Quoting Janell C.:" advice that is wanted for those who would like to contribute 1. how do you think the layout should be ... [snip!] ... or didnt Im satisfied with the material/ curriculum. Open to any suggestions by teachers or mothers who have homeschooled. "
Well, I learned how to do class schedules/plans for that age group these last few weeks, so, can I take a crack at it??
My first suggestion to you, is to do what my teacher told us to do when we get our own class of students. Pick a main subject, and make everything from the week about that subject. Like, if you choose oceans, make as much as you can, be about the ocean in the classwork. Learn about sea animals, learn about the history of pirates, read some ocean books, make a small aquarium to learn about fish in their natural habitat, etc. Kids learn best when they have plenty of time to absorb a topic.
For the schedule you have, let me modify it the way we would in my class:
Eat,Wash,Pray =1 1/2 hr (I took out that TV show, because TV should be a reward for doing well in classes, not a pre-class thing. At his age, I sure didn't watch TV before I went to school)
Math = 15 min
Phonics and Handwriting = 15 min
Vocabulary Cards = 15 min (10 words to recognize by end of week) (Make a game out of some of this, and it'll fly by, and he'll memorize a LOT)
Arts and Crafts=30 minutes
Play time =30 min (Kids need time to unwind in between work during the day. 30 minutes is a good amount of play time)
Lunch=20 min (Give the kiddo more time to munch, lol)
Story time=15 min (Read more than a few pages. You read to him, have him read it back to you, start bigger books, but 15 minutes is more than acceptable for a gifted child.)
Popcorn and 1hr educational video (Popcorn and a Movie)= 1hr --
(I wound nix this all together. You could add in Science and take him out for a nature walk, or do other experiments. But no kid needs an hour of movies when they're being home schooled per day)
Phonics and Handwriting= 15 min
Math= 15 min
Free time BOUGHT on good behavior based by the currency they've earned throughout the day (currency system placed by husband and I to teach them value and reward system)= 15-30 minutes
Vocabulary= 10 min
Spanish Time! =10 min
Freestyle the rest of the day!!
Remember, his age group learns best through play, so make a lot of it into a game, and he'll pick up whatever you teach him easily.