4 Day Homeschool Schedule
Do you regularly run out of time for lessons? Have you struggled to transition from one subject to the next? Do your kids groan and complain about learning? Yes? Then you NEED a homeschool schedule. You need to make a 4 day per week homeschool schedule.
Homeschool schedules are a touchy subject. Some think you should NEVER use a schedule. Others think you should do school at home. Can’t we find a healthy balance between these two extremes? Keeping a balanced schedule is the key to homeschooling successfully.
Keep reading to find out why & how to do it!
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5 Reasons Why You Need a Homeschool Schedule
1. Give Structure to Your Days
Creating a homeschool schedule doesn’t have to be difficult. It also doesn’t have to be strict. Your schedule should be personalized to your family. Think of the day in blocks, instead of specific hours. Take a look at our sample below. The column on the left shows the breakdown of the day in blocks. There aren’t too many things listed in each block – this way we never have to rush through anything and we can be flexible, but we still have a set structure to our days.
Plus it’s easy to change it up from season to season and year to year. If something isn’t working for you, adjust your schedule!
Need help? Check out our post: 7 Simple Steps to Create a Personalized Homeschool Schedule.
2. Be Intentional
Everyone needs to be intentional and mindful of how they are using their time – yes, even the relaxed homeschoolers! Setting intentions for each day is a beneficial practice for kids to learn too. As they grow up it will help them pursue the things they are most passionate about and get in the habit of doing things they may not enjoy so much. It will also help YOU pursue your dreams and take care of the mundane tasks (like washing dishes!)
I know for me, it’s so easy to get distracted. Social media. Emails. TV. Running a business. Having a schedule in place keeps me on track and helps me keep my kids on track too – but without stress!
3. Meet Education Goals
If you have set expectations of what your kids should learn in a year, then you must have a schedule in place. The only way to meet those goals is to consistently work towards them week after week. Winging it just doesn’t work well for most people.
4. Bring Peaceful Energy to Your Home
With a homeschool schedule in place, you will be more prepared to teach, and your kids will be more prepared to learn. Your kids will be more excited about learning and transition from one thing to the next more easily. It will also help kids learn to patiently anticipate special activities that only happen on a certain day each week.
5. Integrate Homeschooling with Life
Having a homeschool schedule shows kids that learning is a natural part of life! Let’s raise kids who are eager and excited to learn and see it as an every day pursuit so that they will be life long learners.
Make a 4 Day Homeschool Schedule That Works for You
The most effective homeschool schedule is 4 hours per day, 4 days per week. What might those days look like? And why just 4 days a week? Keep reading.
Why schedule only 4 days per week?
Did you know that a study found that employees are 20% more efficient, happier, and less stressed with a 4 day work week? Even though our society has convinced us that a 5 day work and school week is normal, it’s likely not the most optimal.
While the study was focussed on a workplace, I think the same thing can apply to homeschooling. A 4 day week just feels so much more manageable and balanced.
Four days a week of scheduled homeschooling can definitely work for you! Then the fifth day is open for extracurriculars, co-ops, and field trips. We like to think of it as an extra special, fun day!
4 Hour Per Day Homeschool Schedule
Many people think that homeschooling for 4 hours per day is too much. There are plenty of homeschoolers that argue that you shouldn’t homeschool for more than 1 hour per day. But seriously, homeschooling for 1 hour per day is not enough.
Remember though, we’re not recreating school at home. Instead, we taking a balanced, well rounded approach to homeschooling.
A 4 Hour Homeschool Schedule is NOT:
- Sitting at a Desk for 4 Hours Straight
- Doing a Bunch of Worksheets
Sitting at a desk and doing a worksheet isn’t always a bad thing, but it definitely shouldn’t be done for 4 hours per day.
What a 4 Hour Homeschool Schedule Might Look Like:
- Math – 30 Minutes Per Day
- Language Arts – 30 Minutes Per Day
- Science – 1 Hour 2x a Week
- History – 1 Hour 2x a Week
- PE – 30 Minutes Per Day
- Art – 30 Minutes 2x a Week
- Music – 30 Minutes 2x a Week
- Read Aloud or Independently – 30 Minutes Per Day
- Special Extras – 30 Minutes Per Day
Does this seem like a lot to you? If you break it down, it’s really not. It comes down to doing math, language arts, science, and history for 2 hours per day. Then the other 2 hours is spent doing PE, art, music, reading, and special enrichment activities.
These subjects are things that all kids NEED. Yes, I really do think that first graders need to learn both science and history. These are important subjects that are so interesting. Starting kids young on these subjects will help them develop a lasting love of them and a much better understanding than if you wait to start until they are older.
How you approach these subjects will be individual to your family. Find what works for you and your kids. If you’re looking for curriculum, click the links in the list above.
Our 4 Day Homeschool Schedule
My kids thrive on this homeschool schedule! They still have plenty of free time, but they are also being academically challenged and getting a wonderful arts rich education.
The curricula I use incorporates hands-on projects and movement activities. We aren’t stuck sitting at the table for long stretches of time. Even though we cover traditional school subjects, we do it in an eclectic way.
Four hours of homeschooling per day is not a lot of time. It’s not too much time at any grade level. My super active 5 year old loves it. I feel so good knowing that I’m providing my kids with a thorough, well-rounded education.
A Homeschool Schedule That Works
Don’t look at this list of subjects and feel constrained. Instead open your mind to the possibilities and opportunities to expand your child’s interests by bringing them an engaging, well rounded education.
Giving yourself 30 minutes to 1 hour per subject gives kids time to soak it in, ask questions, and engage in discussions. It’s also a good amount of time for hands-on projects.
These are all the things that will give your kids a deeper, more meaningful education.
Hi! I love your blog! I think I’ve read nearly every post now and it’s been so helpful to me! I hadn’t planned on homeschooling, but I’m looking at starting this year due to COVID 19 (I live in the USA). I have a just turned 5-year old and a 3-year old. My 5-year old suffered through 2 years of preschool with social anxiety and now I wonder if the expert advice we got was correct because he has blossomed in just a few months of being out of school due to the pandemic. Now he talks constantly and is so creative and inventive. He and his brother play well together so I’ve been on the search for secular curriculum his younger brother could listen in on and enjoy too, plus curriculum to challenge my 5-year old who has been reading proficiently for over a year already. Your planning tips/setting up homeschool tips etc. have also been so helpful. And I love the visual schedule cards which will be great for my 3-year old who (obviously) cannot read yet! Thank you!
This is so great to hear! I’m glad everything has been useful and helpful for your! I hope your first year homeschooling goes wonderfully.
Hi there! Thank you for all you do! I’m trying to print out your 4-day schedule. Where can I get it? Tyia!
I’ve added a sign-up form to get the editable schedule underneath the picture of the sample 4 day schedule in this post! Hope that helps!