Set Your Own Schedule
With homeschooling comes freedom. You have the freedom to schedule your day however you see fit. However, to set up an effective homeschool schedule, you need to know what your options are. You can teach in the morning and schedule breaks just like a regular school day, or you can teach in the evening and use a different break schedule. There are as many ways to set up your homeschools schedule as there are homeschooling parents. Today, I'm going to give you some information and tips that will make you more efficient at scheduling your homeschool classes.
Know your kid...and yourself
The most important aspect of a homeschool schedule is the needs of the teacher and the children. If the kids are early risers anyway, you may want to start as early as 7 a.m. However, this is a bad plan if the teacher resembles a fire breathing dragon until her third cup of coffee hits. You have to consider the best times for all involved. If the kids are bleary eyed and can't stay awake when your roust them at 6:30 a.m, then start a little later. If you find that it's easier to run errands in the morning and teach after lunch, that's fine too. If you and your kids are night owls, start teaching at 8 p.m. and let them sleep until 9 in the morning. You have the ability to do whatever you need with your homeschool schedule.
You don't have to keep the same schedule every week...or even every day of the same week
Another great aspect of homeschooling is that you can customize your schedule to accomodate special occasions. An effective homeschool schedule encompasses outside learning events as well as those in the home. Watch homeschooling email groups and websites for upcoming events i your area. For example, the zoo here in the Dallas area, has a special day devoted to homechoolers every year. They allow the kids to get up close with some of the animals and take part in special activities. Keep track of events like this in a computer document or an old-fashioned calendar. At the beginning of each month or week, look at the stuff that's coming up and what you want to teach and change your homeschool schedule accordingly. You can work special trips to museums, parks and other venues into your homeschool schedule with a small amount of foresight and planning.
Cooperate with Co-ops
Most areas offer the chance for your child to learn certain subjects in a small classroom setting. This is ideal for subjects that you know nothing about. For example, if your knowledge of Spanish is limited to the Taco Bell menu, but you want your kids to be fluent, then you can enroll them in a local class once or twice a week. There are a wide variety of these co-ops so check with your local homeschool Yahoo groups and other organizations to see what might fit your family.
Your homeschool schedule is so flexible that you can even split up what subjects you teach on different days. For example, you can do Math three days a week, and history only once if that's what works best for your kid.
The ability to keep a flexible homeschool schedule is one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling. You just need to be sure you take advantage of every opportunity that may benefit your child.
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