Saturday, October 3, 2009

New and Improved Sonlight Homeschool Schedule

Thanks to Kim at Raising Olives who homeschools 9 children using Sonlight and has posted a series on multi-level homeschooling , I have a new master school schedule that should work at our house (for now). We made the switch to Sonlight curriculum this year and the kids and I absolutely love it. The challenge has been for me to arrange our schedule such that the older kids and I can have ~2 hrs per day of quality read-aloud time together, which requires we do this while Baby Lu is napping. She’s not a big napper and only sleeps for about an hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. Add to that our many activities and the kids’ other school requirements like math and language arts and it’s been quite a challenge to fit it all in.

Without further adieu, here is our new and improved Sonlight homeschool schedule.

7-8:00 am Breakfast with American Bible Society daily reading
Morning chores

8-9:15 am Mommy- morning chores and playtime with littles
Mr. Monk- math
Twinkle Toes-independent reading and piano
Measle- violin and handwriting/copy work

9:15-9:45 am Corporate break- outside play weather permitting

9:45-11 am M, T, Th, F Language arts and morning read-aloud time
Bible, Bible Field Guide, Favorite Poems Old and New, TAG memory work
(W = Community Bible Study)

11-11:30 am Lunch

11:30-12 pm Break time for kids

12-1:15 pm Mommy- read and play with littles (when not helping Measle)
Mr. Monk- independent reading
Twinkle Toes- math
Measle- math and vocabulary/spelling

1:15-1:30 pm Short break and clear off tables

1:30-2:30 pm T, W, F Afternoon read-aloud time (Story of the World and historical fiction)
Map and time-line activities
(M & Th Afternoon read-aloud 3-4pm due to ice skating and piano)

2:30-3:00 pm T, W, F Science read-aloud selections


  1. i love your schedule! i posted a question for schedule ideas on the digest! thank you for this!!!

  2. I get so inspired by reading schedules.....why is that??? I think any inspiration is helpful to me.
    thanks for taking the time to do that!

  3. It's almost therapeutic just getting one down on paper, isn't it? My older kids are involved in lots of activities now and I'm getting to the point where I have to say no- we can't do any more! But, even with the exceptions, we still benefit greatly from having a schedule!

  4. By the way, I tried having all my kids doing math at the same time, but I was too in demand! I literally wasn't able to sit down for over an hour! I found that staggering their more challenging subjects gives me a little more quality time with the ones who are struggling. Also, we only have 1 of each book we're reading for Sonlight so the kids have to take turns doing their independent reading.

  5. So glad to hear that Sonlight has been such a great fit for you and your family! May it continue to be joy and a blessing [smile].


  6. We do Sonlight, also, and love it! I love the interaction I get to have with the kids and that we can all talk about the same book and everyone knows what we are talking about!
    I also love to read peoples scedules and see what works for them. I am always looking for new ideas.
    And we do CBS, also. We are studying Revelations this year. What is your group studying? We just found it this past Jan. after we moved and we are loving it!

  7. wow, looks really great and organized! We just started using sonlight this year, I am doing core 6 with 2 children at diff. places/speed, and then core 2 with 3 kids. I am sooo schedule challenged, I'm still trying to figure out what I am doing. It helps that my 2 olders can do most of the reading themselves.

    I enjoyed seeing your schedule!

  8. Amy,
    My mom is the TD here so we do it every year and have had a homeschool class for two years now. We're studying Acts this year, but we did Servants of God (Joushua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Sam) last year, which really prepared us for Sonlight Core 6 this year!

    I'm in awe of you! I can't imagine doubling up on the cores, unless it was with the higher level independent ones. How do you do it? We just barely get enough "together" time. Usually we also read a little in the evenings to relieve some of the pressure of the next day:) My 1st grader listens to our read-aloud time, but she's reading books we already had instead of her own core.

  9. Isn't Sonlight fun?! We would totally be doing it if I wasn't rabidly dedicated to teaching history classically :).



Related Posts with Thumbnails
My photo
I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.