I get asked as a Tutor, "What do you do with the Memory Work at home and how do you fit that into your school?" I first would say that CC's Memory Work is the crux of our school! We add Math, Spelling and Reading to what is already laid out before us week by week in the Foundations Curriculum. I can't tell you how much I LOVE THAT!! How simple can it be? She's made it so easy compared to where I came from with homeschooling.
I'll share a day in the life of homeschooling with CC. However, I want to emphasize that how it looks for me, may not work for you. You need to understand the unique needs of your children and the available space in your house and what works best for you family. The great thing about homeschooling is that it can look however it works best for you children and you - and that is awesome!
We are blessed to have a finished basement in our home. I have a school room set up down there for the kids with chalkboards, whiteboards, desks and bookshelves. That works for us best. The reason it does, is two fold in my house. First, I'm as easily distracted as my children and can get off task if I'm up in the kitchen where my phone and the computer and other "temptations" are. Second, it helps my children switch gears because we "go to school" in the homeschool room in the basement. So it's a visual/mental shift for us all and helps us to focus.
I have friends who homeschool best in their kitchen or dining rooms. I'm not disciplined enough to be able to do that well. However, you just need to find the space that feels like it works the best for you to be diligent and the kids be focused. There are also "seasons" in life where it may work to do one thing for a little bit and then go back to what you were doing before. We have done school in the kitchen area when we've needed to be up there due to things going on outside of our school room. However, I prefer to focus and step away from the noise of life upstairs.
We start our day with movement after we've eaten breakfast and gotten dressed for our day - any chores are done for the a.m. as well. We take a walk or ride bikes or if it's raining we have a therapy room and they may jump on the trampoline or swing. It helps with focus and attention for my kids. Then we head down to the school room and "go to school".
Our schedule is going to be a little different this year as we are adding a Wonderful Wednesday into our week. This is a day to get a few of the families we do CC with and lapbook together (we are using the lapbooks purchased separately from http://www.wisdomandrighteousness.com/resources/memory-work-lapbooks-for-cycle-1/ , do pin maps of our year's geography, make a more messy/elaborate craft or experiment and play review games together as a small group.
Mondays - we have our CC Community day - so we don't do anything beyond that with the exception of Latin in the afternoon and a Math game. My daughter and son both love to read so they do read a lot of books throughout the year when there is down time. I try to make sure that there are really good books available throughout their day. I also subscribe to a few magazines that are great for casual reading such as: Chop Chop, Zoobooks (evolution base of thinking but we discuss the "errors" together) and Answers.
Memory Work Review
Geography (world map drawing and week's location review)
Reading (independent - chapter series books)
Read aloud - classic book read by me
Online games for review such as math skip counting or world geography
Wednesdays - Wonderful Wednesdays:
Lapbooks (purchased separately from http://www.wisdomandrighteousness.com/resources/memory-work-lapbooks-for-cycle-1/ )
Review the Memory Work
Nature walks and study along with keeping a nature journal
I also leave this day "light" for field trips, play dates and to catch up with anything we weren't able to complete during the Tues/Thurs timeframe.
Sounds easy enough....right?