I don't know about other homeschoolers, but our approach is constantly changing.
Here we are at the end of October, and Greg and I are rearranging our homeschool day for at least the third time.
While I am fully aware we will never find the perfect flow, I am certain that we can find something that will work well for our family on a consistent basis. For a season, anyway, right?
We started this school year with a pretty structured schedule. We went for 3 or 4 weeks with something slotted for almost every 30 minutes, and sometimes every 15.
That seemed to serve it's purpose for transitioning us from summer into a new school year and we began to relax it until finally, we arrived at the point of having NO schedule. Barely even a to-do list!
This week, after a day or two of off and on discussion, I handed Greg a pencil and paper and said, "You make us a schedule!"
To really appreciate this, you should know #1 - I love planning and making schedules and the like. Love it. It is what I do. #2 - Greg isn't even here during the day. He leaves well before breakfast and gets home just in time for supper.
But I trust him, and his ideas for how this home should be run, so off we went. This is what he came up after only a couple of adjustments from me:
5:30 - Wake up (Mama)
5:45 - Exercise
6:15 - Shower
6:30 - Personal Bible Time
7:00 - Start breakfast / Internet time
7:30 - Breakfast for boys (waking them up if not up already)
8:00 - Morning Red Zone (chore time)
9:00 - Memory verse box and Bible Time
10:00 - Play time (Nap for Tyler)
10:30 - Math for Dale, Preschool activity for Alan
11:00 - Lunch (wake Tyler after 1 hour of nap)
11:30 - Afternoon Red Zone (chore time)
12:00 - Play
12:30 - School (Subjects here will vary)
1:30ish (earlier if possible) - Read aloud
2:00 - Rest/Naptime (naps for Mama, Alan, & Tyler, reading for Dale)
You can go here to see our schedule from August. Looking over it just now, I see that this new one is actually very similar, only simplified a good bit.
This change in schedule comes hand-in-hand with a shift in our schooling goals and priorities. Hopefully I will be blogging about that within the next week.
So, is it just me, or do you change how you do what you do every time the wind blows? Have you found The Thing yet? Or are your 'seasons' as short as ours? And please, do tell.... what would happen if you handed over the scheduling pen to your husband?
P.S. Our new schedule was made on Tuesday evening. Our first time through it was Wednesday (it went well) and then this little thing called the World Series came along and 4 out of 5 stayed up way past their bedtimes. New schedule to resume asap.