Fall Homeschool Schedule
Now that we've received our curriculum and I've had a chance to look through it, I did my best to put together an average daily schedule that we can follow. I want to really emphasize the word average here. I know that this schedule will change when (and if) we have extracurricular activities, if I have a big work project to get done by a certain time on a certain day, if we're all feeling particularly unmotivated on a given day, or if we just decide we want to spend the morning at the beach. Also, our spelling program is only a four day program, so that's going to change our Friday schedule a bit. That said, this is the schedule I really plan on sticking with to get us through the year.
Also, while I included times on the schedule, this is really just to use as a guide. I'm not super motivated to get things done by a certain time. If we're way ahead of schedule some days, that's fine. If the kids are struggling with something or lacking motivation and we're moving slower one day, that's fine too. The times are just there to move us through a day and to sort of help me plan when I'll be able to fit work into the day.
As you can see, from about 2:00-2:30 I have us working on the lesson of the day. On Monday and Wednesday, that will be geography. On Tuesday and Thursday that will be science. And on Friday we'll be doing history and art. Like I said above, on Friday we won't be doing spelling so that will allow us to take a little more time with our history/art lessons. I've started to plan our history unit studies for the first few weeks of school (I'll do a post about those soon) and I'm doing my best to incorporate arts and crafts into our history studies.
You also might also notice that I don't have us starting school until about 10 a.m. This is for two reasons. One, we're a family of late risers and one of the benefits of homeschooling is that my kids get to sleep in. I also usually work once the kids go to bed so I'm often not in bed until 1 a.m. This means I need the extra sleep in the morning. Two, I like to have like 30 minutes in the morning where I can log into my work computer, check emails, and make sure I'm all settled before starting homeschooling for the day.
When coming up with the schedule, I tried to make sure that I didn't have the kids both doing subjects or activities that needed my instruction at the same time. While, in an ideal world, I think I would prefer to have them doing the same subject at the same time, that's just not feasible since they're in different grade levels. So I've tried to set it up so that one of them is doing a more self-guided activity/subject/lesson (like handwriting or journaling) while the other is on a subject that needs my guidance or attention (like math or grammar).
During our morning snack break, I plan on reading out loud from Story of the World, my favorite poetry book, and a fiction book that coincides with the history unit we're studying (like this book when we're learning about ancient Egypt). We did this during the spring (read stories during snack) and it worked really well.
As for extracurricular activities, I'm not sure what we'll be doing (or more specifically, what we'll be allowed to do). George is in a Taekwondo class that's been meeting at the park a few days a week at 3:30. We'll likely do that a couple days a week (maybe Tuesdays and Thursdays...or days that I don't really need to log too many daytime work hours). I also signed Ruby and George up for soccer but as of right now, we don't know whether it will be going forward. I'm really not sure what to do with Eleanor. Before COVID-19 she was on a swim team. Unfortunately, her team hasn't started meeting again and hasn't given any indication of when it will resume. We do have a really good parks and recreation department in our town and they should be releasing their fall activity guide in a couple of weeks. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to sign each of the kids up for something to get us out of the house and safely socializing as much as we are able.
So that's our planned schedule for the year, which, I'm sure, will be subject to much change. However, it should serve as a nice guide since this is our first year going it alone in the schooling department.