Chapter 2: How to Plan a Homeschool Schedule?

Resource List

This resource has links to several case studies of moms showing how they plan their homeschool.

Only Passionate Curiosity also talks about how Heather plans here homeschool year.

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Introduction

A proper plan is necessary for everything we do; whether it is setting up a business, starting a family, deciding on a career or even getting married. Schooling plays a prominent role in deciding the future of a child. And when you are deciding to homeschool a child, you need to make all the necessary planning in order to ensure that the child gets all the educational requirements that is normally provided at a private or a public school.

Some of you might find planning a homeschool schedule confusing. You can start with the plan by considering the following criteria

  • The subjects that you would like to introduce to your child
  • The books and other study materials that you wish to provide
  • The duration and length of the course
  • Deciding on the lesson plans

You can make an effective homeschool schedule by following a very simple plan. When the plan is simple it is more likely that you will stick to the schedule. Don’t break your head making unrealistic plans for the student. And if you feel the need to add something extra you can do the required modifications in between.

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Here are a few tips to make a plan a perfect homeschool Schedule

  1. Analyse the previous year
  • Did the previous year’s pan out successfully?
  • Were any tweaks required in the plan anytime in the entire year?
  • Does it require anymore improvements in any area?
  • Were the students able to meet all the goals that you had set?
  • Were there any issues of over-scheduling or under-scheduling?
  • Did your students enjoy the schedule, were they happy?
  • What changes do you want to make this year?

These are some of the questions that you need to answer about the previous year in order to make a fool-proof plan for the coming year. Write down the answers and analyse them to make a flexible and effective plan for the New Year.

  1. Make smart and achievable goals

Once you have analysed the previous year’s plan you can narrow down on the features that worked well. Now you can set desirable goals not just for the students but also for yourself. But make sure that you don’t go overboard with setting the goals.

  1. Plan your entire year

This includes making vacation plans, holidays and other get-togethers. Breaks are very important for students. You don’t want to wear them off and neither do you want to get them exhausted. So set convenient start days and end days for the different terms in a year. You can use a good homeschool tracker to plan a school year as it lets you calculate the number of days that you can use.

You also need to plan on periodic assessments such as quizzes and tests. These assessments are important to understand the progress your kids are making in learning new concepts.

  1. Fix on a suitable Weekly Routine

To stay more organized and productive it would be a great idea to set a standard routine for your homeschool week. Decide on whether you want to teach 4 days a week or 5.

  1. Begin your Lesson Planning

Lesson planning can be very tedious and time consuming. You can look into many of the already prepared lesson plans that are available online. These are tried and tested and you don’t have to spend all your time making the lesson plans from scratch. Still if you want to create a customized plan you can do so by spending a considerable amount of time.

  1. Decide on a start time and end time

You need to stick to a daily start time. This helps to bring discipline to you and your students. You can set the time by considering the waking time of your kids. You also need to decide on the duration of your day. How long are you going to teach the kids every day? How many breaks will they get? How long will the play time be? These are very crucial in planning a homeschool schedule.

  1. Consider your family’s routine
  • Does your family require a longer summer vacation?
  • Do you go camping every weekend?
  • How birthday will you be celebrating in a year? How many activities do you need to attend to in the given year?

You will have to consider all these factors before planning a homeschool schedule.

You can make an effective homeschool schedule by following a very simple plan. When the plan is simple it is more likely that you will stick to the schedule. Don’t break your head making unrealistic plans for the student. And if you feel the need to add something extra you can do the required modifications in between.

The Benefits of Planning a Homeschool Schedule

  1. It reduces stress and helps to keep you prepared and organized.

A daily plan will help your students to get into a daily routine which is necessary for ensuring discipline. Children need to be kept on a proper learning track and planning a schedule helps you achieve that.

  1. It gives you the time to evaluate on the learning process

Unlike the traditional schooling homeschooling schedules lets you set aside ample time to assess and evaluate the learning process. You can look into the activities and achievements of the students and this allows you to make changes if required to enhance the learning process.

  1. It lets you plan ample vacation time

Since breaks are very important for children, when you plan a homeschool schedule you can set aside sufficient time for breaks and holidays. You can also make plans for other activities such as nature hikes or visiting the museum etc.

  1. Keeps everything predictable

When you have planned your homeschool schedule you can always be prepared to deal with the new day. And your students will also be prepared.

Planning your homeschool schedule helps you to put your child’s productive time into best use. You will be organized and will have a better control over the homeschooling process. Your kids will be more disciplined towards learning and the chances of them going off-track are very less. With proper homeschool schedule you make give your children a very convenient and fun filled learning experience at home with ample study time and vacation time.