How To Create a Schedule For Home Schooled Children

 I homeschooled both of my childern, and I am a true beliver in daily schedules. Balancing household chores, lesson plans, and creative play time takes work. I homeschooled my daughter and son, who were aged three years apart. My son was Autistic, and needed more one on one attention than my daughter. So making sure I spent equal amounts of time teaching both took a written, and mental schedule. I'm very proud of the fact that I stuck it out teaching them, rather than sending them to a traditional school. They are both well educated, and are exceptional in reading and math studies.

 Here is an excerpt from Kendra Fletcher's article "Too Many Questions For Mom." It may help guide parents who are struggling to find a balance between academics and daily chores.

"You may have heard this before, but I think we all need to be reminded: Putting a routine into place will be the single most helpful weapon in your arsenal to assure homeschooling success. At the very least, having a routine (or a schedule or a battle plan or a flow chart) will bring a measure of peace to your home simply because you won’t have to fly by the seat of your pants and think through decisions all day long."

"If you only have preschoolers, their list may look something like this:
  • Personal hygiene: brush hair, brush teeth, wash face, clean nails
  • Make bed
  • Tidy toys
  • Little chores: Empty the bottom half of the dishwasher, unload the clothes in the dryer into a basket, fold rags, vacuum with a small vacuum, water the potted plants, rock the baby, feed pets, throw diapers away
  • Daily walk or exercise
  • Free play time
  • Table time: coloring, clay, sorting beads, lacing cards, etc.
  • Video
  • Build train tracks or play with blocks
  • Sandbox or other outside play
  • Meal prep: Little ones can crack eggs into a bowl and fish out the pieces, slice bananas with a butter knife, peel garlic or onions, wash lettuce and tear it into pieces, arrange cheese and crackers on plates, or squirt out ketchup and mustard. If all else fails, I give my preschooler a carrot to munch on while he or she watches me.
  • Mealtime
  • Bath time
  • Story time, both at home and at the library
  • Family devotions
If you have older children, you’ll make a similar list for them, but it will of course include their schoolwork and outside commitments or classes."

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