Scheduling Our School Days {And a FREE printable!} |

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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)
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar (again sometimes they need help)
  • Social Studies
  • Spellingย (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.ย 

  • History (Reading aloud books and doing assignments)
  • Poetry
  • 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.

A guide to help my older school age children know what assignments to do |


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.

Weekly Checklist for schoolwork. Free printable download! |


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!ย 


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear how you assign your children’s schoolwork!ย 

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7 Comments on Scheduling our School Days { And a Free Printable!}

  1. We just recently got accordion folders (on sale for $1!!! at target) and I put their daily independent school work in there. I have five kids, but only 1.5 in school. ๐Ÿ™‚ My 9 year old is in 4th grade and my 5 year old is sorta in kindergarten. My other three are 3,2,&5 months, so we are taking it slow with the kindergarten thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m loving the accordion file things! Each Friday or Saturday I look over the weeks completed school work, mark anything that needs to be worked on more or talked about, them fill up the files with next weeks work. My kids love it too! Big bonus. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love using a list for daily homeschool work, although it takes a lot to make sure my son isn’t distracted. But it works, they know what to expect everyday. What are you using for independent work in Character Studies? I’ve been looking all over for Character work that is independent. Thanks!

  3. Never underestimate the power of the checklist! I think giving children a list of their tasks and allowing them to check off when finished not only keeps them motivated and on task, but teaches them responsibility and diligence.

  4. We ended up going to not quite a MOH schedule, but one in blocks. While most of my family (most especially ME) would prefer a little more free form day, we were blessed with a child for whom a predictable series of events is necessary to maintain peace. Our sweet Phineas has multiple challenges, and fitting in his home therapies AND helping him know what to expect trumps my free spirit ways in this season. I do find that we get more done this way, and have no doubt that this is God’s best for our family. But I’d love a leisurely morning every now and again. Lol!

  5. Great post, Caroline!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love, love, love that I see dedication and planning and executionโ€ฆ WITHOUT THE โ€œADHERE TO THE SCHEDULE OR WE DIEโ€ mentality ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ lol These are great tips for the currently-single-yet-aspiring-to-one-day-be-a-homeschool-mommy girl! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I was SO one of those checklist kids. Pft. Still AM lol

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