For example my 8th grader will be studying
- Geometry (Math-U-See,)
- Modern History (Story of the World,)
- English Literature I (Reading and Writing through the Classics,)
- Physics (The Great Courses: Physics and our Universe, How it all works,)
- as well as other areas of study like Art, Music, Home Economics, Health Ed, and Phys Ed.
In examining the yearly calendar I have discovered that there are 32 weeks in my formal school year (Sept 10- June 14.)
Each subject has a scope and sequence of material to be covered. By looking at the amount of material to cover I am able to dole it out evenly throughout the school year.
It ends up working out like this:
- Physics: 60 lectures in the series at 2 per week gets it done, with 2 weeks of wiggle room.
- Geometry: 30 lessons at one a week, perfect! Leaves 2 weeks for difficult chapters which might take extra practice to master.
- English Lit: I've decided on 8 units which will each take 4 weeks. 32 exactly.
- History/Geography: There are 42 units, each with 2 parts for a total of 84 items to cover. This means that we have to do History M/W/F. to get through them all - covering 3 parts or 1.5 units per week.
For each subject I write out a list of weekly goals: 32 weeks, 32 goals for each subject.
I don't put them on the calendar yet, though. I keep each subject listed separately and cross of the goals as we complete them. This prevents a lot of unnecessary erasing on the calendar, and in the children's assignment books.
Now that I have perspective, I put things into a weekly schedule similar to the kind we had in school, it has which subjects on which days.
- Social Studies - Mon/Wed/Fri 1 hour per day
- Science (Physics) - Tues/Thurs 1 hour per day
- Math -daily 1 hour per day
- Literature - daily. 1.5 hours per day - plus reading time.
- Gym - 1.5 hours per week (Saturday)
- Music - 1 hour per day (includes private lesson time)
How many hours a week does your middle-schooler spend on academics?