Julia recommended that I do a blog post on what our typical school day looks like. Finally, I decided to do this yesterday -- even though it ended up being anything but typical!
8:00 -- Usually when I get up in the mornings and come into the living room, I find Julia reading. Yesterday, she was starting Starship Troopers. She's heard her dad and brothers talk about this book for so many years, she finally asked if she could read it. She's still in her jammies at this point, and so am I.
2:00 -- Julia works on either history or science. Yesterday, Anna and I took off to the grocery store, so Adam supervised her work. Her history text is basically the Usborne History Encyclopedia. She outlines each page. We're only using the Medieval section of the book. She has many other books on historical subjects that she completes also. Recently she read David Macaulay's Cathedral and completed a 3-page study sheet on it. I grade her outlines. I do not give her history tests, because she loves the material and retains it on her own. She needs little supervision after lunch.
The science textbook is a 7th grade Abeka. She completes the questions and takes chapter tests, both for grades. She alternates between science and history each day, and we should have plenty of time to finish both curricula by the end of the year.
She's always done by 3:00, usually by 2:30. She'll keep plowing through during the day, so she can be outside to play with Sandy.
So, that's our typical school day. Not too rigorous on me, although I do need to catch up on my grading every now and then. The girls are willing learners. Anna has said that she wishes she could have gotten the education that Julia is getting now -- a Classical education, administered one-on-one at home, with lots of motivation, lots of interest, lots of fun. And no ugly middle school girls to bully her. Sigh. Well, we weren't perfect, but at least I can say we learned from the mistakes we did make, and we're trying to do a better job this time around!