Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Homeschool Schedule...Part 3

For those of you who have soldiered on through the deep (and somewhat boring) last two posts...the end is in sight!  Today I will share with you our homeschool schedule.  But first - I want to talk a little bit about schedules.
 
As I have mentioned before, I appreciate the sage advice of those homeschoolers who have been working at their craft for years  - long before homeschooling became the "in" thing to do.  (If it is, in fact, now the "in" thing!  At least now it is more widely accepted.)  The most important piece of advice I have learned is that each family must make homeschooling "their own".  Whatever you choose to do, it must "work" for your family. 
 
 

Part of our decision to homeschool was based on scheduling.  We choose to live way out in the country, which means it takes us anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to get to church and school.  Where we live is our decision and we take full ownership of it!  That being said, travel each day was becoming more and more inconvenient, and we decided we were more comfortable with changing our schooling situation than changing where we live.  Since our children are growing up and are becoming more involved in various activities, we decided reclaiming two plus hours of travel time each day was a good first step.   Add that to the hour (or more) of time we had spent on homework each day, and our day was becoming less and less cluttered, allowing us to refocus that time on things we all wanted to do but felt we didn't have time for.
 
As a new homeschooler, I read a lot of books and blogs and studied the way other people structured their home schools.  I quickly learned there was no one or right way to schedule.  That both scared and excited me!  I am a list maker.  I am a planner.  I love the idea of ruminating on something for a while to figure out the best and most efficient way to get it done.  So I got to work.
 
I took the list of what we wanted to study and a list of what we wanted to do outside of school and started to plot it on a spreadsheet.  I knew that a fixed schedule was what we needed.  My kids have experienced traditional school, so they are used to regularity.  I also wanted to make sure that we were done early enough each day to accommodate sports and dance schedules.  Finally, I wanted our evenings and weekends free to spend time with Gerald.  Our schedule began to take shape.

As I have mentioned before, it was revised MANY times over prior to starting school, and has even changed shape since we began.  I'm sure it will change again in the near future.  But it is our homeschool schedule.  It is what works for us.
 
Now - for the big reveal... Bus driver, move that bus!


Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Field Trip Friday
Fun Friday
6:30-
7:00am
Family breakfast
 
Family breakfast
 
Family breakfast
 
Family breakfast
 
Family breakfast
 
Family breakfast
 
7:00-
7:30am
Free time
 
Free time
Free time
 
Free time
 
Free time
 
Free time
 
7:30-
8:00am
Get dressed
Make up bed
Get dressed
Make up bed
Get dressed
Make up bed
Get dressed
Make up bed
Get dressed
Make up bed
 
Get dressed
Make up bed
8:00-
8:30am
Pledge/Prayer
Weekly planning
Bible
GBS
Pledge/Prayer
Virtues
Bible
GBS
Pledge/Prayer
Virtues
Bible
GBS
 
Pledge/Prayer
Virtues
Bible
GBS
 
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
8:30-
9:05am
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements/
Review Spanish
 
8:30-8:50
Grammar/
Creat. Writing/
Literature
 
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements
Review Spanish
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements
Review Spanish
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
9:05-
9:45am
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements/
Review Spanish
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
 
8:50-9:15
Literature
Grammar/
Creat. Writing
 
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements/
Review Spanish
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
 
Penmanship/
Literature/
Lit elements/
Review Spanish
Grammar/180
Creat. Writing/
Latin Cards
 
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
9:45-
10:00am
Snack
 
9:15-9:30
Snack
Snack
Snack
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
10:00-
10:35am
Math/Logic
Spelling/Typing/
Greek Cards
 
9:30-9:50
Math/Logic
Spelling/Typing
 
Math/Logic
Spelling/Typing/
Greek Cards
 
Math/Logic
Spelling/Typing/
Greek Cards
 
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
10:35-
11:15am
Spelling/Legos/
Greek Cards
Math/Logic
 
9:50-10:15
Spelling/Legos
Math/Logic
Spelling/Legos/
Greek Cards
Math/Logic
Spelling/Legos/
Greek Cards
Math/Logic
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
11:15-1
1:45am
Science
 
10:15-10:45
Nature
 
Science
 
Technology
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
11:45-1
2:00pm
Current Events
10:45-11:00
Current Events
 
Current Events
 
Current Events
Friday Field Trip
Fun Friday
12:00-
12:30pm
Lunch
Manners
Life of Fred
 
11:00-11:30
Lunch
Manners
Minute Mystery
 
Lunch
Manners
Life of Fred
 
Lunch
Manners
Music Composer
Lunch
Lunch
12:30-
1:15pm
History
Geo Trails
 
11:30-12:00
History
Geo Trails
History
Geo Trails
Geography
Geo Trails
Lunch
Lunch
1:15-
1:45pm
Art
 
12:00-12:15
Latin
Spanish
Greek
Library
Library
1:45-
2:00pm
Civics
 
 
Financial Peace
Junior
Friday Prep
 
 

Jewell's work is in pink.  Brack is scheduled in green.  Things we do together are in blue.

 Well - there it is!  In all it's (ahem...) glory.  Some days it is 2:00 when we finish, and some days we are done as early as 11:30.  It all depends on what we are doing that day and how diligent we are about keeping our nose to the grindstone.  
 I have to admit I am a little nervous publishing this.  What if non-homeschoolers think we're slackers?  What if seasoned homeschoolers think I'm crazy for having a "rigid" schedule?  But you know what?  It's ok.  This schedule was developed for my family after much study, planning and prayer.  And I'm not afraid to admit that if and when (and I really mean when) it doesn't work, I'll change it again.  Therein lies the beauty.
Just a couple of quick facts before we go.  You'll notice that we have a modified schedule on Tuesday.  The kids take part in a homeschool gymnastics class on Tuesdays at 1:30 which they absolutely LOVE.  This allows us to accommodate the travel time to the gym.  They also take tumbling on Wednesday afternoons and Jewell has dance and gymnastics on Thursdays.  They both play AYSO soccer in the fall and spring, and both are on the local swim team during the summer.  (Go Tallassee Tiger Sharks!)  So we are definitely getting in our P.E.!
Also - you will notice we have two Friday schedules.  We participate in a co-op on the first and third Fridays, so I was hesitant to schedule "classes" on the second and fourth Fridays.  Instead we have claimed these as "Field Trip Fridays".  So far we have visited the Alabama Cattleman's Mooseum which you can read about here.  We also had a way fun time at the Hyundai plant.  (Which we lovingly refer to as the Mothership, since we drive a Veracruz!) 
 
Upcoming trips include the Coca-Cola bottling plant and the Blue Bell factory.  (I know!  Amazing, huh?)  And one more.  Let's see, where was it?  Oh yeah... Washington. D.C.!
So that's it!  That's how we roll!  Well - gotta run.  It's 7:55 and the bell's about to ring.  However you choose to school today, I hope you and yours have a great day!
 
 
 
 

 

2 comments:

  1. Love it!! Our weeks are so crazy with Max's weekly therapy (OT, PT, etc.) schedule that I'm not able to have such a nice, smooth schedule. I am a "get'er done in the morning" gal (always the one to schedule my college classes for first thing, when my roommate was sleeping in) so I can have the rest of the day to do whatever I want and it's killing me that we aren't able to do this as well as I'd like. I'm hoping that as Max gets older, we can get into more of a solid daily routine...as much as I like learning at the kids' pace, I also like to have some sort of structure. In this season of life, it's hard and I'm just having to deal with it. :)

    Anyway, is the homeschool gymnastics class in MGM? If so, would you be willing to tell me more about it (if it's open to other families)? I would love to get Iliya into more organized sports activities, but not being from around here, I get overwhelmed when I start thinking about it. :) At almost 8, I may've waited too late.

    We really do need to get Brack & Iliya together sometimes...I think they would end up having a good time. :)

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