How To Organize Your Schedule
I can give you tips to help you make a homeschool planner from my own experience as one of the very few second generation homeschooling families.
My Mom had her own way to schedule and, although I loved being taught at home, it wasn't the way I do it now!
So what can we learn?
How To Make A Homeschool Planner
The first lesson is fairly obvious!
What suits one family usually doesn't work for another!
That's because there are lots of differences.
Not just in the age, abilities and interests of each individual child - but because it's about suiting you too!
When it come to deciding on a homeschool planner, you have to be honest.
Do you need one? How structured should it be? And are you being unrealistic in what you aim to achieve?
You'll see that one of the problems with homeschool is that it's not magic.
The fact is, as we've seen when it comes to organizing homeschool scheduling,
you don't need a homeschool planner or a schedule if it doesn't feel
right for you and your children.
If they're busy and happy you likely
haven't got too much to worry about!
But this is what Jane had to say:
She eventually settled on following more of an unschooling route with two of her children, while two were more structured but with a great deal of choice in what they
Just goes to show homeschooling works differently not only for every family, but even for children within the same family!
Choosing The Best Planners
So what are your choices when it comes to making homeschooling planners?
Guess what, there are as many ways to make home school planners as homeschool families!
These are some of the choices you might consider:
Homeschooling planners based around a traditional classroom schedule. One family I know has a designated 'school room' with a timetable pinned to the wall.
Schedule the morning for academic lessons like Math, Science and English. Spend the afternoons on projects and activities.
Work in the mornings for a couple of hours and have the afternoons completely free.
This schedule would probably include having one or two days a week out on educational visits to museums, castles etc. as well as a weekly visit to a home education group.
There are lots of variations within this theme.
- What about having a Fun Friday and taking one day off each week?
- If you have a teenager, you might do like a friend of mine and start your day around lunch-time to suit sleep patterns which show that adolescents often work better in the evening.
TIPS for making Homeschool Planners
- Don't be afraid to experiment.
"We changed our entire format three times in the first six months," - homeschooling Mom.
- It's really useful to see how different people do it!
"I know we all teach differently. Here is a look into me and my sons lives :)
Daxx is not a "get it all done now and you won't have to do it later"
kind of guy. So we have to plan a schedule way ahead of time.
example, most kids get all of their stuff done during the 9 months
they're in school. Daxx does 3-6 assignments a day for 365 days. It
takes a lot of flipping through books, counting chapters
and lessons and pages and dividing it by how many weeks and or days I
want to get it done in, then meticulously piecing them together to make
the perfect schedule that I most likely will only follow for a week
I work hard behind the scenes and play hard on stage! I thought I
would share how I spent my day, planning Daxxs entire 5th grade year :)
I have to stay ahead of it because My daughter Annika starts Kindergarten this year as well!
- You'll know if your homeschooling planner is working.
- If there are too many battles
- don't give up homeschooling - it's likely it's your homeschool
schedule that's to blame.
- What do the children enjoy doing? How can
you make planners that build on that?
- Working out your homeschooling goals
can help when you come to make homeschool planners.
- Where are you
hoping to get to? What are you trying to achieve by the end of the
- Take some time to work out your own teaching style before you get fixed on making planners or a schedule.
- Is your mind-set oriented around a school approach to teaching? Would that work for your children? There are many ways for children to learn, and, as I explore the reasons why homeschool can be bad, I believe homeschooling has infinitely more to offer than a classroom approach to teaching ever can.
Try hard not to panic if you don't seem to be 'achieving' anything.
One look at the homeschooling problems page and you'll see that's my pet anxt.
I really struggle sometimes when my children just don't seem to be doing anything and we don't seem to be 'getting' anywhere.
If you'd like some more tips on home school scheduling you can find some here.
I'll be answering questions like: How do you fit everything in? I'll also be showing you our our home school day so you can see what we get up to!
Good luck making a homeschool planner that works for both you and your family!
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