Here is some helpful advice on how when scheduling your homeschool day you will have time to spare.
When creating a homeschooling schedule, areas of instruction, student age, and family schedule should all be taken into consideration.
These three things should be integrated to come up with a homeschool schedule that will benefit children and adults alike. There is no need, however, to redesign the wheel. Use tools available to you to come up with a schedule that meets your needs.
- The first step in creating a homeschooling schedule is to develop a mission statement:
Take a few hours to sit down, write and rewrite a statement of purpose for your homeschool. Consider these questions:
what do you want your children to learn?
What can you provide through homeschooling that your child cannot get through a regular education setting?
What traits do you want to promote in your child?
Writing a mission statement will guide your instruction and scheduling choices.
Once you have a mission statement
2. Do some research:
Collect information on the topics you plan to teach, and the developmental level of your child. The internet is a valuable tool for this type of research. To make things easier, you may want to refer to the teaching standards laid out by your state for the appropriate grade level. They have done the research for you. Use these standards compared to your mission statement to add and delete topics that you would like to be a part of your curriculum.
For example, if religion is something you feel strongly about, you might add that topic of study to your states standards. Or you might incorporate it into already existing standards such as, teaching about people who have made a difference, or use religious works as part of a cultural study or reading material.
With a mission statement and instructional content
3. you can now begin to schedule your instructional week:
With a weekly calendar in front of you, first set down meal, snack and nap times appropriate for your child and/family. Next add in regular necessary family activities, such as weekly trips to the grocery store, sports practice, or church commitments.
Keep in mind that these activities can be tied into current studies and become part of the learning environment. Decide how many hours a day you wish to devote to instruction, and what time is reasonable to begin each day. Finally divide the time between subjects.
4. Our schedule:
We for instance, start with Bible study at 7h30, then we do certain subjects with a break at 9h30 to 10h00 and then continue with subjects until 1h00 with another break of 15 minutes. After this, it is actually more relaxing, because then it is reading time, then we do simple math tests and write something about our day in our journals, sing our school song and pray. At 3h00 we leave the classroom, they can go play or do whatever they like to do to relax. They don't get homework, because we do all the work in the classroom.