The traditional way of homeschool looks a bit like: wake up, eat breakfast, do chores, and then sit down to homeschool from 9-12:30. If your kids are old enough to concentrate for an extended period of time, feel free to knock it all out in the morning and have the afternoon for play dates, volunteer opportunities, and even part time jobs. You can also play all morning and knock out "school" in the afternoon. We know of a mom who works during the day and comes home in the evening to homeschool her children. Your schedule can truly be whatever you need it to be! You are the expert on your children, your family dynamic, and what you want family life to look like. The sky is the limit!
The scattered schedule works best with young kids with short attention spans. For example, my third grader, first grader and pre-k child will wake up, have breakfast. We get straight into the calendar, the pledge of allegiance, and then we use a 30 minute sand timer while we work strictly on math. Then we are off to play at the park or go to the gym and see friends. After lunch we experience some down time and that is perfect for getting our writing assignments done. We also read a few books and watch some history/science videos. It takes about 1.5 hours in the afternoon. Collectively we spend about 2 hours in workbooks a day and spend more time reading at night. This schedule is perfect for my family and I love the flexibility our schedule offers! I love it so much I actually maintain it year-round!
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