We recently did an RV trip across the United States.
We traveled over 4000 miles together, and it was a blast.
I brought our books along and we did some “road schooling.”
The craziest thing happened as we traveled: the kids enjoyed their schoolwork. There were far less complains and acting out than when we are at home.
I wanted to figure out the difference so I could make sure this continued when we returned home.
What I Noticed About Our Homeschool Schedule
I immediately noticed that our schedule was too packed.
I was trying to fit in three math things every day. It just was not working out!
I also had lost track of our loop rotation.
I was trying to make up things that we did not fit in the day before rather than just sticking to our loop rotation.
How I Am Making Our Homeschool Schedule Simple
First of all, I am sticking to the basics.
Here is an overview of our simple homeschool schedule:
|Power of an Hour|
|Period 1 (B, C, H)|
|Period 2 (B, C, H)|
|Period 3 (B, C, H)|
|Rod and Staff Reader|
|Rotate: History, Science, Art, Piano, Geography|
|On Your Own:|
Let’s start at the beginning.
Every morning we start with The Power of an Hour.
I have used this program for several years, and I love the material, the scope, and the sequence.
I do not always finish a whole day. I just keep going until we come to a good stopping point. Then, start on the next point.
The Power of An Hour Year 1 rotates through Bible stories, Classic read aloud, Enrichment: art, music, math, science, poetry, history, world geography, US geography, spelling rules, grammar rules, and Beginning Hebrew.
It is a great way to start our day together, and all the material is put together!
Then, we rotate through math.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we follow our Easy Peasy math schedule.
I am a big fan of rotating math books because it keeps the kids engaged and their brain working.
So once we have done our morning work and math, we move onto English.
At this point, we use Daily Reading and Grammar Practice, and Easy Peasy English.
I love how the Daily Reading and Grammar Practice reinforces skills because it uses the same passage for 5 days.
We have followed all the literature in Easy Peasy English, and the kids have really enjoyed the books.
Our last period individually is reading.
Reading is so important that each kid spends time reading out loud from their McGuffey readers.
We also work with the Rod and Staff reading program.
This program has increased my kids reading comprehension skills tremendously.
I love the phonics program for younger kids as well. I have been so happy with this program.
Now our official day is over, and it is time for a little fun.
All together I teach the kids through a loop rotation.
Monday: History (Easy Peasy History – SEE HOW I TEACH ALL MY KIDS HISTORY TOGETHER)
Tuesday: Science (Easy Peasy Science – SEE HOW I TEACH ALL MY KIDS SCIENCE TOGETHER)
Wednesday: Art (Meet the Masters)
Thursday: Piano (emedia Piano and Keyboard Method)
Friday: Geography (Learn capitals and countries together)
Simple Homeschool Schedule
This schedule has really kept things simple for our family.
Neither the kids nor I am burned out quickly.
If you are looking for a more simple homeschool schedule, I hope you will try some of the ideas above.
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