One of my newer favorite books is "Managers of Their Homes" by Terri Maxwell. A gal in our homeschool group posted this book on the board because she wanted to sell it. She really didn't like it and wanted to pass it on. I had read about this book in different catalogs and on different websites and wanted to have it, so I took her up on the offer. The first time I read it, I wasn't too sure about it. Last summer I read it, started over and read it again, and did it again. 3 times in a row, front to back. I guess you could say the idea clicked in my head. So now I have a couple of different household schedules for days, weeks, months, etc.
Here is our daily schedule ~ we try to stick to this
Monday - Friday
I usually get up between 7 & 7:15 and get Greg off to work
Then I make up our bed, do clothes & makeup, read the bible, email, blog if there's time. If I get on the computer before anything else is done, I get hooked for an hour or so. (just being honest!)
7:30-8 Kids get up, make up beds, get dressed, bring down laundry basket if its laundry day
8-8:30 Breakfast, clean out dishwasher, reload, care for dogs
8:30-9 Bible reading, bible drill practice
9-whenever Math. It was 9-10 but they needed longer. Then it was 9-10:30 but with corrections to problems, sometimes it takes longer than that also. So they just do it till they are finished.
Rest of the morning....reading science & history lessons for co-op classes, vocabulary words, reading fun book, grammar, Spanish & typing (if math took a long time, some of these will get pushed off till afternoon)
Noon: we eat lunch and take an hour break from school, we always watch a video or taped show. Lately, we are watching through Season 3 of the Waltons.
Afternoons: finish school work, more reading, crafts, working in garden, playing with dogs, dinner prep, rarely, we will watch another tv show. They also get 30 minutes computer time to "play" a day, so this happens either in the afternoon or at night.
Dinnertime is varied usually between 5:30 & 6
after dinner: clean kitchen, baths, tv time with Dad, etc.
9 is bedtime for the kids
Sunday: Church & Bible Drill, sometimes church "business" or committee meetings
Monday: Laundry Day
Tuesday: afternoon Dance classes
Wed. 1st & 3rd wed. of month ~ quilting classes (usually run errands afterwards)
2nd & 4th Wed. ~ Keepers at home
Thursday: laundry day
Friday: Home Ec Day...the house gets cleaned!
2 Fridays a month: History & Science Co-op classes (I usually grocery shop during the co-op time)
Sat.: am Greg & Donna date time...my favorite day of the week! Sleep a little later, breakfast out, errands to run, and then work on household projects, in the fall we watch alot of football!
School year schedule
beg. of August ~ end of Nov. & beg. of January ~ end of May
We take off the months of December, June & July. If we travel during regular school weeks, the books go with us. This year, they worked extra before & after our week at Disney, no books went on vacation except reading books!
School days are Monday ~ Thursday. Fridays are "No-school" Friday except for co-op days. We are still working and learning together, just not book work. And, you can get through each book, each year, with doing 4 days a week and taking off in December. I've done it for years, we always finish.
Schedules aren't for everybody but it works for us. You won't know, until you try it.