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Creating a solid schedule is the foundation for any successful routine. I’m taking you through the step-by-step process of creating a homeschool schedule that actually works.
We’ve been on our homeschool journey for about a year now. The first few months we spent deschooling. Deschooling is the process of disconnecting from a traditional school experience. This allowed us to figure out the best method for homeschooling that would work for Tatiana. There are so many different ways that you can teach your child at home and we needed that time to figure out how she would learn the most while still having fun.
I learned quickly that even though we wanted to be more flexible with our days, we needed a homeschool schedule to keep us on track.
Tips for Creating Your Daily Homeschool Schedule
Before you begin to create your homeschool schedule it’s important to talk to your kids about what they may want to learn. Math, science and reading were important subjects to incorporate into our schedule because they’re Tatiana’s favorite subjects. She also wanted to learn about black and women’s history, so we included that too. Here’s a few tips for creating a daily homeschool schedule that works for your family.
1. Decide how many days you’ll learn
We keep a very fluid schedule. When we began our homeschool journey, I didn’t want things to be super strict. T has a free spirit and is interested in so many things and I wanted to nurture that. We have a traditional 5-day learning homeschool schedule and have lessons carved out for every day but things may change and we’re okay with that. Sometimes T may just need a mental health day or if we’re scheduled to travel during the week, we’ll incorporate real life lessons into our days rather than learning from a textbook.
2. Set goals
We set goals at the beginning of every school year. Knowing what you want your child to learn, what your child wants to learn, and what the school board requires them to learn, is important. Keep track of your goals as you go through the year. Visualizing the progress is rewarding for both the parents and the kids.
3. Find a way to measure progress
We use traditional testing to measure progress. While some parents opt out of testing altogether, I’ve found that it’s the best way for my daughter. It helps her stay aware of the progress she’s making and it allows us to know if she’s ready to move onto another lesson. There are tons of other ways to measure your child’s progress. Find a way that works for your child and keep a portfolio for record.
4. Figure out how your child learns
My daughter learns a few different ways. She soaks things up by reading and being hands on. Getting out into the world and participating in educational activities helps her grasp concepts.
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5. Schedule breaks
Breaks are so important and essential to a successful day. We schedule in breaks sporadically throughout the day for snacks, lunch, and brain breaks.
6. Get your kids involved
Allowing your kids to take an active part in planning their education makes a world of difference. If they’re able to help choose subjects, topics and activities to focus on in homeschool they’ll enjoy learning so much more.
7. Teach real life lessons
A few days out of the week we teach Tatiana real life lessons and practical skills like money management, budgeting, etc.
8. Don’t forget to have fun
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Our Homeschool Schedule
Take a look at the homeschool schedule we created below. We’re wrapped up with school in less than 4 hours and that includes breaks. We always keep an open mind when starting the day in case things need to be moved around.
Good luck with creating your family’s homeschool schedule!