The Perfect Schedule.
A bit of a lofty goal, don’t you think?
Even thought I know the “ideal day” is elusive, I still long for it! I am SO looking forward to starting homeschool in the fall. We may even start this summer. But, I know that a big contributing factor to our success (or failure) will center around our schedule.
For the longest time, I have avoided a structure at home. It has been a defense mechanism. I CRAVE structure, but with kids there are oh-so-many wild cards and interruptions. Early on in my scheduling efforts I ended up incredibly frustrated when things did not turn out as planned. So, I stopped planning. I would have an idea of what I wanted to do that day, but I tried not to expect too much.
In many ways this has been a good thing. However, (almost six years later) with three kids and homeschooling on the horizon, I don’t think this everyday spontaneity is going to be an option.
To start out in my quest for the perfect schedule, I wrote out what my current days tend to look like. Meals, nap times, parent pick-up, etc tend to be at the same time each day. The most structured time is my mornings. I am up about the same time every day, and I usually have a good chunk of uninterrupted time, which means I am able to CONTROL how my time is spent. The rest of my day, not so much!
I also took a look at some great schedules by some seasoned homeschooling mommas, most of which were modeled after the Managers of Their Homes. But as I tried to use this method I realized that I am not ready for this quite yet. I think it will be extremely helpful in the fall, but I want to first find a basic flow for the day, before I figure out the exact details of who is where.
So, I just started to brainstorm, dream…what would my ideal day with the kids look like?
After jotting down this mess of a schedule, I decided to section the day into chunks. My hopes is that this will have some natural re-booting effects for the days that aren’t going so smoothly!
- Morning Routine 5:30-8:30
- Start laundry
- Short workout
- Time with the Lord
- Bible Study
- Hiding Philippians in My Heart
- Family Devo
- Clean up
- Step 1,2,3 (Get dressed, make bed, brush teeth)
- Orr School 8:30-11:30
- (Details will depend on what curriculum we end up with, but I do hope to have most of our school done before lunch.)
- Afternoon Fun 11:30-2:30
- Structured Free Time 2:30-5:30
- Evening Routine 5:30-7:30
- Step 1,2,3 (Pick up toys and shoes, brush teeth, jammies)
- Family Worship
The Perfect Schedule is not going to be easily found yet, I do think this will be a good backbone to our days!
Do you have any suggestions for me? Am I missing any big things?!