Getting organized

I’m an educator by trade, and even for me, it’s a daunting task to try to keep Daniel, my 10-year-old, 4th grader on his school schedule.

What does a typical 4th-grade class schedule look like? I Googled it-

8:00-8:15–Morning Routine/Silent Reading
8:15-8:45–Word Study
8:45-9:50–Reader’s Workshop
9:50-10:30–Specials (music, art, library, comp. lab, pe)
10:30-11:30– Writer’s Workshop
11:30-11:50–Social Studies
11:50-12:10–Math Intervention
12:50-1:05: Teacher Read-Aloud
1:05-2:05: Math Workshop

It’s important to keep this kid on a regular schedule, so here’s my plan:

  1. Make sure he goes to bed early.
  2. Get him up early.
  3. Eat breakfast.
  4. Limit technology throughout the day.
  5. Silent Reading for 10-15 minutes.
  6. I Googled “4th Grade Word Study” and came across this from a school website (videos and PDFs). 
  7. Reader’s Workshop: Daniel will read and write about what he read. I looked up reading comprehension strategies. MPS has a great list of Reading Strategies. I’m going to use this as well.
  8. He will have to express his understanding by writing about what he read. Here’s the MPS list of Writing Strategies that I will also be using. I’ll also refer to student writing models from the Write Source website so I know what “pretty looks like”.
  9. Specials:
    • Gym: going outside and riding his bike, walking, going to the tennis courts, etc.
    • Music: He’ll practice his guitar, learn about musical periods and movements.
    • Art: He has his own art supplies. My mom is an artist and can Facetime him private lessons. YouTube is a great resource as well.
    • Cooking: I’ll have him cook with me. We’ll work on measurement and safe cooking practices.
  10. Social Studies (I’ll go to the MPS Student Resource page/Online Resources):
    • Citizenship
    • U.S. History
    • World History
  11. Math: MPS Student Resource page
  12. Science: MPS Student Resource page and I have a science workbook I ordered off of Amazon for 4th grade. I’ll use online resources as well.
  13. Philosophy
    • Logic
    • Socratic seminar
    • The renaissance period- art, music, philosophy
  14. World Religion