Tips for Setting a Homeschool Schedule

Homeschooling is the perfect opportunity to give your child a decent education and one-on-one learning.  With many of the defects facing the public school system, parents homeschool in order to meet the needs of their child, teach important subjects and your child can spend more time learning without constant distraction(s).

One key difficulty that homeschooling provides is a proper schedule.  Unlike the compulsory school system that follows a routine, homeschooling can be flexible, but it is also hard to follow the established schedule.

There are a variety of methods that homeschoolers can utilize in order to make sure your child is getting a good education and creating a strong work ethic.  Here are some simple tips to setting a homeschool schedule.

Time Sheets

Just like work, time sheets are important to knowing how many hours you taught, what was taught and keeping track of your pupil’s studies.  If you develop your own time sheet, you can make it fun for both you and your student by adding features to it:

–          Progress

–          Percentages

–          Goals

–          Achievements

–          What was earned

A time sheet is an organizational method to help establish a proper, routine schedule.

Planner

Depending on when you plan to homeschool your child, it is crucial to establish a curriculum.  If you plan to teach your child during regular business hours, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., spend a couple of hours on a Sunday to plan for the upcoming week.

Special Days

A special day can also give you the means to be unorthodox in your schedule.  For example, if you want to teach your child about the Renaissance, you can take your child to the local museum, bookstore or library to assist in your child’s intellectual development.

Teaching doesn’t only have to be about lectures.  Let’s say there is a detailed, accurate biographical movie about Queen Victoria, you can go to your local cinema with your child and learn about her that way.

Review

Unlike the public school system, you can schedule a time during the weekend to review the previous week’s material.  Since you are the teacher, you know firsthand what was taught; therefore you can answer any questions your child may have regarding the material.

Break Schedules – you and your student

It is quite important to follow a teaching schedule, but it’s also important to catch a break for both your student and yourself.  When forming a schedule, be sure to pencil in reasonable breaks and lunch breaks.

Children cannot cram all of the information in one sitting.  By taking a break, your child will be able to process the topics.  Also, on your break, if you like, you can quickly fold the laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for more than 24 hours.

Always Teaching

The thing with homeschooling is that it gives you the opportunity to always teach your child.  Whether you’re on the bus, out for dinner, going for a walk or just relaxing at home, you can always teach your child something interesting (or even the other way around!).