The homeschool year is in full force for most people. Now that it has been a few weeks the glitches start to show. Are you struggling with finding a homeschool schedule that works? I know I have in the past and I would love to share a few ideas with you to help you get your homeschool on schedule without becoming a dictator.
When I first started homeschooling I had EVERY MOMENT scheduled. I don’t just mean every school moment either. I mean every waking moment of our day was scheduled to make sure that we did all we had to and did it well. While this seemed like a great idea it burned us all out pretty quickly. Since then I have had to do quite a few things to adjust and make sure that our homeschool schedule runs a lot smoother. Here are a few pointers to help your school year run smoother.
Don’t schedule your life away. – This was my first mistake as I mentioned above. When you are making your homeschool schedule don’t treat it like a highschool schedule. I remember those days of having 4 minutes to get to my locker and get to the next class without getting in trouble. When you schedule every moment to the minute your family can be left feeling exactly like I did in highschool.
Instead, leave down times. – In our current schedule there are parts of our day that have absolutely nothing scheduled. These are the moments when my children can just be kids. By adding down time to your schedule it makes it feel less like a military camp and more like a home. It doesn’t have to be long either. 10 minutes of time can be more than enough if you have a busy day.
Don’t do it all alone. – As homeschool parents we have the impulse to plan out everything for the family. After all, we are the teacher. While we mean this well this can leave the family feeling like you are a drill sergeant barking orders. You don’t have to do it all alone.
Instead, let them help. – Include your family in the scheduling. Let your kids tell you what subjects they want to start and finish with. If they need extra time in a certain area this gives them the opportunity to communicate this to you. They may surprise you and be a bigger help than you expected.
Don’t Marry your Schedule – I have been guilty of this many times. My daughter wants to work on something but it’s not on the schedule so it’s not going to happen. I was married to my schedule. Till death do us part. The problem is, the death would be of everyone’s sanity.
Instead, pencil it in. – A schedule written in pencil can be erased and adjusted. Make sure that you aren’t missing amazing educational moments because the schedule says so. You brought them home for a reason. Remember that and use pencil.
Do you have a homeschool schedule? What works for you? What works against you?