Home school planning and schedules: Get your work done! + Be creative

I am a planner.  I like to know what is coming for the day and the week.  I like advanced planning and scheduling. Maybe you know someone that “unschools.”   Basically, they have just pulled their kids out of an organized school and are letting the kids run the show. They play, they help mommy make bread, they go to a museum, cut coupons, go shopping and lay around the house.  I do not like that kind of home school although a few days off may be needed sometimes.  I was a lot more like a drill sergeant!

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GET YOUR WORK DONE! Hurry! We have to get this place cleaned up. Your dad will be home in a half hour.  Hurry up!

I had an urgency to get the work done because I knew my husband would expect the kids to be done by the time he got home.  And anyway, who wants to do school work for 10 hours a day??  Not me!  I wanted to be done by 5 pm or earlier.

3 rules for our home school day

By changing some rewards and punishments, we were able to get school done by 5 pm every day.  Advanced planning and scheduling are also skills that your children need.  They need to learn how to manage their time for studying, reading, home work and chores even though they are always home.

Find a Schedule That Works for Your Family

Our new schedule didn’t free me up much, but it allowed me to get to meal prep for dinner. Our new 3 rules were:    1) Four subjects had to be done by lunch, 2) One of those subjects had to be math, 3) All school must be done by 5 pm.

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We want our children to be the leaders for the next generation. Our children had to get all their work done every day and maybe do a little extra so that when we needed the flexibility, we had some work done ahead.

So we pushed and pulled and coached and mentored and fumed and fussed them through each class.  When one of my daughters was taking Physics, I would watch the BJU Press class with her.  I did not always know exactly what the teacher was talking about, but I did have good short term memory so that I could repeat what the teacher said when my daughter was working through the problems later.

HOWEVER, the beauty of home schooling is that you can also be creative and pursue an area of study just because you want to!

These Chemistry Cookies are frosted and decorated to look like the periodic table from chemistry class. This is some great home school creativity.

The above cookies are definitely creative.  They are decorated in colors and with the correct symbols for the periodic table for chemistry.  Thanks, Denise for sharing your daughter’s project with us. She did a great job!

In New York the regulations that govern non-public education also cover home schooled students.  Although some parents do not appreciate the regulations, we are protected by them.  And even though I moaned and groaned about doing quarterly reports for my children, I discovered on more than one occasion that a child of mine had not been honest about the amount of school work that was getting done!

To Teach Honesty, Check Their Work

That was my fault, too. As the parent, I should have been checking behind them more regularly. Advanced planning and scheduling also need to include regular checks of our children’s work.  It will keep us and them on schedule.

My children enjoyed martial arts.

Two students are sparring in the Mountain Martial Arts Studio in Stamford, New York. It was so nice that we could pursue a variety of activities when we were home schooling.

Whatever schedule you choose for your home schooling, may I please encourage you to aim for excellence. It is a lot of responsibility to teach your children, but you can do it and do a great job.  You will not be your child’s best friend during your home school days.  You may feel like you are always the “meanie,” which you will be.

Who is Mrs. Nesbit?

I found out that my children used to call me Mrs. Nesbit.   She was their version the tyrant orphanage manager Miss Hannigan in Annie. Eek! However difficult it is now to keep your children on task, I can assure you will be bursting with happiness when you see your children succeeding later in life.  And finally– when you have adult children, then you can be their friend and it is wonderful.

If you need a quick breakfast/brunch idea you might enjoy our family’s Most Delicious Pancakes Ever Recipe or Spamcakes.

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