Home School Schedule
Designing a home school schedule will prove to be one of the most critical pieces to your success at home education. As a parent, it's your job to equip your kids with the life skills they need to succeed. If you've made the decision to homeschool your child, you've already taken a big step in the right direction. Homeschooling offers great educational benefits, helping your child grow into an intelligent, self-sufficient adult. But in addition to standard education, it's also important to teach your child the values of time management. Setting up a schedule you’re your homeschooled child does just that.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest benefits to homeschooling your children is having the ability to set their classroom hours. This is something most parents really enjoy, because it makes the stay-at-home parenting schedule much more flexible than if their kids were in a traditional school environment. Unfortunately, this is also where many homeschool parents get it wrong. They start keeping irregular hours or don't present the kids with a set time for learning and study. This one little misstep can bring utter chaos into your home, causing scheduling nightmares and setting your kids back in their studies.
Setting a schedule is as simple as examining your time commitments and filling in the blanks. Many states have homeschooling laws governing how many hours per week your homeschooled children must receive instruction. In addition to simple study, you'll also need to calculate time for homework and independent study, exercise, meals and snacks, and “classroom” chores. Once you've done the math, it's time to create a homeschooling schedule that works for your family. This can be done on your own or with your children's help, and should usually be done a month in advance.
Unlike traditional school, your homeschooling schedule doesn't have to include long stretches of time or full-day schooling. It's up to you whether you cram the school week into just 3 days, or have fewer classes 6 days of the week. You can easily break up the day with different instructions, offering math lessons after breakfast and then two hours of play before science class. Another great thing about creating your own schedule is that you can tweak it as necessary, allotting more time for subjects your child is struggling with or adding special subjects such as a foreign language.
To ensure that your proposed homeschooling schedule is not only known but also enforced, it's a good idea to post copies throughout the home. Leave one on the fridge, one in each of the children's rooms, and a whiteboard or large desk calendar for the classroom. Sticking to a home school schedule will keep your children's education on a smooth course, and will often be a first step in running your entire household as a tighter ship.