Sunday, October 9, 2011

Typical Daily Schedule for Eighth Grade

Someone on the Well Trained Mind boards asked what a typical middle school daily schedule looked like and I posted this info for them.  I thought I'd also post it here in case anyone who doesn't read those boards might be able to use it.
Our schedule varies some from day to day because of outside classes. It also changes from month to month as classes finish up, etc. Here's what my son is currently doing (eighth grade):

Monday -

8-9 He spends about 10-15 minutes on something religion related that changes from week to week. The rest of the time is spent in reading his literature selection for that week.

9-10 Math, which is generally one or more lessons of VideoText algebra (unless he has extra homework to complete for his outside algebra class).

10-11 Language Arts work and Foreign Languages; Geography - He's just doing some light work in geography this year. Right now that's one page a day from a workbook. He does a page a day from Easy Grammar Ultimate. He does an exercise a day in Vocabulary for the College Bound. He does either a lesson in Latin or a quiz or test. Some days he has some cursive copywork to do.

11-12 Piano lesson

12-1 Lunch

1-2 Outside Writing through Lit class

2-3 Reading history related texts (and sometimes taking related quizzes; or he sometimes takes those during his language arts writing time).

3-4 I'm reading history aloud with him and discussing, or we're watching history videos, etc.

Tuesday -

8-9 Religion/Reading (as on Monday)

9 - 9:30 Begin written work from Language Arts/Language/Geo block (as on Monday) - we also are reviewing Easy Grammar Plus and completing some exercises from that book not used last year. He splits up his writing for the week from his outside class and does one fourth of it on this day.

9:30 - 10:30 Outside Algebra II class

10:30 - 10:45 Continuing with written work and/or reading in car

10:45 - 11:45 Outside Spanish class with a native speaker

11:45 - 12 Continuing with work in car on the way to lunch

12 - 1 Lunch

1-2 Finish up written work; review science info, finish up projects, and/or do science reading in preparation for science class.

2-4 Physical Science Class with a friend at our house (covering simple machines and gears right now)....

Wednesday -

8-9 Religion/Reading (as on other days)

9-10 Complete about half of work assigned by Algebra II tutor

10-12 Complete block of language arts, languages, geography, as on other days

12-1 Lunch

1-1:30 Logic

1:30 - 2:30 History related reading

2:30 - 3:30 Reading aloud, etc. with mom for history

Thursday -

8-9 Religion/Reading

9-10 Other half of math work for the week

10-12 rest of written work, as on other days - if I can, I work Logic in before lunch, too, so that he can just read afterward. If not, then I take it with us and cover it prior to his co-op classes. We are trying to actually leave the house earlier than 12 a grab a bite of quick lunch because he has added in a 12:30 P.E. class at co-op that I hadn't planned for.... (Also work from Easy Grammar Plus on this day and complete Spanish homework, as well as exercises from another Spanish workbook used at home.)

12:30 - 1:30 P.E. at co-op

1:30 - 2:30 Home Economics at co-op

2:30 - 3:30 Wacky Science (physical science, mostly chem related this semester) at co-op

3:30 - 4 reads on the way home (whatever is most pressing)....

Friday -

8-9 Religion/Reading

9-10 Generally Videotext if other math work is completed

10-12 Standard exercises used the rest of the week, plus other things as time allows, such as review and revision, extra map work, memory work, other writing, etc. He's finishing up his writing for the week, so if he needs more time for that, other things may be left for another time.

12-1 Lunch

1-1:30 Reading time right now, because we're on our way to a fall chemistry lab that is already almost half over. Later this will be logic time.

1:30 - 4:30 Chemistry Lab (right now, but this will usually be history reading time for most of the year - if we don't have a Friday field trip!)

Because we have no outside classes on Wednesdays right now, I've been scheduling periodic outings on that day of the week.

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