Sunday, November 17, 2013

Homeschool Schedules

A recent picture of my five I'm homeschooling this year.
Here is a question that I received about homeschooling and "getting it all done."  I thought I would post it and post my reply along with our HS schedule this year.  Hopefully this will help someone out : )

I hope all is well. I'm hoping you can share some homeschooling mom wisdom if you don't mind. The last several weeks we've had a tough time getting school finished at a decent time, even when on days I feel like we start on time. Some days it's a lack of focus, others it's whining or moping and of course some days there is both. It's growing very frustrating and I'm not sure how to handle it. I feel quite defeated and a bit like a sacrifice to the cause. I don't want to be selfish in my heart but I'd really like to squeeze in more exercise and a shower I really appreciate your constant help and encouragement. A

My answer:

I know what you mean by going through tough times. It ebbs and flows around here as well. Have you made a school day schedule? I know that having a schedule, having it posted where everyone can see it and even having Dad go over it with the kids really helps. I would set a reasonable amount of time for each subject and then even if they are not through, move on to the next thing. Then in the afternoon when it might be "fun time" or even after dinner when dad is home, they have to finish their "homework." This might make an impact if they are missing something fun like a game with Dad, baking something with you or TV. After we clean up breakfast and do morning chores, I get the kids going on independent easy work like handwriting and drills and then I jump in the shower. So after I'm dressed for the day, we start our CC work, LA and Math. Does this make sense? Also, I've found that I have to get up between 6 and 6:30 every morning and work out first thing or it probably won't get it done. Also, make sure that you are not actually giving them too much work. I know how easy it is to push that oldest super smart child : ) Blessings!

Here is our homeschool schedule for our
days T-F (we have our Classical Conversation co-op on Mondays.) It may be a little hard to read but you can basically see how I lay things out.

Blessings to all you homeschool moms out there!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your open and generous post. Your family is such a blessing to ours and to so many others!


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