I'm embarrassed to tell you how many times I've changed our School Week schedule. (I have to admit, I *love* creating tables and spreadsheets, so there's that.) But there's also been a lot of trial and error. I expect there to be a lot more. Life is fluid and there are always changes to be made. I would, however, like to print more than one schedule at a time, so hopefully, I can use this one for a while!
What I had wasn't working for several reasons..
First, I had the days labeled Mon, Tues, Wed, etc. There is hardly ever such a thing as a "normal" week around here (or anywhere I'd imagine), so if we had something scheduled one day, I'd have to move everything over to the next day. It made me feel like I was getting behind. And with one student, in Year 1, that's just silly. There's no such thing as "behind" yet!
Now, instead of having Mon, Tues, etc., I have Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. Ideally, we only have school 4 days a week anyway, with Friday (or the "outside activity" day--whichever comes first) being a lighter day. We do our Nature Journals, Handcraft, add to our Timeline, and a few other things on that day. We also use that day to catch up, if needed.
Which it usually is.
Another problem I had was sticking with our scheduled times. You knew that was coming didn't you? I thought with my old schedule, even though I had scheduled some margin(!), I could still stay somewhat on track. HA!
Turns out, Staying on Schedule is as fantastical as unicorns who sing you to sleep every night while playing a harp. (I have no idea where that came from but I'm rolling with it.)
We still have our Anchors--Snack Time (I'm usually reminded when it's that time), Lunch, Naps, etc--but other than that, there really isn't a set time for anything anymore. I do try to start school at 9am and that usually happens. Lately, depending on the weather, I've been letting the girls play outside after Circle Time to get their wiggles out! I also try to do things in a certain order, but some days that doesn't happen either.
What we do now is the next thing. We start out with Circle Time and that takes however long it takes. Next, we do math, then we read, etcetera! etcetera! (It's really hard for me to say that without picturing Yule Brynner. Anyone else?)
I try not to let things drag out of course; that is, after all, the Charlotte Mason way. :)
Here's my new schedule
Another thing I added, which I love, is the "Other Weekly To-Do's" table at the bottom. I can list any events scheduled for that week and plan with that in mind.
You'll notice a Preschool section--it's optional because I only do school with Middlest (who's 4) when she wants to. It's never required. I do try to spend time with her before we start our school day and I try to let her pick what we do, but most days she wants to "do school" with us. :)
I'd like to print a bunch of these pages and have them spiral bound, but I'm afraid I'll change my mind again! Anyone else have that problem?
Here's a GREAT post on scheduling at Sage Parnassus; in that post, she links to this one at Afterthoughts. They are both worth your time; if you're homeschooling, that is. ;)