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Homeschool Schedules to Fit Your Family

Winding Down or Gearing Up?

Academic years are ending. Most graders are closing out a year and winding down for summer. But not everyone homeschools via an academic school calendar. Many homeschoolers are abandoning the academic schedule concept altogether. Homeschool schedules are vastly different depending on the family. Some are choosing to school through summer, others begin their school year in January and transition with the calendar while others are choosing year round school, taking time off throughout the calendar.

Year Around Homeschool Schedule Options

This is the second summer that I will be homeschooling through the summer. I can’t say that it’s my ideal for a homeschool solution; however, I like the idea of taking time off as we go through the year. But what I found since last summer was that I wasn’t taking off much time at all. Oh, I had taken a day here and there, but nothing was really planned out. Then March rolled around this year and I felt burned out and May rolled in and I just wanted to crash.

That got me to thinking. Surely, I’m not the only one who has the dilemma of how to set a year long homeschool schedule. So I began doing what every good homeschool mom does, homeschool research.

Ideas for Homeschool Year Round Schedules

  • 9 weeks of school followed by 2 weeks off.
  • 4 weeks of school followed by 1 week off.
  • 12 weeks (3 months) of school followed by 4 weeks off (1 month).
  • Set your own schedule. Most state homeschool requirements give a minimum number of hours, that can translate into any number of days or weeks that best fits your family schedule.

So for me I’m looking at this and thinking, ‘Well I’m not sure my life fits any of these schedules.” I’m thinking the set your own schedule might be in my future. The problem with that is, I have to actually sit down and plan a schedule. This is not my strong suit. Especially in the middle of trying to school through summer. Maybe, just maybe I’ll be taking Davonne’s advice from Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids are Still in the Books.

The reality is every homeschooling family has different needs so the best schedule for your family is the one that works best for you {Tweet That}. I’m still in the process of figuring out which one that will be.

How about you? Do you school through an academic year, calendar year or year round? What works best for your family?

 

Renée (15 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.


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Homeschooling Simplified

Homeschooling Simplified

A few months ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed.  Sammy had just been in the hospital for 4 days, the house was exploding, and I felt like my homeschool schedule was running away from me!  I decided to cut out all of the extras from our homeschool schedule and just focus on the basics.  This was a tough decision because Sammy LOVES all of the extra fun.

However, I decided to do this and get through the holidays and use my “extra” time to focus on all of the other things I needed to finish!  We simplified to math, reading, science, spelling, and handwriting.  Sammy loved that he could be finished with his school day so early.

Sammy used our time to learn new skills like vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, and entertaining himself.  All of which are great life skills that I suspect his wife will thank me for someday *winks*.

Vacuuming

What I found was that Sammy was learning just as much, if not more, with the simplified schedule.  He was bringing me non-fiction books to read to him.  He was reading as much of a book as he was capable of, just for fun!  He was pulling out his snap circuits and building with those and listening intently to my husband’s instruction!  Sammy was embracing homeschooling and thriving even though I had “simplified” to only a few core subjects.

After making it through the holidays and getting school started back up for the year, I have added a few things back to our schedule.  But, I am embracing the homeschooling simplified schedule and allowing Sammy to show an interest in an area so we can dig a little deeper.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and needing a break?  I would encourage you to take a break and focus just on the core subjects and see where your child’s interests are!

Lindsay BytesOfMemory (7 Posts)

Christian, wife, mom, knitter, reader, and wearer of many hats (literal and figurative). I am also a computer geek, homeschool mom, sock sorter, and a blogger. I like coffee, tea, chocolate, Mexican food (not together), and lists!


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When Homeschool Plans Fail

Homeschool Plans FailOn the last day of our beach vacation, we got up early to watch the sunrise.  Sammy had been getting up before the sun each morning and we kept sending him back to bed.  On Thursday night, we planned to get up and watch the sun come up over the Atlantic.  As you can see, it was cloudy.  We laughed and went back to bed for a little while!

Isn’t that just how things can be sometimes?  Even when we think we have everything all perfectly planned out, something out of our control makes the plan useless!  I try to be a glass is half full kind of person.  So when homeschool plans fail, I try to make the best of it!

10 ways to repair failed homeschool plans

  1. Pray and ask God what his plan is for your year.  This isn’t a quick fix, but it will certainly help you see what is important.
  2. Salvage what you can of your plans.  Will some subjects still work? Can you adapt the curriculum to meet your needs?
  3. Focus on the basics – What subjects are the most important to your family?  Get those subjects up and running and add in any extras
  4. Take a short break and use that time to re-plan.
  5. Think back to why you started homeschooling and what your long term goals are.
  6. Ask your kids what is fun for them; what projects, field trips, curriculum did they like in the past and try to work them into the new plan.
  7. Don’t try to keep up with the other homeschool families!  Focus on what works (or doesn’t work) for your family and not about the new curriculum everyone is trying.
  8. Try a new approach - unit study, notebooking, lapbooking, Charlotte Mason, Classical, etc.
  9. Think back to your favorite year of homeschooling.  What made it work? What did you avoid? How can you make those changes for this year?
  10. Lessen your load – Maybe this season in your life has you overworked (new baby, illness, working outside of the home, etc.).  It’s okay to lighten your load and focus on the very basics.

Do you have any other tips for repairing failed homeschool plans?  I would love to hear them in the comments!

Lindsay BytesOfMemory (7 Posts)

Christian, wife, mom, knitter, reader, and wearer of many hats (literal and figurative). I am also a computer geek, homeschool mom, sock sorter, and a blogger. I like coffee, tea, chocolate, Mexican food (not together), and lists!


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