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What You Need to Know About Creating Your Homeschooling Schedule

What You Need To Know About Creating Your Homeschooling Schedule
What You Need to Know About Creating Your Homeschooling Schedule

Welcome back to our Getting Started with Homeschooling series!  If you are just joining us for the first time, you might want to take a look at How to homeschool and where to start.  Today, we’re going to talk about how you go about creating your homeschooling schedule.  

Did you know that not everyone runs on a 5 day school week?  There really are a lot of options, but we’re going to look at the benefits to planning the two most common schedules: a 4 day week vs. a 5 day week.


Feeling Like Homeschool Should be School at Home


For some people, especially if you are switching from school to homeschool, you can feel like you need to replicate school at home.  And for some children and some families, this works well!  If this fits for your family, don’t feel like you need to change it.  Because ultimately, our goal is to find a method of homeschooling that works for our family.  

However, for some families, having  a 5 day a week school schedule doesn’t work.  I had never heard of a planned 4 day a week schedule until I started looking into Sonlight – a Christian literature based curriculum.

With limitless options, it can be hard to even know where to start…


Creating Your Homeschooling Schedule


The thing to remember when creating your homeschooling schedule is that there is no right or wrong.  It’s easy to look around at others and see what they are doing.  We might even try to replicate their schedule in our home.  However, if it isn’t working for you, it’s okay.  

Sometimes it takes a while to find the right fit for your family.  And even when you do find a good fit, it might with the ages and stages of your kids, or an addition to the family.  It can also change as your kids educational styles and needs change.  So don’t be afraid to try new ways, and explore other options, until you find what is right for YOU!


Choosing a 4 Day a Week School Schedule


So why would someone choose a 4 day a week school schedule?  There are many reasons why this might work for your family: 

  • -the homeschooling parent may work outside the home
  • -dad (or the non homeschooling parent) might have varying days off
  • -you could be very involved in extracurricular activities
  • -some people like to have the 5th day as a fun school or field trip day
  • -people who school year round can cover the same amount of material in only 4 days per week
  • -the extra day can be used as a buffer or catch up day for school


Other moms are doing it…


Amy, from Raising Arrows, is a Christian homeschooling mama to 8 children.  She has some wonderful posts about how her family uses a 4 day homeschool week and why they have chosen to do so.  You can read more about it in Is a 4 day homeschool schedule right for you family and also How we implement a 4 day a week homeschool schedule.

Tauna, from Proverbial Homemaker, is a Christian homeschooling mama to 5 children and she also runs on a 4 day school week.  They are also unconventional because they school from Tuesday to Saturday (with Saturday being an alternative school day).  This works for them because her husbands days off are Sunday and Monday.  You can read more about Tauna’s 4 day a week schedule here {Our Year Round 4 Day Homeschooling Schedule} where she goes into great detail about how she plans out her school days and year.

Another Christian homeschooling mom to 5 kids is Jamie from The Unlikely Homeschool.  She also runs on a 4 day a week homeschool schedule.  She has a fabulous post with a video talking about how and why this works for her family.  Check it out here {Why and How to Implement a 4 Day Homeschool Schedule}

Finally, Sara, the homeschooling mom from Classically Homeschooling, also runs on a 4 day school week.  She chose to take her curriculum choices (which are often based on a 5 day school week) and make them fit into a 4 day school week.  You can read about how she does this in her post Pros and Cons of a 4 Day Week.


NOT choosing a 4 Day a Week School Schedule


Although there are many ways to make a 4 day a week schedule work, and there are many benefits to doing so, it doesn’t work for everyone.  So what other options do you have when creating your homeschooling schedule?

With my oldest son, T, we went through a period where we did a 4 day a week schedule and we saved Fridays for field trips, fun projects, or playdates.  I loved this schedule.  It felt less intense somehow and he always had something to look forward to.  It was very motivating for him for a long time.  Then it stopped working.  And we went back to a 5 day a week schedule so that we could have a reduced work load each day.


Pros to Having a 5 Day a Week Schedule


Just as there are pros to having a 4 day a week schedule, there are also benefits to having a 5 day a week schedule.  

  • -consistency every day of the week for those who need predictable daily routines
  • -lighter work load possibility when spread over 4 vs. 5 days
  • -days align with a “regular” work or school week
  • -many curriculums are based on a 5 day school week
  • -more days to cover non-core subjects
  • -covering more material so you can take the summer off if you wish

What we do…


We are currently running on a 5 day a week schedule.  There are 2 major reasons for this right now.  We are still running with what worked when T was still homeschooling with us.  And second, Izzy took a couple of classes with the local homeschooling group last semester and it wreaked havoc on our daily routines so we are trying to establish our new normal again.

For my children, they do better with a very predictable and consistent routine to our days.  I also have 2 under 2 at the moment and they keep us pretty busy.  I like the ability to have more flexibility in each day by using the 5 days a week.  Keeping our week days structured also helps me to get everything done in the house and for school (sometimes) and not get too distracted.

We don’t use a lot of curriculum these days so I don’t have to worry about matching up my days there.  We actually are using a looping system for our homeschooling and I’ll talk more about that in one of the upcoming posts in our Getting Started with Homeschooling Series.

So we’ve talked about 4 and 5 day schedules for planning when and how we’ll homeschool.  Another thing to consider is if you want to have a set daily schedule (based on time blocks) or a daily routine (based on a flow of events).  Take a peek at what we chose to do in Why I burned my daily homeschool schedule!! and how we do it! {Why I burned my daily homeschool schedule! (Part 2)}

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I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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