Ever wonder how to organize your homeschool day to be more successful?
Homeschoolers have a lot going on. There is an unending list of things to do and accomplish, so it’s easy to get completely overwhelmed.
School work usually ranks pretty high on that list. Then there are all the extracurricular activities the kids enjoy. House work is crammed into every spare second of the day. Heaven forbid you have a little side hustle going on part-time, trying to earn extra income. Or want to exercise. Or need to go grocery shopping. There is little to no time for rest and relaxation.
There may be a better way.
What if we could compartmentalize our days? What if we could organize your homeschool day to focus on just one thing at a time? Wouldn’t that be helpful?
Organize Your Homeschool Day, Save Your Sanity | Homeschool Schedule Ideas
I know, sometimes the dog throws up in the middle of a history lesson. At that point, clean up turns into a science lesson on regurgitation, a home economics lesson involving the washer and dryer, and a mathematics lesson consisting of measuring appropriate amounts of detergent and bleach.
Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate between what is school work, what is house work, what’s a part-time job work, and when it’s nap time.
But, that doesn’t mean all our days need to look like this.
We can break them up into smaller, more manageable sections.
Homeschool Schedules That Work to Organize Your Homeschool Day
Here’s my suggestion to organize your homeschool day:
Divide a typical twelve-hour day into four separate quarters that includes a homeschool schedule.
(Yes, our typical days last longer than twelve hours. Just stay with me to get the general idea of what I’m talking about.)
8:00am – 11:00am Homeschool Curriculum and Projects
11:00am – 2:00pm Household Chores and Naps (you decide who gets what at your house)
2:00pm – 5:00 pm Free time / Extra Curricular Activities
5:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner/Family Time/Baths or Showers/Bed
See? It all breaks down into organized sections. We can concentrate on one thing at a time this way.
To organize your homeschool day, make sure there’s a place for everything and everything in it’s place!
Also, don’t forget…there are more hours to be utilized when creating your own schedule.
Do you typically have a fifteen-hour day? Then divide it up into five equal parts.
What if you have a sixteen-hour day to get it all done? Divide it up into eight two-hour chunks.
What if you have teens who are learning to budget their time? Then give them a small portion of the day to call their own.
You get the idea.
Oh! And by all means, use your timer to keep it all separate.
As homeschoolers, we have the flexibility and freedom to do whatever we think is best. That’s the beauty of homeschooling.
Our schedules do not have to dictate our entire lives.
We have the power to dictate our schedules. We can choose what gets done, when it gets done, and how it gets done.
Save your sanity and organize your homeschool day into smaller, more controllable blocks of time.
Do you have a time managing system that works for your homeschooling family? Please share!
Angelene Woodard is a wife, mother, writer, and reluctant homeschooler who blogs about her frustrations and victories at www.unqualifiedmom.com where she encourages fellow Christians to embrace their weakness and accept His strength.