Monday, August 26, 2013

Evolution of a Homeschool Schedule

This post needs little explanation.  It is simply the last three years' schooling schedules that I wanted to make available for any homeschool moms who are looking for ideas:)


This was when we had six kids and were in the infant stage.


This is the adjusted version for May and June but very close to what we did all year.  Earlier in the year, Ransom was still taking a morning nap from 10-12.  And, before Feburary, Timmy wasn't here.


This is what we are currently doing.  It's a bit of a change from the previous two years.

This year, I decided to create a schedule that will help us get schooling done before lunch.  This has been a much needed breath of fresh air.  However, it does mean having my 2 and 4 year olds up during all of school.  So, it's a bit more of a challenge.  I am able to have down time while the littles sleep and the older kids have quiet reading/play.

I have placed a star every hour or so on my column to remind me to adjust laundry:)  We don't do every part of this schedule perfect every day, but when we are able to stick to it, everything gets done including housework and laundry.  And that makes for a much more peaceful home.

With MFW we adjust things so that we do Bible every day, History on Monday and Tuesday, Science Wednesday, Art and Music on Thursday, and then on Fridays we do read aloud, notebooks, projects, nature walks, and timeline.  This seems to work best for logistical reasons in our home:)

In September, I will have one child in a monthly afternoon literature club and we will have PE two afternoons a week.  This was another reason for my desire to get everything done in the mornings.

We also do quick breaks as the kids need them.  Sometimes they may go jump on the trampoline, scooter around the back porch, climb a tree, or play pirates on the slide.  And, we usually munch on a protein snack mid morning as we work.

How has your schedule changed over the years?


  1. Im a mother of 5 and I am struggling with one on one with my older 3(11,9,7) and my 2 toddlers 2 and 4. I have tried to get things done before Lunch and believe there is a way to do it. I just havnt found the right combo yet. Can you make your schedule a pdf file to be able to zoom on and possible try for my own crew. Thanks so much. I struggle with my 5 and I am encouraged if you can do it with 7!

    1. Charisse,

      I will try...haha. I haven't done that before but this is a good chance for me to learn:)

    2. One on one time is definitely a challenge! We look for little unique ways to get some of that one on one time. Many times it is things like when my daughter reads to me while I am feeding the baby or preparing dinner together. I find that each of my older four have specific things they like to do with me or errands they like to run with me. I tend to take one child with me on errands almost always as it's a great time to talk in the car. I don't really have one on one time charted out on the schedule as it tends to happen more naturally. But, I am getting my husband's assistance to turn the pics into pdfs:)

  2. We are just implementing our new schedule and making adjustments. I use the same system for Mangers of their homes It is awesome of you to be done by lunch! I have to devote ALL of nap time to my 8 year old Jadon because he needs no distractions to get anything done:( Hopefully that will change a bit this year!

  3. Okay friend ... we started a little schedule, not as amazing as this one ... but maybe ours will morph into something as wonderful.

    And as always, I would be crazy honored to have you link up with momma notes. I jot some on Mondays, but you can link up any day of the week (I get the momma, filled to to the brim, schedules) Just mom. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    Happy day,

  4. Looks great! I have no idea how you get it all done, but the schedule looks great. We have a much more simplified one with just my 2 kiddos, but it has really helped to keep us on track during the week. I see you guys are doing RtR this year. We are too. I hope you guys have a blessed year! *Pauline*