How to Organize a Homeschool Day

Having a well-thought-out plan for your homeschool day is imperative to having a peaceful home and homeschool. Finding a schedule and plan that works for your family doesn’t have to be difficult! Join Ashley Nielsen, a Vice President at The Good and the Beautiful as she explores a few simple principles and steps that are sure to help every single homeschool family with their homeschool schedules. To watch more helpful videos like this one, subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have so much to share with you that we hope will encourage and bless your families!

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  • Barbara

    Though our homeschooling journey is just starting, this is something my husband and I have been praying and fasting over. We want this to succeed and all parties involved to be happy through the process.

    We have finally come up with something that we feel at peace about. We realize that this is what rings for our family. My brother and mothers homeschooling day looks completely different then what we came up with and we also know we will hear some opinions from my husband’s family who are stanch public schoolers… But that’s okay.

    We will school all year round, we both feel at peace with this and then we will take vacation at the same time my husband does… And if time is needed for life, like new baby, weddings, baptism, more time off for Christmas, etc. It will give us flexibility while still aloting an expectation that allows for us to see to our school year completed.

    Our day starts at a specific time with scriptures and prayer… Daddy goes to work and the rest of us sit down to a light breakfast and religious study. After that we switch to a check mark system… Some of my kids are morning people, some are night owls… So they can choose how they structure their day for the most part and as long as their stewardship is completed everyday, when they choose to do chores and school is up to them… But it has to come before free time

    We all take a break for lunch and 2 hours of quiet time. These happen at a set time… Older kids can read, craft, or some other quiet activity while the younger kids nap, and my brain can relax a little. Half time I guess you can say…

    When they wake its a family class then back to the check list, or if finished, free time until dinner… Dinner is a solid set time as well as a family class after. After that, free time till bed or finish up your list.

    Day 1 and 4 has LA, Math, and Science ( family class), f. Language ( family class), religious study ( family class), reading and their choice of elective

    Day 2 and 5 is LA, Math, History (family class), f. Language (family class), religious studies (family class) reading, and elective of choice

    day 3 is F. language ( family class), health ( family class), humanities (family class), handwriting, and homemaking ( family class 2 month)

    Its about 4 hrs a day of core stuff, with the average aloted time between 30-45 min for individual stuff and 30 or 60 min for family class.
    Electives can be PE ( 3hrs a week at least), music, arts and crafts , writing, more reading, hobbies, etc… But all core stuff must be completed

    Day 6 or daddy’s day off is cooking, two week evaluations parents/ child , and outing/ field trips.

    Seems complicated in writing but on the white board its neat and flows well thus far…

    I hope that everybody finds what works for them… I guess you can just say we use a hybrid of everything you discussed.

  • michael

    Would it be okay if we did a lesson every day of language arts? Or should I try to spread out each level over the course of a year so my child’s attention span/maturity can match the level?

    • The Good and the Beautiful

      We suggest four lessons per week to finish the course in one school year but we highly encourage families to adapt the courses and curriculum to their own child. If your child is ready to complete more work, there should not be any problem with them working at a faster pace. We hope you love the courses!

  • sara

    What a great video – so very helpful!! I am eager to design my own daily routine – or at least try a few with my children and see what works best for us. Thank you again for all the helpful suggestions!

  • We start each new school year in January. This gives me relief if we take too much time off. I take all subjects and divide them up by 12 months. This gives me a final goal we must complete by.

    For example, if language arts has 120 lesson, that’s 10 lessons a month. Therefore January we have to complete lesson 10. And by the last day of February we have to complete lesson 20. We are usually far ahead most of the year. When we get ahead, that gives us time to take off. I rarely have to say no to an unexpected play date or field trip.

    We struggle with morning routines and start time. We have no real schedule since covid. Bedtimes and wake times vary to extremes. After watching the video, I am Going to try to make 10am our start time. I’m thinking read aloud time with a cup of coffee. Follow with Math and language arts. Next will be the independent work, typing, handwriting, reading. I’d like to save history and science for evenings. Maybe just after dinner. Follow up with our night time routine. This will ensure we get plenty of day time for the pool, outings, or just chill out time.

  • Tara

    Thank you for your response. Since my last email, I have received my order. There are a few mistakes. How do I go about fixing the mix up, also a few books were missing, but highlighted on the order form, does this meaning it’s on bavk order? Nothing was explained.

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your purchase, Tara! Please contact our customer support team for your specific order information at [email protected]. They will be happy to help you with your inquiry.