Have you ever spent hours creating that perfect homeschool schedule - color coded and all?
It looked so beautiful on paper. But what happens when you actually have to implement it?
You usually find it isn't so perfect after all.
We’ve all been there. Sometimes the planning is more fun than the actual homeschooling.
But we all need a method that will actually help us get it all done without losing our sanity. Thankfully, there are plenty of options - and you're sure to find a weekly homeschool schedule that fits your family.
Finding the Right Homeschool Schedule
It takes some time to find the right weekly routine or schedule for your homeschool. You may have to try a few (or combine a few) before you find what works. But, before you can discover what works, you need to know what options are available. There are four simple options that can be combined to fit the needs of your family and schedule.
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Standard Lesson Plans
This method is probably most familiar and uses the basic lesson plan book you can buy at any office supply store. All you need to do is decide how often each subject will be done and add them to your weekly lesson plans, filling in the blocks. For example, math could be done daily, grammar three times a week, history twice a week, and science two days a week. Using your lesson planner, write down the assignments and any necessary notes. I find that no matter how we get the work done (with a block, loop, or checklist) I still use a lesson plan book to record everything I need to keep organized.
Tips for using lessons plans:
- 5 Steps to a Super Simple Lesson Planner from There's No Place Like Home
- Weekly Homeschool Lesson Plans from Homeschool Boys
A loop schedule is simply a list of assignments or subjects that you work through for a set amount of time. When the time is up, you stop. When you start working again (whether that’s later that day or the next day) you begin where you left off. When you complete the list, you move back to the top and repeat -- making a loop. You can use a loop schedule for all your subjects, a specific group of subjects, or whatever method that works for you.
We’ve used a loop schedule for all the extras I wanted to fit in. After skill subjects were completed for the day, we used our loop schedule to include some fun. Our loop included art study, art projects, music, and poetry. Every day after we had finished working on our skill subjects, we had one hour each day for our loop. We would begin with the first thing on the list, art study. After completing that, if time allowed, we moved on to the next item on the list, art projects. When the hour was completed, we stopped; and the next day, when it was time for our one-hour loop, we began with the next item on the list, music. After finishing the last thing on the list (poetry), we moved to the top of the loop and repeated the list again. It didn’t matter which day of the week it was; we just continued “looping” through the list. So even though skill subjects took priority, we were still able to fit in the enjoyable content subjects that we liked so much.
More articles about loop schedules:
- Fitting it all in with a loop schedule
- Loop Scheduling at Eclectic Homeschool
- Looping: Task Management from Read Aloud Revival
A block schedule uses blocks of time to focus on a specific subject. It can be as long as a term or quarter or as short as a week or two.
Here's an example of a short block - instead of scheduling history for three days a week and science for the other two days, you could choose to focus just on history for a full week or two (or even a term) before shifting focus to science.
You can plan all your subjects according to blocks or use a block schedule for just certain subjects, combining this type of schedule with another format.
It works very well for families that like to dive deep into a subject.
More articles about block scheduling:
- Loop Scheduling vs. Block Scheduling from Pam Barnhill
- Creating a block schedule for homeschooling from Adventures in Mommydom
Probably the most simple method, but still quite effective, is the simple checklist. All you need is a notebook or paper and a pencil. Write down the assignments and let your child check them off as they are completed. This is a great method for middle school, when you still sit down and go over some daily lessons and then give them assigned work. Teach them to write the assignments down and cross them off as they are completed. Of course, you can keep a checklist too!
Ideas for using checklists:
- Weekly to-do lists from Fearless Homeschool
- A close-up of my homeschool checklist from Simply Convivial
- How I'm Using Spiral Notebooks to Simply my Homeschool from Read Aloud Revival
- Daily Lesson Checklist for Homeschooling from A Virtuous Woman
How do you schedule your homeschool week?
There are plenty of ways to fit homeschooling into your weekly schedule. Do you have a preferred method?
I’d love to hear how you plan your homeschool week. Leave a comment below with your tips and advice!
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