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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 helps! In this 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. 

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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 with a block schedule, which works well for younger children or those who just can’t sit still very long.  
  • A relaxed schedule is a semi-structured homeschool plan, but also very flexible to 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 it 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 each day. When they finish the list, they just start again at the top. Our family-style courses fit perfectly into a loop schedule, as parents teach history and science to a variety of ages at one time. 

All 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 what 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 they want to do, but not at any specific time. 

  • 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 adds to any other scheduling style as a management tool.

While choosing a schedule style, consider which children and subjects need more one on one time and those who can work independently. Many parents are surprised at the young age children complete lessons, or parts of lessons, on their own. This contributes to a love of learning and independence, which is 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!

Our courses provide you that 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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  • Nicole G

    I find that with the chaos of three sets of twins ages 2-6, a checklist works best. I need flexibility to work with all the varying moods and energy levels.

  • Aisha Castillo

    Can I use the same science unit for my child as a 1st grader and in the future as a 7th grader?

    • Customer Support

      Yes! Our science units are designed to rotate every 3-4 years. Once you cycle through all of the courses, you can start again. By the time your child is in 7th grade, they’ll be ready for our grade 7-8 extensions to enhance her learning. Children will not remember everything they learned the first time through and will be able to retain more when it’s repeated.

  • Alicia

    My teaching ability has been abysmal. As a new homeschool mom and someone who hated school (loved playing school just hated actual school) this is NOT my strength! We are all over the place and some days there’s a lot of yelling and tears (from both of us). I want this to be a great experience for us both. Help!!!

    • Customer Support

      Hi Alicia! Thank you for reaching out to us. We encourage you to take some time to find out how your child learns best whether it is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. That may help to tailor the lessons the best way for your child. Also, if your child is young, you may need to take some extra time to do a lesson. Some children who are just starting their homeschool journey may become overwhelmed with the learning and need a slower pace.

      We encourage you to adapt the curriculum to your child’s needs and find a schedule that works for you both. Also, when you start to notice some tension, it’s okay to step back and just read aloud to the child. Learning happens with reading as well. We hope this helps, and we wish you success in your homeschool journey.

  • Tisha Velasco Lopez

    How do I really get started up I have 3 children , very interested in working with. Grade school levels.. Kinder,,, 1st,,, 3rd.

    Tish

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Tisha! We’re excited that you’ve found us and are happy to help you navigate all that we have to offer.

      To help you get started, we have a wonderful, interactive guide which is available on the website.  This will help you navigate what products are needed and what is typically used for each age group. 

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      We advise parents to administer our Language Arts and Math Placement Tests before purchasing items as these tests will give you a more detailed look at your child’s needs. 

      We are happy to review a list or screenshot before you order to be sure you have everything you need and nothing you don’t. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to customer support at [email protected] if you have any further questions or concerns and we will be happy to assist in any way that we can!

  • Coreena Altamirano

    Thank you for this!