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Teaching Tip 

As you begin planning a schedule for school…be realistic!

It is so easy to make a perfect school schedule on paper that falls apart in practice!  So, here are a few tips to help you make a more realistic schedule.

Consider whether you are a morning person.

When making a “school” schedule, be sure to take into account whether you are a morning person.  Then, set a realistic start time for your days. I am not a morning person!  So, for me breakfast at 9:00 with teaching at 9:30 is realistic. It is better to make a plan you can stick to rather than a “wishful” plan that quickly falls by the wayside.

Consider your child’s best work times.

It is also wise to take note of your child’s best work time.  Is your child a morning person?  Or, does he/she do better with a slower start? It is a good idea to schedule accordingly. For example, don’t schedule a child who has a hard time getting going in the A.M. with his/her hardest subjects first.

Consider your little ones first.

When planning for school, often our first thought is to schedule the school-age children.  If you have a 2 or 3 year old, it is more important to schedule that little one first.  If we expect our little ones to just “go with the flow,” what will happen?  A busy 2 or 3 year old can drag everyone else along as he/she quickly derails the day!

Spend some time over the next week noticing when you and your children are at your best.

As you begin mulling over a schedule, remember to be realistic with your expectations! Your year will run more smoothly if you schedule both you and your children when you are at your best!

Blessings,
Carrie

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Cathy

    Great reminders! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  2. Nicole Reeder

    Great WISDOM!! Thank you…

  3. Jenny

    Oh, we are finally figuring this out. I’m a morning person and was trying to get my slower starting eldest to start school at 6:30 am‍♀️ with the 3r’s. Our new schedule has my youngest who wakes up ready to conquer the world doing LHTH at that time instead while big sister takes it easy. I find the same principle useful in marriage too.

    1. That sounds like you have a great plan for each of your kids now! You are right about this principle being useful in marriage too!

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