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 outside the home, 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 streamlining our schedule and things have vastly improved. Here’s how we did it!
How to Streamline Your 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. That way, you can see how it works for you before committing to it for an extended period.
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This post is part of the How to Homeschool as a Minimalist series! Stop by tomorrow for Day 10: Stop the Stress!