Last school year I found an awesome free printable schedule sheet from Anna Joy's blog Path Through the Narrow Gate. I'm somewhat of a relaxed homeschooler, but there were things I wanted to get done that sometimes failed to get accomplished because we simply forgot about them! Sure, we didn't forget about the major subjects (Sonlight Currriculum's awesome Instructor's Guide helps ensure that!), but some of those nice extras got overlooked and set by the wayside. I wanted that to change.
So last school year I printed out a set of these blank schedules. Unlike the creator, I choose NOT to put times on them, but simply have a checklist. And we proceeded to have the best school year ever, completing everything I had wanted my daughter to do for her fourth grade year! This, even though we'd had to squeeze in some extras that I had wanted her to do in 3rd grade, but because of several unexpected major life events, had to weed when I realized there just wasn't time.
So this year, I have chosen to use them again, and have modified how we're using them. One school day goes on each card, and then every subject we're going to cover in a school day is written down. They are color-coded based on how many days a week that subject is repeated (I'll post another time how I figured out which days to do what.). Everything in brown (such as most of her Sonlight-specific work) is repeated all five school days.
Finally, I placed a foil star next to the subjects my daughter can do independently. Because I work a part time job in the late evening, I often am getting to bed very late at night, so I'm not prepared to teach until mid-morning at the earliest. With this system, my daughter can go ahead and get ready before I get out of bed, have her breakfast, and immediately get started on any schoolwork with a star on it for that day.
Each day's checklist is slipped inside one of these plastic pockets I purchased a couple years ago for (as set of 10 is less than $15!), and all five days' lists are hung on a hook in the hall across from my daughter's desk.
You can see in the first photo that the top thing on the list is "Monday Meeting". With my daughter being a 5th grader this year, I want to give her even more guidance in learning to organize her time and get her tasks done. And since two of her three older siblings chose to attend public high school after homeschooling, I want her to begin training now for keeping track of her assignments. I purchased her a student planner, and each Monday, I will let her know where she needs to be in each workbook, how far she needs to be in her independent reading, Bible memorization, etc. She'll write this down in her student planner to refer to the rest of the week.
So, these wall checklists are her general assigments. She will then refer to her planner for specifics on each subject.
Below that is one more list...it's items she can choose to do if she finishes before I'm finished with my morning coffee, is bored, or just simply wants something to do (as long as her daily work is complete). It's educational things I want to encourage her to do, but chose not to have them as part of the regular schedule (with the exception of a couple items which, she said are so fun, she wanted to remember she can do them even on days that they're not scheduled!)
Just a few more hours to go! Praying for a great school year!