Back in the Saddle: A New Homeschool Schedule

Well, it’s the  first second third fourth Monday of January, and we are officially ready to get our Awesome on in 2015! Yippee!  Okay, so as my strikethroughs might have indicated, I started writing this a week two three four weeks ago.  This is getting ridiculous.  But the Be Awesome in 2015 plan is still in effect, despite my inability to write more than one post per month.

After the purest form of slothfulness that was December, it felt good to get into our routine again.  No one really fought it, shockingly enough, not even Dash.  Sure there was the whole Walrus Stampede incident.  Word to the wise, don’t run the Vitamix when there’s a walrus herd nearby…

homeschool schedule

I suppose I could elaborate on the stampede incident, but I’m just going to let your imagination do the work on this one.

I’m even more pleased to tell you that only once was blood drawn recently; during our Free Learn Time, which understandably was mistaken for Free For All Time.  Since things are going so smoothly, at least when we aren’t being trampled by flippered marine mammals, I thought I would share our current homeschool schedule!  Not that our schedule is perfect, but I did recently revise it and I’m pretty pleased with how it flows.  The idea was to structure for Awesomeness while also allowing for Human Weakness and avoiding Bone Crushing Exhaustion.  Sounds promising, does it not?

So, without further ado, I present to you:

-Our Daily Schedule-

{7-8 am}  Bible Reading:  If you aren’t still asleep (which you can be if you’re a kid), you are doing some personal Bible study. BTW, I finally came up with this inspired idea after long struggling with certain people getting up WAY to early just to stumble their bleary-eyed selves the computer or I Pad and retreat into an oblivion of laziness.  So, I figured, if you’re gonna be up, you’re gonna get a good start to your day, and what better way than to get inspired by some Scriptures?  If you’re not up for it yet, stay in bed until…

{8-9 am}  Breakfast, Wash Up, Brush Teeth, Get Dressed: (Or if you are Finn, at least get yourself some clean pajamas.  He’s a hard sell on “clothing”.)  Don’t judge!  I promise you he will not be wearing pajamas to work as an adult.  Or he will make sure he’s the boss, just so he can show up in his man sized Hanna Pajamas.

{9-10am}  Chores:  As much as it’s a pain in the rear, I try to make this “Family Work” where we work together on stuff instead of dividing and conquering.  Because dividing usually means people forget what they were supposed be doing until they are found 20 minutes later in a pile of Legos, giving conflicting accounts about how they got there and what happened to cleaning the toilet.  I also made a chore chart listing what needs to be done each day of the week.  The boys like to look and see what jobs there are and plot how to get out of the worst ones.  Winning!

{10-11am}  Problem Solvers:  This is really math time.  But when I typed up the schedule I thought “Problem Solvers!” with an exclamation point sounded much more appealing.  It’s all in the presentation, people.

{11am-12pm}  Lunch & Read Aloud:   I’m not being cryptic here.  They eat, I read to them.  Or if I’m hungry, we all eat and then we read together.

EVERYONE loves read aloud hour. Um, where am I supposed to sit???

EVERYONE loves read aloud hour. Um, where am I supposed to sit?

{12-1pm} Recess!!!:  Woohoo!  Er, um… not that I’m looking forward to it… it’s for the kids of course.  I might use this time to catch up on some chores, paperwork, or emails.

{1-2pm}  Free Learn:   Do you think it’s a little too close to Free For All?  Maybe I need to rethink this….  Anyways, this is the time when we would do a science experiment or a project, but its fateful epithet was coined because this is primarily the time to research what you are interested in.  For example, when no brawls are breaking out, Beau has been using his Free Learn time to practice piano and read up on how to train a puppy.  Since we still haven’t gotten our dog, he is practicing on Dash.  “Sit, Dash!  Stay!”  I told him Dash is not a dog.  He said he’s trying to “handle” him.  We really need to get a dog…

{2-3pm}  Quiet time & Snack:  After snack the boys can either read or write.  We just got a brand new case of our favorite blank books so story writing is in full swing.  On a perfect day, I would also be able to study or write during this hour.  Let’s just say I am still working out the finer details of making that happen.  (Hence, the month-in-the-making post.)  It may involve hiring a full time maid.  Who will work for free.  Know anyone?

{3-4pm}  Screen Time:  Beau has been working on Scratch, the site from MIT designed to teach kids programming.  Finn has been working on a variety of Angry Birds applications.  Hey, you can’t win them all.

 After 4pm it really is Free For All Time.  And make dinner time.  I would like to start bringing the older boys in to learn dinner prep, but at this moment I’m starting to hyperventilate just thinking about it.  Some might call this a short term gain for a long term loss.  Or lazy parenting.  I prefer to call it self preservation.  Look, I need my moments of peace and quiet, occasionally punctuated as they are by melees and cries that Dash is stinky.  Baby steps, baby steps…

So that’s it.  I mean sure, we eat dinner, get bathed, read, go to bed, get up and ask for snacks, go back to bed, get up again, ask to build with Legos because we aren’t tired, etc.   But I’m not anal enough to make a written schedule for that.  And if I had one, it would take me until March to tell you about it.

You know what hasn’t happened much in January? Yes, like, besides writing? Exercise! I feel all squishy and yet completely unmotivated to rectify the situation. I need more sunshine, really. Don’t we all! So now you know what I need to improve on in February. More workouts, less melees, more seating availability for story time. How about you? How’s 2015 treating y’all? Drop me a note and let me know!