In case you read the previous post and was absolutely floored at how much it SEEMED we were doing, here is a follow-up post to show how it really isn’t all that “balk-worthy”. *grin*
A few years ago, while trying to get a handle on our daily schedules which were all over the place, I found a great scheduling tool from the homeschool family behind www.titus2.com. Titled Managers of Their Homes, the book was filled with tips and forms to help you get organised. I didn’t end up using most of the stuff, but there were a few principles I picked up which proved invaluable. One of them is about making your days as uniform as possible.
Like DUH! right? LOL! But I didn’t even know how to do that much! I used to shun schedules because they “cramped my style”. So we were going out and meeting people, and having people over, and going on random fieldtrips and it was all wearing me out. Now this one thing has brought much order to our days.
So by and large our days look something like this in 2012 …
7.30 am – Kids wake up and have breakfast
8.00 am – Chinese
9.30 am – History readings (Mystery of History, Trial & Triumph)
10.00 am – Copywork
10.30 am – Math
11.30 am – Some slack for getting lunch ready, checking math answers, allowing time for schedule overruns, etc
12.00 noon - French homework or Writing Strands or Journaling (on Fridays)
12.30 pm – Lunch
AFTERNOONS VARY (see below)
5.00 pm – Dinner prep (one child helps each day)
6.00 pm – Dinner followed by packing up, folding laundry, etc
7.00 pm – Baths
8.00 pm – Bible reading with the family
8.30 pm – In bed (kids get various lengths of time to read in bed before lights out)
In the afternoons we have a variety of activities including:
- French tuition
- Tennis lessons
- Music lessons (Alethea on piano, Timothy violin, Nathalie recorder) in the same music school
- Meeting with one other homeschool family for lunch, presentation skills, picture studies, composer studies
Once a week we meet with a homeschool co-op and during the 3 hours there we cover Art, Science and Theatre and the kids attend another French class.
A NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULING MULTIPLE CHILDREN
I used to schedule MYSELF when the children were younger. That simply meant that if I was working with one child on Math, the others had to be doing something which they could do on their own, or which needed less involvement from me. But now that the children are older, I can do the same subject concurrently.
For example, during copywork/dictation time, I read Nathalie’s copywork passage with her and get her started while the two older ones are studying their passages. Then when they are ready, I read their passages out to them (yes, different passages at the same time, and no, they don’t get confused, but sometimes I do). And now that we are doing Saxon Math, the two older ones are completely independent during that period so I work only with Nathalie (while entertaining Daniel). Doing Singapore Math was different.
So that’s how we do it all! :)