Okay, I must confess…we don’t really have a typical homeschool day or schedule! *gasp! I know, I know…bad homeschooling mom. *slaps own hand
BUT…we are changing all that this week (after I’m done being sick – cause Momma doesn’t do well when she’s sick)!!! That’s right!! While we have followed a loose – really loose – homeschooling schedule over the past few years, it’s time we set a more strict schedule. In the past, it was fine by me if we did school in the morning or waited until after lunch. That was fairly easy with just one child schooling. Now that I have three – yes, we jumped for one to three this year – schooling, we need a schedule. It is no longer a luxury…it is a necessity – for my sanity!!
With that said, here is the new schedule we are going to tryand follow.
5 am – My day starts (usually I’m up between 5 & 5:30)
- This time includes breakfast & Bible Reading
6:30 – Blogging Time
- During this time I check emails, finish up blog posts and make sure things are scheduled for the day. Depending on what time I wake up this varies. I usually start this an our after I wake up.
7:00 – Kids Wake-up
- Mister Bull is usually the first one up and knows that he cannot come out of his room until 7am. The others wake up anywhere from 7 – 8am. I’m not too strict about their wake-up time. I figure God made our bodies to get the sleep we needed, so I let them sleep.
- During this hour they also eat breakfast and have some free time.
- I will continue working on my blogging duties.
8:00 – Family Prayer/Devo Time
- This time is going to be dedicated to reading the Proverb for the day and a short devotion to start our day. This will last about 30 minutes (give or take a 2 year old), so the Hubster can get to work on time.
- The remaining 30 minutes will be spent as semi-free time. The kids can watch PBS Sprout if they choose or play together in the playroom. I spend the time cleaning up from breakfast and starting some laundry.
9:00 – Television goes OFF!!!
- At 9am the TV goes off and we start picking up the toys they have gotten out and scattered around the house.
9:30 – Begin School
- Mister Bull will do his reading for the day (he’s required to read 45 pages)
- The Littles and I will do some read alouds together
10:00 – More School
- Mister Bull and I will do Science and History together
- The Littles can watch learning videos or have more playtime together (it varies)
11:00 – Read alouds with all the children
11:30 – 12:30 – LUNCH TIME!!!!
12:30 – 1:30 – FREE TIME
- For the kids this can include playing together, learning videos, playing outside (weather permitting), reading and on occasion watching PBS Sprout.
- For me this time is when I can work on more blogging duties, check and answer any emails that may have come in during the morning, work on articles, etc.
1:30 – Naptime for Punkin (she sleeps for 2 hours)
- Mister Bull does his papers (Math, Handwriting, Spelling work, Scripture copywork, etc.)
- TOT SCHOOL for the Middles – this is when we will work on our letters, numbers and do fun activities together
3:00 – Earned Time and free time with Dad
- Earned time is time they have “earned” or kept throughout the day as they’ve joyfully done their chores, school work and obeyed. I plan to write more about our system in the coming weeks as we try it out. But, basically they start with a defined amount of time, say 2 hours, for time on the Kindle, Wii, TV. Bad behaivor deducts time away from that 2 hours. Each action has a specific time consequence. So whatever time is left by 3:00 is what they have.
- We are blessed enough to have Daddy home early in the day, so the kids get to spend time with him as well. Often times they go outside to the church parking lot next door and ride their bikes and play basketball. Things I cannot do with a little one asleep in the house. It’s a great way for them to spend time with Dad and me to start preparing for dinner!!
5:00 – Dinner time
- Typically we try to eat between 5 and 5:30. That’s not always the case. As many of you know, ministers have varying schedules and ours is no different.
Evenings are flexible in our house. We don’t have a set schedule because each day is different. Mondays my husband goes calling in the community, Wednesdays we have church other times we have meetings or events we go to. It just depends. So we keep the evening schedule flexible – that is until bedtime. Bedtime is always 8pm, except Wednesdays, when it is 8:45 after we get home from church.
Our evenings are dedicated to spending time together. A few activities we enjoy together are movie night, walks (the kids seriously love going on walks around town), game night – anything but just watching television!! However, on special days or occasions, the kids do get to stay up and watch the Pajanimals on PBS, which starts at 8pm. It’s a treat for them!
This will be our typical day. However, on Mondays our schedule will be quite different because the older three kids participate in a Homeschool Choir that is 45 minutes away. I do not school the Middles on Mondays so that Mister Bull can get his schooling in before we have to eat lunch at 11am and they rush out the door at 11:30 to be at choir by 12:30. It’s a crazy day, but I know they are going to love it!! This is our first year and they start Sept 9th. I’m so excited to see them grow and learn about music!!
What’s your day look like? Is it structured or do you just go with the flow? Share in the comments!
If you want more ideas on how to structure your school day or you’re just a nosey-Nellie like me and want to see what others do, hop on over to the iHomeschool Network blog hop this week!! There will be hundreds of bloggers linking up and sharing their days too!!
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