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Hey HSsrs,<br><br>
I'm just trying to get some sense of schedules and how people handle them. SOrt of curious what the regular daily routine is, ho wold your kids are, how much out of housevs in house activity and how much time together time apart your need, what sort of extracurricular activities you need.<br><br>
We are a very busy household, I try to keep it sane but at the same time me and the kids go stir crazy if we don't get out enough. Right now ds goes to preschool 2 days a week. We usually go out with friends once a week and have some one over once a week. DS also goes to kindermusik with papa on the weekend.<br><br>
DH works full time and is gone long days and some evenings so its mostly just me and the kids.<br><br>
Wondering what others days look like.
 

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We have a schedule but are not bound to it. Friday is our field trip day. We either go to the zoo or the science center if nothing else is going on. We also don't restrict ourselves to Friday field trips but I like to have that as a week ending activity.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
We do "assign" certain subjects to certain days. Like Living Math is done on M and W, MUS is done on T and Th, Science is M and W, Mythology is T and Th and so on...<br><br>
Again we are not bound by this but it is a guideline so the boys know what they need to do each day.
 

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Shedule? No schedule here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Whatever floats our boat. The girls wake up and go to bed at abt the same time every day but that's abt it really.
 

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No schedule here either, except for out-of-home group activities, of which, with four children, there seem to be a fair number.<br><br>
However, we do have a rhythm to our days. Basically on a day when we have no scheduled out-of-home committments the rhythm looks like this:<br><br>
People roll out of bed and laze around for most of the morning and much of the afternoon, reading, exploring, inventing, playing, imagining, vegetating, chatting, hanging out.<br><br>
In the winter months, early afternoon often involves a documentary DVD.<br><br>
In the late afternoon one or another of the kids usually starts some music practicing. This is often contagious. Then one or two of them might help in the kitchen with meal prep.<br><br>
Early evening is when any music practicing that hasn't happened yet gets finished.<br><br>
Mid-evening tends to be when kids choose to do any academic seat-work they might like to do. Math, 2nd language, music theory, handwriting. Usually just one or two kids will choose one or two things to do. It varies a lot.<br><br>
Late evening is when I read aloud. Usually part of a biography or other non-fiction, followed by reading from one or two novels we have on the go, one of which is usually historical fiction.<br><br>
Add to the mix each week: violin/viola/piano lessons, violin group class, community orchestra, science club, homeschool open gym morning, community choir, clay class, quartet rehearsals for two different kids and the odd playdate.
 

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Schedules are my nemesis. I want to stick to one. I write new ones down all the time. But I can't stick to one to save my life.<br><br>
Today, we woke up, ate breakfast, and listened to NPR. Then we made bread. The starter dough had been rising overnight. We cleaned and Tania made a Goldberger obstacle course. Then we went to meet some friends at the park. Then we went to the Dollar Tree where I bought 51 things. We are planning for her bday party. But I saw lots of arts & crafts thingies that I bought for us and little plastic container things to keep them in! Yay containers! We came home and ate dinner. Dh came home at 8:00. We played 20 questions, read the newspaper, and listened to dh's new cd. We showered. Tania played with the baby and watched a tv show on the computer. Now she's playing with modeling clay. She wants me to get off the computer so she can read me a chapter of Pippi Longstocking.<br><br>
I have a schedule all planned out for tomorrow.
 

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No schedules here. We tend to get up around 9:30 am to noon. Dd was getting up earlier because she prefers it, but we are all sick so that got dorked up. Whoever is up first starts the coffee and turns on the TV. Someone else will let the dog and cat outside and feed them. We chat and loaf around a lot. Then some cleaning usually happens. We run errands or go to the library or park somedays.<br><br>
The kids play video games, read, watch movies, listen to music, and etc. Ds spends a lot of time on the computer usually. We make dinner, visit friends some, and watch TV in the evenings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I can always tell who the extraverts and introverts are from this kind of thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
We're hard-core introverts so we don't do a lot of extra-currics. My kids love going out, but they predictably melt down after 1.5 hours out with people. And there are many days where they beg to stay home. Sometimes, I just want to go to the grocery store and I can't seem to uproot them and get them to leave the house!<br><br>
Ds1 will have an art class starting soon on Wednesdays. He finished up a watercolor class recently and he wants to try clay now. I'd like to put them in a creative movement class when they start back up. It's mostly for ds2, who feels left out of the class scene and who spends all day in imaginary mode. That's all for our scheduled extra-currics. We periodically go out to museums or the zoo but there's no routine to it. It's just whenever people want to go.<br><br>
Ds1 and I recently made a loose schedule guideline together. I kept forgetting to ask him if he wanted to do certain activities and he kept forgetting to ask. So we both agreed that having a loose outline on the fridge would serve as a good reminder to do certain activities. Like, yesterday was art day. Today is supposed to be science day. We also have a math, language arts and history day. He does many of these things whenever he wants, but having the outline on the fridge is a great reminder to ask if anyone wants to do an experiment or if anyone wants to do <insert fun craft activity>.<br><br>
As for our daily routine, the kids play together for a couple of hours in the morning while I hang out on the computer or do housework. They usually watch TV around lunchtime. Any formal activities (e.g. painting) tend to happen in the afternoon.<br><br>
That's us!
 

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A great book for reading about homeschool schedules and how different families manage them is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Homeschool Open House</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Homeschooling A Patchwork of Days.</span>
 

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We have routines but no schedules, really. And our routines change.<br><br>
Right now, we're getting up b/t 9:30 and 10:30. We eat something light, work on learning Japanese (cuz we found we learn better right after breakfast), play around with games/reading/toys until lunch. After lunch, I clean or run errands while DD does whatever she wants. Sometimes, she helps cleaning (she loves to mop) or goes on errands with me. My husband works from home so he's around too. I usually come online in the afternoon a bit and DD usually likes to hang on her computer while I do that so she can be beside me. (We share a desk)<br><br>
After dinnertime, we usually sit at the table and play board games together (all three of us) until we get tired of it. We may work on a jigsaw puzzle. We may watch a movie. I like to bake at night so I usually am in the kitchen making cookies or cake or something. DD seems to come alive around 10. She loves to draw right now and this is when she gets out all her supplies and hunkers down at the coffee table. I read or play a game or hang online while she's busy. We all like to be in the same room and are lucky to have a great room where you can dine, play a game on the TV or use the computer and still be with everyone else.<br><br>
When we're getting sleepy, we head to the bedroom where DH reads a chapter of whatever book we're enjoying. We usually stay up til midnight or later. If dh and I want some alone time, we ask DD to hang in her room with toys, snacks and movies or music. She usually plays on her DS or reads until she falls asleep.<br><br>
Tuesdays she has a pottery class for a few hours. Weekends are for friends to come over or to go do stuff with them if the weather is nice. Thursday nights, DH and I have a sitter come over for our date night out.<br><br>
We also have lots of visitors all year round. When guests are here, our routines change drastically! LOL We also travel as a family a few times a year so much effort is spent in planning trips and learning about new places.
 

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Generally I wake up around 7 and exercise, then dress and shower, make up and hair<br><br>
8:30ish is breakfast, and then we all do our morning chores, make beds, kids get dressed, brush teeth, clean their rooms. I get the laundry started<br><br>
9:30 till noon we do our schoolwork<br>
12:30 is lunch<br>
after lunch we clean up..and then we get OUT! We get back around 3 or 4 and the kids finish up anything we didnt get to earlier, or they do art.<br><br>
I just signed the kids up for classes so now every monday evening they will be in swim class, my 4yo has a sports class on mondays too...my 3yo has tumbling on thursday afternoons and my 6yo is taking Tae Kwon Do on Friday evenings.<br><br>
Dinner is around 6...then we pick up the house a bit...bathtimes, bed time stories, kids are in bed between 8-8:30.<br><br>
Then I come downstairs and collapse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My dh has a few days a week where he leaves at 8am and isnt home till 10pm. I find if we get out most days we ALL Do WAY better and the kids are happier and I dont go stir crazy.<br><br>
If we dont have a sort of schedule, we all enter melt down mode. I have a date book, and fill it in with what outings and classes and things. Then each week I make a schedule for each day...they are usually the same but sometimes we have morning field trips with our hs group, and I have to adjust it.
 

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I planned out a schedule but I found out it wasn't going to work pretty quickly. We're working on finding a good rythym now. I do try to get school work done in the morning, but my son needs a lot of playtime in beetween and works better if when we do things is HIS idea. So I let him know we need to do phonics soon, let me know when you are ready, etc. And we work that way. It works for us. I haven't figured out what to do on park day yet, because we're so relaxed and just take the whole day (with exception to picking my older son up from school at 3, we're generally gone about an hour for that) and play and take time to learn in beetween the play.<br><br>
Our only scheduled thing for my homeschooler is park day on Wednesdays. Next month we'll start soccer Tuesday evenings (with the same hs'ers, not in a league or anything like that), and in the fall we're going to look at some kind of music lessons for both boys (possibly drums) and cubscouts.<br><br>
I really thought I could handle the schedule and everything else, but looks like we're just meant to be more relaxed around here. We'll see what happens when I have two home schoolin' next year.<br><br>
Also, we go to the library and science musuem (we have a membership) about once a week, but not on any particular days.<br><br>
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I usually get woken up around 9ish by the baby. We lay in bed for awhile then come downstairs and we have breakfast, usually my oldest is up, too. My girls like to sleep, usually until 10. Laundry is ongoing so I usually start up the washer or dryer at this point. I have my tea and toast at the computer after I've fed the kids. Then shower/get dressed and we start our "work" (math, spelling, grammar, religion, science, and reading comprehension, also history and handwriting). We usually do schoolwork from 11 or 12~2 or 3. We also eat lunch at some point during that time. Also I put the baby down for a nap during that time. After schoolwork is free play, usually video games, books, tv, whatever they want. Today they want to go out and play in the snow. DH gets home around 4~5, we make dinner, watch tv, and put the big kids to bed around 9 or so, then we go to bed with the 2 little ones around 10. I'm also constantly picking up and doing dishes!
 

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Not necessarily, I'd wager. I wrote above about all the activities my kids do, but my eldest three kids are hard-core introverts, the eldest two especially. At age 5 they enjoyed group activities for an hour at most, no more than twice a week. At ages 13 and 10, they are fine with much longer stretches, and can enjoy having something most days of the week -- especially the 13yo. It's very much age-dependent, IME.<br><br>
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Uh...yeah we are all extroverts! If we dont get out for a few days in a row, we are a MESS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> And I become the woman in the grocery store line who starts conversations with anyone nearby.<br><br>
Goodness...I am becoming my father. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Now if a start yelling "Hello there!" out the window while in a drive through line to someone taking out the restaraunts trash, and my dc are slithering lower in their seats, feel free to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not necessarily, I'd wager. I wrote above about all the activities my kids do, but my eldest three kids are hard-core introverts, the eldest two especially. At age 5 they enjoyed group activities for an hour at most, no more than twice a week. At ages 13 and 10, they are fine with much longer stretches, and can enjoy having something most days of the week -- especially the 13yo. It's very much age-dependent, IME.<br><br>
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It's good to know how that plays out when they get older. It's good to get a glimpse of possible things to come.<br><br>
Often in young child threads, people talk about how their 4 or 5 year old craves being out and that they can't keep up with the socialization demands. And I don't have that problem. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> We're hardcore introverts so my kids (at this age) just don't care if they're out or not. They do like other kids if they are with them and they play well. But they don't need to play with other kids or be with other people that much. They have a good time but they get drained quickly and then they don't need the socialization again for a while. Introverts are very misunderstood people, I think, especially when they are young children.<br><br>
Again, it's good to hear of how similar kids turned out as they grew older. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Our schedule changes a lot, but right now...<br><br>
Monday mornings I work on writing with Taro (10) and his friend, Tom. After lunch I drive them to their animation class. Then they hang out with friends; Taro comes home for dinner.<br><br>
Tuesday mornings I take Jiro (2) and my daycare tot Moses (1) to playgroup. Taro is at Tom's all day, doing history, cooking, and lots of playing! Taro has b-ball practice after dinner.<br><br>
Wednesdays, we all go to open gymnastics before lunch. After dinner is library time.<br><br>
Thursdays, twice a month, I take Taro and Tom to their Shakespeare class in the morning. Every Thurs. afternoon, I work on science with T and T (and they play). Taro has b-ball practice again. Starting next month, Jiro will try "school" for 4 hours on Thursdays.<br><br>
Fridays, playgroup again (Taro comes too).<br><br>
Saturdays-- basketball games.<br><br>
Sundays-- grocery shopping and lots of cleaning!<br><br>
That's our scheduled stuff. Everything else is "Do as thou wilt." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Our schedule varies by day, but we're pretty scheduled. I teach about 3 times a week (2.5-3 hours each class, weekends and evenings) and I also do some additional tutoring. I'm also a fulltime grad student, so I'm at school from 11-3ish Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesday evenings.<br><br>
Rain dances a lot, so I drop her off 4 days a week at the arts center here. Her short days are 2 hours of classes; her long days are 5 hours straight.<br><br>
Rain usually wakes up between 9 and 11, and I wake up between 8 and 10. We have slow mornings - coffee, newspaper, computer. The days vary, but we hang together during the late evenings and usually watch TV.<br><br>
Sometimes one of us has a friend over, or gets together with a friend. Sometimes we both go hang with people together, but not as much as we used to. Last month we spent a lot of time doing SAT prep together, but that was an aberration...<br><br>
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Mondays and Fridays we don't have any scheduled actvities-- sometimes we go on field trips, but mostly we hang around the house and I try to catch up on housework. On Tuesday we have playgroup in the morning and then gym class in the afternoon (its our big day out). Wednesday my girls have dance class in the afternoon-- they are in separate classes, which I think is good for them.<br><br>
On Thursday we just started doing Meals on Wheels-- this doesn't take long.<br>
Our only weekend activity is Sunday school.<br><br>
My kids are 6, 4.5 and 11 months.<br><br>
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Hmmm.... haven't written this out for awhile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
As a daily thing;<br><br>
I get up at about 7:15 and get DD2 off to school @8. Ds might pull out his workbooks at this point, he also might watch a movie or play some computer games. We have a couple of hours before morning activities (on the days we have one) and his sisters still asleep so he uses this for his *me time*.<br><br>
If I need to I wake DD1 up. We ar almost always home by lunch.<br><br>
After lunch we take a little time to decompress. DD and I might read, maybe we'll do something like an experiment or watch a documentary.<br><br>
Day care kid shows up at 2. At that point usually the kids go outside or do something as a group until dinner. If DD has cheer practice she does her daily work now.<br><br>
DD2 arrives home at 4 and watches some TV before dinner.<br><br>
After dinner the kids do their *work* (DK is homeschooled and comes with work) while DD2 gets computer time. This is really varied, could be arts and crafts, could be math, could be grammar-whatever. We leave for cheer if DD has it. On cheer days DS and DK take their work with them.<br><br>
At 7 (or 8:30 on cheer days) I start getting Ds and DD2 ready for bed and they get TV time. At 7:30 we go to bed and do some reading aloud (usually a choice by them as well as something historical or scientific I picked).<br><br>
DD1 will work on her bigger projects (currently a cut and build Scottish castle and a creative writing story) now, DK finished her work or reads or helps DD1 with her story (or maybe drives me crazy bouncing around the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ).<br><br>
DK gets picked up at 9:30 and I read to DD1 and she goes to bed. Generally she is reading in bed until midnight and usually has two books she reads. Right now she's got The Princes in the Tower and a Tamora Pierce book going.<br><br>
DH gets home by 10 and we eat dinner and watch TV <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Weekly our daily activities go like this:<br><br>
Monday-visit from foster granny<br>
Tuesday-Mom's group in AM, we usually hit the library on the way home.<br>
Grocery shopping every other week.<br>
Cheer practice in the evening<br>
Wednesday-DS has speech and OT from 9:30-11:30, DD and I do errands or hit the library.<br>
Thursday-Homeschool group meets from 10-12<br>
Friday-No DK<br>
Cheer practice in evening
 

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This is just what my mother/father did when I was in school, and what I plan to do with my son when the time comes...<br><br>
The only thing that I ever had to do daily was math (we used Saxon), and practice the piano (parents pay good money for lessons so...). Everything else was whatever I was interested in at the time. On thursdays (or some other day of the week, it varied somewhat year to year) we always had swim & gym with other homeschoolers. There were usually at least 2 or 3 field trips strewn throughout the week to all kinds of museum, workshops, factories, you name it. But, basicly, I taught myself through reading and chatting to other kids/adults (in real life and on the web when we got that when I was like 12 or so).<br><br>
When I got to high school, we enrolled in Clonlara High School & there online school, compuhigh. But, aside from sending stuff in to them a couple times (I'm sure I was one of the worst at getting forms in - in 3 years I sent them in... 3 times?? Your sposed' to do it every month but uh... yeah. I was super lazy, what can I say??), not much really changed. Overall it was a great experience, and I can't honestly imagine what it'd be like to go to school, or even have a rigid schedule at home (in which case, why not just send them off?). HS in my opinion is about having fun and learning at your own pace, not being told 'you must learn this at this time on this day and that on that day at that time' - that kind of stuff is for schools, not homes!!
 
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