Schedule a Homeschool Day Not a Boot Camp
Why schedule a homeschool day? There are times we just feel so stressed and overwhelmed when we take on a new task. As homeschool moms we have multiple titles as we work through the day.
Our titles include:
- taxi driver
- work out side the home or self employed too? (that title also)
I am sure we could list many more titles. Getting it all done isn’t the easiest thing to do. We sometimes feel like we are supposed to be super woman! Right?
I have talked about schedules before and how a schedule really saved me time in the long run.
Here is a sample schedule . Also because I love BJU Press Distance Learning, I always had a “faculty” at my finger tips to help me in lesson presentation so I could concentrate on keeping school going and flowing smoothly. I didn’t have to worry about studying to be prepared to present. This gave me so much more time in my day.
A schedule gave me a guide to go by each day. It just made my days so much easier and I actually found more time in the day for all of us as a family. A schedule “unraveled my frazzle” during our homeschool days. My friend, Debbie, sums up the idea of scheduling quite nicely.
Getting it all Done
No one is busier than you are. You are teaching your children, buying groceries, cleaning house, fixing meals. Some of you are running your own business as well! Tired yet? You want to be able to do it all, but your time and energies are limited.
One of the most helpful things I found to help with time management during the busiest days of homeschooling was a simple chart. It not only helped me organize my day, but it also kept me on track and gave me a visual aide also.
First, make a chart with your children’s name across the top: one column for each child. Down the left side, divide the columns into increments of time – 30 minute increments worked best for me. Once the chart is made, fill it in.
Start by scheduling in all the non-negotiables first – baby’s nap time, meal times, music lessons, ball practice, whatever you know has to be part of each day.
Then pencil in the school work. Arrange the schedule so that each child spends some time with you and some time doing independent work on his level. Sprinkle time with mom throughout the day for each child. That way no one feels left out. Some things are easy to do with everyone at once. Bible lessons and reading aloud can easily be done with everyone at once. Even science and history or heritage studies can be taught to several ages at once.
Be careful not to make your family members feel like they are in homeschool boot camp. Be realistic in your expectations of your children and yourself. Use the schedule as a guide.
by Veteran Homeschool Mom and Friend Debbie Garbut
Veteran Homeschool Moms
We have “been there and done that” and looking back, we see how blessed we were to learn little tips and tricks to make it through our days and still be able to say today that we enjoyed our homeschool journey. To schedule a homeschool day may seem tedious and time consuming but veteran homeschool moms are here to encourage you. Debbie and I have graduated 9 children between us and we are thankful we created a schedule to help us get through our homeschool days. We found similar tools to get through our busy days. Don’t give up! Take one day at a time.
Would you like a jumpstart to help you schedule a homeschool day? I have some free printables from my homeschool days that you can have access to when you subscribe here and you will not miss out on a post.
Are you concerned about that commitment? Go to this earlier post about How to Commit to Homeschool One Day at a Time.
Need more help? Here is a Resource list that may be helpful.
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