Does your child have an easy-to-follow schedule that can be seen at a glance?
Do you love schedules or loathe them? Either way, there is one helpful item that we have found our students need. It is a list of subjects in the order the subjects “ideally” should be completed each day. Without such a schedule, the child remains completely dependent on you to dictate the day.
A schedule doesn’t need to be fancy.
This listing of subjects can be hand-written or typed. It is helpful to use the subject names from the boxes in the Heart of Dakota guide. It also helps to note a time allotment behind each subject. This way the students have some idea of how long the subject is expected to take. On our schedule I also include the room of our house where I expect the child to complete the subject. I write start and end times next to each subject (but this part of the list is purely optional).
You can use the same list all year!
We use the same list all year. We place the schedule in a plastic page protector. Each day our students check off each subject with a dry erase marker. At day’s end, they use a dry eraser to clear the schedule for use again the next day.
Freedom comes when the order of subjects remains basically the same.
Keeping the subjects in the same basic order each day really pays off in setting a routine. Your student will come to expect which subject comes next, saving both of you time. The actual time on the clock when each subject occurs is less important than the routine. Even if the time of day at which you complete those subjects varies from day-to-day… the order remains the same. Try making a simple, easy-to-follow schedule for your child and see what you think!