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Homeschool Help: Managing Multiple Schedules

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 1, 2009 @ 12:39 am In Homeschooling,Learning,Time Management | 14 Comments

While I’m busily uppacking my homeschool, I’ve turned to Connie from Smockity Frocks [4] to share how she manages the fine art of teaching many children at once. Her posts have made me laugh, so hop on over and browse her archives if you’re in need of a chuckle.

Managing multiple homeschool schedules can be tricky at best. This year, five of my seven children are “in school”, which is to say they have school work to complete each day.

I use a schedule from Managers of Their Homes [5] which shows each child (and Mom!) what he or she should be doing at 30 minute intervals.


In addition to that, I use this system of index cards attached to a ribbon hanging next to the schedule. Each child has a ribbon with different color cards.


After an activity is finished, the child turns the card over. That way, the child and I can both see at a glance how much work has been done and what needs to be done next.


This has eliminated the scenario where Mom asks repeatedly, “What are you supposed to be doing? Have you finished your math? Have you done your spelling?”

Thanks to this system, managing multiple homeschool schedules is, well, manageable.

– Connie blogs at Smockity Frocks [4]. She is a Christian, homeschooling mom of seven rowdy children, wife of one hunky golf pro, maker of aprons, wiper of noses, writer of stories. It’s a wonderful life!

FishMama here: I find Connie’s system to be a fun, fresh way to help a mom and student to stay on task. And when I find our school books, I am going to give it a whirl with my kindergartner, using pictures as well as words on his cards.

For more educational inspiration, visit Thirsty Thursday at FiveJs [9].

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