Finding an existing homeschool schedule that will work for your family isn’t easy to do, if not impossible. Most of the time homeschool families have to actually create a homeschool schedule that works for them because every homeschool family is unique with their own set of needs and wants.
Creating a homeschool schedule isn’t that hard to do, but there are a few things that you must consider before you begin the planning process.
6 Things to Consider Before You Create a Homeschool Schedule
Your kids and your normal (natural) wake up time.
Kids need to sleep. If they do not get the rest that their bodies need they will not be able to learn because grouchiness, exhaustion and inattentiveness will impair their learning process.
Homeschool moms need sleep. It’s often the first thing we give up in order to ensure that everything gets done. Without the sleep we need we will be unable to teach with the patience, kindness and understanding that a homeschool day requires.
If you have little ones in your home, you need to consider the prep time and average length of nap time in order to accurately plan how to use this time wisely.
Whether nap time means teaching a difficult subject to a struggling student, quality read aloud time with your big kids or quiet reading time for everyone, nap time used well can be a great benefit for your homeschool.
Your child’s attention span is determined upon many things like; learning style, age, learning ability, etc.
When creating your homeschool schedule taking into consideration the length of time that you can hold your child’s attention is key. If you try to teach them too long they’ll grow antsy and irritable, but if you cut learning too short they might lose interest in school altogether.
Your daily must-do tasks
Homeschool moms are busy from sun up to sun down. There is always something that we could or need to be doing, but there are some things that we must do every day. These daily must do tasks often include; laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.
Before creating your homeschool schedule be sure to consider the amount of time that your daily must do tasks take you and ensure that you give yourself time throughout your day to complete them.
Your husband’s work schedule
Depending on the level of involvement your husband has with your homeschool will determine how it will affect the homeschool schedule you’re creating.
If your husband likes to help with math class make sure you leave that subject for when he’s home, but if your husband doesn’t consistently take part in teaching in your homeschool keeping your homeschool schedule within the hours he’s at work will likely work best.
Quality vs. Quantity
You can try and teach your child every subject, every day, but the lessons you were trying to teach likely wouldn’t stick. Our children need to have time to process and practice what they’re being taught.
We must remember that the quality of what we’re teaching is more important than the quantity of what we’re teaching. If we just skim through history facts, language arts rules and mathematical processes, our children will not have the opportunity to commit their lessons to memory. We must take our time and give our children quality teaching vs. quantity teaching.
Be sure to not over plan your homeschool schedule. Choose what you’re going to teach and ensure that you teach it well before moving onto the next subject. A quality education is of more value than a quantity of educational hours.
If you’ve been unable to find a homeschool schedule that works for your family or you are in need of a change, I encourage you to try creating your own homeschool schedule – one that is unique to you!
Did you create your own homeschool schedule or did you find an existing one that fit your family?
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Misty is a Daughter of THE King, Native Texas girl, Navy brat at heart, loving Fisherman’s wife, blessed homeschooling mother of 2, founder of Year Round Homeschooling and author of Beautiful Ashes. She is passionate about being real through every stage of life and encouraging homeschool moms throughout their homeschool journey. Her heart is full of ideas and passions, but the hours in her day never multiply to get it all done. Misty enjoys reading, music and photography in her spare time.