Having a homeschool schedule as a mom is so important. My children range in age from preschool to grown, and each has different needs. As we homeschool, we have a schedule we go by since there are so many kids and one of me. I actually start with my schedule, since I am actually the one with the least flexibility. We do not start school at the same time every day, but we all start school at the same time. I am putting down times to make it easier to follow what we do, but we might start school at 7:00, 8:00, or 9:00. It just depends on the day. I love to have structure, plus flexibility, and this "schedule" gives us that. I try to keep as many of the same subjects together as I can. This is my schedule for the days we are home. I always write out my schedule first each year. I also try to ensure my kids are working on similar subjects at the same time if possible.
4:30-6:00 I get up and start my quiet time.
6:00-6:30 Kids ages 12 and up are ready for the day and start their quiet time.
6:30-7:00 Kids aged 8 and up get up and have their quiet time.
7:00-8:00 We make breakfast and do laundry, dishes, and chores around the house. If the kids finish their chores, they can play outside. I really like to start my day with a clean house.
9:00-9:20 All About Reading second grade - I have everything ready to go, and we spend exactly 20 minutes each day. (My third grader has finished his reading and does his writing and Channie's cursive handwriting.)
9:20-9:35 All About Spelling third grade (complements All About Reading) (seat work second grade, check third-grade writing)
9:35-9:50 All About Spelling second grade (complements All About Reading) (seat work third grade)
9:50-10:10 Bible study for second and third-graders
10:10-11:10 History, literature, art, and science with second and third graders (preschooler sometimes sits in)
11:10-11:25 Sixth grade All About Spelling (complement to All About Reading)
11:25-12:00 lunch prep, switch out laundry, and dishes, continue checking work, available to help older kids as needed.
12:00-1:00 lunch, walk dog 30 minutes
1:00 family circle time (This is our discipleship time. We pray, memorize Scripture, read missionary biographies, work on character traits, read the Bible, read fun books, etc. This time varies based on needs and desires at the time. You can read much more about this time in my book, Training Them Wisely - discipling kids.)
2:00 Preschooler down for a nap and read to him
2:20-4:00 Help older kids with their work, check morning's work, write and record interviews/podcasts