Our new schedule…

As you may remember reading, I went through a job change late fall.  The days and hours I work are different.  On days I work, our routine for school looks like this:

5am (or earlier)- I’m up and have my quiet time.  I also use this time to do the books for my husband’s business, do a load of laundry, start dinner in the crockpot or occasionally clean.

6:30am- School starts while we also eat some breakfast.  (No one here is much of a breakfast person.)  This is the time when we tackle new concepts in math and English if possible.  If time allows, it’s also a great time for piano practice or discussing science and history.

8:20am- Out the door.  I head to work and my child goes to wherever we have planned for her for the day. While she is at her planned location (it varies, but could be with Dad or grandparents or a sitter) she works on handwriting, spelling words, reading (she reads proficiently, so I assign reading and book reports almost weekly- depends on the length of the book), history/geography, science and then any review math or English I send with her.

Evening- When I arrive home in the evening, it’s usually before dinner.  We discuss her history and science and then finish anything we did not before we left in the morning.  I’ll usually have a little dinner prep left to do (though the slow cooker is my best friend).  I try to do a little cleaning each evening and prepare the next day’s school assignment (which I plan out a week at a time, so other than grading papers, this does not take long).

We also try and have family time in the evening during our school months.  In the summer, we all spend a lot of time outside and in the garden.

On days I am off, school work is done in the morning and then we often work on a 4-H project.

Please keep in mind, this schedule is what works for our family with me as a part time, employed, homeschooling mom.  It’s took me a couple of months of trial and error to find a schedule that works for our current situation.  I’d love to hear what works best for your family.


Lesson Planning

There are lots of ways to lesson plan- no one way is right or wrong.  You have to find what works for you and your family.  So here are what the coming week’s lesson plans look like at my house…



Yes, I use a notebook.  I have a letter for each subject (for example, “M” is math).  I write down the lesson number for the day.  At the bottom, I make myself a reminder to work on spelling, writing and Classical Conversations memory work  (which includes our history and science studies) daily.

When we first started homeschooling, I tried fancy planners. I tried folders for each subject (which may work well in the very early years), but I find this works best for me.  It’s simple and a notebook is pretty inexpensive.

One thing I will note is I prefer to write in pencil.  Then if we need to change plans, I am able to easily do so.

One thing you will not see in the photo, but I try to do each week, is write any activities we have each day (such as piano lessons) and then I’ll often make a note about what to fix for dinner that evening.  I’ll also include any early or late work meetings I may have as well.

Let me encourage you to find a lesson planning schedule that works for your family.  You do not have to use my method to be successful..