Tuesday, February 09, 2010

How We Do Homeschool: Our Schedule

Today, I just wanted to take time to share a bit about our schedule and what we do every day. I think that might be helpful to see how it all comes together before I get into the details of what we’re doing for each subject.

I actually don’t stick to a strict schedule so much as just having blocks to place each subject in. That way, I don’t get bogged down looking at the clock, and a block can shrink or stretch to fit whatever we are doing on a given day. Does that even make sense? We don’t always do things in the exact same order, either. I mix it up, and sometimes it just depends on which books are on the top of the pile as to what we do next. I do, however, try to intermingle the lighter tasks in with the harder ones that require a bit more effort.

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On a typical day, we generally begin around 9:00 and finish up with everything by 11:00. You can see that some boxes are smaller than others, and we do spend less time on some things than others. You could probably consider the larger boxes to be around 15-20 minutes, but it really varies according to what we’re doing. The English grammar rarely takes more than 5-10 minutes, and the seatwork probably should be equivalent to one big box when they are all combined together.

I wanted to make this visual, so that you can see it doesn’t take a lot of time. When I begin to describe what we do, I think it can sound overwhelming. When you look at the big picture and see it all in a daily schedule, it doesn’t seem as intimidating.


Other posts in this series:
Introduction
Our Schedule
Spelling and Handwriting

English Grammar
Reading/Literature
Math
History
Science and Art
Classical Conversations
Planning
A Few Random Thoughts

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