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 http://www.titus2.com. 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!