Sometimes it really helps to see how another family schedules their homeschool day, so I thought I’d write about how I’m currently scheduling my family’s day. The schedules are always being tweaked and changed because the kids just don’t stop morphing into ever older children.
So here’s my homeschool daily schedule.
A Glimpse into My Homeschool Daily Schedule
Rise and Shine
I enjoy rising early. It’s quiet. The family is asleep, and I have the time to myself. This is when I do most of my blogging.
As the children wake up they chatter, wander the house, and find something to do. One takes a long bath every morning, another plays, and some curl up with a good book. It varies.
Eventually I wander into the kitchen to make breakfast and send the kids off to do their morning chores. After breakfast is the perfect time for us to do our weekly household tasks as well.
9:30 Morning Time
Morning time is short for my family. We’re currently memorizing the Witches Chant from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
After reciting our poem, we study the subject of the day. History was wonderful. We read from Story of the World. However my plans for the other subjects were virtually non-existent. The teens even argued over which composer we should study when I asked for their opinion.
This weekend I’ll be sitting down to prepare detailed plans.
10:00-12:00 Kindergarten and First grade
After morning time the teens disappear to study while the youngest have 30 minutes to play together. I prepare for our joint history and science lessons.
Both lessons are around 10 minutes long when done daily. I’m also finding the littles have better retention when we’re covering history and science every day. The short lessons also give me built in buffer time.
The my 8th grader first plays with his little brother for 30 minutes and then his little sister for 30 minutes. This allows me to focus on my first grader and then my kindergartner. We cover math, phonics, spelling, and handwriting during this time.
12:00 Lunch and Read Aloud
We come together again as a family for lunch. While the children eat, I read aloud from Tapestry of Grace’s recommended read-aloud. Right now we’re reading about Queen Victoria’s childhood.
The youngest two children run off for quiet time. They read books or play quietly. To be perfectly honest, I often find them playing quiet together when quiet time is over.
My focus shifts from the youngest two children to my teenagers. I spend 30 minutes sitting down separately with each of the teenagers in the afternoon.
Math and Latin are the two subjects I always touch on. It’s also a great time to discuss writing assignments and double check what’s happening in science and history.
I also give myself some buffer during this time to jump onto Facebook, check my email, and relax.
Around 2:30 we head out the door for an outing. To be perfectly honest, most of the time the teens stay home to finish their schoolwork. High school simply takes longer than 1st grade.
The littles I head take a nature walk, go to a park, the library, or run errands together during this time.
We return home around dinner time.
In the evening we eat dinner. After dinner the kitchen is cleaned and evening chores are done. The day is done. We relax, enjoy family time, and eventually head to bed.
As I mentioned, since the children are always changing and growing, my homeschool daily schedule adapts to the different needs of each season. Currently I’m homeschooling two distinct groups of kids. The littles who are K and 1st grade and my teens who are in the 8th and 11th grades.
The needs of both groups are dramatically different. Dividing the kids and focusing on the littles in the morning and the teens in the afternoons helps me meet the needs of both groups of children without going crazy jumping between discussing Jane Eyre and reminding a child to blend S-A-T to read SAT.
If you’re wondering, yes I do have a color-coded spreadsheet hanging in my kitchen!
What is your homeschool daily schedule this year?
Read more in the 31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool series.