If you are joining me today for part 2 of this 5 day long look at scheduling your homeschool year, I can assume, you've already taken a peak at WHY I choose to schedule this way. (This post contains affiliate links.)
That being said, I'd like to moderate the following thoughts by reminding you that this is just ONE way of scheduling your school year. It is by no means the ONLY way or the RIGHT way. You, obviously, have completely different dynamics to deal with than I do and will need to adapt any/all of my thoughts to your home. Now that we've agreed upon that and have solidified the deal with the "homeschool moms' secret hand shake", let's jump right in to our planners. Shall we?!
Here are two short videos detailing the first step I take in planning my school year. (Ummm...many apologies for the annoying buzzing sounds in the background. Since I'm sure Steven Spielberg frowns upon loaning out his cinematography equipment, you're stuck with mine!)
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Just a few final thoughts...
Once I create my lesson plans for the year, I don't hang on to that hastily written out chart. That is merely for me to use as a guide while I fill out my planner. When I'm finished with my plans, the chart gets tossed in the trash. (Just didn't want you to think I made my poor children look at that every day!)
Because I live in a region that has a very short outdoor season (I live in a snow globe for 80% of the year.), I refuse to do any traditional schooling much past May. We still get plenty of learning done in the summer, it just comes much more organically. If, however, you live anywhere but here, I'd highly recommend the idea of Sabbath Schooling, a schooling-style that mirrors God's pattern of six portions of work and one portion of rest. There are actually many different school calendar styles apart from traditional and Sabbath Schooling, so research all of them and choose the one that will work best for you and your family.
While my local school district has always been very gracious and helpful (in my experience, anyway), I recognize that not everyone can say the same. For more information on your state's homeschooling laws and/or attendance requirements, I'd recommend seeking the counsel of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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Day 5: FAQs of Scheduling
Please join me for all FIVE days of Scheduling Your Entire Homeschool Year.
Once again, I've teamed up with the talented ladies of iHomeschool Network to bring you a week-long Summer Hopscotch series.