I recently uploaded a new video on how to schedule homeschool which promised a printable of examples, so I thought I would use this post to give you a link to the video, share the free pdf of examples, and give you some notes from the video.
First, the notes:
When you are doing homeschool scheduling, establish routine for your HOME, because this is HOME-schooling.
(Remember, we are teaching our children how to LIVE, not how to school.)
Sure, we have the freedom to roll out of bed at 11 AM, then stay in our P.J.’s until two (or later)–but that gets old really quick.
We don’t have to go to the opposite extreme, either. Getting your kids up at crack o’ dawn and having them scrubbed and inspected by early o’clock gets just as old just as quickly.
Instead, strike an even balance. 7 or 7:30 am is a decent time for the rooster to crow (unless you have a super-loud rooster like my dear daughter who likes to crow at 5 am each day).
After this, teach everyone to tend to the basics they will be tending to for the rest of their lives:
- Make the bed.
- Get dressed in clean clothes and straighten the body.
- Fuel up in body, soul, and spirit.
Then, tend to the abode:
- Clean up after breakfast.
- Clean the bedrooms.
- Clean the bathrooms.
- Clean the common areas.
- Tend to the animals and other growing things.
- Do some laundry.
FINALLY…sit down to concentrated academics.
If everyone is up by 7:30, this should be possible by 10 or 10:30 (if this is taking too long, it’s time to declutter and organize).
At this time, it’s good to start with a homeschool routine:
First, “Together Time.”
If there are littles, begin with some wiggles to “get the energies out.” Then, settle down for some reading aloud–figure in some extra time for explaining and exploring as you read.
It’s good to start with the Bible and perhaps a hymn or two. Then go into a novel for at least 15 minutes.
Follow this up with book work.
First math, then practice in reading, writing, spelling and grammar. We put this stuff first because it is most important, so if you get derailed, at least you have covered the basics. It’s good to make this as self-directed as possible. I use things such as the McGuffey readers and Gentle Grammar. Ray’s Arithmetic and Saxon Math can be turned over to one’s child at a certain time so that they can operate on “auto pilot.” (I have a number of suggestions for history and science in my mega-post on homeschooling for cheap or free.)
About 12:00 is Lunch Break.
Make it a snack (or planned leftovers) so it takes very little time (or have lunch boxes already packed in the fridge for each child to take out at will).
Then, after refueling and straightening up, older kids can finish up, little kids can play, and Mom can do some laundry or take care of other household duties.
…or…everyone has quiet time; the olders complete their work, the youngers rest and read, Mom gets some quiet time and rest.
In an hour or so, it’s up and at it!
This is “free time.” Our kids either play outside or tackle some of their own projects, such as learning an instrument, drawing, going on walks, etc.
After this is another quick pick up and dinner prep.
Kids can take turns either helping you cook, or getting dinner up for the family on their own. The rest can do a quick straighten, fold clothes, etc.
After this is family time, then preparations for the next day and bed time.
There can be several variations on this model, of course, such as if Daddy works the late shift, etc. When our daddy worked the night shift, we held our version of “night school” and switched our family time to late morning and early afternoon.