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  1. We have tried the loop schedule in the past, but ditched it. Now we are going to be trying it again. What I'm trying to figure out is the planning part of it. We do not have any requirements for our state, but I do like to keep records and I do issue grades (at the request of my girls!). Currently, we use Homeschool Skedtrack, but I'm having trouble seeing it in conjunction with the loop schedule. I have been messing around with Olly, and I'm not sure about that one, either. Do most of you who loop like to use a planner or are you more likely to use a spreadsheet or table? Do you prefer planning ahead or writing things down as you go along? (I actually like to keep a list of assignments in order, so that I at least know what is coming up next.) Do you prefer pen and paper or something on the computer? Thanks in advance for any and all input. :D I think my plans are coming together, but something is missing...
  2. how are you liking it? i first learned of the concept a few weeks ago blog surfing, and i must admit, i'm drawn to the idea. a little background on my family, i have 7 dc, 2 currently in PS, 1 in college, the others homeschooling, i have a 2yo who is autistic, who will be in preschool next year and probably the autism program, his twin is gifted, i think, and he's super easy, so he'll be doing preschool next year, 2 of my dc are LD, not sure of the specifics yet, so i have a LOT on my plate. honestly, i'd not even consider us REMOTELY classical anymore, but this is the best board ever so i'm still posting here. My goal for our scheduling is to 1. not crash and burn 2. get some stuff done, once in a while and 3. not be CONSTANTLY stressed out. I'm thinking a full loop schedule for all categories would be a good fit for us. not sure how that would work with individual children and subjects, maybe just have one loop and have them each work at their own level at the current loop topic? Any thoughts?
  3. A little bit ago I posted needing ideas for loop scheduling. We ended up settling on a schedule, eliminating some subjects, and it's working really well. We don't get to everything in a week, which was my hope, but that's okay--we DO get to it, and usually finish loop part in 4 days, rather than 3. Just wanted to say thank you to all of you who helped me figure this out....for now ;)
  4. For those of you using a loop schedule with kids who work largely independently, how do you write up their assignments each day/week? Right now, my kids each have a planner into which I write their daily assignments. That allows them to see what they need to complete that day and also helps me to see what they have finished and what they have left to do. I can't figure out how to reconcile that with a loop schedule, though I am intrigued by the idea.
  5. how do you set up your lesson plans? There are so many things we seem to never get to that I have decided to give the loop a try. Here are my plans Our school hours will be 8:30 - 1:00. DD8 and DD11 will do math, writing, Bible and reading daily. Bible is done together first thing and reading is done in the evenings. They should have their daily subjects finished by 10:30. For our loop I have it set up like this. Geography Science Grammar History Art French Cooking Lapbooking Composer Study Nature Study So I am trying to get a jump on the New Year by writing up my plans for the next 12 weeks. If we do not have time limits on each loop subject how do I write out my lesson plans. Do you just divide them by lesson and complete each lesson per session? Just looking for some ideas. Thanks!
  6. I am a box checker and I have been giving each of my kids a checklist for the week (I use HST+) with all their assignments so I've created box checkers! When they are done, they are done. However, some of the subjects like science, art, foreign language I tend to just let slide. They finish everything else and are waiting for me to get to those things (bc we use DVD or computer, require me to set up needed items, etc.) and then I'm burned out or have work (at home work) to do so they don't get done. So how have you successfully introduced this to your kids particularly those who were using a checklist before? Should I set a time that school is going to be over for each day and say we are going to work until that time is up? I'm worried my kids are going to balk at this and then drag through their required subjects still leaving us in the same predicament (but worse if I've moved a number of subjects to the loop.) If I say we are going to do at least 3 things from the loop (or whatever) isn't that kind of defeating the purpose of the loop? I guess I'm nervous to attempt this and don't want it to backfire bc I think it could really work well if I implement it correctly! I also need to step us some assignments with my kindergartner as he is eager, ready to learn but obviously needs me to work with him and I'm hoping the loop is going to allow me to do more with him.
  7. Our new semester starts in January and there's nothing like waiting until the last minute to get a handle on things. :glare: I'm combining my 4 kids and I'm thinking about trying a Loop Schedule together. Daily, everyone will do Math and our Read-Alouds. Throughout the week, we would loop through the following subjects: Language Arts Latin Literature World History Religion Logic (I should probably just include this with math) German US History Art History Science I know this looks a little over the top. :001_unsure: The reason why I don't have LA in the daily list is because my two oldest kids have flown through several LA programs this year. :o I'm thinking a loop schedule might allow us more time to spend on each subject, instead of just doing 10-15 minutes of something and moving onto something else. It might give us more time for science and art. Does anyone else do this? Does it work for you? How many subjects do you get through in one day?
  8. Last August there were lots of posts about loop schedules and people were excited to try it out. So for those that did, how did it go? I have 3 kids in school now and the older 2 are able to be a bit more independent, so I thought it might be a good time. I am curious about how the loop worked when you combined subjects, as well as the ones you didn't.
  9. I'm interested in doing the loop schedule. I have 11 kids but only 7 do school and 2 are preschool. My main that HAVE to get done is bible, math, spelling and phonics. I love the 3hours a day year around. But what do my kids do while I'm teaching the oldest math and have to wait their turn? Play? Because it will take more then 3 hours. Joyce swan mentioned she did calvert. Is that mostly independent. I guess I'm not understanding this much. If I teach the loop also then my kids are sitting around and waiting for mom? Can some explain it to me:)
  10. I'm wondering if anyone follows a looping schedule AND workboxes? If so, how does that look for you and your kids?
  11. If you are, how is it going? If you tried and quit, why?
  12. Due to my crazy work schedule and commute time we have fallen into a loop schedule of sorts. The problem is even though we are learning lots, and I am happy we are making some what decent progress in some areas I am still feeling short of time by the end of the week. Basically we have about 4 hours daily to teach and have lunch-which really works out to about 3 hours. On paper it seems like ample time BUT it rarely works out that way. With me teaching 3 different levels(though focusing on the older 3 more than the pre-k one), and all 3 having various LD(and that means I have to work 1-on-1 with them or they can't focus and stay on task) it feels like we are moving at a snails pace and by the end of the week only finishing approx 2 days worth of lesson plans (and these are not heavily planned days either.) Compared to our nightmare year last year we are making great strides but I worry about it none-the-less. THose that use a loop schedule have you worried near the start of the year like this but saw a completion by the end of the year anyway? Did you have to give up non-core subjects to keep up the pace? Right now I am focusing on math, LA, science and history and still feel behind. We do math and LA daily but alternate the other 2. This week we added in a bit of nature study, history of the horse and a legal study they asked to do BUT that meant adding school time after work to fit them in. I have not even been able to start our foreign language, art, poetry, music or memory work yet due to the slow pace of the main subject areas. IT is very frustrating right now to feel good about making the progress we have but still feel like we have so far to go kwim. Is this normal for those using a loop type schedule?
  13. If I want a class part of the loop but I *need* to have it show up for three days during the week, how do I do that? Do I put it higher in the list of all the subjects that are looped? I've seen some people say they do that but I just don't understand. The subjects I am looping are English, Italian, ASL, and music. I need to have English 3-4 days a week, Italian 3-4 days a week, Music- 3 days a week, and ASL- 1-2 days a week. Any idea where I should put them so that in a normal week I would see them as many times as I need to? Thanks.
  14. Ok, I have been following all the threads about Loop Schedules and visited all your blogs as well. I think I am ready to jump in, or at least dip my toes in the water. I have found this year a little more difficult to really get much done. I have a first grader and a 5 month old. The older two are fairly independent, aside from WWE, grammar and Logic with my 6th grader. We have pretty much followed a block schedule, but I have found that we have been skipping Art, music and even Science at times. Even after trying to devote one day to these subjects, I find we use the day to work on anything else we may not have done. I just need to stop pushing other subjects back, so here I am. So..... where do I start. I figure a modified loop is best. Daily: Math memory work (10 minutes) Spelling (only about 10 minutes) Latin Loop: depending on each child But what if there are subjects we do not need to do more than twice a week? I would like to be finished by 12. Do lunch and then quiet time until about 3PM. Is this really possible? Has it worked for all of you? Also, I saw that one of you ladies posted about calculating the hours needed per subject each year, and dropping it once the hours were met (is that right), but I can't find the post. Does anyone else do this? Lastly would any of you like to attach you schedules? I would love to see them and possibly even tweak one for myself. I have come to realize that most of you are a lot more creative than I.:lol: Danielle
  15. We started school last week and are using a loop schedule instead of planning everything out. So I have a set amount of time in the morning, then another set amount of time in the afternoon for school. The idea is to work hard during the set time, then when time is up, we stop where we are. Then during the next session we just pick up where we left off. Now I know that it will probably take several weeks or more to get everyone used to this, and am prepared to deal with some "bumps." However, I have a "bump" that I'm not quite sure how to handle so I need some advice. Ds does not like to write! Well, handwriting was the last subject on his list before beginning a now cycle and it was not pretty. Instead of doing his lesson, he resorted to tears and "I cant do this," "I hate school," etc. Now I am a little bit flexible with being able to shuffle things a bit (if you don't want to do spelling, then do math first then come back to spelling etc), but you have to finish one complete cycle before beginning a new one. So, he ended up wasting about 30 minutes before apologizing for his behavior and doing his handwriting. He really is a hard worker and very self motivated for the most part, but also very emotional and stubborn at times. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to handle a situation like this if/when it arises again? I'm trying to teach my children to streamline their work. If we can stop getting distracted and work from one subject to another then there will be more free time in the afternoons to explore what they want. Any suggenstions would be greatly appreciated.:confused:
  16. I love the idea of the Loop. I think this would be fantastic for my older child especially. How do they know what work to do next? I realize some things are easy...math is just the next lesson. Easy planning. But not everything is like that. So if they are working independently on their loop, where do they get their assignments? Thanks!
  17. For those of you that follow a Loop schedule AND have set up your lessons based on the "the" filing system :001_smile:, how do you have everything set up in your weekly folders? I have diligently ripped and copied and have my files all set, at least for the first 18 weeks of this year. However, we are mid-way through week 2 of school, and I'm already seeing that this just isn't going to work for us. At all. I wasn't organized last year. We started hs'ing in March at ps "spring break" and I just got what I needed and did the next thing in each subject until the end of the year. I didn't realize it until today really, but I was following more of a loop schedule. For this year, I have set my files up with everything assigned to a specific day during the week. My kids hate it! (and so do I!!!) I need to go through and reorganize my files asap back into our loop-style schedule, but I'm not sure of the best way to make use of the filing system with this schedule. Any advice? :banghead:
  18. I've been working for a couple of days to figure out a loop schedule that will work for us...Here it is! I borrowed a schedule from here. then, i hacked it to suit my purposes. What resulted was a loop chart for my son that includes all the subjects for a week. We do school every morning from 9-12, then 1-2:00 quiet / independent time. tea time and poetry / read-aloud / game time is at 2:30 - 3:00 for snack and an easy end to the day, then play until dad gets home and we sit down for dinner. Everything in dark blue must get done every school day. The light blue things are subjects that need to be addressed once or even better twice a week, with total flexibility, as long as the goals are met. Once I worked this out, i realized that really, i've been doing this for a while now, but never called it a "loop schedule." it just seems to be what works for us. You will also notice that there are only four days per week, with no specification as to which day is what. We have a four-day school week with Classical Conversations on fridays. i have built the schedule to reflect this. My hope is that goals get met...not that a schedule is set in stone. go to my blog for easy access to the document.
  19. I know there's several (possibly hundreds of) threads on the subject, but I've read through most of them and either: 1) I just don't have it together enough to get it, or 2) I haven't gotten enough coffee into my system to pretend that I have it together. How exactly would a loop schedule work for elementary classes? I understand the idea of plotting out how much work should be done each day, but how does that jive with not doing all of the subjects everyday? How do you know how many times you need to do a subject during the week? And do you set up a certain amount of subjects per day, or do you just do school for a certain amount of time each day? Do you ever end up taking all day on a certain subject? And do your kids hate you afterward? Just kidding on that last one... How does it work if your kids aren't taking the same amount of subjects? Do you try to line classes up at the same time (ex. everyone does math together, no matter what level)? How do you split your time between the kids? And in your opinion, what's the pros/cons of doing a loop schedule vs. a set schedule? Hmmm, I think that's all of my questions for the time being. Thanks! Sara P.S. Geez, I just noticed that I'm still in the K-8 Curriculum Board, so I hope I posted this in the right place.... If I didn't please let me know.
  20. I revamped our schedules this week and put everyone on a loop and I love it. It has really been a lifesaverfor all of us, but especially my sixth grade son. He has always fought me on school work but this week has been a breeze. No stinky attides, enthusiam for projects, time to pursue his own interests in the afternoon. . . I could go on and on. In fact, I had to laugh because several days he made it all the way around the loop, hitting every subject, in a much shorter time span then it used to take when I was making a detailed too do list for him every day. My highschoolers are enjoying it also - they are turning in more quality work because they are free to work more deeply on a subject rather than just working to get items checked off. A big thank-you to all of you who have presented this idea!
  21. I'm in high school but I adopted the loop schedule. I do three hours of school work in the morning and do all my academic reading and research in the afternoon. Anyways, I understand the point of the loop is to just go with the flow. (no pun intended) So, what do you do about lesson planning? I have a lesson planner but I don't want to write what I will do in my book for the certain weekdays because then I'll feel I need to make it there even if it doesn't fit into the loop for the day. Do you write out general plans so you know what you need to do each time the class appears? I can't explain it well at all. Since the classes aren't timed and the point is to take your time on the lesson for the day in each subject, do you have a general lesson for each subject that you need to do each day? Do you write them specifically or very general. I suppose a better question would be, how do you plan lessons when you use a loop schedule? There, that about sums it all up :tongue_smilie:
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