I love that our homeschooling days can be so flexible. We get to choose when we would like to do our school work and for how long. If we do not get something finished we just pick up where we left off the next time we sit down to do our work. In the summer time we spend more time outdoors at the beach and less time sitting down to do school work and in the winter we get more book work done on the cold and rainy days.
When I sit down to work out what we are going to study throughout the year I write down a rough schedule of how my homeschooling days might look like. I try and figure out how much time I would like my children to work each day and look at what we want to study and how long each lesson will take.
I do not have to show my moderator my schedule, I simply write it down so that I have a rough idea of how our days will flow and if I have provided enough work or in most cases I find that I have over estimated how many fun things we can do and I need to scale back on what I think we can get through.
When it comes to creating a homeschool schedule that is perfect for your family here are some tips to remember…
- Homeschool is not school at home. Your days and even your homeschooling space does not have to look and operate like a clasrroom
- You do not have to do school work every day, you can have a four day school week instead of five days
- You do not have to do homeschool work all day long. You can just spend a couple of hours doing book week a day and then fill the rest of the day up with other fun things
- You do not have to do all of the subjects every day, For example you might do Language and literacy and math every day and then add in one other subject each day.
There is no set amount of time that you should be spending on doing school work each day or how long you should be spending on each subject. The amount of time you spend on school work each day is totally up to you, but if you would like a rough guide on what may be helpful to do time wise here is a great article from My Homeschool that talks about how much time is a good idea for each year grade level.
I have created a video where I share more about how to set up a schedule that is perfect for your family and also give you a look at how I set up my schedule.
You can also download a free copy of my schedule for you to use in your homeschool planning.