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Weekly Course on Time Management – Week 7 – School Block Schedule Time Management Technique For Busy Moms
Do you find yourself exhausted from your homeschool schedule most of the time yet don’t feel accomplished? Do you frequently find yourself and your kids unfocused and distracted during your homeschool sessions because there is so much to do? Do you often feel stressed and overwhelmed?
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If the answers are yes, you may have a scheduling problem. In today’s lesson on time management, learn how you can use block scheduling to improve your homeschool routine and maximize your kid’s learning.
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What Is Block Scheduling?
Put merely, block scheduling is a way to manage your time where you set aside specific blocks of time for a particular activity. It allows you to focus more on one specific task for a certain period. And when you are working with limited blocks of time, you know how much you can accomplish. As a result, you plan accordingly and bring more structure to your planning and your child’s learning.
Here is an example of how the school block schedule works.
- Science work 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
- History lesson 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
- Arts 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Midday Break 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
While the schedule may seem restrictive, it is not. Instead, it gives you more freedom to accomplish whatever you have planned and allows you to set aside the right amount of time for a specific task and not over plan.
Why Use Block Scheduling?
Block scheduling is a great time management tool that helps you manage time effectively. And while it is a great way to schedule your homeschool life, it is equally effective in your personal and professional life as well. Some of the ways block scheduling may help you manage time better include the following.
Allows You To Stick To Your Task
Why should you use block scheduling for your homeschool? Instead of working on three different things together, it allows you to focus on a specific task at a time. So instead of completing your laundry and simultaneously homeschooling your kids, with block scheduling, you can organize your tasks better and complete them in time.
Adds Structure And Flexibility
Even with a school block schedule, you still have a daily plan (in the form of a designated block of time for a specific task). However, it gives you the flexibility to allocate blocks of time for other activities such as a family fun day. To make the most of the flexibility offered by block scheduling, all you have to do is take a look at your school block schedule and see where you can accommodate or replace activities.
Keeps Distraction To A Minimum
When you use block scheduling for your day’s planning, it keeps distraction to a minimum as you can set aside time for errands and appointments without cutting on your homeschool productivity.
Homeschool School Block Schedule Example
Sample Schedule for a Weekday (for a Working, Homeschool Mom)
- 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.– Breakfast, morning chores.
- 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Mom – responds to emails, update the daily work
- Kids – Watch CNN student news, continue with journaling, and complete morning school tasks.
- 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Homeschool (you can further break it down into different units such as 30 minutes for Math, Science, and English, each with a 5-10 minutes break between each unit).
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Lunch break.
- 12pm – 3pm
- Mom – work
- Kids – You can break it down into the following:
- Homeschool independently and complete the assignments, chores (when school is over).
- Informative video sessions.
- 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Errands and chores.
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Planning for the next day, preparation for dinner.
Homeschooling your kids can be a rewarding experience only when you manage time effectively. Or else, it seems like a never-ending source of stress. With block scheduling, you can get better at planning your homeschool and managing it more effectively.
What does your current homeschool schedule look like? Do you already use block scheduling? Share your thoughts so I can find out more about your homeschool and learn from it.