|The Bear's binder|
After Circle Time the kids are completely free to do whatever "school approved" activities they would like. They can work on their current goals (think TJEd compass...i.e. the kids decided on their own goals they want to work on for the next two months), do an art project, play any of the school games that don't require technology, etc. If they happen to do something on paper they can put it into their binder (again a TJEd inspired idea).
And then they chose some handwriting practice. Buddy has really been wanting to write but gets frustrated that his letters and numbers aren't perfectly formed. So frustrated that he ends up refusing to do any writing. So I suggested that we practice writing the letters and numbers he has difficulty with and he's been pretty happy focusing on them.
After about an hour and a half of school only activities we had a snack and the kids all ran outside to play soccer. Once it gets colder and wetter outside we'll spend some of the late morning using the computer, tablets or TV to do other "school" activities like typing.
Today we had lunch out with dad and then ran a few errands and stopped at a park. The rest of the afternoon will be freeplay at home. But this is also the time we could go to the library or go to classes, if those end up happening.
Around 4 pm we do chores. The Bear is in charge of dishes and sweeping. Buddy is in charge of the hall bathroom and garbage around the house. And Squeaker does the dusting. I vacuum and then start dinner. Dinner is usually low-key for us because we prefer eating a big lunch.
After dinner we play, read, and usually end up watching a silly show. Yesterday it was "The General" with Buster Keaton.
If you were curious about what the inside of the binder looks like: (goals and artwork)
And here is our new schedule posted on the fridge so I don't have to remember!