This school year I have attempted to become more organized. I say attempted because I still have far to go, and many days I fall way short of the goals I have. Trying to stay organized and on schedule is difficult for me, especially with all the interruptions of running a business, and the normal distractions of a 2 year old in the house. 🙂
Awhile back I made us a schedule using the Maxwell’s Managers of their homes book. I scheduled us every 30 minutes, and while it was a good jump start into a better routine, it now sits under my bed, a reminder that a timed schedule does not work for our family.
Routines work much better for us. We have goals of when bedtime and wakeup time is, but I don’t even enforce that strictly. Bedtime is supposed to be 8:30 for the children, but with a husband in college that varies on nights when they need to see their Papa more. A few weeks ago he had not been able to spend much time with them, and kept them up until midnight playing legos on a rare night without homework. I started to protest (it was a school night!), but I kept quiet and they had a blast playing together. Meals are the same way, we like to eat together as a family so we eat later as we wait for Sean to get home from college.
I have schoolwork divided up between things the older boys ( 8 and 10) can do without me, and things we all do together. It depends on our day, but they either do the chunk of work that they can do without me in the morning or in the afternoon.
Schoolwork they do on their own:
- Bible Light Units or Character Studies
- Math (sometimes they need help)
- Grammar (again sometimes they need help)
- Social Studies
- Spelling (I forgot to put this one chart, but he does it daily!)
- Apologia Science (the 10 year old is doing this)
While they work on these subjects I help the Kindergartner do her math and reading, and our preschooler her workbook. I’m extremely happy with using Horizon’s math and preschool books for this age, and the All About Reading is excellent.
Together we do the assignments from Heart of Dakota’s Preparing book.
- History (Reading aloud books and doing assignments)
- Literature (I love that the story books go along the same time period that we are studying)
- Music or Art Appreciation
We choose to use Christian Kids Explore science this year instead of the science that was in Heart of Dakota, and just finished up our book. I wholeheartedly recommend that science curriculum, my boys are still retaining things we studied weeks ago!
I recently made the boys a guide to keep at their desk, reminding them of the schoolwork they have. Most of these books they know they have to just do the next lesson, there is not a lot of lesson planning involved. I refer to this chart when I ask them if they have done all their own work.
My husband made me a weekly checklist that is very helpful also. If they need more accountability than these charts (or if you have a child who just loves to check off the box), then these weekly checklists work great.
The boxes are for Monday-Friday, and they can check off their assignment once it is finished, and bring you the list at the end of the day to see.
You can download this free printable by clicking on the link below!
I’m sure next year I will try something new, but for now this is what works for us! It seems like every school year we get on just a little bit better routine, but we still have far to go. 🙂
I’d love to hear how you assign your children’s schoolwork!