This past school year we were very scheduled. It was necessary for various reasons, but honestly I find it more stressful to operate in such a structured way. It just doesn't work well. In my opinion, life doesn't fit into a "box".
This year we have chosen to go with a more natural schedule. So far it has been working very well and the kids and I are all more relaxed because of it.
We don't have a particular starting time in the morning. We have set goals for each day.
Unless we have a specific appointment I don't set an alarm in the morning. Sleep deprivation has been a big issue for me personally the past couple of years so sleep is high on my list of priorities. When I get at least 6 hours of good sleep the whole day is better for everyone.
Generally I am awake by 8:30. If the girls wake before I do they play or read until I am awake. Then we move in blocks.
Block 1 - Morning
- Wake up/Grooming
- Chores/dinner prep
- Bible Study
- Table clean up
- Start school (2 subjects)
Block 2 - Afternoon
- table clean up / quick house clean up
- play outside time
- back to school (2 more subjects)
Block 3 - Evening
- project, computer or TV time for kids (varies by day)
- baths/dress for bed
- family time
Block 4 - Night
- kids prep for bed (brush teeth, get a cup of water, book, etc.)
- tuck kids in
- time with hubby
- my computer time
- bed time
Two things that I really need to work into the schedule somehow are sewing time and exercise. Those will be added in (somehow) in the weeks to come.