Summer 2017 Homeschool Routine

I check my “stats” and referrals often. I noticed someone came to my blog via a link from this post: “10 Unique Homeschool Schedules.” I think it is quite funny that she mentions 1 on 1 time with each child. Ah, how great that would be. I don’t even know that I ever did that schedule or all that one on one time completely. She also mentions the 3 separate recess times. Ha ha! Mostly here, in reality, it feels to me like it is recess for the kids all day every day (year round), with a little bit of academics sprinkled in when I can get to reminding them, which means I have to be at the top of my game. 

This is my current aim (to one day maybe do this routine. The evenings, though, really are as outlined. Ballgames. Activities. SO BUSY!!! I just got back from cub scout Pack meeting. Before that, I took my daughter to drop of her stuff for camping for Youth Conference. Before that, I took her to visit an old friend. Before that, I took her to take the computer test at the drivr’s licence division, but we did not have all the paperwork required, so we will have to go back again next week. 

Anyway, here below is the routine I typed up. I have not gotten to the teaching the boys to read or the math, spelling workout or handwriting all summer so far, but I am sure one day, this will happen. It won’t be next week, though, as we have a summer camp to go to (about which we are all indeed very 😊 excited)! Since it is summer and we have camps, vacations reunions and the like all summer, we will get to the academics only when we don’t have something else going.

Summer Homeschool 2017 Routine now (times are just guidelines)

While Dad is at work

  • 7:30 Breakfast, Plan, read scriptures
  • Mom Showers, gets ready, Mom cleans her own room, plans and rests
  • Yard and garden work and outside play time
  • Rest, drink water, snack
  • Clean living room, dining room and kitchen together, about 20 min.
  • Clean Homeschool room together, about 5 min.
  • Devotional
  • 11:30-12:00 Lunch and clean-up
  • S. and C. Spelling Workout, A. studies for driver’s test, F. Handwriting Without Tears, Mom reads to W.
  • Mom teaches H. reading, A., F., C. and S. do Math
  • Mom teaches F. reading, older kids read to themselves
  • Personal Progress, Duty to God, Scripture Reading, Faith in God for Boys
  • 3:00 Housework chores as assigned
  • Piano Practice A.
  • Piano Practice C.

After Dad is home (evening)

  • 4:15 mom and dad talk
  • Clean Dining Room, Kitchen
  • Meal Preparation
  • Speedy Dinner (not by choice but because we have no choice)
  • 5-8 p.m. Softball, T-ball, Baseball, Church Activities, or Date
  • 8:00 Yard and garden work, pajamas, brush teeth
  • 9:00 Scriptures, potty, kids go to bed
  • 10:00 parents go to bed

“Homeschool Dailies”

Some days we are just like Unschoolers and we have unschool days, where some kid work on art and some learn science. They learn, but they learn what they want to learn. Some days, I teach a formal lesson to all of the family at once. Some days, we watch DVD lessons taught by amazing teachers so I can rest and let someone else teach.

A great many of the days, the kids ask me what they should do for homeschool, and I give each individual a list, which is generally the same for that child, every time we do this kind of a day. 

“Homeschool Dailies”

It is such a tradition and has lasted so long (most things don’t) that today I decided to make it official. This morning I made a list for each child called “Homeschool Dailies,” which is this list of things that I generally assign them every time we have a day when I want them to just do those repeated things I usually list for them. These are things which I think they are used to doing, don’t generally give me any complaints about (because they most generally have agreed that they like them and are o.k. with doing them for learning). These are also things I ask them to do because I have decided for them to do them based on:

  • What their interests are
  • What their weeknesses are for a well-rounded general education
  • The level at which they are understanding and learning
  • The areas which I think their focus needs to be on, or is naturally on at this time
  • Curricula or methods which work best for that child.
  • Curricula or methods I like because they are awesome (the montessori method, for example)
  • Which subjects our family needs the most focus and improvement on

I posted these lists in the homeschool room and will explain them to the kids one at a time to make sure each child understands. It is really a routine that works for us but which is now more official because it is written down and even has a large caption.

I must make it very clear that they will only be doing the “Homeschool Dailies” on days when say, “Today, I want you to do your Homeschool Dailies.” That will not be every day.

For the older and middle kids, “HomeSchool Dailies” are a list of things they can do for homeschool on their own in their textbooks, workbooks and with computer software we have. The list for the oldest will take about 3 hours. The list for the middle children will take about 2 hours.

For the younger kids, “Homeschool Dailies” are a list of things I generally have to do with them because they need a guide and someone who can teach, right by their side. It is an eclectic mix with the majority being Montessori reading and writing. It will take me 1.5 to 2 hours to do that with each child, totalling 3 to 4 hours for me.

New Homeschool Routine For January 2015!


Jeff said, “They only get 10 minutes of one on one time per day?” I said, “That is not all of the one on one time they get in a day. When they need help with Life School workbook, math, or discover the scriptures, they get one on one, but that is usually 2 minutes for this one, then 2 for that one, when they say, ‘I need help’ or when I check their work.”

Lest any forget, they get a ratio of 6 kids to one teacher (mom) all day long. That’s better than 25 kids to one teacher! When they have a question, it gets answered. Everyone’s every question gets answered almost every time. When they need help with their work, they wait in line behind one or two siblings for a couple minutes per sibling, then they get their one on one attention and help.

That is not even to mention that my 2nd grader can get help from my 5th grader or from my 7th grader if I am momentarily busy. My 5th grade son can get help from his 7th grade sister. Sometimes, my 7th grader can get help from my 5th grader (especially in Science, but, sometimes, he remembers some math things better than she does, and he reminds her). My kindergarten sin can learn how to read from 3 older siblings, when they read aloud to him. My 7th grade daughter makes teaching preschool and kindergarten one of her free time hobbies, which is wonderful and very helpful! She even uses the standards I have written up and in a book for each individual child, and asks me about teaching methods. I love that she is so willing to help in that way!

In case you are wondering, Life School teaches all subjects except dance and math, I believe. DTS is Discover the Scriptures,

I am excited for this, so I hope this works!

Peace out!