Making a Homeschool Schedule
One of my most popular posts on this blog is about block scheduling. It rather surprises me, but I realize that everyone is trying to find the best way to organize their homeschool day and block scheduling is often the most feasible option for homeschooling several ages/grades. However, over the years I have begun to realize that for our homeschool a mixture of styles and schedules is usually the best fit. So, with almost everything we do in our homeschool – it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that!
Our Homeschool Schedule
Our schedule this year is a combination of traditional scheduling and block scheduling. For example, at the beginning of our day we start with a traditional schedule. We begin with Bible time as well as our “WonderTime” devotionals from the Good News Club that my kiddos are part. We spend about half an hour on Bible, and since my Middle School twins are working with ABEKA videos this year, I am able to teach to only my two youngest and so I am teaching through the ABEKA flash a card series. While I teach they color a coordinating color sheet that supports what the lesson is teaching.
We then move on to Language Arts. Since this was a pivotal year for our youngest I wanted to really work hard in this area. We are using Saxon 1 phonics, which is a pretty intensive curriculum. It takes us about 40 minutes to go through all of the learning and worksheets each day. My third grade daughter is using Grammar Made Easy which is really amazing. She is picking out prepositional phrases subject and verb phrases already.
We spend about 20-30 minutes on reading – I can get a few things done during this time.
Next comes math or numbers as my youngest calls it. We spend about 30 minutes on this and are using Saxon for both first and third grades. It is also a very intensive curriculum, and we could actually spend alot more time on this curriculum. However, my girls are very intuitive when it comes to numbers and we are able to work through these lessons rather quickly
Finally, we do a handwriting workbook. This usually takes the girls about 15 minutes at the most to complete.
Our Block Schedule
After we’ve gone through these traditionally scheduled courses, we move on to our block scheduled courses. Here we have our history, science, art, and creative writing. I have basically scheduled these four to happen each day of the week with science occurring twice each week. We use Time Traveler’s History, Apologia Science, my own art, and Don’t Forget to Write as well as “Rip the Page” for our creative writing.
Remember that homeschooling is all about fitting your child and your family with the right style of schooling. Whatever works for your family is what is right for you. Don’t be afraid to get “out of the box.” Homeschooling is truly all about freedom to educate according to your needs.