Every family is so different when it comes to their homeschool schedules, but we all like to hear what everyone else is doing anyway.
A while ago, I started thinking a lot about our schedule and the ever-present question, "Am I doing enough?"
I took a while to digest the question before I tried to answer it.
I knew that strict schedules didn't work for me or my family. I took a couple of weeks to observe what did work for us and to think about how we could be more efficient and productive with our days.
I concluded that we need a lot of flexibility in our family, but it is nice to have a structure to follow.
I looked at our natural rhythms and how everything fit around naps and mealtimes. Then I took these rhythms and wrote them out into a framework.
Here is the schedule that we have been following for the last couple weeks. It has transformed our lives (without changing them very much.)
I know it won't work for your family. Like I said, every family has their own rhythm.
(Times are flexible, of course.)
7:00 Wake up and take care of personal chores. (get dressed, pick up room, brush teeth)
8:00 Eat breakfast.
Devotional--Read and discuss a Bible story and work on memorizing our poem of the week.
10:00 Snack and Free learning time (pretty much anything except computer/friends)
11:00 ROW to Know (I made this up. It stands for Read or Write to Know. I work on my novel while the kids read or write quietly.)
12:00 Lunch/Discuss what everyone learned during ROW.
1:30 Weekly Worky (M-make bread, T-dust and vacuum, W-clean bathrooms, TH-Mop/Clean windows)
5:00 Prepare for dinner
7:00 Journal of Gratitudes and Inspirations
It's interesting. I hate being stuck to a schedule. We have very few activities scheduled on the calendar. I like to be free to do whatever we are inspired to do, but it's nice to have a framework, too. It's nice to have a rhythm to fall back on or to throw out the window when we feel so inclined.