Are you finding yourself homeschooling with the sudden school closures?
Wondering where to start and how to make a homeschooling schedule that works for your family?
Making a schedule that works for your children and fits in your day is simpler than you think.
In this article, I am sharing the essentials you need to know before you make a homeschooling schedule for your children.
How to Create a Homeschooling Schedule
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Help yourself, your kids, and family members to wither the storm and stay afloat.
Things to Consider for Creating a Homeschooling Schedule
Get your kid’s daily routine in order by establishing an innovative homeschool schedule.
Inform everyone in your family about the timing, your expectation, and other details in advance. Doing this will help everyone to condition their mind as per the kids’ new schedule.
Some essential factors may influence the start time of your homeschool such as:
Families with working parent(s) who work on different shifts may choose to begin the class after one of the parents is out for work.
My husband works in the late afternoon shift, so I start school once he leaves for work.
Some families prefer to be more active in the late afternoon or early evening hours.
If you are one of them, you may choose to start late.
Moring-focused parents or early risers usually prefer to keep the starting time early in the morning.
The choice is yours.
Dual enrollment, co-op, or other out-of-the-class activities in your home school may decide the start time.
You may want to finish your schoolwork after or before these commitments.
Setup Morning Routines
First of all, you should have a fixed morning routine for your homeschool.
Specific daily start time will set everyone into the right habit and help them to be consistent.
Use your mornings prudently.
If your kids see you ready every day at the same time, their learning spirit will also increase.
You may also want to be free from your morning chores before starting the schoolwork.
Work with Your Family Needs not Against
Always keep in mind that every family and their needs are unique.
You should make a plan that suits your family and you.
A homeschooling schedule is considered great if it works in your favor, not against you.
If you have a new-born baby, have a sick child/parent/relative, a family farm, or home-bound business, you may choose to keep your homeschooling start time flexible.
Flexibility in timing will help you adjust to any unforeseen circumstance.
Have a Fresh Approach
Bring freshness to your daily approach.
Doing the same stuff every day can bore your kids and you.
Surprise the little ones by throwing something exciting and new into the schedule.
Adding flexibility in the mix will keep everyone happy.
Keep away from distractions
If you are planning to carve out some specific time in your daily schedule, you should ring-fence it.
Avoid making appointments during that time slot.
Refrain from using phones and don’t allow unexpected visitors to barge in.
It may take some time to get used to the strict schedule, but don’t worry.
Everything falls in place with time.
How to Create a Homeschooling Schedule
Yearly Homeschooling Schedule
The first step in your plan should be to determine your yearly schedule.
Follow the homeschooling laws of your state in establishing your annual schedule.
Some states mandatorily need you to include a specific number of home instruction hours every year.
Others require a certain number of homeschool days.
Remaining states consider homeschooling a personal affair and put no restrictions on kids’ attendance.
A 180-day school term is standard across the states with different semester time slots.
The terms can either be 4 of 9-week quarters, 2 of 18-week quarters, and 1 of 36 weeks.
The majority of the publishers make the 36-week model as a benchmark for the homeschool curriculum products.
If you are planning to start your home school, this can be a high starting point.
Weekly Homeschooling Schedule
Once you have finalized the structure of your annual homeschool schedule, you can break it down to a monthly and weekly schedule.
Take external factors like work or co-op schedules into account at the time of planning your weekly homeschool schedule.
The best part of homeschooling is its flexible weekly schedule.
It need not be from Monday to Friday.
If either or both the parents have an unconventional work week, you can easily adjust your kids’ school days to get more family time.
Some families keep four days every week for their homeschool work.
They reserve the 5th day for field trips, co-op, and other important out-of-the-class activities.
Daily Homeschooling Schedule
The majority of the time, while asking about the homeschool schedules, people refer to the minute details of daily schedules.
The homeschool laws of your state may govern some aspects of regular homeschool schedules, as well as the annual schedule.
For example, your state’s law on homeschooling may require a certain number of hours of daily instruction.
New homeschooling parents may be a little apprehensive about the number of homeschool days.
They may think that since it takes hardly 2-3 hours to complete day’s work, either they are not doing enough or kids are not learning enough.
But, let me tell you it’s a myth. 2 to 3 hours of dedicated and uninterrupted time is enough than 5-6 hours with interruption or breaks in between.
Most parents of young kids find it super easy to cover all the subjects within an hour or two, especially the 1st and 2nd graders.
As the students get into higher classes, the intricacy of subjects gradually increases.
They may take more time to complete the daily homeschool work.
Students finishing their daily work early can use the extra hours to explore electives, nurture their hobbies, build the habit of reading and practice different extra-curricular activities.
Sample Daily Homeschooling Schedule
Many of you may keep your daily homeschool schedule flexible and based on your family’s needs and personality.
Some of you may prefer scheduling specific hours for every subject. Here’s a sample homeschooling schedule:
8:30 – Language
9:15 –Arts and Language
9:45 – Snack/break
10:15 –Social Science
11:45 – Lunch
1:30 –Your chosen electives (music, painting, art, etc.)
Other families may not be too picky on the subjects but may want their kids’ schedule to be specific time-bound.
How You Can Make a Homeschooling Schedule that Works
You won’t find any picture-perfect homeschooling schedule.
Learning through trial and error will help you set the right one for your family.
Always remember to shape or tweak your homeschooling schedule to fit in your family’s needs.
There is no thumb rule, try some combinations and see which one works out.
Do share your feedback and ideas in the comments section below.