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04-18-2016, 08:23 AM
Just out of curiosity - what days do you do school? Do you keep a regular weekly schedule or do your days off change?

04-18-2016, 10:37 AM
Totally uncreatively M-F. Used to school year-round, now do school-lite in the summer to keep up with math and writing.

04-18-2016, 11:11 AM
We dont have set days for school. We try to do some math and handwriting practice 4 days a week, but everything else is very loosy goosy.

04-18-2016, 12:46 PM
It varies. I try to do M-F with Thursdays being a day of school, but not at home. We meet our group on Thursday and the kids take classes together, or we do a trip, or something educational, or at least enough so that I feel the day "counts" as a school day. We don't usually come home and do math and English, though, on Thursdays. The other four weekdays I try to get more "school" work done. However, if we have something else planned (doctor appointment - we travel to his specialists, a 2 hour trip, one way), that takes up the day usually. If we have appointments closer to home (dentist, hair cut, therapy, eye exam) then we do a modified day of Math, English, and one other subject. We do often end up working on school on a weekend, usually projects for presentations with our homeschool group, or science. I plan each week, each day. However - life. I try to be adaptable. DS needs some structure or he'll do nothing but watch baseball and play video games and play guitar. So I make sure he does enough. I hope. I always feel we should do more.

04-18-2016, 12:58 PM
We are fancy :D and loosey-goosey!

We do 'The Three Rs' 3-4 times a week on the days that we do not have much going on. Everything else is unschoolish, embedded into our general learning lifestyle. We go year round with breaks for travel and 'mental health days' (mostly mine).

04-18-2016, 01:16 PM
Year-round weekday halfschoolers here.

04-18-2016, 01:19 PM
We homeschool M-Th with Fridays being clean house day. We also reserve Friday for end of chapter tests so we start Monday on a new chapter. We also take "sun" days off from time to time. These are commonly referred to as "snow" days in the public schools. We don't take snow days off, we take "sun" days off! :D

04-18-2016, 01:41 PM
Every day. Now, not a full schedule, 7 days/wk, but something every day. Routine is very important here. Days of no/low expectations tend to fly apart at the seams, and the next day that work is required is WWIII. After years of this and of playing around with the schedule I finally resigned myself to the fact that we need to be fancy. We don't take extended breaks, we don't take time off in the summer, etc. Dd does math, piano practice, chores, and some assigned reading every stinkin' day. We will have the occasional mental health day, but generally illness and holidays are our only official "time off."

04-18-2016, 03:08 PM
Now you know that I HAD to choose that I'm fancy, TFZ!!! ;)

We work 5 days in a week's time. I generally consider my week starting Monday.....so if something comes up and interferes M-Fri, then we make it up Sat or Sun

Hs lite for summer time too :)

04-18-2016, 04:00 PM
We do most regular school stuff Mon- Fri. But we also have a German school for a couple of hours on Saturdays. Occasionally, if something doesn't get done in Friday due to life, we finish it on the weekend.

04-18-2016, 09:14 PM
Of course I had to pick "I'm Fancy" We school when I don't have to work all day. So we have alternating weekdays and the weekends, which changes every semester. Being the slackschoolers that we are, Saturday Home Depot workshop counts as reading (reading the instructions) and home ed or something. We are starting the DIY.org badges, so if he completes an activity it counts for school.*

Though I have started using book The Reading Lesson to help with phonics. That I am doing a few times a week.

I just purchased a bunch of math books (Family Math and Beast Academy to add to Math Manga and Murderous Maths) I would like to do some math projects more frequently.

*We don't have any recording requirements, so any recording that I do is for me.

04-18-2016, 10:23 PM
We've been doing M-F for everything but I'm working on transitioning DD 7 to taking on more responsibility for her time by giving her a block of goals for the week. If everything gets done by Friday AM, then that's it becomes a hiking day - her preference. The only exception is music practice and some of her foreign language stuff which she does every day.

04-18-2016, 10:37 PM
I work M, T, Th most weeks, so my main days for HS are the other 4. But DH does some school now on days I'm at work, so each week we sort of arrange it so we get about 4-5 days in. We school year-round, but take weeks off here and there as it suits us.

So I guess that makes us "fancy." :)

04-18-2016, 10:40 PM
We school Monday-Thursday and usually try to go on field trips or playdates on Fridays. However, if we have a week where the field trip falls on another day of the week, I try to encourage schooling on Fridays. Or we take double field trips that week.

My kids like having Fridays off, but if I don't plan something for that day it can easily devolve into a Minecraft all day kind of day.

04-19-2016, 01:49 AM
We do a little bit of something every day but Sunday. Usually we have 1 or 2 other days that are 'HS light' by design or necessity.

04-19-2016, 05:02 AM
WE tend to do M-F...somewhat. Every other week we take off Friday's because Daddy is off, and on the weekends his Dad works we'll frequently go through the whole weekend, unless he has farm day with grandpa on Sunday. Field Trips tend to be in the first week on Thursday so our schedule sorta looks like this: school Monday-Wednesday, Field trip on Thursday, school friday/saturday, farm day with Grandpa on Sunday, school monday-thursday, off friday, -sunday, rinse and repeat. It's a very bizarre schedule but it's one that works for everyone. :-)

04-19-2016, 06:12 PM

Tu, Wed, Thur, Sat, and Sun.

But Monday is co-op, so that's sort of school. And if something is canceled, we shift around. We do school 6 days a week pretty often if something is canceled. But we also do school 4 days a week pretty often if something is happening. I think it all balances out.

04-20-2016, 04:36 AM
I say 7 days a week because it sounds better than 'I dunno, whenever we do stuff.' Hubster works Wed-Sun and has school Mon-Thur this quarter so we flex heavily even when we do pay attention to dates. I think it's been about a week and a half since we 'did' school, but he reads every night and has been really focused on building robots which is close enough for me. My philosophy is that in the end it gets done so what does it really matter.

04-20-2016, 05:12 PM
I hate to be vague, but "whenever" is the best answer for us. It might be M-F one week, different the next. We just free flow things. For instance taking today off, but Saturday will count since we're doing a big hike and nature thing. Just roll with the flow and it works.

04-20-2016, 06:35 PM
My family has done:

M-F because of visitation schedule with noncustodial parent
S-S because of geekiness in extremely young kid
M-F because of nosy neighbours and needing to get "in the public eye" stuff done without drawing undue attention to ourselves
F-T because of resident adult child's work schedule
Currently whenever it gets done

04-20-2016, 08:38 PM
We always do sit-down school work Monday-Wednesday mornings, because I work on Thursdays and Fridays. My older son usually does some "homework" on those days, and I try to squeeze in an extra reading lesson or two with my little guy on the weekend. Nightly reading, field trips with Grandma, and hanging out with a Spanish-speaking babysitter cover the rest.

04-26-2016, 02:00 AM
I voted fancy. We base school work around my husband's schedule. If he's off we probably don't do much more than a science exhibit, a museum, zoo, etc. We do sit down at home work (really only an hour on those days) when my husband is working. Sometimes this is M-F and sometimes it's not. I can't usually manage to do "school" 5 days a row anyway. We're flexible. ;)

04-26-2016, 08:08 PM
We usually keep to a Monday-Friday schedule, but take days off here and there.

04-26-2016, 09:31 PM
Since I started working last month, I work 3 full days a week. My son goes to a friend's house for science one day, another friend's for art another day, and he's home on his own one day. He doesn't do very much other work on those three days, so I've started making him do more work on my off-days. He basically has some school work to do every single day, but it's often quite light.

07-27-2016, 12:28 PM
Our schedule is a random mess but I'm trying really hard to make it consistent. I'm suppose to work 1 day in the office and do another 10 or so hours from home. I also have to bring my grandmother somewhere and visit with her weekly. This year we're planning on Mon, Wed, Fri mornings for school. One Friday a month DD will be at forest school for the whole day and I'll be at work. DD will be doing a weekly forest school for 4 hours as well. There's no way we'll get it all done during the weekdays as DD is 6 and we don't do several hours of school a day. I'm going to try to do some of the science experiments, art, and Spanish activities during the w/e as those are more fun so I hope it won't feel like a chore, but rather something we can include my husband in.

07-27-2016, 01:23 PM
I make up our schedule book for Monday through Friday, but we will have school on Sat. or Sun. to makeup days missed. We're actually starting the 2016-2017 school year this weekend due to DD having a doctor and ortho appointment next week. We have to go out of town for pretty much everything, and by the time we get back, school is the last thing on my mind.

08-01-2016, 03:13 PM
We mostly do Monday-Friday to coincide with my husband's work schedule. This leaves the weekends free to do fun things together. I actually schedule the week out so that Fridays are next-to-nothing, and we often pull Friday's work into earlier days of the week so we can have that day off. It's mostly there with things "set" for that day so it's easy to use to finish work that may not have been done earlier in the week without JC fussing about it being her day off. ;)

08-01-2016, 05:22 PM
We are supposed to do school Tuesday-Saturday in theory. I'm hoping to get back into a good rhythm again and get back to that. Before things fully fell apart I trying to do at least Thursday - Saturday. I'm going to try to do a bit tomorrow, and start us back up.

08-01-2016, 06:01 PM
I've enjoyed reading this thread since I am struggling with the thought of adding structure into our lives. I voted 'fancy'.

With the exception of classes/lessons outside of the home, we've had no schedule or routine since HS'ing. We tried, but it caused stress, frustration and irritation in all of us; we possibly accomplished more without the schedule. However, this year I am hoping to add a little structure to our lives - with school work, sleeping, meals, etc. We'll see how that goes; we've gotten used to doing whatever, whenever we want. I recently saw a bit of an old Dr. Phil episode where an unschooler said her children went to bed at 1:00 - people were appalled. Good thing our life isn't on tv! I was structured with bedtimes when the kids were in school; but there are many nights my children are up late now that we HS.

This weekend, my son prepared a schoolwork schedule he would like to follow. He wants to do a little bit every day, seven days a week, rather than more fewer days a week. At first I thought it was a good idea too...but I am wondering if they may want free days. Our plan is to have a monthly schedule and if they want a 'free day' they would do more on another day (with the exception of instrument practice and reading that they do daily anyway). But we may be going from 0-100 and might need baby steps into structure.

Today was the first day of my son's new schedule...they didn't follow it. My daughter spent the day working on a book she is writing and my son did some math (by choice because he is anxious to work on algebra), read, played guitar and Minecraft. I considered 'making' them follow their schedule but didn't because I thought the things they were doing were 'educational' enough. But, if they want to go to public HS, I guess writing a book is not as valuable as some other subjects.

So...that is my very long way of saying 'I'm fancy'!