Today at our home school mom's meeting we discussed the chapter Inconstant Kitty in A Charlotte Mason Companion it could not have come at a better time. It always amazes me how these sorts of things 'happen' across my path when I need them the most.
"Every lesson must have its own time, and no other time in this world is there for it. The sense of the preciousness of time, of the irreparable loss when a ten minutes' lesson is thrown away must be brought home." - Charlotte Mason Companion page 93
There are many hidden dangers to having a formal schedule. I have found often times we purchase a curriculum and feel driven to check every box in order to say we have achieved X,Y of Z. Or we say I have paid good money for that I will use it. Often times this is much to the determent of our home atmosphere. I have learned that a home atmosphere determines the length of a home school journey.
However the counter balance is "What you are allowed to meander through all day, you will; what must be done, is done." - Charlotte Mason Companion page 92.
Another danger is becoming a slave to the schedule and loosing all sense of flexibility. A Schedule can be your ruling tyrant or active servant. Over the years I have found that it is important to keep it in the appropriate place of servitude. Sally Clarkson says: "There are many varieties of personalities and possibilities of home organization, Each of us simply has to find the combination of routines that suits our lifestyle and desires." - The Mission of Motherhood.
Home school groups / friends can be another source of danger. At times there can be a sub culture of comparison within many home school groups. Over time I have come to understand that this happens because as home school mothers we feel inadequate. So we constantly compare ourselves and what we are doing with what others are doing.
For many years I did this (and sometimes still do) and the result was constantly changing my home school to look like someone else's. The fruit of this is adding in many excellent ideas that were working for other families and in the end I had so many things I was doing I couldn't possibly do them well. There just were not enough hours in my day to do so. I constantly have to prune in order to do a few things really well rather than a myriad of things at 25% capacity.
- Your personality and those of your spouse and children.
- You spouses schedule and needs
- Learning Styles
- Family needs
- Break times
- Extra curricular classes (children's, yours and your spouse)
- Ages and stages of your children
- Your personal style.
- Why ? What's your motive for that choice?
- Know your purpose.
- Consider all or your priorities.
- What are your goals ?
- Limit and cut back on all fronts because everything takes longer than you will expect.
There are many methods of structuring your day out there. Here are some ideas for you to consider when developing your schedule
On the WWW
- Homeschool Planners & Record Keeping on Pinterest
- Homeschool Planning Know How on Pinterest
- Homeschool - Daily Schedule by Mary Lou
- Sample Schedules on Simply Charlotte Mason
Once you have structured your plan and have embarked upon your new adventure be aware that you will need to make regular small course corrections to stay on track. The winds of time, health, seasons, understanding and interruptions will blow. On occasion the storms of life may blow you off track so it is imperative to take some regular time to course correct and refocus and move forward.
- Bernadette shares I've got Rhythm and wonders if you could ask for anything more?
- Julie has a Highhill Education Daily Schedule and uses spreadsheets to keep organized and help her children become more independent.
- Hwee shares about their Daily Schedule or Lack thereof and talks about their journey from being formally structured home schoolers to find their loosely structured approach.
- Savannah shares Our Daily Schedule including daily life, meal planning, school and all the extras
Title Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles