I found an old alarm clock, set it up to go off at 7:30 each morning, instituted a "lights out" policy (previously children were allowed to leave on a lamp), and created a rough schedule. It took a few days to iron out the kinks but I have to say this schedule is working great. Here is a sample of what I made but you could easily adjust it to fit your family's routine:
7:30-8:00 Get up, Breakfast, Get Dressed, Brush Hair & Teeth
9:30-12:00 Bathroom Break, Corrections, Other Subjects
12:45-2:00 Free Time
3:00-5:00 Free Time or Errands
5:30-7:00 Free Time (Soccer)
7:00-7:30 Round Up
7:30-8:00 Brush Teeth, Pjs, Stories, Prayers
8:00-8:30 Read, Lights OUT
*Parents can override any existing schedule.
*Lights out MEANS LIGHTS OUT. No flashlights, no lamps.
*Schedule is subject to change.
*Anything that isn’t finished during the regular time slot will take away from your free time.
*This schedule is a guideline to help you learn to manage your time.
Now that was the negative we had going on. We had plenty of positives happening too. Speedy is a reader now. He will finish up Hooked on Phonics 2nd grade THIS week! On to chapter books! He is a little hesitant about bigger books but I know he will do fine. He actually admitted earlier this week that he likes to read! YAY! Apple is doing great with fractions. Much better than I expected. I pray, pray, pray that it will continue. She did really well on a unit test this week and I couldn't be happier.
So we will plug away through the mid-semester blahs. We will work diligently towards Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. We will relax with cookouts and bonfires with friends. We will enjoy football, s'mores, falling leaves, and hot cocoa. Keep on keeping on homeschool families!