Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great Expectations

In establishing a new routine, expectations also get revamped a bit, and I like to write them out so there is no question.

About 8 months ago I did a thorough job of this and now I just jump on the computer and tweak and reprint as necessary.

For example, here is my Bible time expectation card:

Bible time

  • Sing one chorus (kid choice) and one hymn (mom choice)
  • Read daily verses in Bible
  • Draw applicable stick figures
  • Discuss applications -- what does this mean to us today?
  • Recite memory work (verses and books of Bible)
  • Read mission focus for the day
  • Pray
  • Read biography


Here is the Desk work card:

Desk work

(9:30-12:00 and 1:15-2:15)

  • Have the appropriate materials and tools
  • Work without disturbing others
  • Stay in your seat
  • If you get stuck, reread the instructions
  • Skip a task if necessary and go on
  • Save questions for time with Mom
  • Stay on task
  • Work diligently as unto God


We have other cards for desk work time, PE, piano, narrations, cleaning the school room.

These cards help by:

  • Clarifying expectations
  • Assuring nothing gets accidentally forgotten (like memory verses, for some reason I forgot to review them some days, but not any more!)
  • Encouraging participation (we all know where we are headed, and I even include directives like "listen to instructions" and "encourage one another" on some cards where appropriate. It doesn't mean they will always do it, but the reminder is there for all of us to honor God in our schooling)
  • Keeping us on task
  • Giving us the framework to always come back to
  • Giving us a common vision and goal

These have provided us with a solid framework for our homeschool day even when things may get off track, we know where to get back to.

These are a great help for me and the kids and have been such an asset to our homeschool day.

Enjoy more Thirsty Thursday.


Joy @ Five J's said...

Fabulous idea. Can I ask where you put the work cards?

6intow said...

Joy, generally we post the cards around the applicable areas or in the appropriate books.

The kids each have the desk work one tucked in their school work folder and taped to the wall or desk by "their" spots.

The Bible one I keep in our Bible, PE one in the room we usually use for that, etc. Ones that don't fit a particular area or book I post on the closet door in the school room for easy reference.

Thanks for asking!

Annie Kate said...

That's a great suggestion! Our Bible time is routine, whether we do school or not, so that's something we do not forget. But we do forget a lot of other things.

Annie Kate

Dawn said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Unknown said...

Good ideas. These would be great for a minioffice too.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing. Something like this would work for my very "visual" daughter.