AUG
29
2012

Our Daily Homeschool Schedule

I’ve had numerous questions on what our daily schedule looks like. While each day can bring on a life of it’s own, we do have a basic schedule and we stick to it for the most part barring any unforeseen circumstances! I find that our children do better with a general overall guideline of how their day will go.

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Here is our schedule….basically…provided nothing unexpected happens…like say the Teeny Tot decides to paint the floor with her new blue fingernail polish.

7:30 am – Shower/get dressed

8:00 am – Breakfast, and I start a load of laundry (I usually do 1 load per day, sometimes 2)

8:30 am – SCHOOL STARTS!

  • 8:30 – Bible
  • 9:00 – Math
  • 9:30 – Spelling
  • 9:45 – Handwriting
  • 10:00 – English/Snack
  • 10:30 – Reading
  • 11:00 – Free Reading Time (Kids can pick any book they want, but must read for 15 min.)
  • 11:15ish – LUNCH BREAK (Switch out laundry to dryer)
  • 12:15 – History/Science (Alternate doing each 2x per week)
  • 12:45 – Piano/Typing (Alternate doing each 2x per week)
  • 1:00 – World’s Greatest Composers/ART (Alternate doing each 1x per week)
  • 1:30 – Writing
  • 2:00 – Classic Literature Units (We started with Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe)

2:30 pm – SCHOOL ENDS! (Well you know, technically it ends…realistically my kids are subject to my constant pop quizzes all day long.) I re-fill workboxes while the kiddos clean up their areas and make sure the school room is all nice and pretty like it was when we started!

3:00 pm – Chore time: Everyone does what they can from their chore chart assignments. Fold and put away laundry, dishwasher, etc.

3:30 pm – Free Time (Kids play while I check email, etc.)

5:00 pm – Dinner Prep (Kids set table and some help me prepare dinner…depending on their mood of course…and mine!)

5:45pm: 10 Minute Tidy: This is where I set a timer and everyone runs around like maniacs cleaning up anything can they find so when Daddy comes home the house is a clean and serene oasis so he assumes its like that all day ;o)…sorry honey, the secret is out…please don’t come home any earlier than 5:50 unannounced or my reputation will be ruined forever.

6:00pm: Dad enters & asks “So, what did you do all day?” I say “Not much, just lounged around and ate bon-bons.”  Dad quizzes kids to make sure I’m kidding.

6:00ish – Dinner/dishes/sweep kitchen floor (Seriously, how does it get destroyed after 1 meal?)

7:00pm – Tues and Thurs all four kiddos do swim lessons (yes, they’re year round! If you’re curious as to why you can read more here.)

7:30pm – Family devotions & bedtime (Clean up rooms, take baths, brush teeth, go to bed!)

8pm: Free time for mom and dad….sit down for first time today and sigh…blog…make cool printables to share…check emails etc. and praise God we made it through another homeschool day without burning down the house!

NOTE: And that is why, if you’ve emailed me during the day, you probably won’t hear back until the evening! Please be patient with me, I really do try to get back to everyone by the end of the day, but there are a lot of you and one of me ;o)

 

Some of the tools I use to help keep me organized:

 

Need help building a schedule that works? Click here to download my schedule printable:

This week is Schedule Week with the iHomeschool Network Back-ToSchool Blog Hop!

Make sure to stop by and see how other homeschoolers organize their day!

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Comments

  1. We have the 10-minute tidy too! Makes everything much better. :)

  2. Annie Moffatt says:

    I thought I was the only crazy one one who set the timer for things:). It really does help:)

  3. You are seriously amazing and inspiring!

  4. Erica, I truly appreciate you so much. I’ve been following you for years now and truly glean so much wisdom and many ideas from you. I have no fellow friends homeschooling with me, and this is my first year. I am so thankful for someone who I trust to look to online as an example. Your schedule is great, simple, practical, REAL, and doable!
    Thank you!!!
    Shelly

  5. You are so organized. My question is, when do you PLAN for all the different grade levels in homeschooling? I find planning to take hours and hours because I’m trying to research ideas and order books from the library. I could spend all night just working on one little thing!

  6. Now I know where you find the time to create all the awesome printables! Our schedule at night is crammed with 3 kids in their different sports activities. Bath & Bed is 9/9:30 for our kids so hubby and I don’t get one uninterrupted sentence until at least 9:30, usually 10pm. :( It is a busy life but I know we all do it because it is so worth it! Thanks for sharing your day with us!

  7. Staci Lynch says:

    Hi Erica! Thanks for sharing! I do have a question, do you have all the kids working on the subjects at the same time and do you fill the boxes in the same order each day? Thanks for all you do!!

  8. wow, Erica! you get your kids to bed that early??? How on earth do you manage that? Especially with the sun going down so late right now?? My boys go to bed 9:30ish and get up at 8am. I am discovering more and more that they have much later bedtimes than most kids–but they are getting nearly 12 hours of sleep! With the early bedtime, do they get up super early too? I am envious of your longer “alone” time every night without the kidlets! LOL! thanks for sharing!

  9. I absolutely love your schedule! I came up with our schedule (somewhat similar to yours) which we have been using for a little over two weeks now and it needs a little adjustment. Your schedule has given me a couple ideas to help ours. THANKS!

  10. Your kids can go to sleep at 7pm? Wow, you are so blessed! Even my 5.5 ds goes to bed at 9pm.

  11. I love this schedule! I like to have a set time for school each day, but I really dislike the idea of setting subjects at certain times. I like that you give yourself some freedom by just setting ‘school time’.

  12. I am amazed! I always took about 1 hour to cook, include preparation time. How did you do it?

  13. Erica, I woke up yesterday morning to this post and was – as always – inspired. Yours is one of the few blog updates I let through my email filter. Your wisdom and example have made a big difference in our home and I am sure that is true in many homes. You are amazing and so much more organized than me, but remember to be kind to yourself. You don’t have to be perfect to be an inspiration to others.

    BTW, I finally did a daily schedule for myself and put it in my outlook calendar. Now sticking to it, we’ll see:-)

  14. Thank you for sharing your schedule. I have loved your website for a while now. You are a very efficient person. I wonder if you can give more detail on how you get some things done in such a short amount of time. It might be beneficial for someone like me who isn’t very efficient. For example how do you start school by 8:30? It would take me two hours to shower, get ready, fix breakfast for the fam (I only have three kids) clean up, and then help the little ones get ready- do their hair/teeth, dress the toddler, start a load of Laundry or some other small chore…. What about your swimming/family devotions/bedtime routine… how do you squeeze all of that into such a short time? When do you do things like returning phone calls, run errands, take care of life’s paperwork/details, appointments, or even getting together with friends/play dates? I’m trying to learn how to be more efficient. Any insight would be appreciated :)
    Thank you.

    • Hi Katrina,

      On swim nights we don’t always do the family devotions just because it’s pretty hectic. Also, I don’t always start at 8:30am on the dot, like I said its our guideline for the day. I do most of my mom chore stuff in the afternoons after school is over, we run errands, call for appts, have kid playdates, etc.

      It’s kind of a balancing act and our days don’t always run smoothly, but having a schedule is a good start :o)

  15. This is SUCH a useful and helpful post!! Thank you!!

  16. This is a really helpful schedule. I am trying to re-work our schedule because, well…it’s not working. I am going to use yours as a guideline to help us out:)!!

  17. Hi! Do you know of any families homeschooling children with special needs? This would be of great encouragement for me, Thank you.

  18. Erica,
    I was just talking to my husband today about being more on task with my fourth-grader. I have some what followed a daily schedule and have realized that I need to have a more detailed one in order to keep her motivated and less distracted. Thank you so much for your blog. I have found it to be very helpful in the journey of homeschooling :)

  19. Erica Potter says:

    QUESTION! Do you have your schedule posted in your room? If so, do you have a printable of it :)

  20. I haven’t started homeschooling yet and I’ve read and loved your workbox post. What I’m wondering though, after reading about your daily schedule….how/where do the workboxes fit into this schedule? thanks for helping!

    • I’m wondering the same thing! I was just hired as the principal/teacher of a one room K-8 schoolhouse. We have – last I counted – four students enrolled so far; two kindergartners, a first grader, and a third grader. I’m required to have a full-on schedule like this written on the board, but I’m also planning on using workboxes. How do you combine a semi-strict schedule with the workboxes?

  21. Hi Erica,
    I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog. Next year will be our 4th year homeschooling. I’ll have one starting high school, one in middle and one in elementary. I feel confident I can manage and do well. I was looking for a new schedule. This year life was upside down. I was diagnosed with cancer last summer and have taken treatments the whole year, just finished. I had to rest so much that our kids were on their own a lot. I’m ready to take control of the wheel again. I like your schedule. It is similar to the one we used before I got sick. I wrote up a similar one for next year. I have the curricula ready, so I’m excited about a new me and a new year, a fresh beginning. I like that you do most of your chores in the evening. I’ve always had chores first thing in the morning, but it’s not working to well, so I’m going to try changing it up. Thanks again for sharing what works for you.
    Blessings!

  22. Was looking at your schedule as a guideline for day. Wondering if you are keeping this same schedule from last for this year. So glad to see that I can get all the subjects in that I need too from 8:30-2:30, relatively speaking. See this really helps me gauge my time and how much time I am spending on each subject. I don’t want to go too fast or too slow. Thanks again.

  23. Do you have a template of your family schedule? I would love to make my own!

  24. Thanks a lot for your blog , iI need to start with my daughter and I don’t know from where to start.
    Please if you can help me.

  25. Thank you for this wonderful resource and sharing your ideas with us! Just wondering if you set a homeschool budget? I know every family is different and using different sources and styles – but what is a good general idea on operation cost — mostly for the daily and ongoing cost *(paper, binders,supplies, toner etc.) not really books or curriculum. I want to begin to add similar things and more visuals but don’t want to run into problems trying to maintain it. Do you generally set a limit at the beginning of the school year for this. Also, any tips on how to not feel overwhelmed? I always feel there are so many choices and I want to do so much but don’t get to it. Thank s so much.

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