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We have a list of things that have to be accomplished each day. If it's done early, it warrants x-box time. If it's not finished, it becomes homework. I don't schedule it. (I DO however, warn Ben - 4th gr - if I have a conference call or something that day, because he'll need to plan on independent assignments during that time. If he has an assignment that I teach/help, he needs to do it while I'm available.)
Generally speaking, we start at 8-9 a.m. (after dh leaves and we have breakfast). Daniel (1st) is done before lunch. Ben is done by 2-3 p.m. usually (with a couple of breaks other than lunch, too).
We're pretty relaxed, but we do have a general schedule. We usually start at about 9 or 9:30, with letters/phonics and numbers/math, although this week we've started doing calendar books and will do those first. Then we do Bible. By now, the kids are usually ready for a snack, and then we come back for everything else science/social studies/health/unit/craft/whatever else we're doing that day. We're usually finished by 11:30 or noon.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
There is no rhyme or reason to our day. The kids usually do lessons after lunch and take however long it takes. They get free computer time or Nintendo time (yes all we have is the original Nintendo, lol) for games if they finish lessons before dinner. I generally don't feel the need to crack down unless one of them is in a rut where they are refusing to do anything.
we don't have a set time schedule. We start around 1030 and the kids get a lunch break around 1230-100. They have their list that they have to finish for the day. They work on it until the list is complete. I only get upset if they are in la la land and just playing around.
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
We start around 9:00 and work until lunch. After lunch we work for a couple more hours. Some days we have places to be: story time, art, sports, errands. If we are out of the house in the morning she works in the afternoon. We take a lot of day trips and do field trips too.
On typical "Erin days" (Erin is our mother's helper) we start at around 9 or maybe a little later and we're always finished before 11:30.
We almost always follow this routine:
Science or art depending on the day
Fine motor practice & Thinking skills or handwriting depending on the day
I work with Mercy Jane while Erin helps Nathaniel with his much more active preschool lessons. When she isn't here we still try to follow the same routine but Nathaniel usually doesn't get a lesson those days (unless Daddy's home) and Mercy and I take a lot more breaks and leave out things we need her help with. Some "no Erin days" we spread it out so much that we don't finish until supper time.
__________________ Audrey ~Daughter of the Most High King
~Wife to my Best Friend
~Mother of Miracles
We start around 8:00 am and when the work is done the school day is done. I have a lesson plan, so we know what needs to get accomplished each day. I'm homeschooling a 6th grader and I just decided last week I'll also homeschool my 4th grader too. I homeschooled both for 3 years and placed them into a private school last year, which was a big mistake. I've always allowed them to choice which subjects they wanted to work on first. What matters is getting all the assignments complete. I also have a catch-up week every 8 to 9 weeks, for any areas we get behind on and that will happen. Unexpected things come up such as a sick kid, doctors appointment, or unplanned field trip. Good luck with your planning.