We should be starting our Schoolyear 2013-2014 soon, June 3 to be exact. That’s if I follow the HIGH SCHOOL (Gulp!) homeschool schedules I had planned for this year. But my sister from the U.S. is in town until the 3rd week of June and I need to do my “balikbayan chaperoning duties”. We’ll probably start off with a few subjects and go full blast after my sister returns to the U.S. I would have wanted to go as scheduled since I already know how loaded high school can be, but I will let Arielle and Kayla spend time with my sister first and bond with her. After all, she doesn’t come home that often and last time we all saw each other was in 2009. Relationships first before academics.
We’re actually all set to start another schoolyear (Am I???). I’ve covered all steps in my homeschool planning, except for the last step, step #12. I should set aside time for that so that the girls and I will all be on the same page before we face a loaded year.
This year, following Debra Bell’s guide on her The Ultimate Homeschool Planner (a planning system designed by Debra Bell), it is my goal to
teach better teach the girls two important life skills which should prepare them for college: TIME MANAGEMENT and INDEPENDENCE. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the pages of the Debra Bell’s planner to better understand how this is to be taught and how it’s supposed to be done successfully.
Here are the high school homeschool schedules I came up with for Kayla (7th Grade) and Arielle (3rd Year High School). I did something similar last year but the girls ended up following a revised schedule they felt more comfortable with, which was longer hours spent on fewer subjects per day. It did work for us but I feel things could be made better. This time, I plan to be stricter and follow these skeds to be able to cover more subjects every day, every week, instead of cramming a number of subjects during the latter part of the quarter. Do take note that P.E., Art, and TLE do not have to strictly follow the schedule (If they do not have P.E. in the afternoon, like in the case of Arielle, she can use that time to have a couple more minutes to finish up a subject in order to accomplish her week’s target). I just assigned them during days and in time slots where I feel we would still be able to do and enjoy those subjects without much pressure and brain activity, which could also serve as our “down time.” Another important change in our schedule is the inclusion of a Weekly Sked Approval during Mondays and a Weekly Review during Thursdays. The Weekly Sked Approval at the start of the week will serve as a time for me to check the schedules our girls intend to do (That’s time management skills for them), in order to accomplish the tasks for the week. This should also give us the time to be clear on the week’s to-do’s. The Weekly Review at the end of each week, on the other hand, is meant to provide accountability, give feedback, suggestions, corrections, and encouragement, and pay attention to areas where guidance is most needed.
I really hope and pray that this strategy will work smoothly for all of us; that this will make the girls feel that they are in control of their time, feel more responsible and more independent, and have that sense of ownership of their learning. However, I won’t be surprised if after just a couple of weeks after we’ve started our schoolyear, I would already need to do some tweaks in our schedule, to avoid tension build-up and frustration right at the beginning of the schoolyear! It’s not actually a favorite thing of mine to do, schedule adjustments (and doing grades), but I should remember to take it as a benefit of homeschooling; that we can scrap whatever doesn’t work for us and jump right in to what does.
What kind of high school homeschool schedule do you follow? What works for you and your teens? I would love to know more about them and learn from you! 🙂