6 Tips to Create a Homeschool Schedule That Works

Finding an existing homeschool schedule that will work for your family isn’t easy to do, if not impossible. So here are 6 Tips to Create a Homeschool Schedule to enjoy and maximize your homeschooling journey!

If you want to learn more ideas on how to fix your homeschool schedule, I have here some Homeschooling Schedule Ideas to Help You Plan.

Most of the time homeschool families have to create a homeschool schedule that is especially tailored for them. Every homeschooled 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.

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How do I keep my child engaged?

Now that you are starting to get in the zone in your homeschooling journey, you might be worried about keeping your child engaged in this kind of learning set-up. The key here is actually balance. Below are some tips that I have for you.

Balance academics and extracurriculars

I think the best way to balance their academics and extracurriculars is to integrate them into one another.

You can go on a trip with them, probably by the ocean, and learn about ocean animals. Let them explore the beach and ask them questions about it. You have to ready yourself too, because they may have peculiar questions!

These days, kids ask the most unexpected questions. It is fascinating and makes you wonder about their thought process. We also learn something new from it.

Add variety and flexibility

Homeschooling allows families to have flexibility and freedom in selecting a curriculum to focus on core subjects. Try mixing up topics and different teaching methods and see what is best suited for them. This is also a chance for you to strengthen their knowledge of subjects they find hard to understand.

And of course, to ensure that balance is to allow flexibility. We wanted to accommodate their needs and passions so we should be ready to adjust our schedule for them.

Know their interests and hobbies

We can sign them up for sports or music lessons, which may serve as their extracurricular and socialization experience as well. But before signing them up, we have to ensure that our child really wants to do this. We do not want to overwhelm them with activities, what we want is to find that balance.


As for their socialization, we can allot time for our kids to play with their peers and friends. We can also involve them in our community for them to see different perspectives. This will broaden their experiences in dealing with other people.

These things will help our child to be excited about learning and homeschooling. Now, start planning and strategizing for your homeschooling journey.

We all feel better knowing we are not alone in this journey. Here are some books that you can surely relate to. They are meant to motivate and guide you as you homeschool your children!

Homeschool Rising: Shattering Myths, Finding Courage, and Opting Out of the School SystemHomeschool Rising: Shattering Myths, Finding Courage, and Opting Out of the School SystemThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingHome Management for the Homeschool Mom: Simplifying the big things so you don't miss the little things.Home Management for the Homeschool Mom: Simplifying the big things so you don’t miss the little things.Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceHomeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming the Wonder in Your Child's Education, A New Way to HomeschoolThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming the Wonder in Your Child’s Education, A New Way to HomeschoolHomeschooling Handbook for Moms: How to Teach by Example (Do-it-yourself Homeschooling)Homeschooling Handbook for Moms: How to Teach by Example (Do-it-yourself Homeschooling)


The Unorganized Homeschool Mom Planner

You won’t be overwhelmed with your duties when you have this planner! It is especially a must-have in creating your homeschool schedule.

Homeschool Planning for the Unorganized Mom eBook

Struggling to get your homeschool plans together? Need some practical tips? This eBook may be exactly what you need.

Other Homeschooling Tips

If you are just starting on your homeschooling journey, or if you want to make some adjustments, here are some homeschooling tips that you might need.

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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 to ensure that everything gets done. Without the sleep we need, we will be unable to provide and teach with the patience, kindness, and understanding that a homeschool day requires.

Nap time

If you have little ones in your home, you need to consider the prep time and average length of their nap time 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.

Attention span

Your child’s attention span is determined by many things like; learning style, age, learning ability, interest, etc.

When creating your homeschool schedule taking into consideration the time length 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, and there are 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 it takes you to do your daily chores. 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 to teach your child every subject, every day, but the lessons you were trying to teach likely wouldn’t stick. Our children need to have enough 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 not to overplan your homeschool schedule.

Choose a subject and make sure that you teach it well before moving on to the next. A quality education is of more value than a quantity of educational hours.

Did you create your own homeschool schedule or did you find an existing one that fits your family’s needs?

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!



Misty is a Daughter of THE King, a Native Texas girl, a Navy brat at heart, a loving Fisherman’s wife, a 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.


  1. Great tips! I am going to share with my homeschool friends because this is so helpful.

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