We are often asked “How do you organize your day? Or “Do you have a schedule?”. The short answer is yes, we do have a schedule. The long answer is we don’t always follow it and it changes all the time. We use it more like a guideline. If we want to start late or go on a field trip – no problem! If we feel like a day off – we’ll take 1 (or 2!). Here are a few tips on how to make a homeschool schedule:
- Make a list of topics/subjects – Develop a list of subjects and homeschool programs that you want to include in your schedule. Keep it simple and realistic. If you have too many things, leave some out and you can swap a few subjects later in the year!
- Type of Schedule – There are many approaches I’ve seen used including 1) daily schedule with times for each subject 3) daily subjects but no exact timing 3) theme days with no specific subjects or times 4) no schedule at all! There is no “right” approach to scheduling. Try multiple approaches and see what works for you! For samples of multiple schedules, see the files page of our Facebook page here.
- Format of Schedule – We used Microsoft Excel to create our schedule. This had a dual function as Mara learned how to use Excel and how to schedule. You could also use MS Word or turn it into an art project by making a schedule on bristol board!
- Post it – We printed colour copies of our schedule for all levels of the house. This way, no matter where our learning takes us, we have the schedule close by.
- Don’t get “tied down” – A schedule can provide structure and routine but if you don’t feel like following it, don’t stress out! Your child has lots of time to learn as the years go by. Skipping a few subjects or days doesn’t matter in the long run. In fact, fun leads to learning!
- Modify it – We modify our schedule often. Our original one was too ambitious; a few other versions didn’t cover everything we wanted. Revise your schedule as often as needed, that’s all part of the journey!
Our tips on how to make a homeschool schedule are a good starting point. Click here for another helpful article on creating a homeschool schedule. You could also use these templates and ideas to make a summer schedule for your kids!
Overall, be kind to yourself and do what feels best for you and your family. Remember you’re homeschooling – you don’t have to follow practices that don’t serve you. It takes trial and error to achieve a routine that works but you will get there!
Quote of the Day:
So called interruptions to our homeschool routines are in fact great learning opportunities.”― Belinda Letchford, Homeschool Mom, Blogger and Speaker
Lisa & Mara