Wendy Hodge January 17, 2020 Family Schedule
At a family meeting, establish the plan together. They are much more likely to stick to it. Then when your child objects to the plan, remind them that you built it together and you would be happy to re-evaluate the plan at your next family meeting. Post the plan on the refrigerator so that everyone can see it and be reminded of what happens next. Use small drawings or symbols next to each items to allow non-readers to participate.
Before you start the planning and scheduling process, you must make sure that all attendees, meaning the family members, have the required materials needed to stay on task. Everyone involved will need a planner or scheduler that can fit into a purse, book bag or briefcase. A planner is going to be a crucial part of keeping your family on task. Who does not like to be organized?
Some of these guidelines may seem obvious, but I think we all need reminders from time to time on how to simplify our schedules and keep a regular routine. Kids thrive on having boundaries and they feel comfort in knowing what is coming next. Spontaneous events, late nights and special vacations are all great, but everyone feels good about coming home to a familiar routine after the sparkle wears off. When you are ready to sit down and ponder and map out your home school schedule for the upcoming academic year. A good calendar is an ingredient not to be forgotten as part of your overall homeschool schedule and homeschool lesson plan.
Also the homeschool day does not necessarily need to start say at 8am. There is no stringent time schedule that you must adhere to as is the case in public schools. As with your home school lesson planning, your scheduling should take into careful consideration your childs learning style and determine what will work best. As a homeschooling family, you have the option of planning trips at other times of the year when for example, air fare is cheaper and the lines are shorter! If vacations are not a part of your plans, there are probably other reasons (such as birthdays) for tailor making your own home school calendar.
Giving the Family members responsibilities can take a big burden off us. We cannot do everything, if we try to do it all we will soon become burned out so give them some work to do. Finally, we need time for ourselves to relax and re-group. We take just for us doing what we want to do even if it is nothing this time. It is the time for our spouse, if we have one to take care of the needs of the Children. If we are not married but we have an older child, he can care for the younger one(s) for a while. This time of refreshment is beneficial because it will relax us and clear our mind so we could, with energy get back to the business at hand.
Play dates should be a special occurrence for younger children, not a regular routine. On days with no activities, ensure your child comes home, has an afterschool snack and enjoys some free time before doing their homework. Kids need some days to relax and do nothing. A Family Organizer or Calendar lets kids help with planning by placing stickers to mark activities, play dates and special activities. This will help them prepare for the week ahead.