Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A new school year a new schedule

It is that time of year.  Time to get ready for school.  We start tomorrow and I am nervous as always.  We have been homeschooling for 9 years now.  WOW,  how did that number get to be so big.  It goes so fast.

This year I will have 6 children in school and 2 preschoolers.  We have grades K-5, 2nd, 2 children in 4th, 7th, and 8th this year.  That is alot to schedule and keep track of.  One thing about where we live is they are very easy on homeschoolers.  So that helps but at the same time it can lead to lazy homeschooling.

A year ago I bought this book to help with the scheduling

If you have never read it I highly recommend that you do.  I had read everything I could on getting a schedule up and running and this is the first thing that helped.  They walk you through the entire process in such a unique manner and the forms that come with it are amazing


As you can see each person has a different color and the papers are stuck on with sticky tack.  That makes it easy to move around what needs to be scheduled until you get it just right.  And also makes it easy to revamp it all once you start to implement it.  Then once it is tweaked just the way you like it you can make it permanent by using the wonderful colored sharpies.


I found you can pick colors and buy them in bulk at places like Staples and Office Max.  Then you just get a piece of poster board,  draw your grid and then go through and fill in what is on each of the papers in the grid.  Each child can see his schedule quickly because he is looking for his color!!

This makes our life so much easier and orderly.

God did tells us to do all things decently and in order.

What do you do to follow that injunction?



3 comments:

The Real Me! said...

I bought that, read it, still have it but it overwhelms me so there it sits. Maybe I need a tutorial. LOL!

Have a glorious day my friend.
Kim

chili pepper said...

I am a naturally organized person. I love to read up on homeschooling and organizing and such. A few years ago, several people were telling me how the Maxwells helped them put their family in order and how great their book was so I picked up a copy online... and none too cheap, either. I took it on vacation and read it. Then I sold it on eBay. I did not care for it at all! It was far too structured and scheduled for our family and our school. I prefer to keep a routine rather than a schedule. A schedule just puts me over the edge when we can't stick to it... which is almost never when you have 8 kids... I am glad to hear that it is helpful to some moms out there.

We have been home schooling for more than 15 years, still that first day is so exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Why is that?

Wishing you the best with your new school year,

Kat

Mrs.B said...

Kim~I may just have to tackle that tutorial

Kat~Homeschooling is so fun but nerve racking at the same time.

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