Taming the Chaos ~ Schedule Variations

With the New Year approaching, I’ve been contemplating changing around our school-day-schedule yet again.  It seems in a growing family, needs are always changing, and we tweak and flex to keep everything flowing.

I’ve been toying with the idea of working more intently with the older children on their independent work on alternating days, and having each child use their “in between” days be for independent follow-through.   My hope is that it will improve their focus—and my own! 

What fun it was to read Jimmie’s blog and see that she’s implementing something along a similar vein.

Like her daughter, Sprite, I’ve found my children don’t focus in little bits at a time here and there.  (My girls never did operate this way, they’ve always liked time to immerse themselves, and not just dabble.  My little boys seem better suited for shorter lessons—at least in these early years.)  

Head over to Jimmie’s post, then come back and chime in!  What do you think of her idea?  Have you ever tried alternating subjects (or, as I might do, alternating students)?

The beauty of homeschooling is that it can be customized and optimized to best suit the individual child and family.  How is your schedule uniquely suited to the needs in your  home?

(This article is cross-posted from my Taming The Chaos column on the HSB Company Blog)


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