Creating the Perfect Homeschool Schedule


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Creating the Perfect Homeschool Schedule

Let me fill you in on a little secret. The perfect homeschool schedule doesn’t exist.

How I wish someone would’ve shared that tidbit of wisdom with me during my first 2 1/2 years of homeschooling. I could’ve saved a bit of sanity. I spent so long switching from this schedule to that schedule thinking that it would make all the difference.

But you know what I found?

The exact same results from every attempt.

The problem was that I was trying to take the perfect schedule of someone else and make it my own. Forgetting all the while that I didn’t have their life or their children, so how in the world could their schedule possibly work for me?

It didn’t.

It wasn’t until God revealed to me that there was no one size fits all perfect homeschool schedule, but rather only a personalized schedule {I wouldn’t dare say perfect} that works (most of the time) for our homeschool that I was finally able to begin to enjoy our homeschooling adventure.

Are you wondering how to create a homeschooling schedule that works for your family?

Consider these tips:

  1. PRAY. Give God control over your schedule. Ask Him to reveal to you a plan that will work for your family. Allow Him to adjust {add and take away} as He sees fit. But, then have the obedience to follow through with what He shows you.
  2. Don’t try to mimic the homeschool schedule of your friends. It won’t work.
  3. Determine the needs of your family. Do they work better in the morning or the afternoon? Do you need a rigid schedule or does flexibility work best for you? Do you have little ones who need daily naps? Do you work outside the home and need to work your schedule around that? What does Dad’s work schedule look like? Will that affect your homeschool?
  4. Don’t fall under the misconception that you must have formal school hours Monday through Friday from 9-3. If you force yourself to adhere to this mindset, you’re missing the beauty of homeschooling.
  5. Try a new schedule. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Homeschooling is daily trial and error until you find your groove.
  6. Be flexible. Recognize that the seasons of life are constantly changing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, life happens and you’re back to square one. It’s okay. Try again tomorrow.
  7. Remember there is no such thing as a perfect homeschool schedule. There just isn’t. If someone tells you they’ve found a formula to concoct a perfect, stress-free homeschool day, don’t believe them. Through much prayer, sweat and tears, you’ll find what works for you and it will be glorious. Until then, keep trying. Keep praying. Keep going. You’re doing great, Mom!

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Yes, this! It was such a revelation for me when I realized: (a) we didn’t need to spend NEARLY the amount of time on work than she would actually be “in” school, and (b) we did our best work mid-afternoon. Like you said, the beauty of homeschooling!

    1. Love it! I wish my girls thrived on a mid-afternoon school schedule, but unfortunately it just doesn’t work for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great post! We have 9 years of trial and error under our belts so far and the only thing we have discovered is that setting anything but a very loose schedule is a recipe for disaster around here.

    1. It is so great that you have realized that. So many families don’t understand that a loose schedule can be wonderful! Blessings!

    2. I agree!! The more rigid I get, trying to keep things in order, the worse things get. I get grumpy and impatient, and things fall apart anyways! Soooo glad I’m not alone!!

  3. This is great! I wish someone had shared that with me 2 years ago! Thanks for the reminder, Heather!

  4. I shared this with my readers in the hopes that they will learn this a lot faster than it took me to figure it out! This is a great reminder and also helps me to realize that I’m not the only one!

  5. Totally agree with this! Due to lots of health issues and sleep problems we have just never been able to have an actual schedule. And that’s really okay because it’s what works best for us! (although I have to admit sometimes a little more “normal” routine would be nice:) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sometimes, when someone shares a simple truth to ebrace I feel so relieved I want to cry! THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ You have truly blessed me today! I.can.do.this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. What a blessing this post was. This is my second year of homeschooling and it has been less than normal due to sickness and other issues we’ve had to sort through as a family. Giving grace to our family is truly what we need and not to be on such a rigid schedule. Our lives flo so much better when there is flexibility. I find the most learning happens during the more flexible times. This week I have struggled with the idea that I’m not doing a great job of HSing with such a flexible schedule. But, it’s good to hear that everyday is different and should be!

  8. Love your post. Great ideas and encouragement on setting a schedule!

  9. This is a lesson I learned the hard way. As new homeschoolers it was a struggle to keep to a “school routine” till I realised that the point of us homeschooling was partly because we didn’t like the way schools did things and that we could be flexable.

  10. How great it was when I realized this myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stress was relieved and school days went much smoother. Great post and wonderful reminder!!!

  11. What I’ve found is that when I finally implement what seems like the perfect schedule…a few months pass…and activities change, kids change and I have to try something else! Ebb and flow! LOL

    1. Absolutely. We can’t get too comfortable now can we?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Fabulous post. I’ve always been in search of the perfect schedule. Thank you so much for linking up with What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week.

  13. Thank you for this! I had been working out a schedule for the past few days until yesterday when I tossed my planner into the trash! We will fly by the seat of our pants!…and we will survive!

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