One of the hardest things for us to get down was timing. There are so many possibilities of what schedule to follow for homeschooling (if any). I cannot tell you how many different options we tried. Yes, we worked to find our rhythm for the day-to-day learning times. However, I’m talking the bigger picture here. Do we follow the public school calendar? Do we school year round? Do we do a six week on two week off schedule?
So. Many. Options.
This is our fourth “official” year homeschooling. We started out by trying no schedule. Yeah, quickly learned that did not work for me. If I have no schedule, I will do nothing. My kiddos turned out to be very much the same. So, we moved onto trying a six week on, two week off schedule. The two weeks felt to be too long of a break. Builder and Princess quickly got out of the “habit” of school.
This year I really liked the idea of a six week chunk of learning time. So, I kept that portion and decided to try only one week off. It seemed like a nice amount of time to have a break from scheduled school time activities, but not too long as to get us all out of timing. This is when I realized something so cool.
This is a sabbath cycle!
Six weeks on, the seventh week is a rest time. No wonder it made so much sense to our minds, bodies, and spirits! I have to tell you, this schedule is such a blessing. We are only in the second round of this cycle, but I can already feel we have hit the rhythm that works for us.
I wanted to share this with you because it is fun to celebrate those times when something clicks. As a homeschool community, it is so important to walk with others in their rough times and rejoice in the aha times. Those times when something just works!
If you are still in the boat of not having a timing that works, keep chugging along. Keep trying this and that, you will find it. Most likely, you will simply stumble upon it like our family did. None of this was out of my own wisdom or knowledge. We kept trying and finally came across that which worked.
I have a sneaking suspicion that things will change as the kiddos grow older and work loads increase, subjects are added, etc. However, this has given me a basic encouragement that when you just keep at it, it will come. The Father of us all, will not leave us stranded. We grow stronger, as we walk longer. Love to all.
Your Turn to Say ~ What has been your struggle or victory in timing?