Effective Homeschool Schedules: Eight Things to Consider

With Free Printable Schedules for Homeschooling Parents

McGraw Hill
Mar 23 · 8 min read

By Melody Johnson, Curriculum Developer and Writer from Georgia

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Homeschooling is one of the best experiences a parent and child can have. To start homeschooling on a positive note, having a schedule in place is crucial.

For many parents, homeschooling has become a new reality, and many likely feel like they’re in the weeds. To help with this transition, I have placed together a nifty system for you so your child can learn efficiently. Just keep reading!

Before the schedule…

1) Establish the Activities That You and Your Child Want to Do During the Day

When they create the schedule with you, they are more likely to do it. Giving that sense of choice allows them to feel comfortable and happy.

Prep time was always a week in advance when I homeschooled and taught. It helped me to prepare and pull materials for my children with the choices we all made.

2) Explain to Your Child Why They Need a Schedule

3) Develop Expectations for When These Activities Will Take Place

4) Be Consistent

Once the system is in place, and you’ve explained to your child what is expected every day at each time, be consistent. Make sure to follow the schedule every day. Explain the plan the night before and the morning of the activities for the day during breakfast.

It is only through practice that they will be consistent every single day at that time with that activity. This is going to help your child build critical skills such as being more organized and preparing them for working independently.

Eventually, they will know what happens next and prepare for it.

5) Give Accountability

If your child understands that they are supposed to be doing an academic activity, but they require a break, then work that break into the schedule so they know when they should take breaks.

If boundaries are not established early on, then your child will have a difficult time getting back on track and being able to focus on academics.

You can do this with children that are as young as preschool. I’ve done it with all three of my children. Accountability will ultimately help your child to know that the responsibilities that they have come with expectations.

When creating the schedule….

6) Maximize the Schedule

The schedule is not just for you. It serves as a visual reminder for your child. If they don’t know what is coming next, they will likely refer to the schedule if they are not sure. If they do ask you and can verbalize a bit, simply tell them that they can look at the calendar pictures.

You can ask, “What activity did we just complete? What comes next? Let’s look at the pictures!”

When your child is done with an activity, have them use the dry erase marker by checking off the box or “X” the box. Giving your child the sense of completion will have them asking, “Okay, what is next?” Then they will anticipate another activity.

7) Time Out the Schedule

8) Make Room for Exceptions

The schedules that we have included are to the hour, including both pictures and no pictures. There are also blank schedules where you can fill in the time yourself to accommodate the need of you and your children.

Summary

See below for free schedules that you can print them out and fill it out with your child.

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Melody Johnson is a curriculum developer, educator, and creator, writer, lover of coffee hot or cold, reading, writing, and baking. She is a proclaimed supermom, combustible content creator, and aspiring future pet lover of two Sphinx cats or hermit crabs, old or young! Born a New Yorker, but living and loving the Southern life in Georgia, she is married, with three amazing kids.

She is the creator of Positive Masterminds. Positive Thinking Podcast

Connect with her on Facebook at Positive Masterminds, Twitter, and Instagram @4Positivethinking.

Sign up for her newsletter for more tips on reading and connect on Instagram @4Kids2Read!

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