You know that dirty word? Schedule.
Don't you just want to slap someone (maybe me) when they say in a nasally condescending voice, "you need to have a schedule, Shelly."
I didn't say it.
How are you going to schedule your days?
It's not as tricky as you might think.
It's not wax-your-nether-regions painful either. (Yes, I did just say that Mama, sorry).
Okay, you might be doing a bit of juggling and some hard-core thinking. We're in it together! *whistles kumbaya*
Are you a routine or a schedule type of person? I'm a bit of a combination of the two. I'll show you what I mean in a minute, but first we've gotta get to the nitty gritty.
1. List Priorities
List out the things that are most important to you. Then put them in order of importance. Keep that handy when you're blocking out your time.
2. List Scheduled Activities
Co-op classes, club meetings, sports, music lessons, dance lessons, family items, etc.
3. List Out Curriculum Frequencies
Remember in our planning we said to figure out how often you're going to be doing your lessons. Are you doing spelling 2 or 3 times a week? Math 4 or 5 times a week? And on and on.
How many days of the week are you going to do school? 4 days or 5 days?
4. Get Your Work Schedule Out
Do you work outside the home? In your home?
What is your work schedule? Do you work certain days of the week? Certain times of the day?
5. List Outside Commitments
What are your outside commitments? What do you have going on each week? Each month? Do you have exercise classes? Training for a marathon? Book club? etc.
Get out a piece of paper and write time out in 30 minute increments. Use pencil!
6. Fill in Items From Steps 1 - 5
Fill in all that stuff. Dance Tuesdays at 3:30, Cello lessons Friday at 1:00, Lego Club Friday at 2:00, Book Club 3rd Thursday at 7:00 PM. You get the idea.
For the once or twice a month items I will fill it in a spot at either the top or the bottom of the day of the week it happens on. So I'd put Book Club at the top of Thursday that said 3rd Thursday at 7 PM. Then later I can fill in my calendar as needed.
Don't forget to schedule in travel time!!
7. Best Times
Is your family early risers? Late risers? What time of day do y'all work best at?
Put the harder subjects, reading and math at the freshest times of the day. Whenever those times are for you and your child.
8. Meal Times and Cleanup
When do y'all eat? When do y'all want to get chores done?
9. Chunk Your Day
This is how I work in my routine. I put the 3 R's for the morning time. We do it in the order we feel like that day, but we do it in the morning when the kids are alert and fresh. When I am motivated and fresh. Then in the afternoon we do our remaining subjects, whatever those may be for that day. We have a checklist of things that need to be done after lunch. School, chores, exercise, cooking, dinner, free time, practice, family time, etc.
If you're not a routine type of person then you just schedule in when you want to do each subject.
10. Be Realistic
You've got to be real with yourself. How long does it take to do each item/subject? Schedule breaks, schedule free time. You can't be going going going all. day. long. or you'll crack. Don't stuff your day to bursting. You can't do everything in one day. Schedule in time for real life.
Be flexible. Don't be a slave to your schedule. If it's not working change it. Re-evaluate at regular intervals. Check back in with yourself maybe once a quarter or once a semester. Again -- be flexible!!
Now that you've got your schedule sketched out fill in your official schedule.
Here's a printable I found that I liked -- It's from DuoParadigms.com
Here's my schedule from last year:
We haven't officially signed up for sports and I am not sure on club meetings this year. When we get our official schedule lined up I'll do a post on it. But my tentative schedule is as follows:
5 AM - 9 AM: Work (TW Transcribing, TW, Blog, Write)
8:30 AM: Kids up and getting ready on own.
9 AM: Breakfast and morning school work (Calendar, Spiritual stuff)
10 AM - 12 PM: School (the 3 R's)
12 PM - 1 PM: Lunch
1 PM - 4 PM: School and outside commitments
5 PM: Chores and Free time
6 PM: Dinner
7 PM: Chores and Free time
8 PM: Bed time for kids
9 PM - 10 PM: Work (TW, Blog, Write)
Sometime around 10 or 11 go to bed (ha!)
This is just our basic skeleton of a schedule, and not including scheduled activities and such. Plus, as the first few weeks unfold I'll probably tweak it a bit. I'll know more about how much time I need for each activity.
Do you have any scheduling tips?
Share away my friends, I love to learn from others!
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