If you’ve been following along in my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series, don’t miss how to create a monthly homeschool schedule. Once you’ve figured out your monthly schedule you might need to break things down by week for yourself and/or your child. For more scheduling help, get these homeschool schedule printables to make homeschool planning easy.
A weekly schedule will allow you to see what exactly you can get done each day and how you can tweak your schedule if needed. If one day runs longer than another, maybe you need to switch some subjects around.
For myself, we do history and science on separate days because they can tend to run long on some days. We always start with math for my oldest because he needs to be bright and alert to tackle his least favorite subject.
My other son’s least favorite subject is spelling so he likes to tackle that first. We always start our day with music and then reading so that we ease into our homeschool day. We are not morning people so they like some time to get into their routine.
How many hours of school will you complete each day?
You’re not in public school anymore because you have so much one on one time, there’s really no need to spend 9am-3pm on school with your first grader. For us, we’ve gone one hour for each grade level up to 6 hours for middle school.
So my first grader does an hour to two hours of school depending on if we’re working on any projects. And that time will increase each year. My 8th grader does 6 hours of school sometimes more if he’s dawdling.
What activities are your kids involved in?
What subjects would you like to tackle first? Do you want to do a circle time with the whole family? Do you need a library day or do you have co-op or activities on another, this will let you be able to schedule out your week and see where you can fit school in.
How many days a week will you do school?
If you’re schooling year-round, perhaps you only want to do school 4 days a week with a library or co-op day on the last day. You’ll need to figure out how many hours you need for each subject and go from there.
If your hubby is away part of the weekend and you want to spend time with him while he’s home your schedule may be from Tuesday to Saturday. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Who said you had to follow the regular school schedule?
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