Scheduling a Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Day

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

A number of years ago, due to frequent requests from my regular web-page visitors, I wrote out a general outline and description of our family’s daily homeschool schedule. Just so you know, this was written back when my oldest child was 12 years old… she’s now 24 and a full-time college student planning on pursuing Masters’ studies after she finishes her B.A. (and doing very well, I might add). :-)

Anyway, at that time, I had our weekly schedule printed out as a chart for each child which I hung on the refrigerator at the beginning of each week. We marked off the subjects as we finish them and added notations of any specifics we need to remember (page numbers read, art viewed, etc.) on little lines next to the space on the chart. (I wish I could visually show you the charts — it’s a bit difficult to explain. Maybe I’ll try scanning and uploading a copy so you can see what it looks like.)

When reading through this day-by-day schedule, some people might think this is a lot to accomplish in any given day, but we were using Charlotte Mason’s idea about short lessons (only ten to twenty minutes for each topic) so our academic part of the day only came out to around 3 1/2 hours per day.

I found my children enjoyed having a set task to accomplish in a set period of time. Since I’m not a particularly rigid person (I tend to “go with the flow” of life), I first thought this type of schedule would crimp my “style” — but I actually found it to be incredibly freeing. What a surprise!

With many school subjects, I found I could teach both of my older children at the same time by reading aloud to them together. Early on, my son wasn’t reading fluently enough to gather much information from reading independently (he was still working on fluency and wasn’t really to the “reading for knowledge” stage).

My 12-year-old daughter did a great deal of independent work, so she did additional reading on the various topics we covered together as a group. Her independent reading time was followed by oral narrations for each subject (and occassionally written narrations).

THE GENERAL SCHEDULE

I was inspired to put together my own daily schedule after reading the books, A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison. The author had printed out samples of her own weekly schedules and also included examples of the actual schedules used in Charlotte Mason’s schools back in the early 1900′s (the schedules appeared in a December 1908 article in the Parent’s Review).

While my schedule was inspired by Levison and Charlotte Mason, it by no means is representative of their actual schedules. This is simply how our family adapted the idea to our own situation at the time.

–MONDAY–

  • Bible
  • Memory Verse
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • P.E.
  • Geography
  • Recorder
  • Crafts
  • Drawing

–TUESDAY–

  • Bible
  • Memory Verse
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • P.E.
  • History
  • Music Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Home Economics
  • Occupational Education

–WEDNESDAY–

  • Bible
  • Memory Verse
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • P.E.
  • Geography
  • Recorder
  • Crafts
  • Drawing

–THURSDAY–

  • Bible
  • Memory Verse
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • P.E.
  • History
  • Music Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Home Economics
  • Occupational Education

–FRIDAY–

This is our less academic day.

  • Moms Group/Homeschool Group at church
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Field trips
  • Social activities
  • And time to fill in any subjects that were skipped for whatever reason during the rest of the week

And then every night at bedtime, I would read to my children from their “just for fun” books — no official narration with these books except for a question when we first sat down such as, “So, what was happening in Old Yeller last night?”

I hope this brief overview of how we scheduled our homeschooling day when our kids were younger proves helpful to someone.

Happy homeschooling!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Taylor-Hough (long-time homeschooling mother of three) is the author of several bestselling books including Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month, Frugal Living for Dummies, and A Simple Choice: A Practical Guide for Saving Your Time, Money and Sanity. Visit Debi online at: http://www.SimpleMom.com


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One response to “Scheduling a Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Day

  1. Oh I like this idea. I’m also a ‘go with the flow’ almost ‘unschooler’ person, but our days are actually fairly chaotic and we don’t get a lot of very much done at all.

    We’ve had times of being more structured, which have worked well, but the structure/framework has always been inside my head, but the older the kids get, the harder it is to get them to read my mind :)

    I do like lists, and this looks like a good method.

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