I often get asked what the schedule of a working homeschool mom looks like.
I don’t think there’s a typical schedule. I’m sure it looks different for each family, and trying to take another’s schedule and make it work for your family is a recipe for disaster. Take tips from others, look at different options, but most importantly do what works for you.
Just as an example, here is a look at how our days usually run. I say usually because we all know life happens and the longer we homeschool, the more flexible I become.
Ready, Set, Go..
7:00 a.m. (7:30 if I worked the night before) My alarm goes off. I lay there for a few minutes. Begin my day with a prayer, and drag myself out of bed. I am not a morning person, but I have found many benefits in starting my day before my children are awake. There’s just something about waking up to a million and one needs and demands that puts the day off on the wrong foot.
7:15-9:00 Mommy’s time! This is my time to spend with God. I can tell a huge difference in my stress level during the day if I don’t get my quiet time with God. This is also my time to check email, play on Facebook and put up a new blog post. The girls are usually awake by 8:30 and they get begin their morning chores (make bed, get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast, feed pets).
9:00-9:30 Begin getting the girls settled down and ready for school to start. I am more flexible on our start time if I don’t have to work that evening.
9:30-12:00 School! I usually follow the schedule in the My Father’s World teacher’s manual (Bible, Spelling, Language Arts, History, Science, Math, Reading, Art). It really seems to flow well for us. We take breaks as needed. They aren’t scheduled. It’s not hard to tell when the girls (or their Mommy!) needs a break. Many days we are finished with school by 11:30. It just depends on how focused the girls are and how many breaks/distractions we have. I’ve learned to be flexible, it saves sanity and tears.
12:00-1:00 Lunch. My husband usually begins fixing lunch while we are finishing school. If I have to work that evening, lunch is our big meal where we all sit down and eat together. Eating at least one meal together each day is super important to me.
1:00- 2:00 Girls have quiet time. They are way past the point of taking naps, but they have to take an hour each day to go to their own rooms and read or play. During this time I check email/Facebook and get ready for work.
2:30 I leave for work. The girls and Daddy are on their own at this point.
11:30 p.m. I try to steal in a few minutes of talking with my husband before drifting off to sleep. Often times though, I fall asleep mid-conversation.
I work 3:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. three nights a week and pull a 48 hour c-section call shift every weekend.
Sometimes the days are very long. I won’t lie, on days like today when I’ve worked six of the last seven days, I’m dragging. My alarm went off at 7:30 and I turned it off and fell back asleep until 8:00.
These are the days I’m in constant prayer. Asking for strength, energy, an an abundance of patience, and somehow He pulls me through.
This is the season God has given to me right now. I could whine, moan and complain my way through, or I could embrace the challenges and know that God is working a great work in our household. I choose to trust the faithful plan of my Lord. He never fails.
What do the crazy days inside your house look like?