How do you do homeschool scheduling? Are you flying by the seat of your pants or do you spend hours planning it out, writing it in your planner and hoping that it is perfect? I changed things up this year and have to say I’m loving schedule we have. Two of our main subjects are all laid out with nothing headache inducing or stressful about it.
Homeschool Scheduling with BookShark
*I received BookShark curriculum for our school year, and in exchange for sharing about it with you this year. Homeschool review of BookShark.*
Why is this year been so different? Because this is our first year using BookShark Reading with History and Science. They have the curriculum planned out for you to follow along with for 36 weeks, or how ever long it takes your family at your pace. Each week has it’s own schedule, with specific instructions on using it laid out for you including the worksheets. There are optional activities scheduled in too that we have been having a lot of fun with.
How many days a week are you working on school?
A glimpse of the weekly schedule shows a four day schedule. They say that they have planned it this way so that you can use the fifth day for other activities or topics that you and children may be interested in. The schedule provided is Day 1-4, you get to choose what days are the days that you do school, we do scheduled school Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. We need that day off in the middle of the week. When you read though the parent manual you’ll see that it isn’t written in stone, you make it work for you as we have.
What are you suppose to do on those days?
They have it all laid out. What book to use, what pages in that book to read, what worksheet numbers correspond to those pages. For example, in the Science Level 1 the first three days it is book work and the corresponding worksheets, as well as optional activities that you can do together. One the fourth day, it’s hands on experiment day, a favorite in our house.
How do we use the schedule?
We are using Science Level 1 and Reading with History Level 1 this year. We discovered early on that we prefer to do larger chunks than tiny bits each day. Tuesday and Thursday are Science days, and Friday is for history. As well as other subjects such as math and language arts on those days as well.
If you are at all disorganized, like I tend to be, then you want to check out BookShark! When you are looking at the different subjects you can see more detailed samples of their schedule and work listed under samples. BookShark has the stress of figuring out how much to teach each week.
We all have to do the best that we can for our children and for ourselves no matter what kind of schedule we like to use. Maybe just flying by the seat of your pants, learning what your kids are interested in works best, and some days, that’s how it has to go here.
It doesn’t take long to go through the curriculum, at most we spend an hour and a half. That’s between the reading and the worksheets, and going over everything.