Home Education Daily Schedules
“I know there is no typical home education day and I’ve only been doing this for 5 months!! However, what do you guys schedule for when and how much time do you typically (there’s that word again) spend? I kind of do a catch as catch can program this year, but his math is becoming more advanced and he seems to like a more structured and organized work week. So I’m leaning towards buying a set language arts and math curriculum next year and filling in with unit studies for the rest. I just wonder how long people spend on subjects and how many times per week. He will be doing anywhere from 2-4 grade work.”
How To Schedule A Homeschool Day
Each homeschooling family is unique and will have to find the schedule that best suits their family. Here are some tips to help you in setting up a schedule for your school day.
1. Set a beginning and ending time.
2. Schedule a lunchtime and any other desired breaks.
3. Plan the most demanding one-on-one time when younger siblings nap or are occupied.
4. Coordinate individualized teaching with one child while the other children are working independently or reading.
5. Schedule the 3 R’s when the students are freshest.
Home Educationing, Parenting, And Life
Most parents – most people – have trouble finding balance in their lives, but when you throw home educating your children into the mix, it’s like tossing just a few more juggling pins into the air. So, how does a homeschool parent strike the balance between being a teacher, parent, individual, and household manager? Three basic tips can help.
Take time to just be the parent.
One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling can be making sure to take time to just be the parent, not the teacher. It can be easy, at the end of a long homeschool day, to slip into auto-pilot and allow everyone to go their separate ways. While it is wise to make sure everyone – including the teaching parent – has some downtime at the end of the school day, it is vital that you make sure you all make time to come together as a family, with no educational agenda.
Don’t allow the mindset of thinking that, as the teaching parent, you’ve spent all day with your children to rob you of unscheduled family time. Don’t let school time and daily routines such as bath time or bedtime comprise your daily interaction with your children. Go outside and play together. Play non-educational, just-for-fun games. Spend time with them watching their favorite shows or playing their favorite video games. Ensure that you are spending time with them as their parent, with no thought as to the educational value of the activity.
Take time for yourself.
Another challenge for homeschool parents is our tendency to allow homeschooling to become all-consuming. Being a homeschool parent isn’t just something we do, it’s who we are. However, it’s important to remember that it’s just one part of who we are. We are also a spouse, a parent, a child, a sibling, a friend, and an individual with unique needs, gifts, and talents.
For most of us, depending on the number of children we have, our homeschooling years will be measured in double-digits. Even so, there will come a time when the last child graduates. We need to make sure that we don’t lose ourselves in the process of educating our children. It is vital that we take time to nurture ourselves in all those other roles. We must make sure that we’re investing in our hobbies and passions and that we are not neglecting the other relationships that make us who we are.
What’s The Best Age To Homeschool?
Lots of families, including mine, homeschool all the way from kindergarten to college. But for many families, homeschooling is just a short-term endeavor. The reason may be problems at school, a temporary move, or even just a way to experience some variety in more traditional education. If you could choose to homeschool for only one stage of your child’s development, which do you think you’d prefer? Here are some of the challenges and rewards to be found at every age.
Preschoolers Homeschooling a preschooler is something of a misnomer. Done right, it shouldn’t look any different than normal parenting at this age. There’s no need to swamp a preschooler with worksheets, flash cards, or educational apps. And there’s no long-lasting advantage to getting your toddlers to read earlier than other kids their age.
What preschoolers benefit from the most is a hands-on experience in the real world. They need to develop an internal understanding of how things work, using all their senses.