I somehow didn't realize I hadn't posted my schedule for the 2011-2012 school year until I was ready to start this school year! We did use our 2011-2012 schedule all year with good luck, so I'll post it now.
Rather than being a strict time-keeper, I follow the same routine or flow to each day. That way my boys know the order in which to do things and what comes next, without having to ask me all throughout the day.
So, even if you are not a particularly scheduled person, I'd encourage you to have a set order or routine that you follow.
I'll repost some of my same comments from my previous schedule, as we still follow these same ideas, so they're worth repeating.
We have found that our start time is very important each day and that the next most important thing is keeping the same flow or routine to the day. For my oldest two sons, I made sure to schedule independent tasks last in their day. In that way, if my oldest two get up early or get ahead of schedule, they can simply jump to the end of their schedule and do one of their independent subjects. My boys love this, as they feel they are chipping off their ending time by doing these subjects earlier in the day.
In order for my day to flow well, I don't necessarily have to be on the exact times it says on my schedule (and often I am not ), but I do need to have each of my kiddo's time with me in the same order each day. This keeps my routine very similar and makes me able to calmly move on to what is next. My boys know that when I call them to do any items scheduled with me that it takes precedence over whatever they are doing. This is because there is only 1 of me and 4 of them!
I give each child his own schedule, and I keep a copy of these individual schedules in plastic page protectors on a ring on my fridge so that I can easily check at any given time who is supposed to be doing what (and where). I have a one-page schedule for me that includes only the items I am to be doing with my children in the teaching capacity or the maintenance capacity. This keeps my notes to a minimum and shows me at a glance what I'm supposed to be doing. The kiddos each have a copy of only their own schedule in a 3-ring folder in a plastic page protector for them to check off each day with a dry erase marker. We use the same routine every day, which really helps the kiddos memorize it.
Here are my boys' schedules for 2011-2012. The items in blue are the ones that are done specifically with me each day. I have not put mealtimes in blue, nor all of the overseeing I do as I move kiddos from task to task, but my teaching times are noted in blue. This way you can see how it works for one teacher to teach multiple programs. We do eat lunch and dinner together as a family, but our breakfast is in two shifts with the olders eating as they get up and the youngers getting up later and eating later. This allows for the olders to have some quiet work time before the youngers descend upon us for the day.
Don't let this detailed schedule scare you, as it is honestly the order and routine (not the times) that keep us steadily progressing forward each day. Although you may never get to the point where you are doing 4 separate programs, I just wanted to let you know that it can be done and is manageable. You may never have the need to finish as early in the day as I do so that I have time to work, but if you do I also wanted to let you know that is possible. So keep that in mind as you read further. Rest assured that this is just one way among many, and HOD is flexible enough that families are able to make the same guides work in a completely different order and manner to find what is best for them.
Shaw's Grade 7 Revival to Revolution Schedule:
6:30-7:00 Make Bed/Clean up Room/Dress/Groom (30 min.)
7:00-745 Pick Orders/Tape Boxes/Tear Down Boxes (45 min.)
7:45-8:00 Eat Breakfast (finish eating during first subject as needed)
8:00-8:20 Bible Quiet Time Box (20 min. morning room)
(5 min. kitchen table)
(2/3 orally or on white board, one exercise on paper) (20 min. kitchen table)
8:45-9:10 Reading About History Box (25 min. morning room)
9:10-9:25 Independent History Box/Research (15 min. morning room)
9:25-9:45 Rotating History Box (Poetry/Geography/Timeline/Worthy Words) (20 min. morning room)
9:45-10:05 History Project Box (20 min. kitchen counter)
10:05-10:25 State Study (20 min. kitchen counter)
10:25-10:45 Play with Beau (20 min.in playroom/living room with games from kitchen cupboard)
10:45-10:55 Mom goes over Shaw's work from A.M. with him
(In reality, this took 20-25 min.)
10:55-11:15 Biblical Worldview/Music Appreciation
(20 min. morning room)
(I go over the lesson and am available during the assignment time.) (30 min., as the year wore on it became 45 min. kitchen counter)
11:45-12:15 Drawn into the Heart of Reading or Creative Writing
(30-40 min. morning room)
12:15-12:40 Science: Exploration Education (25 min. kitchen counter/on computer)
12:40-1:00 Inventor Study (20 min. morning room)
1:00-1:40 Eat Lunch (40 min. kitchen table)
1:40-1:45 Clear Table/Counters (5 min.)
1:40-2:45 Play Outside for Recess (60 min.)
(15 min. kitchen table)
Greyson's Grade 3 Finishing Bigger Full-Speed Schedule.
He also began Preparing Hearts full-speed toward the end of the year. The schedule below reflects Grey's Bigger Hearts schedule.
8:30-9:00 Eat Breakfast (We have oatmeal on a kettle on the stove ready for differing breakfast times or eggs in the microwave.)
9:00-9:30 Go back upstairs/Get dressed/Make Bed/Brush Teeth/Pick up Room
(15 min. kitchen table)
(20 min. morning room couch)
10:05-10:45 (All items listed below during this time on morning room couch)
Reading About History Box
Bible Story Box
Bottom Left Rotating Box
10:45-11:15 Play with Beau (30 min. in Grey's room/playroom/or living room - at end of playtime Grey starts Beau on computer)
(20 min. kitchen table)
(10 min. kitchen table)
11:45-12:15 Drawn into Heart of Reading
(30 min. living room/with Shaw)
12:15-12:30 Cheerful Cursive (15 min. kitchen table)
12:30-1:00 Science (30 min. kitchen counter - I'm available to help as needed, but we've done it long enough Grey can do much on his own now.)
1:00-1:40 Lunch (40 min. kitchen table)
1:40-1:45 Dust Bust
1:45-2:45 Recess Outside (60 min.)
Beau's Age 5 Little Hearts for His Glory Full-Speed Schedule:
8:00-8:30 Get Dressed/Brush Teeth/Groom
8:30-8:45 Eat Breakfast
8:45-9:15 Educational Video (30 min. living room)
9:15-9:45 Play with toys from kitchen cabinet quietly (30 min. kitchen table/playroom)
9:45-10:25 Play alone in his room upstairs (30 min. Mom sets out toys and starts music)
10:25-10:45 Shaw plays with Beau games from kitchen cupboard (20 min. living room/playroom)
10:45-11:15 Grey plays with Beau (30 min. playroom/living room/Grey's room)
11:15-11:45 Educational Computer Game (30 min.)
11:45-12:15 Eat snack, then play in living room near mom and other boys (30 min.)
(15 min. in morning room/playroom)
12:30-1:00 Little Hearts for His Glory
(half-speed left side one day/right side next)(30 min. kitchen table/morning room)
1:40-1:45 Clean Up
1:45-2:45 Recess Outside (60 min. all boys together)
Cole's Grade 10 School Schedule
(Piloting Some Possible HOD Plans for the Future):
7:15-8:00 Make Bed/Get Dressed/Groom/Unload Dishwasher/Eat Breakfast
8:00-8:45 Pack Orders (basement)
(5 min. kitchen table)
8:50-9:10 Spanish (30 min. kitchen table T/R/F) Greek (30 min. kitchen table M/W)
(Go over lesson/Assign portion to do on own) (30 min. kitchen table M/W/F) Health (30 min. kitchen table T/R)
9:40-10:25 Math (45 min. Cole's room - need computer) I'm available as needed.
10:25-11:10 Biology (45 min. Mom's room - need t.v. or computer) (Labs -kitchen counter)
11:10-12:00 Government (40 min. Mom's room M/W/F) History (40 min. T/R)
12:00-12:45 British Literature/Composition (45 min. Family Room couch)
12:45- 1:00 Begin Bible if time/ Finish after lunch recess (15 min. Family Room)
1:00-1:40 Lunch (40 min.)
1:40-1:45 Load dishwasher
1:45-2:45 Recess (60 min. all boys together)
2:45-3:15 Bible Study (30 min Family Room)
Note: Typically, Cole gets up on his own by 6:00 or 6:30 A.M. So, he does his Bible Study and often his literature study before breakfast. In this way, he is done earlier like the other boys. I also do much of my discussing with Cole after our lunch recess, in the afternoons, and early in the evening.
In all honesty, out of necessity I have gotten more scheduled as the years have gone by, due to needing to have work time for ME in the afternoons. I work hard with schooling until 1:00, but this truly leaves my time free from teaching after that! This is such a huge blessing to me, so I am willing to work harder to stay on task and keep interruptions at bay in the morning to have my afternoons for my much needed worktime and for maintaining my home! I also have to say that I am truly feeling blessed this year, as my two oldest sons are very independent, allowing me time to work with my younger two during school. I enjoy the things that I still do with my oldest sons, but I am also enjoying time spent focused on my younger ones. I can see the fruits of years spent in training my older sons in so many areas. They are truly becoming young men!