I was inspired to write about using a homeschool schedule after receiving a complimentary product from Preschoolers and Peace for review. You may be thinking about using a schedule yourself, but you are not sure how detailed you want it to be. I’m going to share a few different ways you can approach your schedule.
Your Perfect Homeschool Schedule
If you have very young children, you may want to take a casual approach to starting the day. In her book, Circle Time, Kendra Fletcher talks about how to draw them into your homeschool day. With circle time, you can sing songs, work on memory lists, do art projects, or even learn life skills. In the book, Kendra talks to other homeschool moms about how their circle times work and shares what works for her family. The book is available in e-book format for $4.99.
When I think of circle time, I think of a bunch of toddlers sitting on the floor in a circle. However, I discovered that Kendra includes older children in circle time. By including all children in the lesson, it can be made more enjoyable. Neither of my children are preschoolers, but I am implementing some of her suggestions so that they become more excited about the day. We are currently doing some circle time for Bible lessons and I want to include vocabulary and history in our circle time for next year. I really like the idea of a memory box for learning lists. I had already been tossing around the idea; but now I have a more clear vision for it.
I am ashamed to say that I really haven’t introduced many kids’ songs to the children, as we mainly listen to classical music. I think that if they learn some songs, they might enjoy the school day more. In fact, I have a couple of new CDs with math facts. That’s the perfect way to start the day. When using circle time, you don’t have to wait for a lesson to go over elements of the lesson. That’s why singing songs and using memory cards are so key. It’s a fun time, so kids don’t know they are learning. I really like that Kendra explained the purpose of circle time so well. Plus, she included some helpful worksheets to help with planning specifics. I never thought of using it for my children before and now I am happy I am.
I know a partial schedule may sound strange, but let me explain. Currently, I schedule certain subjects on certain days. We don’t cover the subjects at a certain time because the children’s moods vary from day. If for some reason we can’t complete a subject, it moves to the next scheduled day. It gives a little more room for the more difficult homeschool days.
For next year, I think we are going to move to scheduled classes. I’m beginning to see which course the kids do better in the morning with and which they can work on later in the day. A full schedule will keep us from missing too many lessons and also will give us more free time at the end of the week.
You may not want any type of schedule at all and that is okay. You just have to do what is best for your family. And remember, every child has a different learning style and different learning needs, so you may need to utilized multiple types of schedules.