Many of us are beginning to plan our homeschool schedules for next year. I thought it would be fun to share what our days look like most of the time. As we all know, schedules change as our lives change, so this is certainly not set in stone. But I thought it would help some to get a glimpse into our day and see how one family does it. Please understand that this is not the only way, but simply what is working for our family.
8:00 am – Breakfast & Read-Aloud – During or right after breakfast we will be reading character building books (Character Trails, and others)
Chore Time – Bedroom and Cleaning Chores
9:00 am – Table Time (math, language arts, etc.) – My 9th grader will work pretty independently on his work. My Kindergartner, 2nd Grader, and 4th Grader will rotate at the table with me during this time. When they are not at the table with me, they are to be playing quietly.
11:00 until noon – History (every day) & Science (2 days a week) – We will do this all together every day before lunch.
12:00 pm – Lunch & Kitchen cleanup
1:30 pm – Read-Aloud time (we will read books from the read-aloud list for history)
2:30 pm until Dinner – Productive Free Time (pursuing interests for younger ones & working on interest driven electives for my 9th grader)
Free Planning Printable:
As you can see, our days are set up in blocks of time. I get too stressed out trying to fit our day into 1/2 hour slots..the blocks of time work so much better for us! This year I am going to do a school schedule of 6 weeks on then 1 week off. Using the form I will explain below, I will plan some goals for that 6-week time period. Let me explain now how to use this form and then you can download your own copy if you wish!
This form has two pages and can be printed on the front and back of one page if you want. As I said above, I plan on filling one of these out for each 6-week time period. But you can use it for a daily planner, weekly planner, monthly planner, or for whatever time frame you want. This form is fully editable. I typed in some headings for you so you can see how the form can be used, but you can easily delete them and type your own headings.
This first page has a place for your Table Time Skills and Chore Time. I have slots for 4 children. If you have more than 4 children you’ll have to print more than one form to use. If you have less than 4 children, you can divide up the slots and use them differently if you wish.
Table Time Skills are the tools of learning that you children need to learn, like reading, writing, and math. How this looks will be different for each family and the age of the children. Use this section to record what you want each child to accomplish during the time frame you are planning for.
The Chore Time section can be used for assigning certain chores for each child.
The second page has a section for Read-Aloud Time and Productive Free-Time Activities. Again, these are fully editable so you can change the titles of the sections if you wish.
The Read-Aloud Time section will be used to record the titles of books I want to read during the 6-week period. I added a little key to indicate if the book was history, science, geography, or character related. You can delete that if you want.
The Productive Free-Time Activities section has a place for 4 children. You can use this section to do some planning with each child, helping jot down some ideas of projects they would like to work on. You can also just use this section to record after the fact what each child did during their free time. Or you can use this section to record other information. It is fully editable so you can customize it to fit your family and your own studies.