Schedules

Heather - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi all! I am reading a book about scheduling for Christian homeschool families, and I was just wondering how many of you schedule your whole day, just the school day, or not at all? What kind of a format do you use, and do you stick to your schedule, or is it more of a guideline?

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Cheryl - posted on 06/19/2010

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Oh I forgot to mention, I use FlyLady, or did along time ago. I turned off the emails but still use the system. My kids are just old enough to start learning chores but I still pretty much need tobe there still or the kitchen sink is flooded, etc ;-)
Cooking, I tried Once a Month Cooking but now I pretty much do cook once, eat twice. Like if I make meatloaf onenight, we eat one and freeze 2 or 3 for later. I have a monthly schedule that I try to keep to so I'm not always thinking....hmmm what should we have for dinner. SavingDinner.com is also nice. We've done that before.

There are several all in one home planners for homeschoolers out there but at this point, I just use one for school. I keep a generic month calendar posted for cleaning and meals. We don't have tons of extra curricular activites to keep track of so it seems not worth the time to get an all in one planner.

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Zimmersgirl - posted on 06/26/2010

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Heather, I use a version of the "box" system, only using files. I sit down once a month and plan out everything then use file folders to sort it. My work for the month is finished (at least that part of it) and it's nice because I don't have to figure out what's next. If we don't do something one day, we shift it to the next and pick up any slack on the next Saturday or day off. I can give you more information (privately) if you're interested.

The important thing is to find what works in your family. If you try something new, at least give it three weeks so you can know for certain or not. If not, do not stress, pray about it and then move on to something else. That's one of the wonderful things about homeschool, there is no one way to do it! :) We can make it fit our families.

Heather - posted on 06/18/2010

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Thanks Cheryl! I didn't realize that was their website, but it makes since... I'm leaning more towards routine but we are going to try a schedule and see how it goes...

Cheryl - posted on 06/18/2010

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That's their website. The Maxwells rock!!! It was at a conference that Steve finally convinced my husband to turn off the tv!!!

We have a flexible schedule to keep routine. I think as they get older or themore you have, the more structure you'll need. Next fall for us will sort of bend to the newborn's feeding schedule- we'll see how it goes ;-)

Heather - posted on 06/16/2010

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The book I'm reading is Managers of Their Homes (A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families) by Steven and Teri Maxwell. So far it's really good! But I still haven't made a schedule yet (I'm waiting for my curriculum to arrive). They actually referenced Titus2.com.

Gene & Erin - posted on 06/16/2010

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I made a schedule at the beginning of the school year. It has been more of a guideline. We are on a routine, I haven't been real good at sticking to "do this at this exact time" but I'm working on getting better at it. It would help to get more done (school work and house keeping). I don't want it to run my life but I personnally need more structure and to do better at my great "job".
What book are you reading? Have you looked at www.titus2.com. They have books about managing home and homeschool. Thats my next book purchase - but I'm open to other recommendations..

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