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
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Our Summer Routine

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This is our summer poster chart, which we use as our routine. The rounded squares are pointed out whenever the kids ask for a privilege. The rectangle ones ar pointed out when the kids have done the rounded square items before that rectangle, to remind them what privileges they have earned.
The rectangles are not required. They are optional. Sometimes my kids just do their rounded square items, and go for a privilege in the bottom right rectangle. Lately, they have been earning free time and more open privileges, early in the day, or at least by 2 p.m.

Some days, like today, the kids do not ask for privileges, so they just play and mess up the house all day. Days like this usually get on my nerves, especially if the house is so messy that we cannot find a clean dish to use or a clean spot on the counter on which to prepare a meal. Today, I am too sleepy and worried about increasing my baby’s weight, to be able to throw any mental, emotional or physical energy at the housekeeping issues.

I am grateful for weekends when we are free to clean, which, of late, are few and far between. I am glad that my husband gets them to work when he is here. I am glad that my husband and I can get lots done on weekends.
This chart is working quite well. I do not know why, but it is.