‘Help! How do I create a homeschool schedule for my kids?’ Does this question sound familiar? To be honest, its something that I struggled with for a LONG time. I always thought that my schedule has to look EXACTLY like Mary’s schedule for it to be perfect. Or if I could see someone else’s preschool homeschool schedule, I am sure I could create my own. For me, both scenarios ended in a train wreck. Thankfully after much trial and error I now have two models and I alternate between them. Today I am going to help you avoid the heartache of creating a schedule. Let’s walk.
STEP 1: PLAN YOUR TIME
- How long do you want your homeschool to last for each day?
- If you are also a busy mom (who isn’t?), how much time can you sacrifice?
- What days will you homeschool?
- How long can your children (in my case a preschooler) sit still before they become restless?
These are four questions you have to be brutally honest about. If you are not honest, both you and your homeschool will suffer. In our case, we chose a two hour session from Tuesday to Friday. My daughter can sit still for a maximum of 20 minutes so I try to keep that in mind.
STEP 2: What Do You Want Your Children To Learn?
There are a few approaches to this and I will address two of them. You can either choose your subjects and follow a syllabus (e.g. Math and focus on addition) or you ca do a unit study.
A unit study is simply a fancy way of saying a themed study. My daughter J still loves dinosaurs and so I try to weave dinosaurs in the skills I want her to learn. As a result of this I created a Dinosaur Preschool Printable Pack and offered it for free to everyone who would like to use it.
Another thing that needs to be considered is when you will be teaching a particular subject. Will Math be taught everyday or will it be every other day? Will Science be once a week? How often will you teach Handwriting or any other subject?
STEP 3: How Long Will Each Lesson Last?
The key to this step is to not have the lessons last too long o too short. You want the lesson to end on a high note. For us, each lesson lasts 15 minutes. Decide how long each lesson will last.
STEP 4: Breaks
Will there be breaks? Account for bathroom breaks, snacks or simply time to move around in between lessons.
STEP 5: Putting It All Together
Congrats! You have made it to STEP 5. It is now time to put the puzzle together. You have:
- Chosen your days for school
- Figured out your time for school
- Chosen your subjects
- Assigned a time for each lesson
- Decided what day to teach your lesson
- Accounted for breaks
Also check out the FREE Guided Homeschool Calendar!
What does your schedule look like? Let me know in the comments.