I'm still getting up early each morning, though the time has settled in right around 5:00 AM. I realize that I needed to get up at 4:30 AM for a couple of weeks to decompress, but find that I am satisfied with a little later time. It feels right.
We started school last week and it is going really well. Adding Circle Time was Phase I. This is when we sing, recite our motto and poetry, and do some reading aloud. It is right after breakfast, lasts about a half-hour, and the boys get 20 minutes of free-time afterward.
This week is Phase II. After their short break, we recommence with Morning Lessons at the table. Copywork and Math. I am using MEP Math, our first time delving into a math curriculum. We are on Lesson 5 and so far, so wonderful. I am exceedingly pleased. I knew they were ready for it and both boys seem intrigued and excited. Me too.
Phase III will be adding in Phonics and Reading Practice. I'm not quite sure where to add this in, as they are ready for a break again by the time we are done with Math. I am taking my time to get a feel for our new routine.
Phase IV is going to be doing a larger household chore. They already do their Morning Chores (empty dishwasher, cat litters, clear the table, load the dishwasher, sweep), but I want to add some household maintenance to their daily routine. They fold laundry on Mondays and clean the bathroom on Fridays, so I'm thinking that vacuuming various rooms Tuesday through Thursday will fit the bill.
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