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Our daily schedule has changed again and so our daily homeschool schedule must also be revised. Read on to find out all about our new winter homeschool schedule, the boys extracurriculars and how I fit in working from home and homeschooling each day.
Read about our last fall homeschool schedule and how I balanced working full time and homeschooling. (Here’s a quick day-in-the-life of working full time and homeschooling, as well.)
Our Daily Homeschool Schedule – Winter 2017
Homeschooling this winter is all about efficiency for our family. My oldest son (15) joined a state-wide soccer program that is much more time consuming than what we’ve experienced before. He practices an hour from home on Tuesday and 2.5 hours from home on Thursday. I’m carpooling with a couple of other parents, but we’ll spend most weekends traveling and I’m lessening schoolwork demands on my oldest to ensure that he gets enough rest this winter and spring.
Here’s what our modified winter homeschool schedule looks like:
9:00 AM – My 11- and 13-year-olds begin their daily math operations. (One addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problem each day (with varying levels of difficulty) to stay in practice.) We haven’t started our new math concepts as of this week, but we will next week. We did math one day and language arts one day in the fall, but we’re focusing solely on math this winter. We’ll reincorporate language arts in the spring.
If they are hungry for breakfast, they can eat while they do math.
My 11-year-old is usually up early and always gets started right away on his math. Instead of making him wait to do his piano lesson/practice until the end of the school day or do his reading at a set reading time, if he’s done with his math early we move on to piano and reading.
9:20 AM – I wake my 15-year-old. I help anyone who needs extra math help.
We’re focusing solely on science this winter. We finished our last history book in the fall and won’t start the next one until spring. That means we do science every day instead of history one day and science the next like we did in the fall.
10:00 AM – I supervise piano with my 13-year-old. My 15-year-old works on math. His daily operations take him mere minutes no matter difficulty the problem. (As he should at his age!)
My youngest is usually done with school by this time because he gets up earlier than his brothers.
We have a snack if anyone missed breakfast or is still hungry. The boys and I decided that a P.E/recess break was unnecessary in the morning since they play outside when it warms up in the afternoon. They preferred to power ahead and get done with school sooner instead of taking a break halfway through.
10:30 AM – I send my 13-year-old off to read for 20 minutes. I work with my oldest on new math concepts (different from what his brothers are learning).
He practices piano after we’re done with math. I don’t give us a set amount of time to finish math. We just take as much time as he needs. It’s usually between 15-30 minutes.
When we’re done with math and piano, I send him off to read for 20 minutes.
And we’re done!
After we get used to our new soccer schedule for winter we’ll add back in journaling, character education/critical thinking/philosophy and Spanish, history and language arts, of course.
We’re keeping things as light as possible for now. This is exactly why we homeschool and why we homeschool year around. We don’t have to spend hours and hours each day covering all of the subjects. I love the freedom of homeschooling and feel so blessed to have such balance.
How I Work From Home and Homeschool
I’ll do a more complete post on this soon and link to it here. For now, I want to answer the question that I get often about how I find time to work from home and homeschool.
I’ll tell you – it’s way less stressful than working full-time outside of the home and homeschooling, but it’s harder to compartmentalize the different areas of my life. As a result, I work 7 days a week. I’m not complaining, though. Just stating the facts.
Here are the most typical times you’ll find me working on a weekday:
6:00 AM – 8:30 or 9:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
So, that’s our new winter daily homeschool schedule and a peek into when I fit in working from home!