Thursday, February 26, 2009

Important Scheduling Thoughts

I know a lot of people, especially homeschoolers, like to see the schedules of others. We like to see how other people schedule their day in hopes of gleaning sometime that might help us. We have to be careful, though, not to let other people's schedules make us feel bad. Often we see them getting more accomplished than we do. Sometimes we try to emulate their schedule with disastrous results. What works for others often doesn't work for ourselves.

That last statement is so true for me. I don't know how those homeschoolers who wake up and start school early so that they can be done with it early do it. If we start early, we usually end up not doing half of what we should be doing. It just doesn't work. After many years, I finally figured out what does work for us...quite by accident, too.

Since our schedule is on the unusual side, I thought I'd share it. What I hope you get from it is:

It's ok not to start your homeschool day early.

It's ok to do homeschooling when it works for you.

It's ok to break it up and do other things in between.

It's a good idea to get the hardest things for you to get done first (for my that's cleaning).

It's a good idea to get the most important subjects (for us that's language arts and math) done first in case you don't get to the rest.

It's a good idea to schedule plenty of time to get each thing done. If you think a task will take you an hour, give yourself an hour and a half.

It's important to be flexible. When you must alter your schedule for a day (ie. doctor's appointment), you can pick up where you left off or do your most important things instead (ie. get math done during history time; let history go for the day).

If it doesn't work, try something different, even very different.

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