In this podcast, I talk about how to prepare your home to begin planning a homeschool schedule. (Be sure to click on the play button above to hear the podcast). I review a lot of basic concepts of home education in order to lead up to the importance of having a routine or schedule.
1. Plan your subjects and topics to be studied throughout the year.
Without a good solid plan in place a schedule won’t make much sense. Have a plan, know your philosophy, and figure out which topics will be subjects of interest for your family this year based on both core academics and interest.
2.) Choose your curriculum or start piecing together your own.
Depending on your family’s philosophy there are quite a few places you may consider purchasing curriculum from. In fact, there are so many homeschool supply companies I could create a whole blog just naming them all. At any rate, you can start by doing a google search on your homeschool method of choice, like: “montessori homeschool curriculum” (and replace “montessori” with your method of choice). Some other homeschool supply stores I mentioned in the podcast are:
…and some brief mentions on particular publishers that may be of interest to you:
Publishers of Classical Method curriculum:
3.) Set up your workspaces.
It can be frustrating to homeschool when you can’t find your pencil or your kids can’t locate their math book! Organizing a workspace so that you can locate things easily will help your homeschool flow.
4.) Set your schedule.
This is where the rubber meets the road. Remember, it’s not about having a strict schedule to stick to, but more or less planning for a homeschool routine that you and your kids find comfortable each week. With your homeschool planner or calendar at hand, you’ll want to go ahead and plan for how often you’ll cover each subject each week. Don’t forget to fit in those extracurricular or specialty subjects in addition to your core academics. In our family we like to cover math and language arts regularly, with history and science once a week. We also squeeze in music and art whenever appropriate, sometimes blending them in with other topics. For example, with science we sometimes find ways to incorporate art (drawing and painting the solar system). Breaking up your days and toggling some topics every other day can help as well.
5.) Be open to change and remain flexible.
It’s okay if your original homeschool schedule idea didn’t take form the way you wanted. Sometimes all it means is that we need to change the schedule! Or it could mean that it’s just not the right timing for that particular routine- maybe wait a year for maturity and readiness in your kids and then approach your schedule from a different angle.