One of the biggest battles for many homeschooling families is trying to balance everything. Because there are no definite times when school must be done per someone else’s schedule it is easy to watch your day become a completely jumbled mess with very little productive actually done. In order to help combat this, you need to setup a good schedule for your family so that you can restore order, and ensure that you are getting the best schedule in place possible.
Your first consideration should be the state laws for your area. Many areas have a minimum amount of instruction time that must be followed. This should be taken into account before considering the rest of your schedule so you can be sure you are getting the right result. Additionally, you need to make certain that you are leaving some space for emergencies that might arise, especially since this could throw your schedule completely off track for a while.
After considering the legal requirements, you need to look at the amount of time that you are going to be spending with doctor’s appointments. Families that are quite large will typically spend much more time on this, but even a small family should schedule this in. If you have reoccurring doctor’s appointments for something, such as therapy then it needs to be included in the schedule as well. Make certain that you are again leaving a space for things such as travel when setting up the schedule, rather than planning to do school work up until the moment of the appointment, and forgetting about the hour driving that you might need to do.
Look at extra-curricular activities as well. Things such as dance, music, gymnastics and other sports are all essential to help your child develop their skills but these classes must be accounted for in more ways than just your budget. If you do not make room in your schedule you will quickly discover that your child is missing a lot of very expensive classes and not very happy with you. Schedule these things in as quickly as possible and ensure that your child, or yourself is not overbooked. Remember, even though you are homeschooling you do still need some time to rest and relax yourself, instead of stressing over driving to the next appointment.
Be sure to leave some time in the schedule for the teacher end of things as well. Submitting any required paperwork to your state, grading papers, making copies, and even researching materials should be considered. These things will help you to be more productive during the time that you have set aside for actual schoolwork and will allow you to focus on the task at hand, rather than getting easily distracted.