Below is our homeschool daily schedule that we follow Monday through Thursday, year-round with one week breaks every three months (12 weeks) not including regular US holidays. We recently updated it to slow down and enjoy the experience more!
The times are the MAXIMUM amount of time we are willing to spend on each area/curriculum so we all don’t burn out. This schedule in particular is 3+ years of fine tuning and I predict it will continue to evolve as the kids get older or life changes.
Breaks are 5 minutes long which is PLENTY of time to use the restroom and grab a drink/snack. Public schools have 3-6 minute to use the restroom and make it to their next class…..
At first glance it may seem like a lot, but we are only instructing four days a week for 3 hours and 35 minutes a day. Compare this to the 6.5+ hours a day, five days a week that public or private school students have not including getting up, riding the bus to school, sitting in school, and riding the bus home, homework or extracurricular activities.
Also, homeschooling means a 1:1 teach experience and on really great days with both of available, 2:1. Public school have an average 1:30 teacher-student ratio. So you see, you can get a lot more done in a small amount of time since there learning is focused on less students.
Some people make the assumption less instruction time=less learning, school at home=less structure, no certified teacher=quality of education lacks. Let me be the first squash those absolutely disgusting, faulty assumptions. Homeschooling is what the parents put into it. We invest A LOT of time communicating with each what each of us needs to teach, who will teach what subjects which days, preparing ahead of time, reviewing areas that need work with the kids, finding additional resources if the kids still don’t understand, find additional resources if we don’t understand and SO. MUCH. MORE.
The most critical aspect (in our opinion) that makes this homeschool schedule doable is our attitude everyday as we begin and approach our school day. We are so blessed to have the resources to be able to instruct our children, watch them learn, spend way more time together and seriously get to have so much fun in the process. Why just read about some of these historical places? We pack up and go there ourselves within the year as time and expenses permit. Why talk about how caterpillars go into a cocoon and come out a butterfly? We can have a butterfly kit and see it ourselves.
You may be wonder where is time for socializing? Well, we do don’t need to schedule that. We play outside and fortunately at campgrounds there is no shortage of other people AND we attend way too many events with plenty of opportunity for the kids to talk to adults and children.
What does your homeschool daily schedule look like?
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter; whisk flour into butter and cook over medium heat 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese, salt, and pepper until mixture is smooth.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. (See tip on smoking.) Coat a disposable 9-1/2- x 11- x 2-inch aluminum roasting pan with cooking spray. (We like using an aluminum pan here in case you want to put this in your outdoor smoker, otherwise a 9- x13-inch baking dish will be fine.)
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar, 2 cups smoked Gouda cheese, the Parmesan cheese, pasta, and sauce.
Spoon mixture into roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake (or smoke) 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake 15 to 20 more minutes or until heated through.
Although the cheese will give this a natural smoky flavor, you can make this extra delicious by placing this in your smoker and smoking it for 45 minutes to an hour at 225 degrees, until brown, bubbly, and delicious.No smoker? Add a few drops of liquid smoke!