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Homeschool Year Round Schedule Cheat Sheet
Planning your children’s or students’ entire homeschool year round education can feel impossible, especially if this is your first go at homeschooling. You feel challenged at every step of the way. Soon, the worry sinks in as you compare your lesson plans to the state curriculum and realize you have left out so many important topics that need to be covered.
This how-to guide will teach you how to set up your homeschool year round schedule so that you can smoothly navigate through the homeschool year by creating an effective yearly homeschool schedule.
1. Stay Flexible and Plan Your Homeschool Year Round Schedule Around Your Routine
The first step to creating your homeschool year round schedule is to keep your schedule flexible and plan around your daily routine. You don’t have to follow a strict 5 days a week, 8 am to 3 pm yearly homeschool schedule. You can follow your daily routine and set aside a few hours each day for your children’s education. However, if you do decide to start at 9 am and finish the homeschool classes around lunchtime, you can reduce the lessons to 4 days a week and keep the remaining 3 days for physical activity, fun, and leisure.
2. Leave Some Blank Slots
Don’t restrict yourself to a fixed yearly homeschool schedule. Leave some blank spaces and slots to leave room for flexibility. Unexpected events will throw your planning out of the window, and you will need those blank spaces in your homeschool year round schedule to shift the coursework to another day or week.
3. Decide What Kind of Homeschool Year Round Scheduling Works Best for Your Family
There are many different methods of scheduling that are adopted by traditional schools and homeschools based on their needs. I prefer to use block scheduling in which every period is called a block, and each block is an hour long. For example, on each day of the week (Mondays to Fridays), you can have 4 blocks, and each block is an hour long. After two blocks, children can have a 30 mins break, after which lessons can be resumed for the next two blocks. An average weekly homeschool block schedule would look like this:
|9:00- 10:00||Science||History||English Lang||Science||Mathematics|
|10:00- 11:00||Mathematics||English Lit||Science||English Lit||Cooking|
|11:30- 12:30||English Lang||Computers||Geography||History||French|
|12:30- 01:30||Geography||Arts & Crafts||Religion||General Know||Spanish|
4. Try Other Scheduling Methods
In case your children find it difficult to shift their focus from one subject to another with ease and comfort, you could try other scheduling methods like loop scheduling, traditional scheduling, or checklist scheduling. It is only through trial and error that you will figure out which scheduling method works best for your children.
5. Schedule Around the Public Holidays and Vacations
Your homeschool year round schedule should be planned around the public holidays and vacations so that everyone can get the rest and break they need from routine life. Moreover, giving your children a day or month off from homeschooling during the public holidays or summer vacations will give them time to play with their friends and cousins who are enrolled in a formal education system (public or private schools). It will also give you the chance to take on some extra projects, get done with major housework, and spend some time visiting your friends and family.
6. Brainstorm Some Ideas with Your Family
Before you get all excited about being the teacher and get too immersed in laying out a homeschool year round schedule for your children, take the initiative to brainstorm some ideas with your partner and children. Homeschooling can take a toll on your family life if you are unable to maintain a healthy balance. Discuss with your partner and children how they would like to go about it and be open to suggestions and feedbacks. Ask your children which subjects they find more challenging so that you can give those subjects more time. Take your partner’s advice too. You may not find music classes necessary as an important addition to your homeschool, but your partner may tell you differently. Brainstorm to ensure that everyone’s learning needs are being met with your yearly homeschool schedule.
With this How to Set Up Your Yearly Homeschool Schedule Cheat Sheet, planning your children’s homeschool yearly in advance won’t seem like an impossible and daunting task.
Just remember to keep it consistent, practical, and flexible. You don’t have to set high standards and expectations for yourself or your children.
Homeschooling is all about learning together, so have fun with it.
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