Ok, first of all, there really is no such thing as perfect. It might take a couple of tries to get what feels like the perfect school schedule, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first time. The only way to get it as perfect as possible will be through some trial and error.
This will be my 5th year of homeschooling, and I still revamp my schedule every year. What might work one year, might not work out the next.
The key is to not compare your schedule with anyone else’s. Your children are not their children, so lessons and activities are going to be different.
After coming from a public school setting, where schedules are very strict, it was hard to loosen up and follow the natural ebb and flow of my children. We aren’t going to to math for an hour every day. It just didn’t work to try to force my kids into time restraints. Once I learned homeschool is NOT public school, I relaxed and was able to create a learning schedule that fit all of our lives and learning styles.
Are you wondering how to create the Perfect School Schedule for your family? Here are some things to consider.
1. Prayer and Bible Time One thing I can’t stress enough is making sure whatever your school schedule becomes, make sure the first thing you do is begin with prayer and bible time. Beginning your school day off on the right foot is extremely important. Asking for guidance and reading inspiring words will help set your lessons on the right foot. Hopefully this will be a habit your children will follow for the rest of their lives.
2. Are You All Early Birds or Night Owls? Determine when you all are the most ed-trio.com productive. Many families school first thing in the morning and are finished by noon. However, some people aren’t at their full potential until the afternoon.
3. What Is Your Family Schedule? Does your spouse work on the weekends but have a day off during the week? Consider schooling on the weekend.
4. Don’t Do “Work” 4 Hours A Day A lot of times parents are worried their kids aren’t doing “enough” school. School doesn’t have to only count when they’re sitting at a desk. School can be outside playing. It can be cooking in the kitchen. It can even be at the library. Don’t think your kids only need to be doing workbooks to be doing school.
5. Don’t Lock Yourself/Kids Into a Schedule Math from 10:00-10:45, Reading from 10:45-12:00. Don’t do this! One of the beauties of homeschooling is the reduction of stress. Schedules can be stressful for some and can cause a lot of anxiety when they aren’t followed. Children need to have the freedom to explore a concept as long (or as little) as they want. Follow their natural rhythm.
6. Don’t Label a Schedule Normal So many times parents want to follow a “normal” schedule. But what is normal? Is a public school system schedule “normal”? Normal should be what works for your family.
7. Give Grace No one’s schedule will ever be “perfect”. Life situations may cause times of inconsistency due to an illness, new baby, or new life event. The important thing is to remember that your school day should just be part of you life. Not your life should be a part of your school day. Give yourself some flexibly during those time of your life.
You’ve got this, Mama! Keep asking for His guidance and direction. You’re doing a great job!