Sample Homeschool Schedules

Looking for sample homeschool schedules? Keep reading!

Scheduling your homeschool day may seem overwhelming at first, so seeing examples of other families’ schedules can help! In the video and blog post below, we share four common types of schedules, each from real families using The Good and the Beautiful curriculum in their homeschools. 

Download sample homeschool schedules in our free printable!

Keep reading to learn more about the various types of school schedules and find one that may work in your homeschool.

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Traditional Block Schedule

The traditional block schedule is best for teaching specific subjects at specific times. This example shows how a family with four school-aged children has scheduled their days. 

  • Block scheduling works great for families who thrive when life is more structured. 
  • When one or both of the homeschooling parents work, scheduling schoolwork at specific times can ease stress and keep everyone accountable. 
  • Some children feel more comfortable when they know exactly what is happening each day. This schedule brings peace to children who like routine. 

If you choose to use a block schedule, make sure to have a backup plan for how to handle interruptions. Some families have a “scaled down” schedule, or a Plan B, that they use when unexpected events occur.

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Homeschool Relaxed Schedule

With a relaxed schedule, the focus isn’t on the exact time of day schoolwork is done, but rather that a student completes the necessary subjects in a general period of time. This is ideal for families who like routine but find that working with a strict schedule creates stress. 

  • These children have bigger gaps in their days than those with a block schedule, which works well for younger children or those who can’t sit still very long.  
  • A relaxed schedule is a semi-structured homeschool plan, but it is also very flexible for your family’s needs. This family keeps Fridays open for field trips, appointments, and other things that come up.

This second example is how one family schedules their homeschool hours around the parents’ work schedules. Many families find that evenings and even weekends work well for school lessons. Our easy-to-teach, open-and-go courses make this type of scheduling ideal for families that need flexibility.

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Homeschool Loop Schedule

An even more relaxed schedule is a loop schedule. This family has decided how many times they would like to cover each subject every week. They organize the information into a list and begin working at the top of the list.

Schoolwork is not done at a particular time; instead, children complete lessons whenever is best for them each day. When they finish the list, they just return to the top and start again. Our family-style courses fit perfectly into a loop schedule, as parents teach history and science to a variety of ages at one time. 

Homeschool parents understand that unexpected events interrupt school time, and sometimes it can be difficult to adjust timed schedules to allow for those interruptions. A loop schedule accommodates this. 

Loop schedules are great for families who know which subjects they want to cover but also need extra flexibility in how much time is spent on any subject. If children become very interested in a particular botany concept, for example, parents can expand on it for as long as they’d like. A family then spends less time on lessons that the children have learned quickly.

This second sample shows a loop schedule where a child completes a few core subjects (language arts, math, and handwriting) daily, and rotates other subjects throughout the week. This works great for courses that do not need to be completed every day and are done family-style, like history or science, and electives like typing or arts and crafts. 

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Homeschool Checklist

Our last schedule is a simple daily or weekly checklist to keep both students and parents focused on the tasks to be completed, but not at any specific time.

  • This schedule works well for older children: a checklist teaches older children how to manage their time, a necessary skill in adulthood. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum fosters independence as children mature and become more independent with their learning. 
  • Checklists are also great visuals for children of any age. A checklist shows the tasks to complete each week and easily complements any other scheduling style as a management tool.

When choosing a schedule style, consider which children and subjects need more one-on-one time and those children who can work independently. Many parents are surprised at the young age children are able to complete lessons, or parts of lessons, on their own. This contributes to a love of learning and independence, which are so valuable for a child’s self-confidence! 

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Finally, be flexible and give yourself grace. 

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the beauty of homeschooling is that formal education doesn’t need to happen during typical school hours. Saturdays, evenings … schoolwork can happen anytime!

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Our courses provide you with not only flexibility but also the academic rigor needed to give your children a well-balanced, high-quality education! If you are unsure of what is the best fit for your family, try out a few different ways of scheduling your days to learn what works and what doesn’t. Many homeschool parents rotate different schedules in different years, or even in the same school year. 

This is the true good and beautiful aspect of homeschooling. It’s up to you. Your schedule must fit your family at any given time. Learn from others, but make it your own too!

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  • I’m trying to locate the assessment test for my daughter for language arts on your site that is mentioned on page one of the level 6 curriculum. She’s gone to public school through 5th grade and I’ve decided to homeschool now because of bullying and other issues. I wasn’t aware that the grades/levels until getting into the book. Thanks!

    • Customer Support

      We’re glad you found us! Welcome! Placement tests can be found on our website. We hope you love the course!

  • Storm

    I have just completed first term of homeschooling. It went well mostly.
    But my son is a only child. Tonight he said he feels he must go back to school so i can have more time for him. It broke my heart.
    I am struggling to find how to do it all.
    I don’t know what routine he needs. I don’t know what routine to start with.
    He hates change. And hates when i keep changing what we are going to do.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    • Customer Support

      Hi Storm! Thank you for reaching out! We have a few blogs to help answer your questions and address your top worries. You can also find several blogs about socialization, including ‘Don’t Quit‘ and others. We hope you find a routine that works well for you both!

  • Crystal Hartsock

    I super appreciate this! Finding a good schedule is the key being successful with homeschooling and it’s still something we were trying to find our balance in! Especially as we start adding more kiddos into the homeschool schedule in our home!

  • Kelly Bridges

    This is very helpful information. Thank you so much!!!

  • Kerrie Barber

    I am trying to navigate the History portion for an upcoming 1st grader. Can you provide some guidance as to if this will be available for the 24-25 school year? Or if it is a requirement for 1st grade?

    As well, for testing end of year/ placement are those also offered through this program?

    We have the other subjects navigated as first time homeschoolers in the coming 24-25 school year.


    • Customer Support

      Hi Kerri! We do not have a date for the release of future history courses although new editions will not be released before summer 2025. You can use our current History courses. If there is not a physical item available, you can still purchase the PDF. Each year of our History curriculum includes a PDF download for the Student Explorers that are divided into grade categories, so your first grader will do a worksheet that is age appropriate. Each state has its own requirements for education. We would encourage you to reach out to other families in your area to determine what might be required for first grade in your state.

      We do not have a set system for grading the materials for our lower levels. We suggest you develop your own grading system, such as giving a grade out of 100 for each lesson based on attitude, effort, and correctness.

      Some of the courses do include unit or course assessments right in the course books which allow you to see how your student is doing. The parent is needed to complete lessons in the younger grades, so it allows you to see how your student is doing on a daily basis without the need of tests.