Are you trying to pull together a schedule for your high school homeschool?
A few years ago I had three high school students in the house and thought I’d share the easy homeschool high school schedule we developed after much sweat, blood, and tears.
It saved my sanity!
This homeschool high school schedule has four parts. The Friday before (when you prepare for the week), office hours, group time, and the following Friday, when you discuss the week’s history and literature studies.
Let’s just say, Fridays are packed!
The Friday Before
The Friday before is when you hand out all assignments for the upcoming week, and the schedule begins.
In my house, I posted the reading and writing assignments for history, English, and fine art on the kitchen door. The teens kept losing their reading assignment sheets, so I stopped giving each child their own sheet. Taping the sheets to the door solved the problem!
Hand your teenagers the papers they need to complete next week. These papers can include their notebooking pages, map work, questions for history or literature, and grammar sheets.
Have your high school students plan their week. In my house, I wandered around to make certain each teenager understands what is expected for each assignment and they actually did plan their assignments.
To be perfectly honest, I stood over my 6th grader as he planned. I carefully checked my 9th grader’s plans. I glanced over my 11th-grade son’s plan. I didn’t worry about my 12th-grade student.
By the end of Friday, you should have the next week planned. Tape the reading assignments to the kitchen wall (so teens don’t lose their assignment), and organize the papers to be completed.
Often high school students don’t need to meet with mom for 30 minutes every single day so you can explain their lessons in detail. They’re now able to read their math and science lessons, complete the practice problems or experiments, and move on to the lessons and tests independently.
However, teens do need you to be available to answer any questions that may arise.
So I decided to try office hours.
In the morning, between 9:30 and 11:30, I was available for any questions or issues they might have. The teens studied history and science while I read my Tapestry of Grace teacher’s notes, grade papers, enjoy a good book, and did anything that was easily interrupted.
The kids came to me whenever they had questions.
At the same time, the teens rotated through spending time with the preschoolers. The preschoolers got special time with their older siblings. The teens got a break. And misbehaving tots didn’t distract me!
Very handy when I was explaining algebra or chemistry to a frustrated high school student.
If you’re juggling a hundred and one different duties, add office hours to your schedule. You’ll find it simplifies your life!
Group & Quiet Time in a Homeschool high school Schedule
Once a day you should gather as a family. During this time you can study Shakespeare, art, music appreciation, grammar, and hymns. You’ll often find it referred to as morning time. But that doesn’t mean you have to meet in the morning!
I chose lunchtime that year.
While the children were eating, I read aloud to them. The preschoolers loved listening to a read-aloud as much as their older siblings did. All the kids enjoyed using chalk pastels, listening to music, and reciting poetry.
Group time turned out to be a relaxing and enjoyable time of our day.
Although the teenagers considered themselves to be comedians. A running theme of jokes and laughter made our group time just a touch longer than needed.
Group time was followed by quiet time. The younger children rested and enjoyed quiet activities in their rooms while the teens had two hours for concentrated study. This gave the teens a chance to curl up and read literature in peace and quiet. To wander off and read history under a tree. Or simply to finish off that last math problem.
I considered myself off-limits during quiet time with two hours of uninterrupted time to work.
Friday Discussions and Wrap-up
Fridays were for discussions, handing in assignments, and wrapping up the week.
We skipped the read-aloud during lunch. Instead, we held our weekly discussion for history, literature, and fine art.
First, my family covered the middle school history discussion which included a quick review of the history covered during the week. The high school discussion usually began, “Quickly review the middle school discussion…” so I insisted the high school students join or listen to the discussion I held with my 6th grader. Why do it twice?
The younger kids headed off for a quiet time after the discussion. The high school teens and I stayed at the kitchen table to discuss history and literature. This took a while, especially with comedians.
All assignments were due at this time. The kids handed me writing assignments for correction. Science tests were taken. History and literature quizzes were completed. In short, I wanted all completed work in my hands before the weekend began.
I handed out next week’s assignments after we wrapped up the previous week. And we’re back to the Friday planning session you read about at the beginning of this post.
The best two changes I made that year were to add group time and office hours.
The group time ensured that we covered the little things that are easily forgotten during a busy week.
Office hours allowed me to be available if the teens need help without the teens feeling like I was breathing down their necks or treating them like preschoolers.
This high school homeschool schedule allowed me to teach 3 high school students and a middle school student while chasing two preschoolers around the house!
Give it a try in your home to discover how it’s the easy homeschool high school schedule you need!