Ever wonder what a typical homeschool daily schedule looks like? Or is there really anything “typical” about homeschooling every day? 🙂
Not really, but I’ll share 2 typical days in our homeschool. When you create your own schedule it will help you on how to get more organized as a homeschool mom.
After looking at these schedules, create a rough outline for your own homeschool. Post it on the refrigerator. This reminder can help you become more focused and consistent in your homeschool.
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Elementary Age Homeschool Daily Schedule
7:30am – Breakfast together with family devotions – I led family devotions when the kids were younger. You can read my story about whether dad or mom should lead family devotions here.
Our 24 Family Ways was one of my favorites when I lead devotions, after Steve went to work.
8:15am – Get dressed, clean up, piano practice, memory songs (give mom time to clean the kitchen and catch her breath)
My kids learned states & countries, just from listening to Audio Memory Geography Songs. They loved dancing in the living room while singing the songs
9-10am – Family time – includes reading aloud a fantastic book, kids reading poetry aloud, discussion of Bible or history
The Cat of Bubastes is the first Henty we read & still one of our family favorites
My kids chose a poem every morning to read aloud, usually from Where the Sidewalk Ends or A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
10:00 – Recess (a break for mom)
10:15 – Snack – yummy
10:30 – Work on individual assignments until lunch (math, writing, reading, spelling, grammar, science, history). Each child had a weekly spreadsheet from me. As they completed an assignment, they checked it off with a dry-erase marker.
I spent time with each child going over whatever I needed to teach. Not every subject was done every day, but this was my individual teaching time.
12:00 or 12:30pm – Lunch
1pm – Silent reading time-about 1 hr
Afternoons – Play, Hands-on activities, Group activities, Sports practices
In the evening, we tried to read aloud with Dad reading one of his favorites.
Originally I read aloud to the kids after lunch.
Problem: I fell asleep reading aloud and had to ask one of the kids to finish the chapter.
Solution: I created family time at the beginning of our day, as a way to start our day with read aloud first. I wanted my kids to know how important books are in our lives, so I made read aloud time the highest priority of the day.
Secondary Age Homeschool Daily Schedule
7:30am – Breakfast together with family devotions – By this time, Steve was leading family devotions. Here’s one of his favorite resources:
8:15 – Get dressed, clean up, piano practice, memory songs or catch up on previous day (give mom time to clean the kitchen and catch her breath)
9-10am – Family time – includes reading aloud a fantastic book, kids reading poetry aloud, discussion of Bible or history (see above)
10am – Work on individual work until lunch (math, writing, literature, science, history). I checked up with each kid a few times during the week, depending on what they were studying at the time. If I needed to teach or help review, I would do it at this time.
Twice a week we watched a humanities lecture which provided a Biblical worldview of the historical time period we were studying.
12:30pm – Lunch
Afternoons – Online classes if any kids were taking one, or finish schoolwork, Sports practices
In the evening, we tried to read aloud with Dad reading one of his favorites. Sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn’t.
I have a Homeschool Schedule Ideas printable (normally $7) that’s free for you. You’ll receive my very simple lesson plan that I used all ten years with my kids, as well as copies of my daily schedules in elementary and high school years.
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Kerry, love this – thank you so much. Geography songs is one of our favorites… “The horn of Africa’….well, now I’ll go sing for a while
The other songs my kids used to sing included Grammar Songs and all the Veritas Press Bible & History songs.
Hi! I am just getting started reading all of your resources. I loved this schedule post, very helpful. I may have not found it yet, but what curriculum have you used with your kids with both elementary and secondary age, for their individual studies as well as their online classes? Thanks in advance!
Thanks so much for your comment & question. I’m glad this post was helpful.
I used a mix of curriculum for different subject areas & ages. Every year, I evaluated what was best for each child that year. Overall, here are a few that we used repeatedly. The first few have review videos for you to watch & see if it’s a good fit for your family.
Writing, Grammar – Institute for Excellence in Writing – starting with Student Writing Intensive (FREE shipping with those links)
History – TruthQuest History (integrates literature, history & Biblical worldview)
Bible & Character – Doorposts – this page lists & links to individual products
Math U See – all math until Algebra – then we switched to Saxon & DIVE cds
Science – younger ages/experiments & living books – older ages/Apologia
Spanish – I’ve been personally using Rocket Spanish the past year & really like it – simple to use, wish I had found this when I was homeschooling
I would love a sample schedule.
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