*Update: A couple of notes...
This morning, while going over the new schedule with the children, I found a couple of errors (we decided that it would be pretty difficult for Isaiah to have time with the little ones while being in school with Mommy at the same time :) ), so I fixed those and uploaded the "corrected" version here.
And I will be happy to answer all your questions so just ask them here in the comments section; I'll write a new post addressing them in a few days.
Okay...I finally finished typing out our schedule...and I saved it on a thumb drive too so hopefully I won't have to type it out again until next summer :)
For those of you who do not know, in 2003 while I was pregnant with Josiah (our 7th) and just beginning home schooling, a friend of ours gave us a book written by Steve and Teri Maxwell. This book led me to their website ( www.titus2.com) where I ordered MOTH (Managers of Their Homes), a guide to daily scheduling written especially for Christian home schooling families. What a blessing that book was (and still is)!
I have written a schedule for my and the children's days for almost 7 years now. A common question I get asked is, "How do you get it all done?" My first thought is that I don't get it ALL done; but through much prayer, my husband's leading, and planning, I am able to accomplish what the Lord wants me to do each day.
I know the first thing people say when they think of scheduling is, "I could never be that structured or rigid." Others have told me, "I have tried a schedule, but we can't stay on it". But I tell you, our days have been far more calm and enjoyable having a schedule than when we are just "winging" it.
Our schedule is a valuble tool we use to guide our days. There is a lot to do and a lot more that can/could be done. But the Lord has given us 24 hours each day. Some of those we need to sleep. And so what are we to do with the remaining hours?
That's why I always start with praying and asking the Lord for wisdom and seek Daniel's counsel as well. I write down the goals I have for myself and each child as well as the things I know we need to do each day (sleep, eat, bathe, school etc...), determine what other things to add that help us accomplish the goals we have, and determine how much time we need to /should spend on each of those things.
And from that I make our schedule :)
With so many little (yes Timothy...and "big" :) ) blessing running around here, and the task of feeding, clothing, training, schooling etc... each one as well as the other work of the home, it is a blessing to not have to try to remember everything! It's written out for me.
Things that I never had time for before, if we feel they are something the Lord would have us invest our time in, they now get accomplished. You would be amazed what just 15-30 minutes a day adds up to! This past month, I only had a handful of days where I had that sewing time and it added up to 3 simple summer nightgowns :)
Do we stay perfectly on schedule every day? No...I don't think I've actually ever had a day where everything or even 75% of things have gone just as we have it written out.
We have days when things run "according to plan", but those are NOT the norm. We usually have days where we get unexpected visits, someone gets sick, the baby is fussy from teething, I feel the entire day I've spent just working on character/disciplining/training, etc...
But does this defeat me? Not at all! I just stay on schedule those days as best I can, know the Lord has other plans for us those days, and know we continue to make progress towards the goals we have for our family.
I do have to make a choice each day whether to follow our schedule or not. Sometimes the choice is made for me (Daniel asks us to do something else, all the children wake up sick, etc...). Other times I have to decided if the "interruption" is one that should take me off our schedule or not (a phone call, time on the computer, discipline or comfort for a child, taking a break, doing a project etc...). Sometimes the answer is yes and other times the thing can wait.
Well, all that to say, here is our schedule :) Any questions? ;)
School Schedule 2009-2010