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Schedule or Checklist? August 22, 2008

Filed under: Homeschooling — Melissa @ 11:59 pm

This is my 8th year homeschooling.  The first 4 years I had no schedule and no checklist.  We just did work throughout the day and I prayed that we’d get it all done!  As we added more children to our lives, this didn’t work so well.

Then I discovered MOTH.  MOTH stands for Managers of Theirs Homes.  It’s a great product and can be found at  Steve and Terri Maxwell are a wonderful couple that offer some great resources.  For the next 3 years I would diligently sit down and make a schedule.  Every hour of our days were scheduled out.

One year I had short time periods for the different subjects.  Last year I had longer time periods and the kids were to read if they finished early.

I love the idea of a schedule.  I really do.  I would love to have my days planned out better.  To know that I have time for scrapbooking because I’ve scheduled it in.  To get enough sleep each night.  To have dinner on time.

It just doesn’t work for me.  I don’t even really know why.  I started saying that I was too random.  Life is too random.  The real reason is that I just don’t want to do math at 9am every morning.  Maybe I’m in the mood for history then.  Maybe the baby is crying and I need to nurse her and math would be a pain right then.  But I could read then.  Or…whatever.  Or maybe the meal I want to make for dinner takes more time than the 1 hour I had scheduled at 5pm.  Maybe I decide it’s time to make cinnamon rolls and we all stop school and enjoy that.

I trembled at the thought of not having a schedule.  Then I remembered that I only followed it for 3 weeks anyway and then would give up.  Why torture myself??

But how to make sure we were getting everything done in our day?

First I made a list of everything that we needed to do.  Then I thought about what would work best for mornings and what would be best for the afternoons (when the 3 little ones are napping).

And tada!  Here’s our checklist.  Each day we just make sure to do everything we need to do for that.  I didn’t X off the days we don’t actually do something.  For example, we only do BFIAR on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  But just in case I miss Monday…we can “catch up” on Tuesday.

I looked at my checklist today?  Everything is done for the week!!  Week 1 of school – SUCCESS!


6 Responses to “Schedule or Checklist?”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I imagine it will last longer than 3 weeks. You know you can print off checklists in HST? 😉

  2. thejacobsfamilyhomeschool Says:

    First. What is BFIAR or something like that.

    Second. Do you only do checklists for schoolwork? What about housework, do you check that off too? I think I could become your groupie and copy everything you do. Ha ha. I also think checklists would work WAY better b/c I HATE schedules. Remember that schedule I posted in BL? Ask me how many time’s I’ve used it…

  3. MAry Says:

    What is peacemakers?


  4. Jeanne Says:

    I have given up on schedules too! I agree that checklists are better!

  5. Carla Says:

    How is this going now? I have to say that I LOVE this idea!

  6. marineswife Says:

    It’s great. I love checklists! This has been so much easier for me to deal with the littles when I can fit in things around THEM.

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