Now that we are a few months into school this year I thought I would share with your what our homeschool schedule looks like.
This year I have a second grader, first grader, and preschooler. It’s the first year that I am homeschooling all 3 kids. It has been a learning curve for sure. And second grade takes more time than I ever expected it to.
Here’s what our typical day looks like!
10:00 Morning chores
10:30 Abeka: Math and Phonics
11:00 Reading for the boys; Abeka for Little Lady
11:30 English (Little Guy typically is still finishing up his Abeka and Reading while I work with Big Guy)
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 My Father’s World (Bible, History, Science, Art)
We aren’t always done at 4, most days it’s later and rarely it’s before.
It’s a long day! We do a lot of hands-on learning and Adventures in U.S. History (our second grade MFW curriculum) has a lot of read alouds which we don’t rush through. On the rare occasion that Little Guy get’s done with his Abeka at the same time as Big Guy we will do MFW in the morning and then finish up Reading and English in the afternoon. But other than that this is our normal routine that we’ve found that has worked.
I’m still trying to find a way to shorten the school day. I haven’t quite figured out how to get it shorter than 4 hours on a good day. Most days we are even going past the 4-hour mark.
I’m trying to embrace this as our new way of life. I’ve been stressing out on how long it takes, how we do nothing but school all day with little housework or blog work done. But it is what it is!
About a week after I wrote this post I struck gold! Well, what feels like gold at the moment. I left our old schedule up because that is what most days look like if we don’t follow our new schedule. So what changed? What changed that made me not dread starting our school day? What made school not last all day?
Starting school right after breakfast!
Now all your traditional homeschoolers are reading that with a big fat duh look on your face. But hear me out. Those of us who are not as traditional and fall more into the charlotte mason, unschooling or Montessori lifestyle of schooling don’t think the same way. Up until this year, my two very active boys needed at least an hour or two of playing before we started school in order to get their wiggles out and then they would do school much better for me. It was a win-win since I don’t sleep well. But not this year, it wasn’t working for us. Too many school days went into dinner time, giving me no time to do anything else. One day I decided to just try school out first thing after they ate. Wouldn’t you believe they got all their work done in record timing? They were much more motivated to finish their work in order to go off and play. It has been amazing. They love and I love it!
Here is our updated schedule!
8:30 Abeka Math and Phonics, Cursive
10:00 English for Big Guy while Little Guy starts his MFW
10:30 Snack break
11:00 MFW second-grade work (read alouds, science, history project
Amazing right? I feel like I have the whole day in front of me! It has been working so well. Their Abeka work is seatwork that they don’t typically need me too much, so I do my workout and shower during that time frame. They also fit in their morning chores within that time frame, it just falls whenever they are done with their Abeka work and while they wait for me to come do the other lessons with them.
If you are having a hard time getting your school day to wrap up and your little ones are older now, try this method. I know I know, it goes against the charlotte mason grain but I promise you it works! Plus they have all day to play instead.