Our Typical Homeschool Daily Schedule

A Typical Homeschool Day

The word typical makes me laugh when applied to homeschooling.

Whether you have one child or an entire Duggar brood, your days will be anything but typical, normal or regular.

For us, a schedule is in place, but subject to change at a moment’s notice. For those of you with little ones, you know how important schedules are. But, how open to change you must be.

Here’s what a typical day in my homeschooling world looks like:

5:00 am – Mommy wake up time, 30 minutes on treadmill, get ready for the day.

6:00-8:00 am – My time. Writing, working, reviewing the day.

8:30 am – Big Sis wakes up, gets ready for the day. We are relaxed with wake-up time. My oldest is a gymnast. She practices 16 hours per week. Sleep is as important as eating. Well-rested kids perform better in their studies and are more bearable to be around.

9:00 am – School starts for Big Sis.

9:30 am – Little Sis (age 2) wakes. She is a late sleeper and short napper. For now, this is working well.

Homeschool Schedule

9:00 am (5 days/week) Logic and critical thinking. These are great puzzles and problems for waking a sleepy brain. Even if your child wakes up alert and ready to solve Einstein’s theory, there are benefits to puzzle working in the mornings.

9:30 am (5 days/week)Math is my daughter’s passion. If allowed, she could spend hours on the subject. Somedays we work for an hour, others two. While Big Sis works independently, I get my little one ready for the day.

10:30 am (3-4 days/week)Science. On lab days, my toddler partakes at her own station. Smelling, exploration and sensory stimulation.

11:30 am (5 days/week)Grammar, writing and language arts. We continue these subjects after lunch.

12:00 am – Lunch and outdoor time when the weather’s nice.

12:45 pm or 1:00 pm – Continue with language arts, grammar, Latin word roots and literature discussion.

2:00 pm (2 days/week)History and geography. This year we stuck to two days per week and next year will be three days per week.

3:00 pm – Free reading or assigned literature. My oldest is a bookworm. In order to hone this love even more, I allow a lot of free reading time. Reading often occurs at night. I am extremely flexible with reading schedules. She completed 37 books in 9 months, from Oliver Twist to Little Women, I want her love for books to continue – so I try to back off and allow her a lot of freedom in this area.

4:00 pm (4 days/week) – Gymnastics for Big Sis. Play time for mom and toddler. Dinner prep, straighten up the chaos from the day.

My Toddler Schedule

Always subject to change:

9:30 am – Wake up and get ready for the day.

10:00 am – Still munching on breakfast and listening to music.

10:15 am – School time. Science with Big Sis, sensory play, looking at new books or chasing the dogs with a bamboo stick. I’m flexible.

I believe a toddler should have freedom to play and my child does better if she gets a lot of activity and stimulation. This means if Big Sis needs quiet time, I am outside with my toddler. Even 15 minutes outdoors can flip a switch in their brain and ward off a temper tantrum.

12:00 pm – Lunch and outdoor time.

1:00 pm – Reading, drawing and coloring.

2:00 pm – Nap.

Flexible Homeschool Schedules

Adhering to a strict homeschooling schedule does not work for my family. We have found that flexibility is required for success.

My daughter puts in 5-6 solid hours of studies four days/week. She reads another 2 hours on most days. As studious as she is, I find that Fridays need to be cut short – for her sake and mine. We wrap up school no later than 11:30 am and call it a day. Sometimes earlier if necessary. Field trips are reserved for Fridays.

The beauty of homeschooling is that you are in charge of your schedule. It may take time to establish a workable schedule for your family, but when you find the right lane – it will be smooth sailing most part of the time.

What’s your day look like? Feel free to share your schedule with us.

About the AuthorBrenda Rufener is the author of Homeschool Diaries, a home educator of two children and freelance writer. Get more from Brenda on Facebook and Twitter.

Further reading:

Homeschool Records You Should Be Keeping

5 Ways To Cut Homeschool Costs

Top 3 Questions Asked By New Homeschool Parents

Why I Believe in Experiential Learning

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  1. 1

    Monique says

    8:30-Matthew star fall or IPad
    Educational games
    Lexie Assigned ready, written narration after ( loves to read so usually reads for 1 hr.

    Lizzie – math, handwriting. When done breaks & plays w/ Matthew

    9:30 Lexie math, cursive handwriting, spelling

    Lizzie-phonics & when done w/ instruction with Lexie. Lizzie reads with Mom

    10:30 Outside break & snack

    11:00 Lexie grammar & writing
    11:30 Matthew preschool stuff with
    12-1:00 lunch (prep, eat, clean-up

    1:00-2:30 History & Science

    2:30monday- composer study
    Friday- artist study

    • 2

      Brenda says

      Thanks for sharing Monique! I love watching what you do with the little ones – can’t wait until our littlest reaches that age group. Your composer and artist study sounds wonderful!

  2. 3

    Val says

    Mine would scare you lol Our homeschoolers this coming year are 17, 15, 13, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, ,2, and 1. Yeah, you don’t want to know….love yours, though!

    • 4

      Brenda says

      Okay Val – I am a little scared right now. Haha. You must be the woman for the job! Amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  3. 5

    Angie Y says

    I loved your post. Thank you for letting us see your homeschool schedule. I’m always curious how others schedule their homeschooling days.

    • 6

      Brenda says

      Hi Angie. Thanks for your comment. The schedule is always changing, even from day-to-day, but it keeps me organized on chaotic days. Glad you found it interesting.

  4. 7

    India H. says

    I am so overwhelmed by trying to manage the toddler and 6 yo that we don’t have much of a schedule. Baby boy gets up about 7:30and has breakfast and plays while waiting on Big sis to wake up around 8:30. She has breakfast and we try to start work around 10. We usually do spelling and math first, then language and science. She’s not been reading as much lately as she usually does, probably due to the weather and the fact that I can’t find any books at the library to keep her attention. I can’t see scheduling every hour of the day; that’s impossible for me but I definitely need to work on improving how we use our time. Baby boy takes 1 nap for about an hour, sometimes longer and we do work then that Hannah needs help with. When he’s awake, he’s full throttle, hands on EVERYTHING!!! It’s proving to be very difficult giving my girl the attention she needs while making sure the tot doesn’t jump off the table (or “cook” everything in the kitchen, lol)

  5. 8

    India H. says

    I’ve been trying to make a summer reading list so that I can just go in the library and go right to the books I’m looking for because I don’t have anyone to take the little guy off my hands and going in the library with a 22 month old is, well, self-explanatory!

  6. 9

    Brittany says

    This will be our 1st year homeschooling. When I went to private school we always started with Bible. I think I will do the same. Thats as far as I’ve gotten…lol

  7. 10

    Susan Jaisle says

    I just have to say..Val up there comment # 4…YOU are my hero! Go girl!!

    • 11

      Brenda says

      I agree Susan! She’s amazing!

  8. 12

    Rebecca Rowan says

    Thank you this was very interesting! How old is Big sis? My daughter is just 5 but I want to see at what age she should be doing more.

    • 13

      India H. says

      She’ll be 7 in July.

  9. 14

    Danica says

    I love peeking into lives of fellow homeschoolers! Thank you for sharing. :)

  10. 15

    Callie says

    I am not homeschooling yet. Currently in the research and development phase, trying to determine if I can do this, hopefully starting next year! My son will start private school Kindergarten this Fall and my girls are at home with me. How much time do you spend in a given week figuring out the lessons that your daughters will be working on and getting supplies. Also do you plan everything for the year at one time and get it all together before the “year” starts or do you go month to month, week by week?? I am basically asking how much time does a parent put into preparing each lesson. I want to be realistic in my time management… my children 4.5, 2.5, 2.5 require a lot of hands on interaction & guidance especially when doing activities. How do I plan, prepare, and instruct “lessons” while still making sure the day to day stuff gets done ie blogging, shopping, chores, playing? I really want to homeschool, but I don’t want every waking minute to be about homeschooling…does that make sense?

    • 16

      Brenda says

      Hello Callie. Congrats on your decision to start researching homeschooling and the options available. I spent a year doing much of the same – research and development, as you say. Your children are still very young, where not as much planning is required. I have a 10 year old and 2.5 year old. My oldest requires lesson planning, while my youngest is still exploring and not ready to sit for any extended amount of time. My planning is done in the summer months, but often continues well into the year. I like to purchase the bulk of my curriculum in the summer, but have been known to gather supplies and books throughout the year. Early on it is important to allow for flexibility. Don’t be bound to a schedule, but keep it open – just in case adjustments need to be made. And they will. I over-planned my first year, trying to cover way too much. Let your children guide you as much as you guide them. Remember it is one-on-on instruction (or one-on-two, three…).

      Your home life and schedule will be personal and what works for you. I love to schedule things, but keep the plan open in case emergent situations arise. A survival planner is necessary for my life and family. Grocery shopping on weekends (early Saturday mornings), quick household chores during lunch (most weekdays) or on Saturday, writing/blogging on evenings or mornings. Not every moment must be about homeschool. You are guiding the ship. That’s the beauty of it. :-)

    • 17

      Dell says

      One thing I learned was helpful for us through the years was at the beginning of the year to set a goal for each kid. For one kid it might be math was the greatest concern and for another composition. That would be the number one subject that child did for their day. Then if we became rushed or the day was unavoidably shortened I knew we had hit the most important thing for each kid. I tried to look over what was coming with our schooling for the coming week as well and determine what would be most important to “get done”. This helped a lot on those whacky days when you suddenly heard say a waterfall rushing under the house (let’s see now, “repairing a broken pipe” should that come under “science” for the study of water pressure, “history” for how people coped before they could flush, “math” for measuring and purchasing the proper pipes, “reading or computer” for looking up the proper way to patch pipes when dad isn’t available to answer questions, or just another “life skill” that never would have been learned sitting in a public school classroom?)


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