Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thoughts on Scheduling

We have been through the ins and outs of scheduling in our 9 or so years of homeschooling...                                        
My Supermom self thinks scheduling out every minute of our day so that we get in lots of learning is the only way. I really have the best intentions and motives, but that schedule usually goes out the window before lunch the first day.

It seems like I'm always struggling with that fine line between endorsing a comfortable learning environment, and maintaining a sense of control and effectiveness. Here are some thoughts (in bullet form):

  • Managing our home is important (Titus 2:5). 
  • Discipline & control are an integral part of the homeschool life.
  • We are commanded to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16, Col. 4:5).
  • Our schedule must allow room for the leading of the Lord. (Proverbs 16:9)

It seems like when we break for extended periods, I yearn for more planned out days; yet while we are in school, I miss the lazy days...I just can't be pleased. But there must be a happy medium somewhere.

OUR compromise is to loosely schedule our days, weeks, and even the whole year to some extent. With the knowledge that life happens, thank goodness. Our days would be quite boring if it didn't. We still get our work done at some point and usually have fun in the process!

Also, our  6 week scheduling program we implemented last year, seems to allow us to accomplish more and makes the weeks go by a little faster. Finding a plan that works for you may require some trial and error, and occasional tweaking. What works one year, may not work the next. What works for one child, probably won't work for another (that would be too easy). But that's what make homeschool fun, right?

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3:6

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