We have been a Classical Conversations family from the very beginning, but I have also tried to implement as many of Charlotte Mason's ideas as possible in these younger years. We take some, and adapt some while skipping those that don't fit with our goals. It's enough to make a CM purist gasp out loud! I stumbled across this post about scheduling and creating margin in our children's days. Christy does a great job of walking through her scheduling thought process for Ambleside Online. While this doesn't fit our homeschool perfectly, I have struggled with some of the same frustrations she overcame, and my aim is to focus on being more intentional with our time in the coming year.
Bring on the graphs and lists and colored pencils. I am such a pen and paper planner. I plopped down with my graph paper notebook today to work out my lists, move things around, and come up with a schedule for the three of us that I think will work. I plan to shift a bit to keep the lessons shorter and more focused. This is scary because I'm allergic to strict time schedules. It's a commitment issue.
Of course, you know I had to make myself a planning page to document the final product, so I thought someone else out there might find it useful. This is a daily scheduler that begins at 7:15am and ends at 9:15pm. It has space to schedule up to three people on one page, or you could use one or more of the columns for notes or even different schedules for different days of the week.
I always feel better when I've gotten my thoughts down onto paper. If I can catch some of the other things that are rolling around in my mind, I'll be doing well.