|Playing hair salon during school.|
|Impressive, no? My 8 yr old is already better at doing hair than I am.|
|Doing crafts during school.|
Our solution: To create a one-room schoolhouse feel in our own home with 30-50 minute periods for each major subject before lunch and electives after lunch. The kids will not be tied to their chairs, although I still think masking tape over their mouths might be a good idea. Just kidding.
I've revamped their checklists to include times so that the kids now have a detailed schedule of their school day. I realize many homeschoolers don't need this. I do want my kids to learn to organize their own time, but for now I'm going to clamp down on them in the hopes that our homeschool will run more smoothly and be more peaceful. Perhaps by 14 or 15 they'll be able to get everything done on their own timetable. And perhaps by the time they're 14 or 15, I'll be able to handle that. Hey, we're all a work in progress here. It was either get on a strict schedule or plug the kids into Switched on Schoolhouse all day. I've been seriously drooling over that curriculum, lately. Can't you just see them all in a line plugged into their respective computers with headsets on? I'm not knocking it. We might go to that before it's all said and done. I've got to keep my sanity, but I so value the time spent reading with the kids each day! Hopefully, the new schedules will help us stay on track.
What do you do to keep your kids on schedule? Do you dictate when they do each subject or do you let them organize their own time? How many subjects do your kids complete each day?