Hey everyone, here is an update to our daily homeschool schedule. We try to stick to our schedule as much as we can and of course there are some days when we are more flexible than on others. We are not perfect and not every day turns out the way we expected it, but by God’s grace we’re getting the job done.
10:10 Snack Break
11:30 Geography/Science (Alternate 2x/week)
12:00 End of our school day but the learning continues
They also learn French in the afternoons by watching French DVD’s.
We also have Art Lessons at least once a week in the afternoons.
Subjects and activities that my first and second grader do together:
Subjects where my 1st and 2nd grader have different books and activities:
- English (writing, grammar)
-Most of our quizzes and lapbooks are done on Fridays.
-Our 20 month old daughter takes a nap everyday from 10:15 -11:45 (during our History, Geography or Science and English lessons)
*Afternoon activities for the children:
- Playing outdoors
- Playing with toys
- Shape Games
- Word games
- Math games
- Other Games
- Educational Video Game
Let’s see what else we do in the afternoons:
-Our oldest daughter has a dance class once a week
-Music lessons on Wednesdays (Piano and Drums)
-They have Junior Bible Quiz team practice once a week
-We visit the library (not every week)
-Grocery shopping, laundry, errands, visits, etc.
Bedtime for our three children is 8pm.
Adding more structure for afternoon activities
Prior to making some adjustments I tried to let them play all afternoon without a structured schedule. I used to just tell them that they can go and play now. But instead of playing or doing other activities they wanted to watch one DVD after the other. While they were very active learners during our lessons in the mornings, they became a bit too passive in the afternoons and to my surprise they would often get bored! With our new afternoon schedule they can watch a maximum of 2 hours each afternoon during the week (Monday-Thursday) and one of those hours has to be spent watching an educational DVD (history, science, math, etc).
On Friday afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays we let them watch a little longer. It is always a DVD that they select from the library or that we already have in our own DVD collection. No more rolling around on the living room carpet and acting bored! I soon found out that they enjoy the afternoon more when they have a more structured schedule. They might not need a structured schedule in the afternoon as they grow older but at age 6 and 7 it helps a lot.
So what do they do in the afternoon besides the DVD time? Our children usually spend the afternoon by choosing some of the above listed activities. They also have 15 min of chores to do. They enjoy the afternoon activities and they haven’t complained so far. Of course they also get to go and play outside every day. I would like to hear more about YOUR daily homeschool schedule and ideas. When I first started homeschooling I looked at different daily homeschool schedules and I came up with a schedule that works best for our family.