7 Days of Homeschooling, Day 3 | Did you miss days 1 or 2?

If routines and schedules do not come easily for you, take heart.  They don’t come easily for me either! 

As much as I love to chart and plan and schedule, the every day execution of those lofty ideas is what always manages to derail me.  Consistency is a virtue!

That which we persist in doing becomes easier- not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. 

(Ralph Waldo Emmerson)

I first began working on a daily schedule back when our two oldest children were babies.  It was a totally foreign but reasonable concept to me.  I loved the freedom and consistency of knowing how to order my day, and how to plan ahead!

Unfortunately, I have fallen off the bandwagon many times over the past 6 or so years since I first began adhering to a daily routine.  Many times, it was due to inconsistency on my part.

Other times illness, moving, having more babies, or a dozen other things played a part in knocking me off course.

Like life, our “routine” is forever changing, growing, stretching.  Flexibility is a virtue!

Here, in summary, is a “typical” homeschool  morning at our house.

My goal is to be up, dressed, and have a similitude of order to my day before our children begin crawling out of bed.

Since three of my kids are early birds, and I am not, this does not always work out quite as nicely as I would like!

At any rate, most of my mornings begin somewhere around 7 am (some mornings, a tad later).

 Our target breakfast time is around 8:30. 

Most mornings, breakfast is homemade granola or oatmeal.

Once or twice a week, my sister (who lives with us) or I will bake something “nice”- like muffins or pancakes.  It just happened to be gluten-free banana bread this particular morning.

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While everyone is still seated at the breakfast table, I read a chapter (or at least a passage) from Psalms to the kids.

They normally practice their Bible memory work at this time, too.  (Right now, we’re finishing up the Beatitudes: Matthew 5:1-10).

After breakfast, it’s time to clean up the dining room table, wash up the dishes, and do a few chores. 

Anyone who has not already gotten dressed is helped into their play clothes; beds are made, jammies put away, hair brushed (most days!), teeth brushed.

Miss A practices here piano lesson for 10 minutes between breakfast and school time.

Wheeew- it’s 10 o’clock, and the kiddos and I are at the dining room table, ready to crack the books! 

Mr C is laid down to nap.

Some days, Mr K sits at the table with one of his “learning” toys while the girls do school work; other days, he accompanies Daddy on errands around town (his favorite thing to do!).

If we haven’t already worked on our Bible memory, we do it now.  Otherwise, it’s time for our character virtue lessons from Christ Centered Curriculum. 

This week’s character quality: generosity.  On Tuesdays, we also do a page or two from Little Annie’s Art Book of Etiquette and Good Manners.

Next is math.  I get both girls going in their work books, going back and forth between the two girls.  Our oldest is good about working independently, unless she needs something explained.  Our Kindergartener, Miss E, still requires more one-on-one supervision.

After math lessons are wrapped up, everyone heads to the front room for “quiet time.”

 This means the kids grab a few books to look at or read on the couch.  I set the timer- sometimes it’s 15 minutes, sometimes 20 or 25.

The game plan is, no one gets up or talks or wriggles during quiet time.  It’s simply time to sit and look at books; the idea is to help these active little people learn to be still (think Church-service training!)

Our second-grader uses this time for “reading”, including her daily Bible reading.  I help her read her Bible passage, since she can’t pronounce all the words by herself yet.

After “quiet” time, the girls head back to the table for phonics.  If Mr K was extra good during quiet time, he gets to play with a learning “computer” game.

I coach our girls through their Christ Centered Phonics work books.  Miss E reviews her phonics via a flash card game.

Miss A writes her spelling words in a notebook once her pages are finished.

If it happens to be a Wednesday or Thursday, I read a history chapter following the phonics lesson.  Most Fridays, the girls work on a project from Bunkhouse Sewing Lessons.

By now, it’s high time to get lunch on the table!  Our little Mr C has usually already awoke by now and is ready for a “snack.”

One of the girls joins me in the kitchen to get a simple but healthy lunch on the table for the family: usually tacos, a salad, sandwiches (from homemade gluten-free bread), or a soup from the crock pot.

I aim for quick and simple lunches on school days!

Daddy is almost always home for lunch, which makes the kids day.  They tell him all about their morning during the meal.

After lunch, it’s clean up time, laundry time, play time for the kiddos, then the glorious hour of NAPS at 2 0’clock.  🙂

By this time, I’m tired and the house is at least somewhat disorderly (and sometimes plain messy).  But, it’s a pretty satisfied feeling to have another homeschooling day in the books!

 Do you have a general “routine” for homeschooling? 

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22 thoughts on “Homeschooling Schedule? What schedule?

  1. Lovely post! 🙂 I have 6 children but three have graduated from Home school, 2 have graduated from college and the 3rd is in college. 1 of them is married! So I have three at home right now. Kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade are what we are working through. Chores are essential and count toward health and home ec. I have a loose routine or schedule for getting everything done and I have a school plan for each of the kids in their respective grades that we work through. My older children work mostly independently and are learning how to schedule their time. This is a learning and growing process so we don’t always hit the mark. My vision for learning is that it is life long and doesn’t end when the books go away. So that is a sort of nutshell version of what we do. 🙂

    Posted on January 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm
  2. First of all, Colton is adorable sucking his little fingers!

    We have more of a routine than a schedule, too.  Some days school consists of more book work than others.  I love to get them busy with hands-om projects that help them put what they’re learning to use!  As for book work, we have it mapped out what they need to accomplish each month and especially the older ones, just pace themselves.

    Posted on January 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  3. Kristy–Your chlidren are beautiful!  Love your schedule–it brings back memrories of when I had four and around this same age.  I’m jealous that your little guy still takes two naps!  Shiloh is 17 months and will only take one (long) nap from about 1:30-4.  Boy, if he did that twice I am pretty certain I could make geniuses out of my other ones with all the school time we’d get (cough, sputter….yeah, right!)

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    1. Haha!!  Yes, I need his naps as much as he does!  My other three children didn’t care as much for morning naps as this little guy does.  🙂 

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm
  4. I have raised 3 boys. They are in college and one is married. Reading this, I so wish I had home schooled my children. It appears like they have so much more learning, structure, and bible learning than they can get at a public school.. Congratulations on a wonderful beginning for your children. OH, I loved the picture of  Colton in his crib.  My middle son sucked his fingers just like that.. Sooo sweet..

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    1. Oh, thank you, Martha!  I appreciate the kind words.

      Yes, Colton loves his fingers.  He IS pretty cute, isn’t he??  😉 

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm
  5. I love reading other people schedules.  Thanks for sharing.  How do you like Annie’s Art book?  It seems girly, but would it be appropriate for a boy as well?  I use their material and have wondered if I could use it for my boy once we are done with what we are currently using…

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  6. My children are grown and I did not home school, but want to commend everyone who does!  I always knew it was the way to educate.  Reading these posts even make me realize this more than ever.  How you do it though, I do not know.  You are so so busy, and yet you still have a blog and such.  A wonderful kind and sharing person you are Kristy.  God is obviously working through you to us and your family.  Thank You for all you do for me and others. I pray you have a great school year!

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:41 am
    1. Thank you, Alice, you are kind!

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:47 am
  7. I love getting to peak into your day!  If we don’t start school early (8:30) we cannot get everything done it seems.  Our schedule almost always falls apart after lunch! :/  Still working on this!

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:30 am
    1. I’m sure we will have to start much earlier when our kids are older!  At this season of life, starting early is more trouble than it’s worth (for me), especially since it doesn’t take more than 2 to 2.5 hrs to work through lessons for a 5-yr old and 8-yr old.

      I have a homeschooling friend who begins her son’s first grade lessons at 8:30… obviously, an early start in the day works for her!

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:50 am
  8. I am loving this schedule! I, however am STILL learning and trying to get a good school foundation for our 4 children. Do you think you can help me?? We are still new to homshooling (or online virtual school should I say)..I have been looking at others schedules for school and try to take on some of the points they make in their blogs and we still get off course at times which leaves this mom frustrated and feeling as if I just taught some kind of foreign language that the kids didn’t understand…We are a military family and need some organization,following through and finally feeling a sense of accomplishment! Thank you for posting this-it makes things clearer for me 🙂 shalom and blessings!

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 am
    1. I used to be a “slave” to my schedule… I FELT SO frustrated if our day got off course, which it inevitably will do from time to time.  Realizing that my “routine” is a tool, not a “god”, freed me tremedously.

      That being said, structure IS an important part of a homeschooling day! 

      I always start by setting basic guidelines.  What main things do you want to accomplish in the morning?  In the afternoon?  In the evening?  List a few things (2 or 3) under each category, then work from there.

      The rest will flesh out as you keep working on it.  Our family moved to a new area about 8 months ago, so I had to rework our “routine” to what works best for us at this season and in this home.  We will likely be moving again (to a different house) in the near future (we’re currently in a “rent” house), so I will have to rework our routine again then.  Flexibility balanced with determination make a good team!

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:55 am
  9. Thanks for giving us a peak into your day. I just have one that “does school” so the schedule is pretty easy. Thanks to all three kids wanting to get up early, we eat breakfast around 7:30 and then get morning chores done and then the kids play until 9:00 when we start school. 

    P.S. I love the Christ-centered curriculum. (I used it to teach my little sister to read.)

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 am
  10. It’s always so nice to take a peak into someone else’s schedule.  By the way, I think we are sisters at heart.  You don’t start school until 10:00?  You are so my kind of girl.  🙂

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:15 am
    1. Haha, I’m NOT a morning person, although I do make it a point to rise at a decent hour every day. 

      I tried starting school earlier a few years ago, and it just didn’t fly.  For now, 10 am is PERFECT for us.

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:57 am
  11. We are just beginning our homeschool journey, but already structure has been a lifesaver!  Right now I develop our curriculum with a friend but we are looking for a good Kindergarten curriculum so I will have to look into the one you mentioned. 🙂

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:14 am
    1. I LOVE Christ Centered Curriculum!  This is our first year to use it and I’m so glad we did.  🙂 

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:58 am
  12. To me…this would be a perfectly scheduled day in my house. I’ve been looking for someone to share what a day in the life of a homeschool mom is like and now I’ve found you. Thank you for sharing! It’s encouraging to me to see that you don’t “start” until 10AM. I feel so guilty if I’m not doing school by 8:30/9:00AM.

    Love the quiet time you have the kids do! I can SO implement that!

    I am curious how you fit laundry into your schedule. Do you wait until the weekend or do you do loads at night?

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:00 am
    1. Actually, my sister lives with us and she oversees our laundry right now.  (I know, I’m getting spoiled!)  Before she moved in with us (last summer), I began laundry first thing every morning and dried and folded it ASAP.  We don’t do school work on Monday, so that was (and still is) my main housework day.  I did as much laundry as I could on Monday, and then again on Friday or Saturday.  Most days, I washed, folded and put away at least one load so I wouldn’t be SO behind on “laundry days”.  It was- and still is- a constant battle!!

      I have been known to sit and fold clothes during school lessons. I’m also trying to teach my girls to help; they fold towels and pair socks a lot.

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 11:01 am
  13. Okay if they nap at 2 for 2 hours,then get up around 4, how does your evening go? I have 6 children and they are 17, 14, 10, 3, 2, 10months…I am having the hardest time scheduling even loosely everyone! The older 2 are in public school, leaving the 4 home…my 10 year old is ADHD in a big way and behind in reading etc. My 3 yo is most likely ADHD, very hard to keep them busy to teach my 10 year old and life seems like a day of getting through it, but I know I should at least be working at learning infun ways with the little ones, but I am to busy trying to maintain messes and fights! sigh….love your structure…how wonderful

    blessings
    alizabeth

    Posted on January 11, 2012 at 8:35 am
    1. Nap time starts at 2 pm and lasts for one hr… sometimes, longer, if they take a while to go to sleep or sleep a long time.  By 3:30, all 4 kiddos are definitely UP.  They generally want a snack when they get up, and then play outside, watch a video, or entertain themselves inside, etc, until supper time.  We generally eat our evening meal around 6 pm.  After the kitchen is cleaned up (the girls help a little with this), they have “play time” again for a while.  Around 7 or 7:30 bath time starts, time to brush teeth and get into jammies, then we tidy up a little.  Before bedtime, my husband leads us in family devotions, then the kids go to bed around 8:30, occassionally around 9 pm. 

      This is a loose “structure” by which we try to build our days.  No two days are identical! 

      Sundays and Wednesdays are MUCH different, because of Church services (which keep us up later).  Our summer time days also are much different- later bedtimes, because of the looong days.

      I am more of a “scheduler”, by husband is more flexible and spontanious. Together, I guess we make a good team- he keeps me flexible, and I keep the kids on track. 😉  

      Posted on January 11, 2012 at 8:57 am