Incorporating Independent Study in Your Day

WinterPromise includes independent study assignments in the Adventures in Sea & Sky instructor’s guide. You can see an example here on page 4. I didn’t end up using them though because we do most of the scheduled activities together. However, I think the sheets are a GREAT idea so I designed a simple schedule of things for Otter to accomplish on his own each day.

Independent study schedule

After eating breakfast, Otter knows exactly what he needs to do by looking at his schedule. I have all of the items he’ll need to use in a neat pile near his school desk. For any lapbook assignments, I have a printed sheet with information he may need to work from or copy in his lapbook folder and all of the lapbook printables ready to go. Teaching Textbooks is installed on a computer that does NOT have Internet and there are headphones available to him so he can concentrate on his work and not disturb anyone. After he gets all of his independent work done he’s allowed to have free time until we start school together later in the day. Before starting our other work, I check over his independent lessons to see how he did and answer any questions, etc.

I like this because it encourages Otter to take some responsibility for his own learning. It’s also helping him develop some good work habits.

If you are interested in giving something like this a try, you can download a copy of our schedule by clicking on the image above and alter it to work for your own children.