I had some ideas on how I wanted to change up our schedule that I wanted to implement but I also did some research on various ways other homeschoolers run their day.
I wanted to include a little more structure but at the same time be open for changes, as we ALWAYS are changing something up to go with whatever interest comes up, random holiday that is interesting, or field trip we have planned. I love this type of homeschooling flexibility and know that the kids love it too.
So, I started with a change to our schedule by writing it out in 20 minute blocks (schedule to come shortly after I finalize it), as this is about the attention I can get from my 6 year old at this time. And then I alternated desk work with moving activities and reading so that we aren’t sitting in one place too long.
Though I was familiar with the idea of Workboxes, it just isn’t feasible in the space we have since my two year old would get to them and dump them in a heartbeat so I had passed it over. Then I came across the idea of Work Pockets and loved the idea.
I also found the idea of a ready lists and maybe lists from Planned Spontaneity and love the idea. So I’ve decided to take a few of these and insert them into my 20 minute time slots. I think that the kids will like seeing what is accomplished and what is left to do that the work pockets will provide and I will love having the planning organized and know what is ready to go when we feel like breaking it up a little and doing something different for the day.
You can get a copy of Planned Spontaneity and see if you like the planning system. There are some great idea in the e-book and it is free so you have nothing to loose. Check it out and see what you think.
Do you use work pockets or work boxes? How do you organize them? How does it work for your family?