What should my homeschool schedule look like?
Think in terms of routine rather than schedule. Schedules are more rigid. Routines are more fluid. For most homeschoolers, strict schedules aren't flexible enough, and can cause lots of frustration when things don't go as planned. On the other hand, everyone thrives on a good routine. Routines become habits. Habits become a way of life. With a well established routine, you will have a more harmonious homeschool where learning takes place naturally all throughout the day! It will take some time for you to reach the point where it seems comfortable and natural. It is worth working toward, just like all good habits.
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Your routine will depend on your family, and the ages and needs of your children. It might look something like this (but please experiment to see what works for you!):
Science or Social Studies
Hands-on activities (art, music, field trips, library, P.E. or health)
Dinner time chores
Family games, a movie or read aloud time
Storytelling/silent reading, prayer
Lights out & sweet dreams!
It may be a few months before you feel that you have a routine that works for you! Give it time and enjoy the process!
Remember that routines can shift and change as your family grows and changes. What worked last year may not work the next year. It's okay to adjust to accommodate the needs of the family. After all, meeting the needs of our family in the best way possible is why most of us homeschool anyway!
If you would like some personal assistance, you might find a curriculum planning session to be helpful and a boost in confidence. Most families who are just beginning do feel much better after sitting down and talking through it all. Call the HOME Office at 207-763-2880 for an appointment.