Sunday, November 4, 2012

Schedule for a family with seven children ages 1-13

I've added a schedule below to cover an older, larger family.
 Alter to fit your family.
  • 5:30 Mom gets up, reads Bible, exercises some, showers, dresses, and starts breakfast. Older children dress and do chores.
  • 7:00 Eat breakfast, clean up, help little ones with teeth, hair, etc. Everyone finishes chores. Free time once they are done. Mom does a little bit of “Spring Cleaning” everyday, so it never needs to be done all at once. Also, if I get Supper out and started, the rest of the day goes much better. “Dinner before nine or it is not on time.”
  • 9:00 Clean up the yard.
  • 9:15 Walk to the corner and back.
  • 9:40 Begin Bible study
  • 10:15 Practice poetry and skip counting.
  • 10:30 Snack time, recess. Mom rotates laundry and exercises some.
  • 10:45 (or 50) Foreign language study and Logic,
  • 11:00 History and Science.
  • 11:45 Older children start independent work (including art, music, math, and grammar). Mom does preschool with the little ones.
  • 12:10 Preschoolers go play. Mom works with six year old. Ten year old starts lunch.
  • 12:30 Lunch. Mom prepares preschool work for the next day and does her emails.
  • 1:30 Older children return to work. Mom works with seven year old.
  • 1:50 Mom works with 10 year old.
  • 2:10 Mom works with 13 year old.
  • 2:30 Nap time.
  • 3:30 Free time for children. Mom does what needs to be done today (bathe babies, computer work, extra cleaning, sewing, etc) or takes free time.
  • 5:00 Clean up for daddy to come home. Everyone cleans their own zone and bedroom. Mom starts supper.
  • 5:45 Daddy comes home. Children fix drinks. Duty child helps finish supper.
  • 6:00 or 6:15 Supper time. Clean up afterwards and then free time.
  • 7:00 Clean up and begin family reading.
  • 8:00 Read the Bible. Go to bed. Mom tucks everyone in, waters the plants, feed the pets.
  • 9:00 Lights out.
9 children, ages 4-24
  • 5:30 Mom up, starts the laundry, does devotions. I start some classical music going.
  • 7:00 Most everyone is up. Time for chores, though some of the older kids get to work on school, too.
  • 8:00 Breakfast as prepared by an older child. Everyone works together to clean up afterwards. Then a bit more housework or school work. Each child is learning tme management skills by having a list and figuring out what works best for them. Change the music to things that help memory work (i.e. Bible verses set to song, sung by preschoolers.)
  • 9:00 Garden and yard
  • 9:30 Walk around the block (about a mile).
  • 10:00 Start Morning Time- Mom prays, all practice memory verses, practice the song we will do as a family Sunday morning, do a bit of Bible and church history trivia, read an article out of a Patriot Bible (the articles contain quotes and comments from our Founding Fathers). Then Proverbs and a chapter out of the Bible, poems and memory work.
  • 10:45 Break time. Mom practices piano.
  • 11:10 Preschool time. We will be adding history and science back into morning time instead of independent soon, which will shift everything down a bit.
  • 11:30 Mom begins to correct each child's work, test their spelling, and hear their reading.
  • 12:30 Each child but the 4yo begins to fix their own lunch- emphasis on leftovers- whenever they get hungry. Mom fixes the 4yo and her own lunch, then checks in on everyone's work on the math website. 
  • 1:00 Mom does the day's work; big cleaning project, painting a room, putting my book on a blog....
  • The children do whatever they need to to get their chores for the day done. then they have free time. When we shift back to doing history and science together, this time will first be devoted to finishing up any school. 
  • 5:00 Clean up for Daddy. Work on supper.
  • 6:00 Eat
  • 6:30 Visit around the table.
  • 6:45 Clean up. 
  • 7:00 Reading time
  • 8:00 Time to wind down.
  • 9:00 Lights out (well, the older kids can leave their lamps on and read if they want to as long as they are in a good mood the next day.)

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