Ask Donna Vail: How can we complete our schoolwork by noon?

Donna Answers This Weeks Question:

Q: Donna, I am having trouble fitting all the tasks and subjects into our schedule. I read your children are done with their work by noon and would like to know how we can create a schedule that allows for their learning but doesn’t take the whole day to complete. I have a daughter age 10, son age 7 and the youngest daughter is 4 years old. Thanks for your help!

A: You are not alone. This week I have talked with several parents who are working out balancing their schedules. Schedules have to be fluid, meaning have some flexibility. Be willing to make changes as life happens. I myself flow in and out of adjusting the schedule according to the current demands and changes in everyday activities. Here are 6 simple steps to begin creating the schedule you desire.

  1. Determine all your “anchor” times. This includes sleep and waking times; being sure enough time is allotted for ample rest. Meals also need to be scheduled at regular times.
  2. Schedule personal care and household services/chores. One or two tasks should be enough to keep things done and balanced. A lot a small time slot in the morning and another time slot in the afternoon or directly after supper.
  3. Schedule time for academics. This is should be quiet time with no distractions. We start ours between 9:30 and 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Depending on the age of the child, younger children take less time and older children who are doing more in-depth work can take longer. Children are sitting and doing their studies. Mom is working, reading and writing at her desk and Dad is working at his desk. Everyone is taught to respect each other’s space and stay quiet until everyone is finished.
  4. What’s left? The afternoons are open for explorations, free play, projects, field trips, shopping, and group gatherings.
  5. Word of caution: When working with children you need to allow ample time for flexibility to properly care for them and their character.
  6. If you are a work-at-home parent more consideration is necessary to allow for both studies and work. We can help you work out a plan that is perfect for your family.

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