Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Comparison of our lesson time to public school

Recently I had read a blog that the person was questioning how there home lesson time compares to the public school. I have all ready done this comparison.

Here is a copy and past schedule from the web site for G's public school and grade.

8:05 - 8:30: MORNING WORK AND DEAR TIME                                                                                                                                 
8:30 - 8:50: CALENDAR                                                        
8:50 - 9: PHONEMIC AWARENESS ACTIVITIES           

9 - 9:20: SPELLING                                                              
9:20 - 9:50: JOURNALS / HANDWRITING / WORD FAMILIES     

9:50 - 10:20: SPECIALS (PE or Music)                                                 
10:20 - 11:25: READING & GRAMMAR                                        
11:25 - 12:05: LUNCH / RECESS                                                    
12:10 - 12:45: MATH                                                                      
12:45 - 1:15: SMALL GROUP TIME                                              
1:15 - 1:50: CENTERS / SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE             
1:50 - 2: PACK UP                                                                          
2:00 - 2:20: RECESS
2:20 - 2:35:  SNACK

WOW THEY SPEND 1HR AND 45 MINUTES AT THE END OF THE DAY DOING NOTHING---WE ARE DOING THIS SAME THING BY 1:15 EACH DAY AND SOMETIMES SOONER....TIME TO SPEND AS A FAMILY, TIME TO READ FOR ENJOYMENT, TO PLAY OUTSIDE, TO GET OUR SHOPPING DONE, TIME TO GET WITH FRIENDS AND HAVE REAL SOCIALIZATION
Morning is relaxed with no special wake up time, ensuring each child get the rest needed. With that said they are usually up and have eaten by 8:30. They have morning grooming time to promote healthy habits (pratice what is taught) Straighten room up and then play together. No TV

Start time varies between 0945 -1030 but to show a schedule I will begin at 1000
remember this is for our first grader
1000-1005  Dress frog and weather observation combined lesson
1005-1010 Calendar and Pledge combined time
1010-1015 Responsibility of Class Rabbit Care combined time
1015-1045 Math lesson and workbook
1045-1100 Handwriting
1100-1145 Lunch
1145-1230 Phonics Awareness and workbook/Reading  (after all this is foundational work and time should be spent)
1230-1250 Grammar/Language Skills--also reinforcement of handwriting skills
1250-1300 Spelling lesson is Monday then she must self study it and be ready for test Friday--I rearrange the room this time to combine lesson for G and F for the "specials" that take place one each day of the week
1300-1330 Science/Health/Social Studies/Art/Music/PE

We use to have recess between some of this but now unless they ask for a break they just keep working through.  Rarely do they seek recess in the afternoon as they want to be finished.

So, when you compare our time to the public school and take in consideration the lack of distraction or the time wasted gathering supplies and books (as I always have the next item at reach), we seem to have more lesson time.