For parents who just decided to embark on this homeschool adventure, it will be quite overwhelming in the beginning. But fret not, this is when creating a plan and a schedule can save your life. Preparing even a basic and loose homeschooling schedule can significantly reduce your stress and anxiety because this will help you maintain a daily routine.
One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you get to choose what works best for your family. You can set the pace and the timeframe. It will help to coordinate with everyone in order to manage the time effectively.
Now that your child will be getting educated at home, you will need to dedicate more time to teaching. This means it will affect daily chores, errands, doctors’ appointments, and other typical household routines. As a result, a plan and schedule are critical to the success of the homeschooling puzzle.
Before creating the schedule, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Consider all family members. Every household is different. There are different family dynamics and roles to consider, which is why there is no set plan for everyone. The rule of thumb is to communicate with your family members to organize a schedule that agrees with everyone. Realistically though, it will be impossible to follow a schedule all the time, especially in households with young children, which brings us to the next item…
- Be flexible. If things are not working, then be open to adjust your schedule. Through trial and error, you will be able to figure out what is best for you and your child’s learning experience.
- Change things up. It is not good to do the same things each day. This can get boring for everyone, so you should be open to adding something new to the schedule each week. This will help keep things interesting and lively for the homeschooler, thereby motivating them.
Once you have considered all that, you will then decide how detailed and comprehensive you want your plan to be. Some families work better with using big time slots to schedule their day, while others want a minute-by-minute schedule.
Listed below is a sample of a loosely-defined schedule that may work best for those just starting with the homeschool program:
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
- Independent study (i.e. math, languages, spelling, etc.)
- Teaching session
- Writing projects
- Fun activities (i.e. arts and crafts, playing outside, etc.)
- Teaching session and checking schoolwork
- Chores (if applicable, an example would be cleaning dishes)
Keep in mind that this schedule varies depending on the child. For example, if you are homeschooling young children, this timeframe should be shorter because their curriculum needs to be less intensive. On the other hand, for older children, they can also choose to study longer if they wish.
While there is no homeschooling formula that fits all families, these guidelines will be able to help you organize and manage your time effectively.