Homeschooling Schedule- one example

I am I can I ought I willThis was our schedule for a bit when my youngest two children were doing year 2 of AmblesideOnline. AO’s booklist has changed here and there, so it’s probably not an accurate reflection of what I’d be doing if I had two children to take through year 2 today, but the flow worked well for us, so I’d probably just change the book titles and do the same thing:
Old Testament (which includes hymn singing, singing the books of the Old Testament, and memory work- more here)
Math/Calendar Book (My Calendar Book, published by Christian Light, highly recommended)
Folk songs
Read the Little Duke
Some memory work (currently the Pledge of Allegiance)
Read Pilgrim’s Progress
History reading
New Testament (including hymn singing, singing the books of the NT, and memory work)
Math/calendar work
folk songs
Beowulf for children (not in AO’s list)
Memory work (the Star Spangled Banner)
Understood Betsy
Composer study
Burgess Animal Book
History reading
Old Testament (see above)
math/calendar book
folk songs
Geography reading
Memory work (has been our new address and phone number, will probably do Grandma’s phone number next)
Pilgrim’s Progress
Picture Study
Shakespeare or Parables from Nature
history reading
New Testament (see above)
Math/Calendar book
folk songs
Geography (we did CC Long’s Home Geography for Primary Grades)
Pilgrim’s Progress
History reading
Trip to the library
folk songs
Shakespeare or Parables from Nature
Understood Betsy
Nature reading
Read Goops and How to Be One (not in AO’s schedule, at Gutenberg, )
History reading
Phonics (we used Alpha-Phonics and some of Play N’ Talk, which I was able to buy for 25 dollars because it was records and in our homeschool group almost nobody but me still owned a record player in the 90s. But now you can buy digital downloads for .99 per lesson and see how it works for you)
This is a general schedule. When we finish Understood Betsy, we’ll plug in the next book in the same slot. We don’t generally do the History reading quite so often, but I leave open that many slots just in case it does take longer.

This schedule generally takes us from about 8:30 to noon, sometimes less. Of course, sometimes if they are being silly, we don’t finish until after lunch.

school education june 1898 coverI slipped in the extra memory work as an afterthought. There was a lot of to-do in the media a while back about the Pledge of Allegiance, some wanting it stopped in schools, some wanting words deleted, and without coming down on one side or the other of the arguments, that fuss brought to my attention that my youngest two children didn’t even know what the Pledge *was* (because I largely come down on the not being comfortable with it side).  Even thought I don’t say it with the whole hand on the heart, standing at attention, staring at the flag thing,  I figured that they really ought to at least know it. =)
My schedule is written out on a daily schedule form and slipped inside the front  of a large three ring binder- the kind with a clear cover. Inside the back cover I printed out numbers counting by twos, and we use that to practice skip counting during math. My binder currently is only for my two year 2 students, as my year 8 students do not need such constant attention any longer. When they were younger I fit more than two children’s work inside the binder.
The contents of my binder are as follows:
On the inside of the clear plastic at the front: A picture of a large and cheerful train engine with the CM motto “I am; I can; I ought; I will.” It wasn’t this one, but you get the idea (click to enlarge):
I am I can I ought I will
Open the binder, and inside the cover (to your left) was my schedule.

I included in my notebook a print-out of AO’s schedule and booklists for year 2. If there were any other helpful schedules or lists shared on AO’s email list (now the forum), I printed them out too, because I do better with paper than screens.  Then I had the following subject dividers:
Subject divider: “chores and practical skills”
Here I have a list of chores my year 2 students can do or should do or need to learn, such as a diagram for proper setting of the table, a list of social skills to practice. If I come across anything new that I want the kids to learn this year, I put it in this section of my notebook. This is mainly for me, because I can be scatterbrained, so this keeps my ideas on skills I want to be sure they learn in some sort of order.
Subject Divider: Bible
One page with the words to the song of the books of the Old Testament
One page with the Bible readings laid out. I don’t do a dated schedule. I do have an ‘order.’ This year’s page looks like this:
Hannah Weans her son
Eli’s Wicked sons
Samuel’s Mother brings him a coat
Samuel hears something
It comes true
What happens to the Ark of the Covenant
The Philistines want to get rid of it, but how?
Samuel is judge
Samuel’s Wicked sons
We meet Saul
Annointing of Saul
Ammonites- Oxen- Victory
Samuel Talks to the People
Saul Disobeys
Jonathan is Brave
Saul Finds Out, and something about a honeycomb
Saul disobeys, again
Samuel looks for a new king
Saul and the Evil Spirit
David and Goliath
David and Goliath cont
David and Goliath cont
David and Goliath cont.
Saul hates David
A Special Friendship
David Flees
And Flees Again
Saul Hunts David
and hunts him still
and still
Saul is sorry
Nabal and Abigal
David respects the annointed
Saul and a Medium
Saul is Afraid
David is King

This is basically just breaking down sections of the Bible into what Miss Mason calls ‘an episode.” We don’t read more than one in a schoolday day (Daddy does Bible with them in the evenings, and there are other times and places where bible teaching takes place, but this is ‘school.’ AFter a reading, they narrate. I don’t date it, and then if things come up (an illness, a wedding, a plumbing issue, a freezer fail), and I have to run off and we don’t get any school done at all, that’s okay.
The next page is a page listing the stories we are doing from the New Testament. We just finished the book of Luke, so now we are going through Acts. On that page I have a note reminding me to sing the books of the New Testament with them.
Next I have a page with their memory verses.
The next page divider is for Math
In the math section I include any print outs that I think we should do this year. I have a page listing several math activities we are working through I have a page of math objectives for this year I have a page where I keep a math journal- I write down the titles of any math books we read and what other math related activities we might do.
The next page divider is songs.
In this section I print out the words to our hymns and folk songs so I have them handy.
The next section is history tales.
In this section I have this order of events:
The Little Duke
Chapter 1a
Chapter 1b
Chapter 2a
Chapter 2b
When we read The Little Duke we read half a chapter and I check off which chapter half we’ve read. This is how I handle all our readings for all of our books- the list is undated, each book has its own page. This is far more flexible and less frustrating for me than having a page with several books on it, since if I can’t get to everything on the whole page, things get messy, and I have to cross off, rearrange, and flip back and forth anyway.
The next page divider is Poetry: in this section I simply have a short list of the poets for year 2. I have the poetry books I am using on our school bookshelf. In other years, I just printed out the poems directly from AO’s website and included them in this section of the binder.
Next section is copywork
Here I include any poems or quotes I want to use for copywork
Next subject divider is Geography. Since I was using C. C. Long’s geography that year and I read it aloud with my year 2 students, I printed it out and put it in my binder.
The next page divider I have marked Literature.
Here I have a page for Shakespeare, Parables from Nature , Pilgrim’s Progress, and other readings. All this information is on one page. It looks like this:
Tales from Shakespeare
Term 1: Two Gentlemen from Verona; R omeo and Juliet
Term 2: All’s Well/ Cymbeline
Term 3: macBeth; Comedy of Errors
parables from Nature:
One every four weeks, in between Shakespeare plays
Circle of Blessing
Red Snow
Pilgrim’s Progress, Book one, 800 words/week
5-6 pages week
2 pages each of the three days we read it
Week one: 2, 4, 6
Week 2: 8, 10, 12
Week 3: 14, 16, 18
etc. I simply check off the pages when we read them and do not fret if we don’t get it all done.
Understood Betsy, term one
Wind in the Willows, term two
Robin Hood, Term 3
I have a subject divider marked P.E. I just have a page in there of some physical activities to keep them busy on rainy days when they need to stretch their legs- jump rope, jacks, hopscotch, playing some bean bag games, etc. In other years it looked a little different.
Subject Divider; Music
I have a page where I’ve written down the music resources we’ll be using this year: Ready to Use Music Reading Keyboard Capers
Subject Divider: Phonics
In later years, this would change to English, or Language Arts, or Grammar and Composition, depending.  When my youngest two were in year 2:

I have a page for my son, which says Repeat Alphabet after me while pointing to the letters on a chart
See Alphaphonics page 160, name letters
Write three letters of the alphabet
Pick out specific letters from advertisements in the newspaper
His older sister’s page includes a list of alphaphonics lessons broken down in the same way previous subjects have been. I simply cross them off when we’ve done that lesson, and do not worry about a date or schedule as such. There is a page listing chapters from the McGuffey’s readers and a corresponding question to ask or copywork assignment. She reads one lesson from the Pictorial Reader. Sometimes I ask her to read silently and then answer one question from the reading. Sometimes I ask her to find some rhyming words. Sometimes I ask her to copy one sentence. Sometimes I ask her copy two words of her choice.
Subject Divider Natural History
This includes a page with this information:
Comstock, weekly
Pagoo, term 3
Thornton Burgess Animal book
I list the chapters I want to cover
I list any other resources we will use for nature study this year I include any pictures I am copying for coloring along with our reading. For example, I currently have a picture of a gray squirrel, and any pertinent information from AO’s website
Subject Divider:
I include goals for language this year (ten verbs, ten nouns, five people, five food items, numbers to 20, face and body parts, colors) (in case you’re wondering, this was written in 2004, it’s 2015 and we pretty much stink at any foreign language)
Subject Divider:Free reading
I list the books we are going to use from AO’s website
Subject Divider: Crafts
I include projects we want to do printouts of crafts instructions for crafts
Subject Divider: History
I have a hand written chart that looks like this:
Resources: I list the history books and readings from AO’s website or that I have on hand.
Then I have five columns with a list of the weeks first, and the title
of one of those books at the top of each of the other four columns.
It looks something like this:
Weeks Island Story TCOO CHOW T&T
1 —– —- — ch. 10
2 23, Stamford —- — —–
3 24 Hastings — —- —-
4 25 —- 47, end of world —-
I’m not listing all of this because the formatting will be totally
lost. The idea was that we didn’t read from each of these books every single week, and it was a little more complicated than the rest of my schedule.
Subject Divider: Art
a page with a list of the artists we are studying and any books I have on the artist
a page with a list of drawing resources we’ll be using (currently Draw, Write, Now)
I have a couple other page dividers specific to things we’re doing, and I keep our God’s World papers in this notebook, too. This way, all our work is at my fingertips and, presumably, I’m not off hunting up missing pages or reading the wrong thing and getting too far ahead of ourselves or too far behind.
it’s not the only to manage AO, it’s just the way I’m did things in at least 2003 and 4, and it worked nicely for me.

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  1. Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. I’ve been looking for a way to organize what I was wanting to do.

    With our needs (focusing on attachment and sensory issues), I just couldn’t see trying to plan each day out. Tried and failed. Sometimes very little can be tolerated in the area of ‘school’. Today, we skipped reading, coloring, creative writing (kid tells story about pic just colored while mom types it up), and math. Instead, we did an impromptu trip to the hardware store (asking for help finding things, working within a set budget, buying for a project, interacting with employees, answering questions, and adjusting plans), then home to do said project (building with duct tape and cardboard). Not exactly something I would have planned out, but definitely something I see as learning for an active, math inclined but socially struggling 5 year old.

    Thanks for an idea of how to set a somewhat flexible plan in place. I foresee what my evenings for the next week hold. This will also be a great idea for summer schooling both kids.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted March 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad you think it will help! I hope it’s at least a start for you. God bless.

  2. Posted March 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    We used quite a bit of this when you first posted it! (I had one about the same age.) So thanks again.

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