Daily Schedule.

I have switched up our schedule this year. I tested it out this first week of school and I think it will work great. I am committing to it {until something changes and I have to change it}. I am a huge fan of the workbox system, but have tweaked it, just a bit this year. Instead of using the workboxes to contain the whole day of school, I have broken it up. I was finding it too hard to balance teaching the kids vs independent work. This way gives me the best of both worlds. So far so good.

A typical day looks like this.


Everyone is to be at the front door {including husband}. If you are late you have to clean 4 mini blinds in the house {this does not include husband}. Someone draws a stick. A cute pink and black fabric covered popsicle stick {purchased at Lakeshore}. At the end of the sticks are names of each of our family members. Whoever is drawn ~~ prays. We hold hands and pray. It’s very Kum-by-yah. I LOVE IT. Great way to start the day.

We say goodbye to Husband…


Calendar, Pledges, and Victory Drill for 1st grade.

Same for 6th grade {as teacher’s helper}.

Blog time {journaling by blog, verse by verse, through the book of Proverbs} for 7th grade.


Workboxes for 6th and 7th grade – workboxes include math, history, reading, grammar, and some supplemental things.

Time with me for 1st grade- math, phonics, spelling, writing, and reading are completed during this time.



Workboxes for 1st grade- Supplemental activities reviewing what we have learned that day with some fun activities such as play dough, puzzles, etc. mixed in.

Time with me for 6th/7th grade- we review all the workbox work from that morning and then do Bible and writing together.


1:00-1:30 SCIENCE

1st and 6th grade with me and 7th grade independent

1:30-2:30 ELECTIVES

1st and 6th grade with me for Expedition Earth and 7th grade is doing an independent unit study on the armed forces.


…and then we do it ALL AGAIN TOMORROW.



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4 Responses to Daily Schedule.
  1. Samantha
    September 9, 2011 | 7:46 am

    Thanks for sharing and blogging about your homeschooling adventure! I found your site quite awhile ago, but have never commented. 🙂 Just wanted to say thank you! We are beginning our third year of homeschooling, and this year are now homeschooling three of our children (K, 2nd, 4th grades). It is exciting but extremely overwhelming at times to figure out how to manage the one on one time with them all. Your organization posts are encouraging to me and it’s nice to see how others do it.

    • just a night owl
      September 9, 2011 | 1:44 pm

      Hey Samantha! Thanks for your comments! I love comments 🙂 I totally agree that it can be overwhelming! What curriculums are you using??? Have an amazing weekend!

      • Samantha
        September 9, 2011 | 8:09 pm

        Here’s what we’re using:

        Hudson, Grade K
        Reading/Phonics: BOB Books, Explode the Code, A Beka Letters and Sounds, and MCP Plaid Phonics (combination of the three phonics until we figure out what works for us)
        Math: Math U See Alpha and A Beka Numbers as supplement
        Handwriting: D’Nealian K

        Jackson, Grade 2
        Reading/Phonics: Bob Jones Reading and Phonics 2, plus supplements from library or that we own
        Math: Teaching Textbooks 3
        Language: A Beka Language 2
        Spelling: Spelling Workout B
        Handwriting: D’Nealian 2

        Cameron, Grade 4
        Reading: Bob Jones Reading (just the reading text, not workbooks), plus supplements from library or that we own
        Math: Teaching Textbooks 5
        Language: A Beka Language A
        Spelling: Spelling Workout D
        Writing: Wordsmith Apprentice

        Everyone together
        Science: R.E.A.L. Life Science
        History: Roadtrip and SOW Vol. 1 and 2 (just listening on audio cd)

        That’s the core stuff we’re using. A few things are new to us this year (like the Roadtrip and Spelling workout). Also, I’ve never taught Kindergarten age before so I’m nervous a bit for teaching how to read. With an eclectic curriculum, I love the freedom in using the best options for each subject but I worry that we may have missing gaps somewhere. Like I’ll forget to teach my kindergartner his address or months of the year. Or possibly something a little more important in learning for the older kids. Sorry, guess I just needed to get that off my chest. 😉 I’m not the only one thought, right??

        Anyway, thanks again for sharing what you do. And you have a great weekend as well!

        • just a night owl
          September 10, 2011 | 3:46 pm

          Going to have to look into those! A lot of them are new to me! Thanks! xo

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