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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Still working on plans for the school year…

I am putting together a notebook that can travel back and forth between my house and Chris’s mom’s house that will keep Chris on a predictable school routine at both homes.  This is what I came up for a daily routine…



  1. READING – Read for a minimum of one hour a day. This could mean reading one book for an hour OR could be broken up into smaller portions. For example reading 2 books for 30 minutes each or maybe reading 4 books for 15 minutes each. Extra reading is encouraged and is a great activity when you find yourself bored.

  2. WRITING - Writing can include copywork, practising your handwriting, dictation, making lists, writing in a journal, writing a letter or a note to someone, a writing workbook page, writing lessons, practicing spelling words, writing a story or a poem. There are lots of ways to include writing in your day. Each day you need to have completed at least 3 writing activities.

  3. MATH - Each day will include at least 2 kinds of math learning. One will probably be a Teaching Textbooks lesson. Some of the other math activities may include – base ten blocks, flash cards, worksheets, educational website or iPad app, a computer program, books/stories or a game.

  4. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends children and youth accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity per day to achieve optimal health benefits. Some ideas to be active include – walking, running, riding your bike, playing at the park, exercises such as sit ups/jumping jacks/push ups/etc, sword fighting and so much more. The 60 minutes can be broken down into smaller portions. For example doing 30 minutes of bike riding and then 15 minutes of sword fighting and then 15 minutes of running.

  5. PRACTICING A SKILL - Put together a list of skills you want to develop. Work towards one of your goals by practicing a skill for 20 minutes. (Some kids want to gain skills in piano, basketball, guitar, or typing – each child has their short list of skills they want to develop. What are some of yours?). Your teachers (Mom, Auntie Pam or Uncle Wes) will also have some skills they know you need to develop.

  6. HELPING TAKE CARE OF THE HOME AND PETS - At Auntie Pam's house this includes feeding and watering the pets, bringing in the mail, keeping your room clean, doing your laundry, and any other tasks Auntie Pam may have for you day to day. ***At Mom's house this includes _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  7. EXTRAS - This will include the daily theme activities, and/or working on the ranch with Uncle Wes.

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