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Adjusting Homeschool Schedules

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Adjusting Homeschool Schedules



When we were homeschooling, it seemed like I was adjusting our schedules every year. Each year our situation seemed unique, our schedule had different requirements, and my children had a different attitude.

One year, I clearly explained what I hoped to accomplish during my tutoring time with each child:
Tutor Time with Mom ~

Update High School Records & Reading List & Congressional Award

Bible: Read Aloud Memory Verse Daily

Chemistry:  Vocabulary, On your own questions and Narration

French: Check French dictation & copywork, Record books read

History:  Narration and Essay questions from the Teacher’s Edition

Narration in 1) Music History 2) Fine Arts 3) Literature 4) Bible

Literature Writing: Review quick essay, Review writing & research progress & outlines, Spelling & vocabulary if necessary
SAT preparation: Narration


Not everything happened as planned. I honestly can’t remember doing a lot of narration in history, art, literature, or Bible class. Hopefully we did just often enough so my children were paying attention to what they were reading. I remember trying to get each thing done at least once each week. It often depended on how tired I was. I lightened up a lot during times of burnout, and during December in particular.

Each week, I tried to remember to update my high school records, including the reading list for each child. To be honest, that did not happen. I would usually get to that each month or two, but certainly not each week.

I have “Congressional Award” listed; I never managed to get that done. Although it isn’t difficult to do, it took more time than I had available and I simply had to drop it from the schedule. Looking at those words each week was a little depressing – I felt like a failure that I couldn’t get that Congressional Award handled. Looking back, I see that it wasn’t all that important. It wasn't academics or character. Instead, it was something that might have been nice, but certainly wasn’t required.

If you are in the same situation, I encourage you to just drop what you never seem to get to off your radar. There will certainly be some things that may be good to do, but you don’t have time to complete. There are SO many good ideas and great curriculum choices out there that some truly great things won't fit into your schedule. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

During the time I wrote this schedule, one of my sons was working as a chess coach. While coaching, his brother would spend time at Starbucks with me. I read about how to homeschool high school while my son read about topics he was interested in: economics and politics. He felt very wise and mature during this particular year and wanted to create his own schedule. I encouraged that, hoping making a schedule would give him “ownership” over the organization of his day. He certainly did accomplish a lot with his own schedule!

Do you find yourself adjusting homeschool schedules often? Does your child create their own schedule? Please share!



Please note: This post was originally published in July 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Guest - Cynthia Dunn on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:52

A mom I know with several children once shared that she took her oldest child, a teen son, out to lunch every Friday to "conference" with him about his school progress and to spend one-on-one time with him while participating in one of his favorite activities - eating. I took that to heart and several years later, now that my daughter is a freshman, we go out every Wednesday afternoon for a treat like smoothies, tea and a cookie, etc. at various local places - one of her favorite things to do - and we go over her planner to see where she's at so far and what she needs to do to finish the week well, talk about what things are working well and what could be better, make note of new ideas or goals, get in some simple down time, etc. I chose Wednesdays because Fridays seemed too 'final' for me, whereas pausing in the middle of the week allows us adjustment time. I spend less money on snacks than two lunches, and less calories than making a batch of cookies together, or something similar, at home but I can see how something like that could work for others. We like our weekly "student-teacher conferences" and they're working out very well.

A mom I know with several children once shared that she took her oldest child, a teen son, out to lunch every Friday to "conference" with him about his school progress and to spend one-on-one time with him while participating in one of his favorite activities - eating. I took that to heart and several years later, now that my daughter is a freshman, we go out every Wednesday afternoon for a treat like smoothies, tea and a cookie, etc. at various local places - one of her favorite things to do - and we go over her planner to see where she's at so far and what she needs to do to finish the week well, talk about what things are working well and what could be better, make note of new ideas or goals, get in some simple down time, etc. I chose Wednesdays because Fridays seemed too 'final' for me, whereas pausing in the middle of the week allows us adjustment time. I spend less money on snacks than two lunches, and less calories than making a batch of cookies together, or something similar, at home but I can see how something like that could work for others. We like our weekly "student-teacher conferences" and they're working out very well.
Guest - Shan (website) on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:09

Hello! I plan to take you with us on our journey through high school. We are only beginning 6th grade this year but knowing that you are available when 9th grade comes is a huge relief and I've told all our homeschool moms in our group about you. Since you've said that middle school is preparation for high school, I would love a planner for my daughter or myself that would get us in the mode of keeping track of the things we need to. Can you advise me on which company has the best or tell me what we should be keeping track of now that will help us later (and be great records for our BOE) THANK FOR ALL YOU DO AND GOD BLESS!!!

Hello! I plan to take you with us on our journey through high school. We are only beginning 6th grade this year but knowing that you are available when 9th grade comes is a huge relief and I've told all our homeschool moms in our group about you. Since you've said that middle school is preparation for high school, I would love a planner for my daughter or myself that would get us in the mode of keeping track of the things we need to. Can you advise me on which company has the best or tell me what we should be keeping track of now that will help us later (and be great records for our BOE) THANK FOR ALL YOU DO AND GOD BLESS!!!
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