Planning Our Homeschool Days: Looking at the Week

Listed in my inspirations for the year was a concept from 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think:

Look at your week, not your day, both when planning and evaluating.

So, here is the look at our week, tentatively. The reality never looks the same as the plan, but the plan is still a necessary ordering step.

Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Plans

2013-2014 school year plan

Still to come: writing lessons and administrative details, as well as some of my lessons plans available for free download!

A Peek at Our Week

homeschool schedule

A note on the color coding: yellow is school times, blue is times out of the house, and green is housework time.

This is the overview schedule, not the detailed sort with a column for each person, but it is enough to give a picture of the flow of the days. Things like nap time isn’t on there, because there just really isn’t such a thing anymore at our house. None of my children have been good (i.e. long) nappers, and a baby’s routine changes so often that it’s not worth planning on, in my opinion and experience. The baby (who will be 9 months when we begin and 18 months when we finish) will simply be juggled through the day: When she naps, I’ll either focus better on whoever I am with or I will send the others off and shut myself in my room for a brief moment of peace and quiet; when she’s awake, she’ll nurse and be on my lap or eat berries and apples and beans in her chair or play on a blanket on the floor or be contained in the exersaucer. Perhaps I might even be adventurous enough to sometimes take lessons outside and let her wonder in the yard when she starts moving. I’ve never yet homeschooled without juggling a baby or toddler in the mix, so I don’t really worry about it anymore. We’ll just muddle through and make the best with however it plays out. I’ve never had success in trying to schedule a baby to be convenient, and I’ve given up trying. Babies always change right after I figure out how to manage their current stage.

Besides, the language exposure is good for them, right?

We’ll see, too, if we can take advantage of my husband’s new work-from-home job and have a short in-house “lunch date” after the kids’ lunch and while they get a play break.

I don’t schedule the boys’ reading time, because I haven’t had to yet. They choose to read, though the amount ebbs and flows – as it does for me. They will be reading, probably on average about 1-2 hours a day, but it’ll be on their terms and fit around other opportunities or inspirations. My oldest two are natural readers, so I recognize this freedom might not be possible in the future for all the children, but right now it works just fine for us.

The schedule shown above is for the full plan, which won’t be in effect until the end of September. I am the type to start whole-hog, but friends and circumstances are helping me in taking baby steps into the school year this time, which will probably be very good. On July 22nd, we start with math, Circle Time, and Latin, but we’ll also be doing swimming lessons and still be enjoying our summer. We begin the elementary lessons, nature walks, and book clubs in early August. Writing class starts mid-September, as does the preschool Story Hour my mom teaches and takes the 5yo & 3yo to. And the boys’ Speech class on Monday afternoons doesn’t begin until September 30th. So we get to ease into our routines this year. I think it will be good overall, though it might drive me crazy at first. :)