sukkot we will get back to Homeschooling Torah and be doing year three. We do it all together. Homeschooling Torah is the best history curriculum.
from 2-5 my little kids are free to play and explore and we sometimes do baking and other activities with them then.
my older kids will do their math assignments (we use teaching textbooks), science assignments (we will be doing HT science after Sukkot year 1, we have done it before, but they will do the older student lessons on their own this time), grammar (HT), and music. They also pursue their own interests at this time. Gardening, Carpentry, Animal training, etc.
At 5 pm we do our daily chores. Super clean the house and make dinner.
6 pm dinner
Now at 7 we do the same schedule as Sunday night.
Then on Friday our schedule is different. Friday morning we have a special prep day devotional. I usually make it. I will read a passage of scripture that I think will help us prepare our hearts and minds for Sabbath. I will do a little teaching on why we take this day to prepare our homes, heart, and minds. Then we make our prep day cleaning and baking list. We spend the day getting all the work done, but all the kids are encouraged to find time alone on Friday to just pray and read their Bible to help them prepare for a day of rest. This may sound strange, but our lives can get stressful and our minds can get cluttered, so taking the time to destress and declutter is so helpful in having a peaceful Sabbath. Then after we have a special dinner on Friday night we also have a special time of worship and Bible reading. I start by reading My First Torah to the younger children. Then Jeremy reads the entire Torah portion to us. Then we discuss it. It is always a really nice evening.
So there you have our schedule. As you can see, we haven’t actually started all our lessons yet. I usually like to make the change at the beginning of the Torah portions because Anne’s lessons in Homeschooling Torah for science, history, and such line up nicely with the portions.
Honestly, the secret to being a successful homeschooling parent is remembering that it is YHVH who prepares His people for His work. He may be using you mom or dad to help in that process, but He doesn’t need you, so don’t get in the way of His work. The best things we as parents can do is to love learning the Truth’s found in YHVH’s Word, and walking in them. When our children see use passionately obeying Him, they will know this is the life worth living a life of obedience. Once our children have a heart of love and obedience, then their will be no stopping the learning process. Teach your children to read the Word, teach them to listen to the Word, teach them to obey the Word, teach them to love the Word. All wisdom and knowledge is found in YHVH’s Torah. Once they have that, they will be able to discern truth from lies, and will be able to study and learn anything.