This is our last week of summer vacation before school begins next week. I’m scheduling the homeschool while tying up the last loose ends before we begin next week.
Four Favorite Posts on Scheduling the Homeschool
To avoid planning and to get some fresh ideas for our homeschool day, I’ve been reading many wonderful ideas for scheduling the homeschool day lately. Here are four of my favorite posts.
Amy at Living and Learning at Home decided not to have a daily lesson plan this year. Here’s what she’s doing instead: A Classical Education with no Daily Lesson Plan?
Tonia at the Sunny Patch decided a dramatic change was in order for this school year. Here’s her post on Creating an Intentional Homeschool: Planning Your Daily Schedule.
Kyle at Aspired Living shared her family’s schedule for the new school year in Peaceful Homeschooling.
My Plans for Scheduling the Homeschool
After some discussion about scheduling the homeschool, the children and I decided to >start the homeschool day at 8:30. I’m not thrilled about the earlier start time, but it should work most days.
8:30 – 9:30 My 6th grader will spend 30 minutes playing with one of his younger siblings while I alternative between working with the preschoolers. The 3yo isn’t very interested in actual school work, but he does enjoy dedicated Mommy time. We usually play dinosaurs or robots together.
My 5yo daughter is diligently learning to read and write using Saxon Phonics K. It’s going well, but we’re having trouble transitioning to Saxon Math K. I may need to schedule math for the afternoons this year.
9:30-11:30 The teenagers rotate through watching the preschoolers while everyone does independent work. I am at my desk working with ‘office hours’. This simply means I am available to tutor, explain, and grade as needed.
11:30-12:30 Lunch time and group studies. While the children eat, I will be read aloud to them. Then the children will have play dough or art supplies available to keep hands busy while we run through grammar, Latin, and poetry memorization. The hardest part is not to add and add and add to this section and burn us out before we begin!
I am hoping our discussions will fit during this time on Fridays. Likely we’ll end up running into quiet time to complete everything.
12:30-2:30 Quiet time for the youngest children and study time for the oldest children.
2:30 – 5:30 The preschoolers have science, The Story of the World vol. 1, and art projects scheduled for the afternoons. This is when I might move the preschool math time. I suspect my 6th grader will join us most days.
My teens will participate in a few projects such as mummifying a chicken, but they usually have other plans for this time. This is when they finish school work, study German with their father, meet with friends, run to the library, or work on personal projects. Teenagers are busy.
This schedule gives us enough flexibility that running a few minutes behind in one subject or ahead in another doesn’t throw off our day, but enough structure that everyone in the household knows when lunch is and what the expectations are.
How are you scheduling the homeschool this year?