13 July 2009

Weekly Schedule

After a day at CHEA, and getting to view my chosen curriculum up close I got inspired to do a little more planning and set up a rough weekly schedule. I first found and printed the table of contents for my science (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey - Life) and history (Story of the World - Ancient Times) curricula.

On a side note, it makes me laugh that science has 28 units and history has 42. Don't they know a typical school year has 36 weeks? But then who ever said homeschoolers were typical?

Here's the plan by subject, allowing hopefully no more than 30 minutes for each subject:
Math: 4x week
Reading: 4x week
Phonics: 2x week
Grammar: 2x week
History: 2x week
Science: 2x week
Journaling: 2x week
Bible: 2x week
Nature study, field trip, music, art, poetry: 1-2x month

And by day:
Monday: math, phonics, reading, history, journal
Tuesday: math, grammar, reading, science, Bible
Wednesday: math, phonics, reading, history, journal
Thursday: A rotating schedule of field trips, nature study, art, music, poetry, games, handicrafts, and general free learning time
Friday: math, grammar, reading, science, Bible, plus possible mini co-op in the morning

You will notice that there is no spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages, current events, or P.E.
I've added several subjects this year (journaling, poetry, music, and grammar) and I'm trying not to bite off more than I can chew! I would like to add some of these things eventually, but need to pace myself.

We will do P.E. this year in the form of ballet classes, park days, playdates, and some activities and games with little bro and sis, but it's not during school "time" (which is in the afternoon during nap time for the little ones) so it's not on the schedule.

Now since I have 6 more weeks before actual implementation this may change multiple times. And I'm sure it will be tweaked as we get into the school year. I'll have to review this post in January to see how and what we've done with our schedule!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, Beth! I added a link to my post on The Homeschool Classroom. :)

  2. Oops -- to be clear, I really mean, I "added this link to my post." ;)

  3. You have a great blog! Found you through the Homeschool Classroom.

  4. Love your blog. Last year was our first real year too. This year I am also doing more planning. Since we are more classical (with Charlotte Mason method) I am using the Well Trained Mind's suggested outline. I changed added more Bible than the 15 minutes suggested, but besides that, I really liked the layout. Keep blogging! I am adding you to my blog roll! (hopesproutshomeschool.blogspot.com)

  5. Beth,
    Thanks for posting your schedule, and for being so honest about what your "not" including!! Like most homeschoolers, I think I have to cover it all, every day, and this just leaves all of us frustrated and burnt-out!
    You've inspired me to tackle our next year's planning!!!
    Blessings to you and your family!
    Jen in NC