Every semester I’ve learned that our schedule has to be tentative because our routines will last a few weeks, and then we have to switch them up a bit to keep up with the natural changes in our home. When children are learning and growing so quickly, what works in August might not work in October. I love having a schedule to follow throughout the day: some days we follow it closely, but other days we struggle to accomplish anything worthwhile. I have our basic list of subjects for each semester on a master list to remind us each day to do at least a small lesson in each subject every day. Some subjects are daily subjects, and others are done 2-3 times a week. For instance, subjects that have lessons every day include math, phonics/language arts, handwriting/copywork, and reading. Subjects that have lessons 2-3 times a week include history, geography, social studies, science, and music lessons.
Looking at how we’ve ended up rearranging our semesters over the past few years, I’ve begun to notice the same on again/off again pattern in our scheduling. We are able to steadily keep up with our lessons for a couple months, and then we take a week or two off before starting back up again. We’ve unintentionally done this every semester, and it works well for us. This summer I was planning on taking the full summer break off, but we were all missing our structured lessons after a few weeks off (especially me!), so I created a summer term for our mornings that has fewer lessons, but still gives us some structure and feelings of normal. Honestly, that’s my favorite part about homeschooling: you can rearrange your schedule as much as you need to to keep your home running smoothly. There are some days that even I am not motivated to do our lesson work, and it’s nice being able to take the day off and go on an outing or just spend the day outdoors. Our goal is to finish any workbooks by the end of a school year, and keep each child at grade level with where they would be if they went to school. Our state doesn’t require end of the year testing, but we do have to report each student over the age of 5 to our local public school and enroll them as homeschooled. It’s so fun to see how things change over time. The beautiful thing about home schooling is everybody does it differently, and so many different ways work. You can modify and adapt lessons and schedules depending on the child and their learning style, and my teaching style can be individualized for each of my children. I’m looking forward to updating more on our home schooling this year as we go along!