When you have everything needed to start your homeschool, it all will be new to you. At first, you will try different ways of doing everything to see what works for you and your child. From curriculum to what techniques will work the best to accomplishing your goals that you have for your child.
This is where you will benefit from other homeschooling parents and the internet. Have a conversation with them about what works for them. Research other ideas on the internet that might help out on making the decision of what route to try. You don’t always hit a home run the first time, so don’t let that get you down. Keep trying till you are satisfied with what you have chosen.
There are different ways that you can plan your homeschool. Let’s check them out below!
Scheduled Planning For Your Homeschool
A Schedule is things that are planned out and wrote down. This mostly works best for parents that like everything planned out. You can plan everything down to the minute for each subject that you are homeschooling with. The idea is to stay in time periods. Time periods are how long your class will last.
Scheduled homeschooling can certainly be strict and uniform to learning, however it can be overwhelming when you try to follow the plan and it doesn’t work out.
For example, if you have allowed 30 minutes for reading, when that time is up, you stop wherever you are at and move on to the next subject until you get through the day. If you don’t go on to the next subject, your day will be disrupted and make you feel like you didn’t get through what was planned for that day.
A Routine is things done without planning. Things you are used to doing on a regular basis. Routine planning can be less overwhelming than following a strict schedule. Once you decide what you want to accomplish during the day, you can then put your routine in place. There should be order but no time blocks to follow throughout your day.
A pattern should be set to help keep flow in your day when doing routine planning. But you don’t have to a set time for everything like a schedule. Most parents have set times for certain things like devotions, school, meals, exercise and bedtime. You can adjust your routine to what you need to make your day better. When you are reading aloud with your child, you can finish the story and then move on when you are ready. You don’t have to stop because of a timetable.
What Does A Schedule For Homeschooling Look Like?
Scheduled planning for your homeschool takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for the year.
It covers from the time the child gets up till the time they go to bed. Here is an example of what it might consist of when you are working with time blocks.
Pay close attention to the time:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast;\ 8:00 a.m. Clean up breakfast, Morning chores;\ 9:00 a.m. Devotion;\ 10:00 a.m. Math\ 10:30 a.m. Spelling;\ 11:00 a.m. Science;\ 12:00 p.m. Lunch;\ 1:00 p.m. Music, Art;\ 2:00 p.m. History;\ 2:30 p.m. School’s out, play time;\ 3:00 p.m. Read favorite book;\ 4:00 p.m. Evening Chores; \5:00 p.m. Dinner:\ 6:00 p.m. Family Time;\ 7:00 p.m. Bath;\ 8:00 p.m. Bed.
It can take a lot of time and energy to stay on a schedule when you homeschool. Everything is covered for the day. There is no allowance for changes to occur. This can be overwhelming when changes have to make.
Some parents choose to use the Loop (which runs continuously) Schedule. It is a list of activities to cover but no set day to cover them. You spend time on each one as it comes around on the list (loop) with a certain time limit to do them.
A Routine For Homeschooling
Using a routine to get through the day can be an easy task because we are used to doing the same thing every day. Homeschooling is the same way when using a routine to get through your day.
Here is an example of a typical day using a routine schedule:
9:00 a.m. Devotion;\ 10:00 a.m. School;\ 12:00 p.m. Lunch;\ 12:30 p.m. School:\ 2:00 p.m. School is done.
As you can see, a routine is quite different from a schedule when homeschooling. Routine lets you be flexible to make changes if you need to. Be open to the changes that might have to make. Everything doesn’t always work out like it’s planned to be.
When deciding on your routine, allow your family’s needs to help shape it. They may be late sleepers, so you might schedule school to start later. They may learn too, better in the afternoon. You want to catch your child at the peak of learning, so they will be more willing to do their work.
As with the Loop Schedule, there is the Block Schedule that parents choose to use in their homeschooling. This is where more time is spent on certain subjects so your child can fully be able to focus on that one subject. Ex. On Tuesdays, you may spend 2 hours on Social Studies, then on Thursday’s you spend 2 hours on Science instead of having them on the same day. This allows time or activities and projects concerning the class. This works good with a routine schedule if that is what you choose to use.
Whether you go with a schedule or a routine for your homeschool, remember it’s your homeschool. You control how it operates from day to day. Create something that works for you and your child. Then you can evaluate to see if everything is being cover. If not, then make changes to make your homeschool better.
Most parents choose to incorporate routine and scheduled planning together to keep structure in their homeschooling. Your child will learn the routine and know what to expect every day. Even when you have to rearrange your schedule, it’s not too stressful to adapt to the transition of the change.
Ask yourself, “Is my schedule helping or hurting me?” If the answer is hurting you, then you need to make some changes where it will be beneficial to you. You can always seek advice from other parents for ideas, but you don’t have to copy what they do. What works for them, may not for you. Start small with your routine, then add as you go till you find what works for you and your family.
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