Have you ever wondered what a large homeschooling family schedule looks like? Or maybe you’re a homeschool parent having a hard time trying to organize it all. Today I’m walking you through every hour of our homeschool day to show you what it looks like, how it works and some tips for creating your own! Whether you’re trying to teach a child in middle school or create a kindergarten homeschool schedule, this should get you on the right track.
Hey guys! It seems that every time I bring up homeschooling on social media these days someone is asking what our day looks like. Well today’s the day that I pull back the curtain! Not that it’s all that terribly exciting, but I was curious myself before we got into the swing of things so hopefully this will help another mom or dad out there starting their own homeschool journey.
Just a quick side note: This schedule is hardly set in stone. Not only does it vary from day to day and season to season but sometimes after a few months something will change and I’ll have to make a major overhaul to the whole thing.
That’s OK! In fact that’s one of the very many benefits of homeschooling. We get to create a schedule and plan that works best for us at whatever stage of life we’re in.
Daily Homeschool Schedule
7-8am: Wake up, change babies, big kids (sometimes) get dressed.
8-9am: Prepare, eat and clean up breakfast.
9-9:30: Big kids do their morning basics and start piano practice. Morning basics are pretty self-explanatory: finish getting dressed, put away pj’s, make beds, pick up room, brush teeth, etc.
9:30: Everyone gathers for devotional. This is constantly changing but ideally we start with me doing some read aloud time (usually from a book that all ages enjoy). Then we pray together, say the pledge of allegiance and read some stories out of an illustrated scripture book.
10am: Big kids separate to start their individual school time and finish piano practice. (Right now I have a 13, 11, 9 and 7 year old taking lessons!)
A note about homeschooling the “big kids”:
I spent years and years trying to set up regular homeschool schedules for the kids ages 7 and under and constantly felt like I was beating my head against a wall. All of them needed me to sit by their side to do most of it and most of the time they just wanted to play.
After doing some research into child psychology and the different phases of learning and childhood, I realized that most kids just aren’t ready for rigorous schoolwork at those early ages. I also learning that many schooling philosphies (including some schools in Europe and other parts of the world) don’t even begin regular academic work until age 8.
That made so much sense to me and so we implemented the same thing! During this morning school time, my younger kids are free to read books (if they can read, or just look at pictures), play outside, practice their letters or writing, play learning games, etc. They’re happy and entertained and I have more time for the bigger kids who are learning more complex stuff!
The oldest three kids (right now aged 13, 11 and 9) have several subjects that they work on each day. I loosely follow the schedules outlined in the book A Well-Trained Mind which is a fabulous resource for classical homeschooling (albeit a bit overwhelming!). They rotate between grammar, literature, math, science, spelling/vocabulary, writing and foreign language. It’s a balancing act to make sure they’re getting everything and doing what they’re supposed to but we do the best we can!
12pm: Make, eat and clean up lunch.
1pm: Babies go down for naps and the middle kids go to their rooms for quiet time. I’m not super strict on this since I go to our separate guest house to do my sewing and work time now, but the rule is no fighting or mess making and they can’t wake up the babies.
Big kids can use quiet time to finish their school work if needed.
3pm: Kids play outside, finish chores (our full chore chart explanation is here!), whatever! I wake babies up and we just hang out for an hour or so until I need to start dinner.
5:30/6pm: Luke gets home and we eat dinner. Afterwards, kids clean up by doing their dish jobs and helping get babies ready for bed. Then they play with dad for a bit, we read scriptures together and go to bed!
That’s our day in a nutshell! Obviously this is a very perfect example without interruptions but it’s not unusual for me to leave for an appointment somewhere or take kids to preschool or piano lessons or whatever. We roll with the punches on those days but it really helps to have this basic schedule to come back to.
Let me know what you think about our schedule and what else you’d add if you were in charge! I can use all the help I can get 🙂