We’ve been back at school for a few weeks now and have settled into a pretty good routine. Â In the beginning of the year I sit down and work out a schedule in an attempt to fit everything in that we would like to complete each week. Â I try to follow the schedule fairly closely for a few days and then we sort of naturally drift into a routine.Â
How We Schedule Our Days
In the past I have tried to stick to a more rigid schedule, changing subjects every 30 minutes or so, but I found that I spent more time looking at my watch than I did working with my children. Â If that works for you and your family, by all means stick to it, I have just found that it doesn’t work as well for us. Â However, we definitely do thrive on a routine.
I almost always start my day by getting up early for quiet prayer time and then exercise. Â Making those two items a priority at the beginning of my day is a must. Â Around 7:00-7:30 the kids start making an appearance. Â I used to make breakfast a sit down affair, everyone at the same time, but I have changed that up a bit this year. Â The kids can eat when they are dressed and done with their chores, then they are free to get started on their school work.
Scheduling All of Our Tasks
My morning is spent first with the younger kids. Â We are working our way through All About Reading and then our Five in a Row book for the week. Â After about 45 minutes or so, they are done and are ready for a little break. Â Then I can turn my focus to the older kids to answer questions, and check work. Â This is then the time that we do Latin and our classical studies work. Â We can work through their check lists until about 11:30 when we break. Â I get lunch started and they have some free time.
After lunch we always have quiet time, and after quiet time we regroup. Â We say a decade of the rosary together and then read something, it may be a bible story, the saint of the day, or a particular picture book that I want to share with everyone. Â Next, I spend some time with the younger kids working on simple math activities. Â After that I work with the older kids to finish up their afternoon work. Â
It’s a full and busy learning day. Â Of course, no day ever goes perfectly. Â We also have our co-op days which look differently, and Wednesday afternoons we have Tae Kwon Do, speech, swim lessons, and then soccer. Â So far, in this season, this routine is serving us well. Â
So what do you do in your house, a routine or a schedule?