Finally Worked it All Out
We seriously want to homeschool the boys – at least through elementary school. I’d be happy if Kaylee would want to be homeschooled, but she doesn’t and since she’s thriving in public high school we don’t see a reason to remove her (although, I did spend several weeks this summer trying to talk her into it – lol).
I’m a busy person. I tend to have several irons in the fire simultaneously. I’m great at multitasking and quite capable of juggling. However, I realize that if I want to homeschool the boys, I need to be able to stop everything around me, end the outside distractions, and just teach. This is my trial year. Scott just turned 5 and we are “Redshirting” him – so we’re going to work with a 4K program. If I can do it full time this year, then we know we’ll be able to continue doing it. If not, then we need look at our other options.
It’s taking completely restructuring my schedule. While I was working all of this out, Gregg and I found out about his new job! (Yay!) That was a HUGE relief for me – what a load of weight off of my normal day just having my mate, my partner, my other part of my “one” home every night — which made me have to rework more things.
Here are the changes to my schedule that really stand out:
- The Homeschool day is now worked into it.
- I no longer have someone coming in to help me clean. For the last several months, I was helping a family who needed the financial assistance. But in a move to be more frugal, I’ve made some household cuts. So, I’ve worked the major housecleaning back into my daily routine. Honestly, that makes me happy. I was not happy letting someone else do it, and so much wasn’t getting done the way I wanted it done. It’s a relief to just have it all back under my own control.
- I am writing two days a week. I have a babysitter coming from 8-2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My blog work will take about 2-3 hours each of those two days, and then remaining 5-6 hours will be spent writing books or marketing my current books. My babysitter is amazing and has about ten years of preschool work under her belt. She will be doing an hour of phonics and reading work with Scott while Johnathan naps.
- I will no longer be volunteering at the soup kitchen – for now. In order to do homeschool, the blog, and writing, I had to give up something. There was absolutely no room in my schedule for it. However, there has been a lot of restructuring there, they have several new cooks, and I am “on call” in case they find themselves in a jam and need a cook temporarily. I am, however, still volunteering weekly for the Glen Eden Youth Center.
- I have WAAAAY less computer time. Computer was the primary source of communication for Gregg and me. By noon most days, he was in his room (8½ hours ahead of us) and we would spend several hours chatting online. That gave me several hours a day to correspond, write, blog, Facebook, Tweet. I am quite happy to be exchanging that time for teaching my boys and will do the bulk of my writing and correspondence on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I finally have all of the kinks worked out of my new schedule, and we started implementing it yesterday. Here is the link to the schedule tab. It may be that Gregg’s job will require some adjustments. I’ll make changes as they become apparent.
It looks a little intimidating at a glance. But, there is a lot of downtime worked into the schedule to accommodate a boy’s need to move and play instead of sit and learn. I’m a schedule girl – if I’m strict and stick to the schedule, it will all go smoothly.
Here is a copy of the schedule –and below it is my new chore chart.
|05:00||Gregg & Hallee – Bible study & prayer time|
|06:00||Exercise / begin daily laundry|
|06:30||Wake boys / family breakfast / read chapter from Proverbs|
|07:00||Gregg leaves / switch out laundry / breakfast dishes / 3 Chores You Should Do Every Morning / Kaylee school prep / Boys television time|
|07:45||Drive Kaylee to school|
|08:00||Homeschool: Phonics, Go for the Code, Reading||Hallee: chores first then blog work and writing time (laundry in between working)
Babysitter works with boys.
|09:00||Boys free play
Hallee daily chores/ laundry/ bread prep
|09:30||Comprehensive curriculum – Answers in Genesis, learning about regional area|
|11:00||Boys free play – OUTSIDE
Hallee bread baking / finishing chores / finishing laundry / computer correspondence
|Boys: free play|
|13:00||Jeb Nap||Scott Math||Jeb Nap||Sitter & Scott:
Go for the Code
|14:00||Scott Computer||Scott free play & Hallee chores|
|15:00||Art / Baking / Music|
|16:00||Kaylee home / Family time / Kaylee Homework / Boys free play|
|17:30||Family Devotion Time|
Hallee/Scott & Jeb: Bible story
|19:30||Scott & Jeb: bath & Kaylee: homemwork|
|20:00||Scott & Jeb: bedtime|
|20:30||Wind down from the day with family time|
|22:00||Gregg & Hallee: bedtime|
And the weekly chore/laundry list:
|Monday||LIVING ROOM & DINING ROOM
|Wednesday||UPSTAIRS HALL & STAIRS
BASEMENT STAIRS/ OFFICE/ CLASSROOM
I am really really looking forward to seeing how this year turns out!
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What a great schedule!! I keep vacillating between the idea that I need one that structured, and the fact that my 3 year-old isn’t that predictable yet. Hmmmm…
I’m curious about “3 Chores You Should do Every Morning” … The linked post doesn’t seem to talk about that?
I fixed that. I somehow put in the wrong link. Sorry about that.
I LOVE schedules! Thank you so much for sharing! I need to be better about my cleaning so I’m hoping your cleaning schedule will help me!
I was ready to take on homeschooling but dh wanted the kids off to public school. So I homeschool until Kindergarten and now he thinks I do it better than the school. :)
I am glad you get to do this and that you have a partner that supports you.
Now I need to write a schedule! :)
Wow! I am truly inspired by your schedule and your drive. In fact you have already influenced me to get back to a more structured routine and I am continuing to work on it. Now, if I could just get my office room and kitchen cupboards in order……..I might just get there.
Did your husband change his mind when he saw you did such a good job?
I took a week extra before starting school so that I could spend every day getting everything organized and in order. I slack off of a strict schedule in the summer and it meant things and dust piled up.
My schedule is insane, so I refuse to write it out. It will make me hyperventilate. haha. It goes something like: 6am wake-up, 6:30 workout, 7:00 breakfast, 8:00 school dropoff, 8:45 work, 5:00 football, 7:15 dinner, 8:00 kid bedtime, 8:15 pack lunches, 9:00 Me bedtime. I shall crash and burn every Saturday afternoon…as soon as we are done with Ben’t 9:00 football games. haha
When I worked, I crashed on Sunday afternoon. Three hour naps easy. Kaylee, thankfully, crashed with me.
When do you do grocery shopping and other errands, Hallee? It seems like I’m always sidetracked because we have to GO OUT….
Gregg enjoys running errands with me. We are going to plan to do that on Saturdays as a family.
I bulk grocery shop (we went to Ft. Knox – about a 2-hour drive – this past week and stocked up about 3-months worth), so there is little errand running there. If something comes up, having him hit Whole Foods on his way home from work for fresh produce or our local farm-fresh milk saves me a 45-minute one-way drive.
When doctor and dentist appointments are scheduled, I always ask for the earliest appointment. That way, my day doesn’t get too far off track, and I have less waiting time in their waiting rooms, because there’s less of a chance of their day getting off track.