One of the more difficult aspects of homeschool planning for me has been scheduling. With six children in my house, I’m often tweaking our daily homeschool schedule to fit everything in! I also have to figure in plenty of rest time, snack time, and the inevitable tantrum or fuss from a small child. Today I want to tell you about our daily homeschool schedule for our large family and how we make sure everyone gets educated!
Homeschool Daily Routine
I always begin my homeschool day with a little time to myself. I check my email, read my devotional, and drink my coffee. The kids get up and eat their breakfast during this time. After this we all do morning chores. I have a certain morning cleaning routine that I do, and the kids also have a morning routine.
Then, we gather at the table for our homeschool morning basket! It’s one of my favorite times of the day!
Morning time consists of reading poems, working on memory work, reading the Bible, doing vocabulary, artist study, composer study, and anything else we do during that time.
During this transitional time, we usually corral little ones and pass out a snack. I do preschool work with my littles about twice a week. I will often read a book or two just for them during this time and then give them a small activity to do.
After we go through our morning time routine, we move directly into history or science depending on the day.
I typically begin independent work with my first grader. He is using The Good and the Beautiful for language arts and math, and I am also adding a few readings from Ambleside Online Year 1. My two oldest children also begin working on their independent work. They each have a list with all of their daily tasks. They are totally responsible for managing their lists.
Rest Time – I continue working on independent work with my first grader, and then do language arts work with my older two children and help with any other work they need help with.
We have one planned afternoon activity depending on the day. Sometimes it’s artwork, nature journal, a handicraft, or poetry teatime.
We usually have 2-3 read-alouds going. I often try to read a chapter during morning time, listen to audiobooks in the van, and then read a chapter or two before bed.
And that’s it for our day. If you’re wondering how many day a week to do homeschool, we plan for a solid three full days. We typically have one day where we will have to leave the house in the afternoon whether that be for a monthly class we are taking, a library trip, a field trip, or an appointment, so I abridge afternoon activities on those days. We don’t do independent work on Fridays because we have a weekly class outside of the home. So, technically we are doing school five days a week, but our days don’t look the same or include the same things.
Large family homeschool schedule
It can be a challenge to come up with a large family homeschool schedule. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you need to be flexible and make the most of your day. Three solid days at home per week seem to be sufficient for us to get the amount of bookwork done that I would like for us to get done. I’ve found that there’s always something coming up whether it’s a sick child, a fussy baby, or an appointment that we need to attend.
How do you plan your daily homeschool schedule?