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Homeschool scheduling
How to plan your schedule for your homeschool students - a simple approach with free pdf downloads

Homeschooling doesn't need to be challenging or stressful, and one of the best ways to eradicate stress is to have a simple, clear schedule in place.
Another key element in a peaceful school year is to help your student begin taking responsibility for his or her own education.

Step 1, Pick a Schedule
A great benefit of homeschooling is its incredible flexibility. Some families use a traditional schedule and school 5 days a week for 9 months, then take 3 months off. Others choose to school year around, but may only dedicate 3 days a week to schoolwork; leaving lots of times for family adventures, service and exploring their local area. The important thing is to find a schedule that will work for you. Once you've determined that, move to the next step. (A traditional school year is 36 weeks, if that helps.)
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Step 2, Download a Free Timberdoodle Schedule PDF
If you ordered a curriculum kit you'll get a printable e-version free. Or start with this blank one to get exactly what you need.

Step 3, Plan Your Entire Year
Don't worry, this isn't nearly as intimidating as it sounds! You'll just be entering in of all the books you want each child to do this year, along with how many pages/lessons or experiments are included in each. Enter in how many weeks you'd like to do school this year and you'll be done!

How we approached the math:
When your schedule calls for doing 4.71 math lessons a week, or 3.1 thinking skills pages, we simply round up since this will give you more flexibility as you proceed through the year. For instance, if your child has a hard time with fractions in February you will be able to relax, slow down, and only do 2 lessons that week, knowing that you have effectively 'banked' lessons ahead of time for just such an occasion.


Step 4, Print Out a Weekly Schedule for Each Week of School
The information you entered on page 1 of the form is automatically transferred to page 2, which is a simple weekly checklist for your student. This is where responsibility comes in. By having this list, your student knows what is expected of them in a very clear way. As he completes a subject he may check it off, and when the list is complete, he is done with school for the week.

Step 5, Free Your Child To Responsibly Schedule Their Work
With this list in hand, your child will be able to take responsibility for their own work, eliminating a lot of stress while developing time management skills, independent learning abilities and motivation. In our family, Friday nights were our fun Family Nights and only those with completed lists were able to participate. That may not work for your family, but sit down with your students and work out what you expect and what the consequences will be if they don't get it done. Coach them as needed, but then allow them to learn by experience if necessary without bailing them out. (Grace is supremely important in parenting, but it is also vital that they learn how to finish what they start, stay on task and be responsible - walk that line prayerfully!) Start early, even your toddler will delight in checking the boxes on their chart!