I’ve confessed before my love of planning and scheduling, and learning how to properly schedule our homeschooling week has been a big help for me this year.
I use a small, weekly planner to keep track of appointments, lessons, classes, and other commitments for the week. I know there are more technologically-advanced ways to keep track of this, but I still like my pen and paper!
Over the weekend, I check the week ahead and note what days we will be out of the house. I attempt to corral all of our errands and outings onto the same days so that we have one or two days each week when we will be at home all day.
For example, last week we were very busy Tuesday through Thursday. We had time to get our schooling basics done in the mornings, but our afternoons involved appointments, errands, and a visit from friends. Therefore, I was careful to keep Friday open. We didn’t have to leave the house all day, so were able to devote a good amount of time to school work, piano practice, and getting caught up on projects.
This is not only good for the girls, but for me as well! It allows me to stay on track with laundry and other household chores so that I can be more flexible on the weekends.
Do you specifically plan for time at home or do you prefer getting out of the house most days?