With school starting in only three days, it’s time to put the last finishing touches on our upcoming plan. If you are a frequent reader of The Unlikely Homeschool, you probably know that I like to have a clear layout…a flexible plan for our comings and goings. And although I have our year’s lesson plans completely written out already, I SUPRISINGLY don’t have a schedule in place, NOR do I plan to.
On the whole, I prefer to make a “Daily Flow” which is really just a glorified list of “to do’s”. I order our school subjects into three different categories, core work (Daily Devotions, Language Arts, and Math), living literature subjects (History and science), and extra curriculars (everything else). When I am putting together a “flow” to our school day, I try and organize it in such a way that this simple TRIO of categories gets rotated. The rotation looks something like this:
- Core Subject-which is typically more workbook based
- Living Literature-reading based
- Extra Curricular-hands on/project oriented
- Short Break
- Repeat until all subjects have been completed or the clock strikes 5:00, whichever comes first
This gives a nice variety to the ebb and flow of our day by providing opportunity for a mix of both quiet, sustained learning and movement/motor exercises.
That being said, I realize the majority of homeschool moms love to learn how other “typical” school days occur, so for the sake of the curious, I have put together a general outline of “A Day in the Life of The Unlikely Homeshcool.” I’ve assigned time slots simply as an example. We typically start and end school at similar times each day, and everything else just falls where it falls.
- 7:30 Everyone slowly stirs from bed.
- 7:30-8:15 Children watch morning cartoons while I feed the baby and make breakfast
- 8:15-8:30 Children clean their rooms and “make” their beds
- 8:30-9:00 Breakfast, Good Morning basket time (personal devotions)
- 9:00-10:00 Shower and dress
- 10:00-12:00 First set TRIOS
- 12:00-12:30 Make lunch while the Littles pick up the main level of the house
- 12:30-1:30 Lunch time with the Hubs who comes home to eat every weekday
- 1:30-2:00 Afternoon chores/piano practice
- 2:00-2:30 Read aloud/hand work time
- 2:30-4:45 Second set of TRIOS
- 4:45-5:00 We all do our part to pick up the main level of the house again.
- 5:00-5:30 Children watch their favorite show while I make dinner/the Hubs comes home
- 5:30-6:30 Dinner as a family
- 6:30-8:00 This varies depending upon the day. But, generally, we are either playing a family game, attending a meeting, grocery shopping, or hosting some dinner guests.
- 8:00 Bedtime for all the Littles
And right about this time, I’m sure you are entertaining notions of emailing me my #1, most frequently asked question…WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR LITTLEST ONES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY? Well, that is a post entirely in itself, but for the “short answer”, you’ll have to check out my Tot Trio Series.