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Our days vary a lot. We are in a transition mode right now, moving, wrapping our minds around a new baby, and just the normal holiday stuff, plus school finals for mom and dad. So we are very relaxed lately, and I'm going to re-evaluate "the big picture" over January, when I'm off of school. This is what we've been doing lately.
I have a 6yo firstie.
Usually in the am, after breakfast, I ask her to make a list for herself. Math, reading, and writing are always on the daily plan. Usually we put art and music on as well. Then we decide if we have the time/motivation to add in science or social studies or others. On the back of her list, I write my list: poetry and fairy tale, those I will read to her.
So she puts a little check box by each subject as she completes it. I let her go in whatever order she wants, as long as it works for me, too. So sometimes I'll ask her to do music next because she can play independently while I'm in the shower. Ditto with the read-alouds, we'll do them whenever it's convenient for both of us, often taking our read aloud books with us in the car if we have a window where we're waiting for dad to get out of class or whatever.
Writing, at the beginning of the year was very mom-directed. We did three letters a week, using kinesthetic methods. Now that she has the UC alphabet down, I let her write whatever she wants, as long as she's writing some words every day. She likes to make the grocery list or take polls and stuff like that. She's just now getting back into writing stories again. Sometimes we count mazes or other fine motor as writing practice.
Math has mostly been workbooks lately, because I have that new mommy morning sickness, and just don't have the energy for a lot more than that. But I also will just count math as playing with the abacus or pattern blocks, doing dot-to-dots, etc.
For reading, at the beginning of the year, we did a zero book program. It was kind of mommy labor intensive, but totally worth it as my dd needed a special approach at that time. Now I think she's on or above her grade reading level, and she chooses a book to read to me daily. Reading is the one that she dislikes the most, so I don't really push it. We still do book free practice when she's especially touchy---my girl does not like having to "learn" how to do things, she just want to "know" it.
In the evening, she does karate in a group class or yoga at home with me. We also walk a lot to where we need to go during the day, and that often becomes our nature study time as well as exercise.
ETA Oh, I should add that it is my goal to not "school" too much of the week. We've been doing "the list" maybe four days a week. Saturdays we always go for a nice long family hike, and Sundays we just relax and clean up the house.
Happy and in love with my family!