SC034: Secrets about Schedules

Season 6: Homeschool Planning

Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture.

There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where does that go in the schedule?

If there’s one thing that trying to live by a schedule teaches us right off the bat, it’s that we are not actually in control.

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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin

When we read Latin together once a week, the child can choose a selection from our collection:

  • Winnie Ille Pu
  • LFC History Readers
  • Fabulae Mirabiles

They only read aloud and orally translate (and we use an online Latin dictionary to help) about 3 sentences at a time and we stick with one story until we’ve read it all.

It’s hard, but we do it together, and I’ve found this addition has actually helped both my boys enjoy learning Latin more. Perhaps it makes it seem worthwhile instead of merely an exercise in abstraction. It’s decoding, and what boy doesn’t like a code that tells a message when you work it out?

I have been surprised how much just finding the right weekly rhythm has helped make Latin happen consistently and with less resistance. I am always afraid I’m over-tweaking and making changes just out of discontent and for fun, but then I stumble upon a logistics tweak like this that makes it easier to be consistent and I find it all worth it!

Now I just need to leave the Latin routine alone and adjust something else, like the logistics of mopping the floor.

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3 Responses

  1. Cassie
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    Hi, Mystie! Would you mind sharing your daily schedule? As a Classical Educating Momma to 4, it would be so helpful to see how you do it with even more children. :)

    Thank you so much for your content! It is priceless!
    Cassie Griffin

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Hi Cassie! Once we’re a couple weeks into our full schedule in the fall I will share it. :)

  2. Karen
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    When you mentioned that if a child spends their allotted time for a subject searching for a book then it pushes into free time, it sounds like then you (the parent) are actually there monitoring the child’s start time? Is there a post or podcast where this would be discussed further? Thank you!

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