August 21, 2008

Homeschool Daily Schedule

We have a kind of crazy schedule at our house. What I mean by that is my husband's work schedule changes often so it is very hard to stick to a daily schedule. However, to try to keep as much sanity as possible around here I have come up with what I hope will be a workable schedule for the days that he is at work and the kids and I are at home doing school. This schedule is designed so that we can do this 4 days a week. The other days will be more flexible and we will do things like church, visiting, having friends over, baking, do the girls hair (that can take all day, I'll post about that later), do craft projects, go to the park, field trips, errands, grocery shopping, doctor's appointments, etc... Here is what I have come up with so far. I will post the chore chart and Morning List and Bedtime List another time.

Morning Block (7 am - 10 am)

--Me--

Wake Up
Wash Up/Brush Teeth/Dress/etc.
Prayer Time
Clean Up 1 year old/Dress her
Wake Kids
Help 4 year old dress
Make Bed
Start a load of laundry
Start a load of dishes
Make breakfast
Eat Breakfast/oral Bible Lesson or read-aloud while we eat
Table Clean Up
Dinner/Food prep
Chores (varies by day, see chore chart)

--8 year old--

Morning List (see morning list)
Quiet Reading Time (Bible Devotion)
Breakfast
Table Chores
Daily Chores (varies by day, see chore chart)
Play with or read to 1 year old

--6 year old--

Morning List (see morning list)
Quiet Reading Time (Bible Devotion)
Breakfast
Table Chores
Daily Chores (varies by day, see chore chart)
Play with or read to 1 year old

--4 year old--

Morning List (see morning list)
Quiet Reading Time (Bible Devotion)
Breakfast
Table Chores
Daily Chores (varies by day, see chore chart)
Play with 1 year old

--1 year old--

Wake up/get washed up/dressed
Baby Bible (look at or read to by a sister)
play time
breakfast
"Quiet sitting training" during Bible Study or read-aloud

Morning School Block 11 am - noon

--Me --

Help kids with lessons

8 year old - Copywork or cursive, Spelling, Read To Mama, Language
6 year old - Copywork, Spelling, Read to Mama, Language
4 year old - play with 1 year old, color, blocks, Sunshine Market, books, play kitchen, baby dolls, doll house, etc.
1 year old - play with 4 year old, color, blocks, Sunshine Market, books, play kitchen, baby dolls, doll house, etc.

Lunch - noon- 1pm

me - make lunch, eat lunch/read-aloud during or supervise hands on Bible Lesson while I make lunch
kids - eat, listen to read aloud during lunch or do hands on Bible lesson while I make lunch

Afternoon Block - 1 pm - 5 pm

---Me---

Help kids with lessons
Change laundry load
Blog/email/make grocery list/sort a box/rest/phone calls/sew/etc.
Make dinner if needed or warm up leftovers, make side dish for crock pot meal

---8, 6 and 4 year old---
Math, History, Science
finish up any un-done chores
play time

---1 year old---
nap

Evening Block - 5 pm - 8 pm

--Me--

Make dinner
Wash a load of dishes
Change laundry load
Eat dinner
Table chores
Bathe little ones
Put away some laundry
Talk time with husband when he arrives home from work
read kids a story/family time

---8 year old---
shower
dress for bed
eat dinner
table chores
play time/story time/Daddy time/family time
bedtime list (see bedtime list)

---6 year old---
shower
dress for bed
eat dinner
table chores
play time/story time/Daddy time/family time
bedtime list (see bedtime list)

---4 year old---
bath
dress for bed
eat dinner
table chores
play time/story time/Daddy time/family time
bedtime list (see bedtime list)

---1 year old---
bath
dress for bed
eat dinner
play time/story time/Daddy time/family time
bedtime list (see bedtime list)

Night Time Block 8 pm - 10 pm

--me--

change laundry load
shower/prepare for bed
prep for next school day/check papers
Bible reading
time with husband
go to sleep by 10 pm

---all children---
go to sleep



3 comments:

His Tender Mercies said...

I spent last night going over what we will being doing in our school day.....I'm not ready : ) I will have to try out a few different schedules before I land on one that works for us. I don't like rigid schedules....it makes me feel so robotic & learning feels forced. But how else do you get all that needs to be done with out forcing it? Ugh!

I'm in the same boat as you with my husband's schedule. He's self employed & isn't always working 9-5 hours. When he's home it's harder to stick to a routine.

Michele said...

You are so right! I don't like schedules either but when we have one our home is such a happier and more fun place to be. I'm sure we will make many changes along the way but but at least we have a framework to start with :0)

Anonymous said...

Found you googling a search for blocking time for daily schedules in homeschooling and just wanted to say hello. Love your blog.
Thanks for the help.
Julie
www.homeschoolblogger.com/juliestew