So, after many years of homeschooling I should have some earth-stopping success secrets in the area of scheduling —- right?
Here it is:
“Your schedule is only as good as the paper it is written on!”
In other words, your schedule is a GUIDE, not your master!
I could share our particular schedule with you and you in turn could attempt to implement it, get frustrated and quit, feeling like a total failure. When in truth, what works in YOUR household won’t necessarily work in MINE and vice a versa.
What I can encourage you to do is 3 simple things that have blessed our homeschool throughout the years:
1) Take a good look at what activities you have planned each week that take you out of the home.
Co-ops, sports and field trips can be a good thing, but, they can also cause a lot of undue stress. Evaluate them carefully and keep in mind, that it’s ok to say ‘no’! It’s also alright to have seasons when you are home more than ‘out’!
2) Don’t over schedule your day to the point where you don’t have wiggle room for illness or those ‘teachable moments’ that crop up unexpectedly.
Some of these moments are great jumping off points to explore rabbit trails of interest and some are times to help your child grow closer to the Lord – take advantage of them!
3) Have a plan of ‘attack’ laid out the night before.
Lay appropriate materials that will be needed for the next day out and easily accessible the night before. This is an incredible help especially if your morning wake up is less than early or rough!
Short and sweet, that’s pretty much our recipe for successful planning and scheduling. This is what we come back to time and time again during the 11 years on this wondrous journey!
Just click on each button below to read what Heidi of The Busy Mom, Amy of Raising Arrows, Heather of Raising Mighty Arrows, Sara of Delivering Grace, and Caroline of The Joyful Keeper had to say on this subject: