I have racked my brain these last several weeks for a solution to how we will be doing our daily homeschool schedule. Last year was such a disaster and even more so because of my oldest’s rigidity with routine and change. I don’t want a repeat of last fall.
I need something that is pretty generic and could be used as a starting point on how to work the day. I am hoping to still be able to flex if needed, but also be structured enough for my oldest, the “time keeper”.
I stated in my post, 14 Stepping Stones for Homeschool Preparation, that I would give our schedule when I finalized it.
Since dividing myself 3 ways is physically impossible, I have tried to plan some allotted time for one on one (1/1) teaching with my two oldest kids earlier in the day when we are still happy . With that said, I will be doing my best to keep us together as much as possible.
I want to keep homeschool simple and as far away from what “traditional” school is all about. However, I like the idea of doing school first thing in the morning. Getting the hard stuff out of the way first and then using the rest of the day for unscheduled learning, errands, and relaxing sounds great to me!
I have a goal of ending at lunch. Afternoons would also be used for presentation prep for CC, lapbook beautifying, and other catch up work.
Of course, days that I work, my creative hat will have to go into high gear. We would be catching up on a different evening just on the basic topics like math and writing. When I’m at work, I have an expectation that certain “easy” assignments will be completed…this would include art, computer, reading, etc. I have also planned for “make up days” throughout the fall for those times when we can’t cover the needed material.
You will notice on my schedule I have thrown in a rule about electronics use. Having a child on the autism spectrum (Asperger’s) means you must put things in writing or a lot of time your rule just doesn’t even exist. Think of it like when documenting something important. If you didn’t write it down, it doesn’t count or might be forgotten.
I don’t want to have to argue about this later…call it a preëmptive strike.
I also made it very clear the schedule would probably be changing, because it will eventually.
I also have the luxury of having my husband home most week days. Sometimes he is more of a distraction but he is an extra body that I plan to recruit
Again, this schedule is generic. It does not include things like the fact that our Classical Conversations community day is on mondays, extra curricular activities, or specific chore time like the chickens. It also doesn’t tell you that I hope to get up around 5am and work out and shower before little feet run through the house. We’ll see if I have the motivation to follow through on the working out part!
It is simply our starting point for any given day. I am also using the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner, July 2013 – June 2014. I tried out some online resources but wanted something I could use even if the power went out or some other unforeseen circumstance happened.
Here’s a Daily School Schedule .pdf of what we are starting with. Using excel can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to start but once you get a few little tidbits under your belt you can be off and running to make something simple like what’s above.
I would love to hear what you do for your day or how you plan your day.