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Developing a Daily, Home-School Schedule - Christian Homeschooling, Home Education

Developing a Daily, Home-School Schedule

  • Deborah Taylor-Hough Editor, The Charlotte Mason Monthly
  • 2001 12 Dec
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Developing a Daily, Home-School Schedule
Due to frequent requests from my regular Web-page visitors, I'm going to write out a description of my daily home-school schedule as best I can.

I have our weekly schedule printed out as a chart for each child which I hang on the refrigerator at the beginning of each week. We mark off the subjects as we finish them and add notations of any specifics we need to remember (page numbers read, art viewed, etc.) on little lines next to the space on the chart. I wish I could visually show you the charts -- it's a bit difficult to explain.

When reading through this day-by-day schedule, some people might think this is a lot to accomplish in any given day, but we're using Charlotte Mason's idea about short lessons (only fifteen to twenty minutes for each topic) so our academic part of the day comes out to around 3 1/2 hours per day.

I've found my children enjoy having a set task to accomplish in a set period of time. Since I'm not a particularly rigid person (I tend to "go with the flow" of life), I first thought this type of schedule would crimp my "style" -- but I've actually found it to be incredibly freeing. What a surprise!

With many school subjects, I find I can teach both of my older children at the same time by reading aloud to them together. My son isn't reading fluently enough to gather much information from reading independently (he's still working on fluency and isn't to the reading for knowledge stage).

My 12-year-old daughter does a great deal of independent work, so she does additional reading on the various topics we've covered together. Her independent reading time is followed by oral narrations for each subject (and occassionally written narrations).


THE GENERAL SCHEDULE

I was inspired to put together my own daily schedule after reading the books, A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education. The author, Catherine Levison, printed out samples of her own weekly schedules and also included actual schedules used in the Charlotte Mason schools in the early 1900's (the schedules appeared in a December 1908 article in the Parent's Review).

While my schedule was inspired by Levison and Charlotte Mason, it by no means is representative of their actual schedules. This is simply how we've adapted the idea to our own family situation.


--MONDAY--
Bible
Memory Verse
Reading
Writing
Spelling
Math
Literature
Science
Poetry
P.E.
Geography
Recorder
Crafts
Drawing

--TUESDAY--
Bible
Memory Verse
Reading
Writing
Spelling
Math
Literature
Science
Poetry
P.E.
History
Music Appreciation
Art Appreciation
Home Economics
Occupational Education

--WEDNESDAY--
Bible
Memory Verse
Reading
Writing
Spelling
Math
Literature
Science
Poetry
P.E.
Geography
Recorder
Crafts
Drawing

--THURSDAY--
Bible
Memory Verse
Reading
Writing
Spelling
Math
Literature
Science
Poetry
P.E.
History
Music Appreciation
Art Appreciation
Home Economics
Occupational Education

--FRIDAY--
This is our less academic day:
Moms Group/Homeschool Group at church
Volunteer opportunities
Field trips
Social activities
And time to fill in any subjects that were skipped for whatever reason during the rest of the week


And then every night at bedtime, I read to my children from their "just for fun" books -- no official narration with these books except for a question when we first sit down such as, "So, what was happening in Old Yeller last night?"

I hope this brief overview of how we schedule our home-schooling day proves helpful to someone.  Happy home schooling!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Taylor-Hough (free-lance writer, wife and homeschooling mother of three) is the editor of the free email newsletter, The Charlotte Mason Monthly.  She's also the author of the bestselling books, Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month and A Simple Choice: A Practical Guide for Saving Your Time, Money and Sanity.  Visit Debi online at:  A Frugal, Simple Life