To Schedule or not to Schedule…

th1that is the question!

And a much debated one in homeschool circles.  It all comes down to what works best for your family and lifestyle.  We have done the regimented color chart found at   http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-homes.html  It was beautiful, and I loved it so much it hung on the wall for a year, before I took it down, even though we never followed it!  If you are a scheduled person you will love this method.  We recommend all of their books!  I have almost ALL of them :)

Even the best schedule book couldn’t help me, apparently.  To homeschool and have 6 kids, for that matter, you do need structure.  If you don’t have some kind of structure there will be chaos!!!!  Routine, Routine ROUTINE…there I like that better!  Routine sounds better to my free spirit than schedule!  So, lets talk about our “routine”.

We get up, when we get up! Usually around 7.

We eat breakfast and get dressed.

School Starts…I do kindergarten and pre-school while big kids are doing independent work.

We do character First as a family.

Kindergarten and pre-school go play while we do our Family Cycle with 2nd grade and up.

After that, if they are done with independent work they are done.  If they are not, they finish, we do any tests we need to do and I look over their work.

All this gets done in time to prepare for lunch. We eat and then go about our day doing those things that are necessary.

This is our Routine, Life happens, but this is the general order of business.  I am available while they are doing there independent work to get them started or to answer any questions.  That’s why we built a house with an open floor plan and we have school in a central location.  I can keep my eye on progress as I am cleaning up and doing dinner prep, and tending to a new baby’s needs.

We have 4 day school, Monday – Thursday, with Friday reserved for make-up work or field trips.  Our Curriculum is set up this way and we LOVE it!!!  We are also planning year round school this year.  More about that, another time.

Also a great reference for ordering your days is a book called Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman

Kim’s blog is at http://largefamilylogistics.blogspot.com/

So that’s how we roll…

How about you, I would love to hear how you do it!

 

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