Morning 3: Changing, maintaining, and extending


We’ll be revising and solidifying the morning routine for a few weeks to come until we come up with exactly what works. That being said, there does need to be a fair amount of consistency in order to achieve our goal of building routine and providing a structure in which the boys can effectively learn.

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Morning 2: Short but Sweet

Today Maxwell has a camp at The Little Gym at 9:30am, so it wasn’t practical to do the full 45 minute class. Instead, we did a simplified 30 minute lesson and then added another little 20 minute session at the end of the day.

We tried to do it with just the two of us before Patrick woke up, but you know…the best laid plans…dogs barked in the middle of calendar and baby woke up. Next time I’ll stick to the get dressed and eat breakfast first maxim.

Shorter Routine:
-Hello Song (we repeated for Patrick when he joined us)
-Days of the week song
-Calendar count and pattern extension
-season of the year (look at the pictures have him guess)
-sing months of the year song
(I’ll get back to you on what lyrics I used-can’t honestly remember)
-Weather check
We predict the weather first-explain vocabulary of weather prediction ect.
Look out of the window
We would of spun the weather spinner to the weather wheel, but Patrick ripped it off yesterday- sticking a piece of painters tape on it worked just fine.

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Maxwell is ridiculously bought into this and talked about the chart all day yesterday and how excited he was to find the next “hiding number”
Since today’s number was two we counted/identified “two things” eyes, ears, hands (clapped), feet (jumped)


Maxwell “taught” Patrick shapes and colors

-Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble (repeated from yesterday since he b struggled to find and circle the Js)
All took turns jumping over candle stick-even buzz lightyear.


-Maxwell chose “The Very Busy Spider” from book caddy

-“Today I feel” Wheel:wpid-20150730_085653.jpg Maxwell found this at Target yesterday and had to have it (a dollar-why not) He really enjoyed stating that he felt happy, Patrick felt sad, and that mommy was also happy. Later in the day he used it again when his balloon popped and he was then sad 😦


-Goodbye song (include everyone and parts of the class – calendar, number of the day, Jack be nimble etc)

Homeschool Morning Routine: Day 1 (what actually happened)

Before Class
-Got dressed
-Ate breakfast and discussed expectations
We sit
We listen
Free choice play AFTER homeschool
Posters stay ON the wall
Homeschool tools/toys are special
Yes, the Toy Story round of crew can attend class


-Hello Song
(Tune: Frere Jacques)
Hello____, Hello____
How are you? How are you?
Do a little jumping, and a little clapping
Turn around and sit down.

-Pledge of Allegiance

-Days of the week song
What day is it? Tomorrow is/ yesterday was…

-Seasons, weather wheel, and weather graph


-Count days of the month
-Continue calendar pattern

-0 through 120 chart (I have 119 days to figure out what I meant when I said we will have a “number party” on the 12th day


-Song break: Shake my Sillies Out

-Nursery Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble
Touch the words with pointer
Circle letter J
-Play “jump over the candle stick”
Boys take turns jumping over block as sing rhyme and insert the boys name’s

-Color song (neither boy liked-won’t do again)

-Maxwell teaches Patrick colors and shapes
Uses pointer and helps Patrick find the colors and shapes I ask


-High frequency word review and magnetic letter match
Read high frequency words (make matching animal sounds with a Patrick)

-Music time
Three high energy songs from “Music together” with instruments
Maxwell helped Woody the way I helped Patrick

-Alphabet Song
Using pointers and letter line on wall
A for Apple a a a…
Maxwell chooses book from book caddy

-Goodbye song
-Snacks/mommy finally gets coffee

After Class Reflections (keeping it real)
Patrick had zero interest in the puzzles I got him and generally roamed around shaking bells and maracas until we could loop him in with a song. He also pulled any number of toys off of the shelf and was devastated at the injustice of not being allowed to rip the calendar down.


The dogs also caused a good deal of distraction barking at every squirrel, jogger, and trash truck that passed. This wouldn’t have been as much of a problem had Maxwell not insisted that they attend school too. So, they were never more than three feet away.

It took about 50 minutes, but I’m thinking it’ll tighten up as we do it more often.

An hour a day begins tomorrow morning


It’s after midnight and I’m finally done preparing the boys’ Homeschool in our playroom. By homeschool I mean that I hope to have an hour of structured play everyday- 45 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before bed. Maxwell helped pick many of the school features, but there’s several surprises for him as well-most notably the Toy Story banner. I’m hoping that Patrick will be excited too.I know he’ll like the songs, and the color and shape posters will be a focus activity for him. I bought him a couple of new puzzles for when we’re doing “big kid stuff”. Although I am proud of the little room I put together for them, I mostly took these pictures as evidence that the room did indeed look this organized at one time just in the case that it gets destroyed tomorrow.

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