I have been asked many times, how I do it all with my large family. I discovered a powerful tool — the dreaded schedule. I have tried many versions of scheduling, some with some success and many with not so great of a success.
What I have found that works for us is using a basic outline of a schedule. I use what I call anchor times. Others call these times pegs. These are the times that are set in stone for the family. For us they are wake up times, meal times and bedtimes. Everything else is worked in around these times in block of time
This Basic Schedule is our current schedule. As you can see it is very basic, but it provides a guide for our day. I don’t get stressed out over 15 minute increments of time, which I do if I use a more detailed schedule. We have a large block of time for homeschooling in the morning so I can cover the topics we need. If we wind up on a rabbit trail, so be it. If we finish early, then we have more free time. The afternoon also has a large block of time for homeschooling. We don’t often use it all, but I have it if we need it.
This outline has reduced the stress for all of us over the past couple of months so I know we will be sticking with it for a while.
I would love to know how you all manage your days.