All About our Home School Routine


– We did a homeschool routine
video several months ago, and after we published that one we got so many questions about it. So I thought we’d do
another follow-up video and show you more in
depth what our day is like when we’re at home homeschooling. Hi everyone. Addy, Maya and I are at home today. It is a Wednesday, which means
it’s a homeschool day for us. And we did a homeschool routine
video several months ago and after we published that one we got so many questions about it. People wanted more detail, they wanted to see exactly
what we did during the day. What materials we used, what
the girls were learning. And what we did to keep
school fun at home. So I thought we’d do
another follow-up video and show you more in
depth what our day is like when we’re at home homeschooling. We start all of our homeschool days with prayer and a devotional, because we feel like it just puts us in a good mood for the day. It reminds us of what’s important and it sets the tone for how
the whole rest of the day is going to unfold. We’ve been going through this mother
daughter devotional together for the last few weeks
of the six week program and it’s really nice because the girls have
coloring experiences that they can do. They do a little bit
of journaling each day after we read a little bit of the Bible and talk about it together
as mothers and daughters. (soft uplifting music) And if you haven’t seen one
of our most recent vlogs, Addy and I just went to a True Girl event and True Girl is who
puts on this devotional. Bunch of great books for
mothers and daughters and we had a blast, so be sure and go check out
our mother daughter trip video. – I’m all finished. True beauty is not about how you look, it’s about how you see. – And Addy looks like she’s wrapping up her journal for today, so we’re gonna say our prayer and then we’ll probably
move onto handwriting. – [Both] Yay! (soft electronic music) – There are so many different
ways you can homeschool and I’ve talked to so many
different homeschooling families and people’s days look
just incredibly different from one another. In our house, I try to
keep it pretty structured and I flow with a schedule similar to when I was an
elementary school teacher. And I think part of the
reason I’m very structured is because of my teaching background. It works well for us, but there is no one
right way to homeschool. And for handwriting we use
a “Reason for Handwriting,” which has some scripture
verses that the kids practice after they’ve practiced weeks and weeks of learning how to form
the letters correctly. They move on and write Bible
verses throughout the week. What verse are you working on, Maya? – “Help me to do your
will, for you are my God. “Lead me in good paths.” Psalm 143:10. – Each day of the week she
practices different letters and words that appear in the verse, and then when we get to the fourth day, she actually traces the verse. And then on the very last day, she gets to pick out, there’s
a whole bunch of papers that you can write a final verse on. And she gets to pick one out
and color it and decorate it and we’re gonna collect them
all and put them in a big book at the end of the year that we’ll have all of the Bible verses that they’ve practiced writing. Oh, that’s a cool one.
– It looks like Arizona. – It does look like Arizona. Now one of the things
we realized with Maya is that she was struggling printing, printing neatly and well. And I think we realized that–
– Come on. – You have learned how to hold your pencil not the proper way all through kindergarten. And so we’ve been trying
to correct that this year, haven’t we? And so what did you get to help you out? – This. – All sorts of cool pencil grips. I found a ton of really
neat ones on Amazon. We tried a bunch and I think this is one of our favorite ones. She just slides her fingers in there. Everything goes in the right spot and then she’s good to write. – Mm-hm.
– And Maya’s really working on slowing down, right Maya?
– Mm-hm. – Not rushing through writing so quickly. And then Addy, let’s take a
look at what she’s working on because she does handwriting too, but she’s in third grade so she has moved onto cursive this year. And she’s doing a really
good job with it, Addy. See her working on your,
don’t and instead– – And then trace.
– Which appeared in here in the Bible verse too. What’s funny is as an adult I rarely write in cursive. I think the only time
I ever write in cursive is when I sign my name. And so when I’ve been teaching Addy, I almost have to go back and
relearn some of the letters, because if it’s not in my name, some of them I didn’t remember. I’ve also heard that a
lot of schools don’t even teach cursive writing anymore because people don’t use it very often. So I’m curious if you’re in school, if you learned cursive there or if it’s just something
that they no longer teach? – I’m trying to circle. (muffled speaking) – For reading the girls both use a program called All About Reading and it’s a very intensive phonics program. So they spend a lot of time making sure to know all the phonics rules and building words and it
comes with stories we can read. So it’s just very heavily phonics I’d say. And while I’m working with Maya, Addy’s gonna be doing her reading. She has some reading from school and some books she’s reading for pleasure, and then we’ll swap and
Maya will go read her books and I’ll work with Addy one-on-one. All About Reading comes
with this giant board that we have all these letter tiles on or phonogram tiles. Consonant teams and vowel
teams and syllable types and we use this constantly
to build words together, and divide words into syllables. And label the syllable types. Right, it’s a lot of
word building with tiles. Maya’s excited because she might get her ears pierced tomorrow, so she is extra cheery today, aren’t you? But we gotta have a
good day at school first before we get our ears pierced, right? – Yeah. (soft upbeat electronic music) – So now that Addy
finished her handwriting, she’s moving onto her reading and she actually has some
reading from her tutorial. We go to tutorial two days a week where Addy’s in a third grade class and Maya’s in a first grade class. And in her third grade class
what subjects do you do, Addy? You do creative writing–
– We do creative writing, literature, science,
Bible, history, what, what, and art.
– Spanish. – Spanish and art. – And you have literature homework. And what are you reading in
literature class right now? – George Muller.
– George Muller so she’s gonna get her literature homework done because that’s due tomorrow. And then you’re also reading
for fun what books, Addy? – I am reading “Wayside
School is Falling Down.” – “Wayside School is Falling Down.” I read those when I was a kid. They’re hilarious. Addy loved “Dork Diaries”
and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” It’s kind of like those books from my days and I think she’s enjoying them. You go do your reading. I usually let them go sit on the sofa and get comfortable when they do reading. And Maya and I are gonna
finish up our reading here. – Yes!
– Yes, back to work. – One gumball, I taste want. – Wants, mm-hm. And what sound does the
A make in that word? Ah, a or ah? – [Both] Ah. (smooth jazz music) – I’m reading Junie B. Jones, “Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten “(and Other Thankful Stuff).” – Is it a good one?
– Yes! – Now Maya’s gonna go find a cozy place to snuggle up and read a book. She likes to read to Sandy sometimes too, so I’ll come in there when she’ll be sitting
on the floor with Sandy. And I’m gonna grab Addy and we’re gonna do her
reading assignments. (soft jazz music) Just like Maya, Addy
has a big magnetic board filled with all sorts of phonogram tiles. Addy has more tiles though because she is in a higher level than Maya because she’s older than Maya. And so as you progress
through all the levels you add more of the phonogram tiles. For example today one
of the tiles we’re gonna be working on is eigh, which is the sound A. (soft electronic music) It’s funny because as I’ve been going through all these
phonics lessons with the girls, it’s amazing how many different rules and tricks there are
to the English language that you just forget as adults that maybe you learned as a child, maybe you didn’t learn as a child. But going back and relearning them, it’s been kind of refreshing for me and it’s starting to
make words makes sense that you always wondered
why is it spelled that way? And now I’m reminding
myself of all the rules for why certain words
are spelled certain ways. And some of them are just odd. Some of them don’t
follow rules, right Addy? – Mm-mm.
– We have our rule breaker words. (soft delicate music) We are done for reading for the day so you can put your books back, and your box back. And we’re gonna move
onto our next subject. Big news girls, I don’t think I’ve told you this. – What? – But you’re actually almost done with your reading curriculum for the year. – Wait, what does that mean? – That means you’ll have
finished your whole book for third grade reading
by the end of February. – By the end of February? – By the end of February. We’re gonna move onto
the next grade level, but that’s pretty cool. – We’re gonna move onto
the next grade level? – Yep, so be doing fourth grade reading and Maya will be doing
second grade reading– – Yay!
– Early. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can move at
whatever pace they’re at, so we can slow down if
things are difficult and we need to spend
more time on something. And we can just speed
right through something that they’re catching onto really quickly. – Yay.
– All right, let’s put reading away and
we’re gonna move onto math. (soft delicate music) For math I use Singapore
Math with the girls which is a program that I really love. I think it’s challenging
and it really challenges you to think like a mathematician and really develop those
strong math muscles. The girls actually used
Singapore Math back in Phoenix, or at least Addy did in first grade, in kindergarten back in Phoenix. And then when we moved here and went to the public schools here, I felt like they almost took
a step down in the math. So this year I was really
wanting to get back onto Singapore Math and we
have to play a little bit of catch up to get back to
where they would’ve been if they had stuck with Singapore Math. But we’ve caught up and now the girls are just really excelling in math. And I love the program. ♪ Whoa oh ♪ – I’m gonna start by
working with Maya first. Yes, flashcards always first, which is just your
favorite, isn’t it Maya? – Yes, it’s my favorite. – I think you’re being sarcastic. Maya doesn’t love flashcards, but I think they’re important to do. So while I’m working
with Maya on flashcards and her lesson, Addy’s back there, she’s
working on her mental math and a time test. And then it’ll be time to swap. ♪ Whoa oh whoa oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Whoa oh whoa oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Whoa oh oh ♪ – Every time the girls
finish their flashcards they get to pick out a sticker and put it on their sticker chart. And then once they finish
the sticker charts, the girls get a special
reward of some sort. (soft inspirational music) – I only need three more! – Three more, she gets two stickers today because she finished one sticker for doing all the subtraction, and one sticker for all the addition. So three more and we get some surprise. Last time we did cookie decorating. Remember that with your
friends from school? – Yes, I wonder what
we should do this time. – I don’t know. – ‘Cause we want to get new
bikes for the marbles but– – [Lucy] We did get new
bikes for the marbles. – Wait, but– – We also have marble jars over here. I had these in my classroom when I taught. So these are the marbles they draw from. And whenever they work really hard, which is really most the time, they get to add marbles to their own jar. Each girl has their own. And then when those are filled up, we get another reward. So we filled ’em up one
time so far this year, and hopefully we, boop, fill them up another time soon. (soft rock music) Now Maya’s done with her lesson and so she’s working on some
pages from her workbook, from her extra practice book and her intensive practice book. And so now I’m moving onto Addy. Do you remember what we’ve
been learning, Addy, in math? – No.
– We’ve been doing length with kilometers–
– Oh yeah. – And meters and centimeters. And today we’re gonna work
on addition and subtraction of compound units. That means we’re gonna be adding and subtracting measurements and lengths that involve kilometers and meters. (inspirational rock music) ♪ Oh oh oh oh ah ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh ah ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ah ♪ – One of the things
that I really appreciate about homeschooling is that when the girls finish their work, I can right then and there correct it, call them over and they
can make any corrections or changes. So there’s that immediate feedback of knowing what you did
right, what you did wrong, and how we can change things. I feel like in the past
sometimes it would take a week to get a test back, or a week to get back
homework assignments. And by the time you got
it back it wasn’t fresh in your head, you didn’t remember it, and correcting it I don’t
think was quite as meaningful as it is now when we do it the first time. We correct it right
away and we can move on. (soft rock music) (muffled speaking) We spent a lot of time on math today and I think the kids are
getting a little bit restless, so I definitely feel like
it was time for a break now. I was hoping to take the kids outside for a quick bike ride, get a little exercise and fresh air, but unfortunately it’s
raining outside just enough that we probably shouldn’t be out there. So we’ll keep an eye on the weather and if it clears up we’ll head out. But for now, we’re gonna eat some lunch, and then I think I saw a cool package that just came in the mail that might have some treats inside. – Cookies. – Cookies?
– Cookies. – I think grandma and
grandpa got a treat for us. Should we open it up and see
what type of cookies they are? If they’re cookies? I’m assuming they’re cookies ’cause it says “Cookies” on
the box, but you never know. Addy’s finishing up her math still so we’re gonna give her
a little bit of time. So we’re not gonna eat
anything without her ’cause she would feel
left out, wouldn’t she? – Yes. – Let’s see. (exclaiming) – Yummy yummy yum!
– Look at these! These are beautiful.
– I want this one. Buttercream, frosted cut out cookies. – We’re gonna be eating
cookies for days I think. Days and days and days! Look at these. You want some cookies, Addy? – Why (muffled speaking) feet? – I don’t know. Yeah.
– Yeah? – I want cookies.
– Lunch first though. – Yeah. – The sky isn’t too dark outside, so I’m hoping we can get
outside in a little bit. We try to always get outside, get some exercise on the
days we homeschool at home. Addy does horseback riding
usually one of the days. The girls both do gymnastics. Maya does swim. But today we have no activities planned so I was really hoping
to try to get outside, so we’re gonna keep an
eye on that weather. (soft pop music) Food is done, but before we break open
the cookies one more thing. Dishwasher needs to be emptied! – [Both] No! (soft pop music) – And now it’s officially cookie time. (soft pop music) We still have vocabulary– – [Both] Spelling. – [All] And grammar. – So do you want to take cookies back to the homeschool room? We can get bustin’ along? – Mm-hm.
– All right, I’m gonna move this so
Sandy doesn’t get it. (soft folk music) For our spelling lessons
we use the program All About Spelling. Oh Sandy, stop barking, which is related to All About Reading. So we use the same board. They have spelling boxes, we do dictation. And again, they’re learning
a lot, a lot, a lot of spelling rules and phonics. (soft folk music) When we first started
this spelling program one of the things I found interesting, it took me a while to get used to is that there’s not a weekly spelling test where the kids memorize words all week and then they’re quizzed on it. Instead you’re just
learning rules continuously and sometimes the words
seemed really easy to me and I thought they were maybe too easy, but now I’ve understood that it’s just getting all those rules down
so that you can basically spell any word by the time
you’re done with the program. Maya, why don’t you get
out your “Wordly Wise” book and we’ll do vocab next? (soft inspirational rock music) We use the Wordly Wise
program for vocabulary for both Addy and Maya. I actually used it when I was a teacher, an elementary school
teacher and I loved it then and I still like it now. It’s great for all the levels. It’s really gets good and
intense for Addy’s third grade and it’s much more basic and
kid friendly for first graders. Do you like Wordly Wise, Maya? – Yes!
– What do you like about it? – That there’s some
stories that you listen to and whenever you’re done with the story you get to do some activities. – You do, don’t you? And at a first grade level
it’s really colorful and bright and just fun. It’s enjoyable. I think kids enjoy this. It doesn’t seem quite so much like work. It seems more like work
for the third grader, but I think she still does okay with it. We’ve moved onto grammar and Maya’s working on her desk with some copy work where
she’s copying some things. What parts of speech have we been learning a lot about, Maya? – Verbs.
– Verbs, which are action words. What else?
– Nouns. – Nouns, persons, place, things, ideas.
– Adjectives. – Adjectives and you the remember the other one? Like he, she, it, we, us. What are those called? – Pronouns?
– Pronouns, mm-hm, they take the place of nouns. Good job, girlie. I just finished up working with Maya. She’s gonna work at her
desk for a little bit finishing up her grammar. And then Miss Addy roo,
I’m gonna pull her over and we’re gonna do her grammar right now. She’s in another room studying
for a big history test that she has tomorrow at school all about the ancient Chinese
civilization, I believe. And for grammar we use “First Language Lessons
for the Well-Trained Mind.” And I don’t know how you felt Addy, but at first it was a little odd. Seems a little odd the program. There’s a lot of repetition, recitation, memorization, copy work and
it felt a little odd to me and it took me a while to get used to it, but I think it really lays
a really strong foundation. So I like the program now, but it was just very different from what I was used to using. It’s very classical. So Maya’s pretty much
done for the day now, so she’s gonna go just read
her book for a little bit while Addy finished up, because I like them to
finish at the same time ’cause it seems a little
bit more fair that way. Good job, girlie! High five! – Boop! – [Lucy] Wanna go add
some marbles to your jar? – Yeah, how many?
– About five marbles each. – [Addy] Five? – I usually let them add
five marbles to their jar at the end of the day if
they had a really good day and they did have a really good day. Everyone was on task today. There was no whining, which
doesn’t always happen, let me tell you. But there was none today and it was a great day. So we’re gonna finish up now and I think it’s clearing up outside. So I’m hoping girl we can go
for a bike ride pretty soon. – Yay!
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