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Homeschool 101: Schedules

Posted by on 8 February 2009

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done my “Homeschool 101” postings.  I figured today would be a great day to get on this subject again, especially since our schedule is so varied right now.

When I first started planning to homeschool, I had a strict schedule.  In making lesson plans, I slotted an hour for every class.  Little did I know that classes go by really fast when you don’t have a whole class to deal with.  I know that I only have one, but I’m sure even families with multiple children find this to be true.

No matter how fast the classes go by, I still thing that a schedule is important.  We do the same classes on the same days all the time.  We like routine and knowing what’s next.  Schedules should work according to what’s best for each family.  By homeschooling, it leaves way to field trips, music lessons and other activities during the day because studies can always be done later.

This is our typical schedule:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

English

English

English

English

English

Social Studies

 

 

 

Social Studies

 

Science

 

Science

 

 

 

Religion

 

 

 

Journal

Journal

Journal

 

Sign Language

 

 

 

Sign Language

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

Spelling

 

Spelling

 

Spelling (test)

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

 

Handwriting

 

Handwriting

 

Life Skills & Safety

Art

 

Music

P.E. and Health

 

 

Bowling (when in tournament)

 

 

The length of each class varies by what’s going on and what’s involved.  Typically, if we start at 9am, we’re done by noon to 1pm.  Some days move really fast and we’re done by 11 am.  There’s no time limits.  Miss K works at her own pace and takes the time needed to complete her work in each class for the day.  There’s really no homework unless I give her a project or there’s going to be a test that she needs to study for.

Some classes just plain get skipped, like Life Skills & Safety or Art.  They’re not required and if I don’t have materials ready, we do it later in the day, week or next class.  We just always make sure that we’re on track with our main subjects and curriculum.  It’s ok if you have something to do and a class gets skipped here or there.  You always KNOW that you WILL get back to it.

Up next on “Homeschool 101”:  field trips

 

 

 

4 Responses to Homeschool 101: Schedules

  1. Amazing_Grace

    Great job! :)

  2. Miss K

    Good job Mom!!!

  3. Debbie

    Hey, couldn’t bowling be considered PE? It’s a sport. LOL Credit for fun! Yeah!

    How did your day with the governor go?

  4. Elaine

    LOL She doesn’t need your help, Debbie!!

    Thanks Laura, it’s just what works for us and we have some very full days.

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