If your family is homeschooling, you’ll need to consider what your weekly and daily plan will look like. I’ll assume that you’ve determined why you are homeschooling and have researched how to begin homeschooling.
Whether you determine to use much or little structure, a homeschool schedule could benefit both you and your children.
Why Make a Homeschool Schedule?
A schedule will reflect the reasons why you began homeschooling and your basic philosophy of education.
Reasons to use a schedule for homeschooling:
- Keeps you (the teacher) organized.
- Helps the students (your children) with a routine–no matter if it’s strict or loose.
- A schedule will alleviate discipline problems as expectations are framed.
- Shields the school (teacher + students) from outside influences. i.e. family or friends popping in, phone calls, setting appointments during structured times.
- Encourages progress and success each day. A schedule keeps the train moving.
How to Make a Homeschool Schedule
Who sets the schedule? You, the students, or a combination of both? Your educational philosophy will help guide how much input your students will have on the daily schedule.
When making your schedule consider:
- State laws and reporting requirements. Make sure you are getting adequate hours of instruction per your state (this is fairly easy).
- Family needs. Leave time for what is important for your family.
- Age of children. Structure can increase or decrease with the age of the students.
- Your child’s personality and learning styles. Some children will need little structure, others will need much. Knowing your children will help plan the schedule.
- Be realistic. Having high expectations for your children is great, but you and your children can’t do it all.
- Don’t forget fun. Learning is supposed to be fun. Keep aspects of fun within your schedule.
- Be flexible. A schedule is a guide that can change if it isn’t working for both teacher and student.
- Your sanity. Keep your (the teacher’s) sanity in mind. If the schedule isn’t sustainable for the teacher, it is set up for failure.
A schedule is both art and science. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make changes.
Samples of Homeschool Schedules
Use these sample homeschooling schedules to spark ideas and inspire your own family homeschool schedule:
- Summer Homeschool Schedules- If you need a change of pace this summer, check out their examples.
- Sample Homeschool Samples- Oklahomahomeschool.com gives their take along with printable forms.
- Daily Homeschool Schedule (Getting It Done)- I especially like her daily alone time idea.
- Homeschooling Schedules- Includes a helpful video.
- Creating a Homeschool Schedule- Several options for calendaring your year.
- Weekly Homeschooling Schedule- Weekly schedule plus links to other homeschool schedules.