I always like to see how others run their homeschools and homes. It’s interesting to see what works for people, and I often get an idea or two. Assuming you may feel the same way, I’ve put our routine into words.
Note that word ‘routine’. It is not a detailed schedule like some I’ve seen. Detailed schedules, it seems to me, work best in families that don’t have animals or gardens and that don’t live close to nature. If we overschedule in a situation like that, we can lead our children and ourselves into burn-out.
Another thing to note is that we do not try to do everything. We are human, have limitations, and struggle with sin. Perfection is not one of our goals, but ‘doing all things as unto the Lord’ is. And this routine is just a tool to help us do that in a sensible, low-stress way.
I hope you’ll enjoy this peak into our un-schedule. Note that this is what worked for us last year, with a few tweaks to make this year even better. Also note that all times are approximate.
- Before 7:00. Free time, internet time.
- 7-8:00. Chores, breakfast, Bible time.
- 8-12:30. Schoolwork (after dishes and after breakfast clean up.) Mr. 17 has a before school child care job. If all goes well, Miss 9 will be finished her school work before 12. We try to have an outside recess and snack time most mornings. I usually manage to get some laundry done as well.
- 12:30-1:30. Lunch, read aloud time, clean up.
- 1:30-5:00. I have a half hour rest and then do school work, house work, exercise, gardening, or writing. Mr. 17 and Miss 14 do schoolwork until they have finished for the day, and Miss 12 will probably also have to work for an hour in the afternoon this year. We have snack time. Mr. 17 goes to his after school child care job. Once the schoolwork for the day is finished, the children have free time, outside and inside.
- 5:00-6:00 or 6:30. Chores, supper preparation, free time.
- 6:00 or 6:30 to bedtime: Eat supper, clean up, showers, internet time, story time, reading, playing. Two nights a week Mr. 17, Miss 14, and Miss 12 are out, to catechism and judo.
Once a week Miss 9 and I take the morning off to shop for groceries. I’m toying with the idea of doing this in the afternoon instead, but that may take more energy than I’ve got.
Occasionally we take a day or half a day off for big jobs like making salsa, harvesting squashes, butchering chickens, or field trips. We’re looking for some sort of co-op for the children as well, one that is close by, doesn’t take up more than half a day, and is free. And the older three may again volunteer with therapeutic riding this fall term.
During most of the school year, Saturday morning is for chores and judo. Afternoons are free for the children and catch up time for me. I also try to chop the vegetables for our huge pot of Sunday lunch soup.
On Sundays we attend church, hang out with people from church, and rest. There is no schoolwork, the minimum of housework/food prep, and no internet. It’s a great and special day.
For peaks into other people’s homeschools, check out what the other Curriculum Choice authors do or visit the Carnival of Homeschooling or the Not Back to School Blog Hop at iHomeschool Network. To peek into all sorts of mom’s days, visit A Day in the Life at Day to Day Joys.