While many families cover every subject every day, some families prefer to have a daily focus instead. Though it may seem radical to those who have never tried it before, the daily focus has some advantages over the rigid scheduling and abbreviated lessons of a more traditional school day.
For starters, honing in on one subject every day makes it possible to spend an unlimited amount of time on a fascinating reading or a time-consuming project without the pressure of having to pack up and move on to another. Every child understands the frustration of starting a game or activity and being asked to put it away in lieu of something else (chores, piano practice, getting ready to go somewhere). Some kids feel the same way about school work, too.
Another advantage of focusing on a subject per day is the flexibility it offers to families with multiple kids. In households with littles, for example, children with shorter attention spans may drop in and out throughout the day and still accomplish something by bedtime. In very large families, a daily focus makes it easy for children to work together, and for parents to throw out a topic and assign every child something to do based on his or her age and abilities.
Creating a schedule for homeschooling with a daily focus is simple to do. By identifying the major subject areas and assigning them each a day of the week, 5 or 6 academic areas can easily be covered by the weekend. To mix things up, subjects may also be randomly assigned, or even drawn out of a hat (assuming no planning is needed ahead of time). “Lesser” subjects, or those that take less than a full day, can be scattered throughout the week, or lumped together on Fridays to keep school productive as children start becoming antsy for the weekend.
And for those who may be worried about missing important cross-curricular connections or forgetting critical ties that come from performing the same kinds of things on schedule and repetitively throughout the week, rest assured, this is unlikely to happen in homeschool. Things like grammar and spelling occur naturally all week anyway, plus everyday skills like penmanship and simple mathematics usually surface on their own whenever they are needed. Besides, few homeschooling moms and dads are able to ignore the chance to point out a relationship or restrain themselves when there is something extra to be learned anyhow!
To your success,
Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is a college professor who traded in her tenure to become a homeschool mom 20+ years ago. A homeschooling pioneer and the founder of many groups and organizations, she works to advance home education, and is an outspoken supporter of education reform coast to coast. Her book, Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in Two Weeks, is industry-acclaimed as it illustrates how homeschooling can rescue children and families from the public school system, and how anyone can begin homeschooling within a limited time-frame, with no teaching background whatsoever. A writer, a homeschool leader, and a women’s life coach, Marie-Claire mentors in a variety of areas that impact health, education and lifestyle. A conference speaker, she has appeared at FPEA, H.E.R.I., Home Education Council of America, The Luminous Mind, Vintage Homeschool Moms, iHomeschool Network, and many other events. Her articles have appeared in and on Holistic Parenting, CONNECT,Homefires, Homemaking Cottage, Kiwi, Circle of Moms, and hundreds of sites and blogs nationwide. Marie-Claire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.