At FMA we keep on a tight schedule. We start our day at approximately 6:00 a.m. for History class. We must be in our seats five minutes before class starts, so we arrive in the classroom by 6:10 a.m. every morning we have class. We have to be prepared as well—we must have all pens, pencils, and books ready before class begins.

After class, we move to the most important meal of the day, breakfast, at 7:15 a.m. After breakfast, we begin our morning chores. Our responsibilities change when we change crews, which are Floor, Farm, Wood, and Kitchen.

After chores are done, we head back to the classroom (at 8:55 a.m.) for classes until 11:45 a.m., at which time we eat dinner.

After dinner, we all head to the classroom for our afternoon chore assignments, and then outside to do them. Our jobs change every afternoon, and range from construction to wood chopping. When chores end at 4:30 p.m. we all go back inside and clean ourselves up for supper. After we have eaten supper, we have about a half hour of free time.

At 6:10 p.m., we head to evening classes, which last until 8:00 p.m. After evening classes are over, we have one hour of free time to relax. Then we start what are called quiet hours, when we cannot communicate with other people, so we study or read, or just go to bed early.

At 10:00 p.m. we must be in our rooms, but there is no set time that we need to go to bed. On Saturday, we follow the regular morning schedule, but we have the afternoon off after dinner.

On Sunday, breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m., so we may sleep in a little. There are no chores (except farm and wood) on Sunday and also no classes. It is my favorite day of the week.

That’s how we do it at FMA.

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