I am frequently asked by people who are looking at homeschooling as well as fellow homeschoolers how our typical homeschool day looks. Are you looking for an example of what a homeschool schedule looks like? As a mom of 9 including one college student, I have tried all different homeschool schedules over the years. While I have found that the schedule does vary during different seasons, this one seems to be the one we migrate to most often.
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Example of our homeschool schedule:
First, a bit about our overall bedtime and waking times.
Because we have older kids who are often gone at a practice or event in the evenings, our bedtimes are pushed back. This way, we can still have family devotion time at night. So, this also means that even our youngest kids are usually up until at least 8.
We typically eat breakfast around 8:15 or so since the kids get up around 7:30 and start on their morning chores and responsibilities. After breakfast is done and cleaned up, kids finish the work they didn’t get done before breakfast.
This example of our homeschool schedule is only reflective of the teaching time involved in school. Individual time spent working on school is in addition to the times you see listed here. Think of this as the typical homework time or individual school work time.
Without further ado, here is the example of our homeschool schedule:
- 8:15 we generally do our Bible time and character training/devotion type stuff during breakfast
- 9:30-10:00 Algebra with my oldest
- 12:00-12:45 This is when I start teaching my middle children together. They are both in 7th grade at this time. My oldest uses this time to work on school with our third grader while the littles are kept busy with some sort of school learning activity or busy bag, game, or craft
- 12:45 This is when our morning school is usually finished for the day. Clean up starts for lunch
- 12:45-1:30 lunch
- 1:30 free time, or recess if weather permits
- 2:00-3:00 is nap time for the littles, and school for the second grader and kindergartner. Sometimes I teach them, sometimes my oldest teaches them, but this is a tag team effort for some of it.
- 3:00-5:00 School for my 7th graders. This is also help time for kids who need it or any other loose ends that didn’t get finished in the morning. Because my oldest does the bulk of her schoolwork on the computer she is busy with school all day, but it is not time that involves others
- at 4:00 the littles get up and this is just family time for them with whomever is around. Older kids are often still doing school or practicing instruments or at a sports practice so this varies by day
Of course school work and the more typical homework type of work continues into the evening. But, this is an example of the basic structure of our homeschool schedule most days.
Keep this in mind…
Sometimes we are still doing school in the evening because something came up that messed with these times. As I’m sure you can imagine, this happens at least once a week. However, this very concept is what I find to be key in the life of a homeschooling family – especially one with a work at home mom, like me. Being fluid and understanding when it comes the school schedule is key. For this reason, we have finished up school as late as 9 at times.
Family devotion time usually starts at 7:30 if everyone is home, but this will get pushed back to a later time if kids are missing. This often takes close to an hour depending on what we are reading, so bedtimes follow that. Of course our devotion time always includes a little bit of learning, too, since that’s how we roll.
Wrapping this all up:
In a nutshell, this is the basic structure of our homeschool day, and for the most part, it is fairly active. Of course individual homework time is not included here so my kids are working many more hours than what this schedule reflects.
If you are thinking about homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or are currently homeschooling but looking for a new routine, here is how our homeschooling day looks.
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