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Age 7-9 daily schedule (also asking about the possibility of a 4 day week)

momma b
Hello, brand new to MBtP (though i've been researching for a few months). I'm struggling to find a sample that shows me what the average day for a age 7-9 user would see for the complete MBtP package (excluding math, obviously). Is there one on the website that i'm missing? I'd just love to see how long our day will be with MBtP. I like the bookshark 4-day schedule, but much prefer the MBtP curriculum, so i'm also wondering if its possible to occasionally do a 4-day week, perhaps for a full unit at a time?
Keith H
College Station, TX

Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Before I answer your question directly, I should provide a brief overview of how we approach scheduling. Folks that are familiar with the schedules that Sonlight and Bookshark provide are often a bit nonplussed when they realize that we don't have the same thing. We structured our system differently so that we could provide more flexibility and ease of use.

Here is how it works.

Each day you complete two lessons -- one in language arts and one in science or social studies. That's it. The year-long schedule in just one sentence.

Our units are each 3 weeks long, so if you finish these two lessons each day, you will finish each unit within the 3 week time frame. We have even built in a few buffer days in each unit so you can still have field trips and extra review built in. Each morning when you start your day, you just pick right back up where you left off.

Now back to your question. If you want to see what a typical day would look like, navigate to our sample center for Age 7-9. Pick out one sample lesson from language arts and one sample lesson from science or social studies. That will give you a good idea of what you will be doing on a given day with Moving Beyond the Page.

You mentioned that you like a 4-day schedule, and that works fine with Moving Beyond the Page. Just make sure that you finish each unit within a three week time frame. For most units this will just mean that you won't have any of the buffer days.

I hope this helps you out. Let me know if you need any clarification.

Sofia G
Tuxedo Park, NY
Hi Momma b,
I think it really depends... For example, I've been using this curriculum for about 3 years now and have found it VERY difficult to do what is expected. It is writing intensive! While I don't object to this, sometimes I find it to be overkill and simply have my daughter answer some questions orally in order to not fall behind (inevitably, we ALWAYS fall behind anyway...sigh). It is not as simple as Keith makes it sound. Don't get me wrong...I love this curriculum! It definitely makes the child think critically and independently which is what you want. However, when it comes to time invested, be prepared to put in your hours.
Elizabeth F
Grovetown, GA
What my daughter knows we kind of skip and just talk about it throughout the day.
Alot of the 2 day lesson plans can be done in just one day. We usually spend about 2 hours total doing all our school work. Some of the work can be writing intensive. for example after reading a chapter my daughter is supposed to write in a journal, She does not do that. also after a chapter is read there are questions that are to be answered and I will ask my daughter the question and write the answer she gives me down. It cuts down on a lot of school time. I also read her books to her during school, since it is faster, and at night for her daily reading she will re read the chapter I read earlier in the day. We don't spend a lot of time on our lessons as long as my daughter understands what is being taught. And surprisingly she retains a bunch of the information concidering how little time we spend doing her work. Buf that is the good of homeschooling. You know how much and how little time your child actually needs to learn.
So a 4 day week can be done depending on the child and how thoroughly you go through the lessons.