Winter 2020-2021 Relaxed Homeschool Schedule

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Well, I don’t know about where you are but we are in the thick of winter here in Chicago land. We are just north of Chicago here and got a decent amount last night.

My kids were born in California and then we moved to North Carolina so they haven’t really lived in a place where there’s lots and lots of snow.

Our schedule for homeschool will change with the seasons. And that’s what I really like about homeschooling. Flexibility.

Today, I want share with you our winter homeschool schedule (or routine) that we’ve been following for the past month or two and will continue to as we head into the first quarter of 2021.

Year-Round, Relaxed Homeschoolers

We are year-round, relaxed homeschoolers. Although there’s a schedule/routine, I try to be flexible.

My kids are 8 & 5, so “technically” in kindergarten and the 2nd grade. I try not to go by age or grade level when it comes to learning, but rather assess their current understanding level and go from there.

If there are subjects, habits, or character issues we need to work on more, we will spend more time on that.

If they are just zooming through their lessons and show comprehension or without too much whining and complaining 😉, then I know they are able to handle it and we can move rather quickly.

I believe if we set the foundation firm, love and nurture them, give them plenty of time to explore and ponder in the early years, then it will make learning in the later years more enjoyable.

Winter Homeschool Schedule for Kindergarten & 2nd Grade

Although, I am horrible at sticking to schedules, the kids do well knowing what to expect around a certain time of the day and our days seem to flow better when there’s a routine of some sort.

In general, this is our homeschool routine/schedule.

2020-2021 Homeschool Schedule

Homeschool Mornings

Mondays & Fridays 10am-12pm

  • Spelling
  • Science
  • Piano practice
  • Five in a Row (everyday, Monday-Friday)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-12pm

  • Math (for Micah)
  • Language arts/phonics (for Ellie)
  • Piano practice
  • Five in a Row

Wednesdays 10am-12pm

  • Five in a Row
  • Piano practice
  • Chores/errands

Lunch 12pm

Homeschool Afternoons

Monday-Friday 1pm-2pm

  • Outdoors
  • Nature learning
  • Playground

Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm

  • Snack time
  • Free time while mom works

Mondays only 4pm

  • Piano lessons

Monday-Friday 4pm-5pm

  • Play board games
  • Prep for dinner

Supper 5pm

Homeschool Evenings

  • Family time
  • “Evening basket” (read books/journal/devotion/Bible reading/prayer)

Breaks and Holidays

Since we are year-round homeschoolers we take a one-week break every 6 weeks of homeschool.

We also take one week of break for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year.

We are currently in Illinois and there are no required days of homeschooling in this state. But, I still keep track on my current homeschool planner, Homeschool Panda.

We are a military family and I never know if the next place we are stationed in will be a stricter state or not. So, to be on the safe side I keep track of attendance, records, portfolios.

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    That’s a Wrap

    Well, that’s pretty much our 2020-2021 winter homeschool schedule.

    Please let me know in the comments if your schedule changes with the seasons or do you pretty much stay with a similar schedule during a school year.

    Take care and Happy New Year!

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