Homeschooling Help Scenario #1:
Both parents are family business partners and plan on homeschooling their 8 and 12 year old children together. Business travel will be needed on one day each week and clients coming to the home will happen one day each week. Both parents still want to be completely involved in their children’s home schooling. The family normally takes ten-day vacations twice a year at different times and weekend trips in between as well. April and August are the months for their main vacations for this year. This is how their homeschooling schedule could look:
The main home schooling months will be January through March, May through July and September through November. During their vacation months of April and August, there will be no home schooling during these entire months. They will have no class during public holidays and will have class from Monday through Thursday of each week. There will be no set hours since their education will occur throughout these days and will change when traveling or at home. They are using a pre-designed homeschooling program, because they are already very busy with their family business and haven’t the time to make their own curriculum.
These are just general guidelines and can be changed whenever both parents need or desire. This is a consistent yet relaxed itinerary and their children’s educational goals, needs and family goals are the basis for this itinerary.
Homeschooling Help Scenario #2:
Dad and Mom will be homeschooling their five children who range in age from 7 to 17 this year. Dad works Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with paid holidays, in manufacturing outside the home. The family chooses how to use dad’s 2-week vacation time during the spring each year. Mom manages the home school and works at home as well, but uses every child’s ability during this procedure. The family chooses to vacation for two weeks during September and October 1st through June 30th will be home schooling time, except during dad’s paid holidays. They will take a one-week break from homeschooling every other month and take a two-week break at the year’s end. They will have class Monday through Friday from around 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and have 1/2 an hour lunch break. The older children have been taught by mom to teach the younger children and this is typically their pattern:
The oldest child will teach the youngest two children the first hour and a half and mom and the remaining children will do their classes during this time. Mom will then work with the older children while the younger ones watch an educational video until lunchtime. After lunch, all children do workbooks and Mom plans, organizes and maps out the next day. On Thursday, the older children will work individually while mom teaches the three younger ones. Fridays are for educational trips such as museums or nursing homes or for family activities such as gardening or shopping. This is a more relaxed homeschooling method, but is still quite structured as they have so many children to teach. They can change this schedule whenever they need to.
Homeschooling Help Conclusion
As you can see, both of the above families have limitless options available for their structure and both families have selected a choice that perfectly suits them. Personal preferences, imagination and ingenuity will help your home schooling greatly when you create your routine and start your homeschooling journey.