Schedules Vs. Routine

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.

 

Here is an article to read on the subject:  

http://drmommyonline.com/how-a-daily-rhythm-can-save-your-homeschool-day

 

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!):


MORNING

Creative Play

Breakfast

Morning Chores

Devotions

Math

Language Arts

 

AFTERNOON

Lunch

Lunch/mid-day chores

Science or Social Studies 

Hands-on activities (art, music, field trips, library, P.E. or health)

 

EVENING

Dinner

Dinner time chores

Family games, a movie or read aloud time

 

NIGHT

Bedtime chores

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.

 

 

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