One of the major reasons we decided not to stick with public schooling was the super-packed daily schedule our family had to endure.
Between getting up early for classes, staying in school most of the day, completing hours of homework, and getting to bed early – we were frazzled.
Surprisingly, though, it’s easy to fall into a similar pattern as homeschoolers, especially if we’re active in extra-curricular activities, lots of field trips, or just a busy schedule.
Personally, I work a job in addition to running my website, in addition to homeschooling, so my weeks are pretty full.
A few months back, my children actually said to me “Can we just stay home today?”, which is when I realized that there wasn’t much “home” about our homeschooling.
So I set to work simplifying our routine and things have vastly improved.
If you also need to learn how to streamline your homeschool schedule, here are a few tips that worked for us.
If you’re a new homeschooler, these suggestions may help you avoid falling into the trap of overscheduling your days. (Unfortunately, it’s so easy to do this.)
If you’ve been homeschooling for years, these tips may help you scale back and simplify your approach.
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How to Streamline Your Homeschool Schedule
Reduce the number of daily/weekly activities.
Try to set a certain number of days per week you will stay home, if you can. If you have the leave the house every single day, work to reduce the number of different activities the kids have to do.
Try to get them on a workable routine they can expect to follow most days. It’s easier for them and for you!
Use a block schedule.
Block schedules are blocks of time designated for certain subjects. Rather than trying to schedule each school activity down to the minute, use hour or 90-minute blocks.
That way, the kids can continue with an activity they’re enjoying without worrying about time running out.
And you’ll have some downtime before starting another lesson!
Avoid long-term commitments, if possible.
Some extra-curricular activities require long-term contracts and agreements, which can make you feel “stuck”, even if the schedule isn’t working for your family.
When you’re first embarking on a new hobby or activity for the kids, try to choose one that only lasts for a few weeks. You’ll get a chance to “try it out” to see how it works for you before committing to it for an extended period.
Don’t hesitate to stop something.
Years ago, kids were taught that it’s important to stick with something and never give up. I know. I was one of those kids.
Here’s the thing: If homeschooling is not working for Mom (or Dad if he is the primary educator parent), then it’s not working for anyone else.
When you feel overwhelmed, it’s okay to stop a routine, a homeschooling method, or a class that is adding to the chaos. Don’t feel guilty about “quitting”. Feel good about choosing what is best for your family.
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Rebecca Reid says
I have got to figure things out for this next year. I like the idea of block scheduling. But my kids get bored.