Pam, in her homeschool planning sheets, has a sheet for “homeschool blocks.” She explains the concept in this post (and in her brand-new book – which includes an audio interview with me on overcoming barriers to implementing a plan – on how to plan a homeschool year!) and I think it’s a great way to break up the day and think about what needs to be done.
When writing about our plans, though, I totally relate to what Sarah said before publishing hers:
I constantly feel a need to begin posts like these with a disclaimer that says CAUTION: This homeschooling mother messes up constantly and is quite possibly ruining her children for life. Do not try this at home.
I post mine not because I’m an expert, but because I’m a sucker for planning. I eat up people’s planning posts, so I figure it’s only fair to share mine as well.
The building blocks of our homeschool plan
This year we have an 11-year-old boy, 9-year-old boy, 6 1/2-year-old girl, 4 1/2-year-old boy, and almost-2-year-old girl.
- Circle Time (daily)
- Math (daily)
- K-1st (3-4 times a week)
- Writing Class (once per week)
- 4th & 6th grade Independent Work & Tutoring (daily)
- Elementary Lessons (2nd-6th grade) (twice per week)
- Quiet Time (3 times per week)
So that’s 5 chunks or blocks daily, since not all of these are every day. On writing class day, we won’t do K-1. On Elementary Lessons day, we won’t do Quiet Time (at least, not the structured quiet time I have planned for the other 3 days). Elementary Lessons and Quiet Time are 2 hour afternoon chunks, but the others get a one hour block, even though I hope they don’t take a full hour. That means that to get in those 4 blocks by lunch, we really must begin at 8. It’s doable for us, since the kids are all up between 6:30 & 7 usually, but it takes an effort nonetheless. But none of us wants to be doing work after quiet time is over, so that helps with the motivation to get moving in the morning.
Now comes rapid-succession posting! I’ll get a post up about each block today and tomorrow. No wait necessary. :)