Day 9: Carpe Diem: Homeschool Schedule by The Day, Month, & Year
Day 10: Grocery Shopping, Cooking & Laundry, Oh My!
Day 11: Swoon Worthy Learning Spaces
Day 12 Creative Storage Solutions
Day 13: Streamlined Record Keeping
Day 14: A Homeschooler’s Back To School Supply List
It almost seems like an oxymoron to use carpe diem or to seize the moment and to plan ahead or schedule in the same sentence, but that is exactly what learning at home becomes.
At first, your routine feels more like a taskmaster with very little room to seize the teachable moments. That is normal because you are trying to find a schedule that fits your family.
Sharing a tip or two on how to schedule your day, month and year will help you to learn to relax and know when to seize teaching moments.
Tips for scheduling the day.
Early and first in the day is usually better for a majority of children. I will point out here that I did not say it was always good for the teacher, but children learn better first in the day.
In addition, each family has to decide what they consider “first” in the day for them. For our family, we are up by about 6:30 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. so 9:00 is a good time to get started. I know another homeschooler whose husband works until 9:00 p.m. If they went to bed at 9:30 p.m., like my family, then her children would miss out on spending time with their dad. She has adjusted her family “first time” in the day to 10:30 a.m. and that is when her school starts.
You notice, I am not advocating that sleeping late should become a regular routine in anybody’s house. There are many times we have slept later and benefited, but in the long run, we get so much more done for the day when we get up earlier and maintain a good night time routine.
A quick but good breakfast allows everybody time to wake up and stay in a good mood for learning.
Schedule lunch good for your family and it doesn’t have to be noon. Since we rise early and sometimes earlier than 6:30 am. we tend to eat lunch earlier. We prefer to eat around 11:15 to 11:30 a.m.
I will show you a schedules tomorrow that might work for you on how to balance home and school.
Tips for scheduling for the month.
(One of my earlier homeschool co-ops because we are still meeting in a home.)
No homeschool hermits allowed. Kelley and I talk about this all the time because if it was left up to us we may just decide to not leave the house for any planned activities during the month. However, both the kids and yourself need a break.
A pace that has always been good for us through the years is to allow one field trip per month. When the kids were younger, I went on more field trips because their academic requirements are less as they should be in the first few grades.
The older your children get the harder it gets at certain times to get away. Plan ahead by looking at what events your local homeschool group have that are coming up.
(The Mr. had off work that day, so I picked up my nieces so they could join us and we were out the door to NASA.)
In addition, we have planned many family outings when my husband had off work during the month. Try to plan for a least on opportunity to learn outside the four walls of your home each month.
Tips for scheduling for the year.
Many homeschoolers enjoy homeschooling year around. When I first heard of year around homeschooling it made me exhausted to think about it, but that is only because I didn’t fully understand it.
I have several blog articles you can mull over too. Look here at:
You will find that you have many weeks left over when you can decide to take off during the year.
Look at the year and ACTUALLY Plan. When you refer to a calendar and put in days you want to take off, holidays and days you want to school, you are more likely to stick to your schedule. For example, you have seen the calendars listed on public school websites where they have days in service, holidays and student days off. Well—that is exactly what you need to do the first few years as you learn the rhythm.
I have created a form that helps you to do this. Look at how I planned one year.
You can download this form here. Option 3.
Perhaps you may want to take off one day per week to catch up on housecleaning. I have schooled many years with a 4 day week because I enjoyed having a day where I was caught up on laundry, groceries and bill paying.
Deciding a workable schedule now frees your time for seizing unplanned teaching moments.
Scheduling brings freedom and that is why I use the words carpe diem. Plodding along getting things done that you want to accomplish this first year of school will allow you the freedom skip a day or two of school.
Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to see a traveling exhibit at the museum that is only in for a week or miss an opportunity to socialize with your homeschool group by watching a play. Moments like that are treasures and bring a yearning for learning that will carry you through your journey.
Avoid being rigid and remember that living and learning will eventually become blurred. No, you don’t have to give up your routine or schedule, just savor the moment.
Hugs and you know I love ya,
Did you miss the first week?