Well, since there seems to be a lot of interest in mulit-level homeschooling, I thought I would start with giving you our general schedule grouped by big kids and little kids and then eventually go into specifics of how each time period works.
This schedule in some form or another has been in place for nearly nine years in our home. Some specifics change with our life seasons, but the basics have been consistent.
The links in the schedule below will take you to a post where I explain the activity more fully and as I post more about multi-level homeschooling, I will hopefully continue to add more links.
5:30 Mom’s quiet time
6:00 Big kids read Bible’s, little kids learn catechism with Dad and Mom showers and tidies bedroom
6:30 Big kids do before breakfast chores, little kids get dressed with mom and help start laundry
7:00 Breakfast, all kids work on memorization box and Bible or book study
8:00 Big kids do chores, little kids help mom with chores
8:30 Big kids start independent work (handwriting, music, math, Greek, etc.) little kids time with mom and/or reading and handwriting with mom
Next: All kids sit quietly for Bible
Next: Big kids history, science, literature, some language arts and assignments for the day with mom, little kids play quietly. (More specifics about this school part of our schedule.)
Around 12:00 Lunch for all kids, mom exercises
All kids play outside, mom cleans up
1:30 Big kids read for pleasure, finish independent work, little kids nap, mom blogs, knits, draws, naps, etc.
3:00 Big kids have “productive time”, little kids finish napping and have free time, mom acts like a regular mom (fixes dinner, helps with projects, reads aloud, kisses boo boos)
Next: Table Chores
Next: Family Worship
Between 7:00 and 8:00 All kids bedtime
Some notes on our schedule:
- Remember that this does not happen perfectly everyday, it is simply our goal. Yesterday we ditched the schedule at noon and headed to the pool. Everything is flexible, even nap time and meal times. 🙂
- I’m a morning person, so you’ll notice that the schedule is weighted very heavily toward morning. I tend to be much less productive after lunch time. (Don’t try to imitate our schedule if you’re not a morning person.)
- I think an important part of this schedule that may tend to get overlooked is that I spend a good amount of time with my little children in the morning, before I begin to spend concentrated time with the big ones. They have gotten to be with mom before we ask them to play quietly and independently.
- “Big kids” and “little kids” in this schedule does not necessarily refer to the same group of children, sometimes the 2, 4, 5, 7, or 8 year olds are “big kids” and sometimes they are “little kids” 🙂
- If you aren’t a schedule person, don’t set times with your activities. I like for breakfast and nap time to fall “on time” everything else in our schedule is very fluid, I simply listed times to give you a general idea of how long we are spending on each activity.
- One of the biggest challenges to getting done what needs to be done, is having children who are not obedient or self-disciplined enough to do what they need to do when they need do it. Sometimes character training is more important than math.
I posted more specifically how Sonlight fits into this schedule here.
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