To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes
As I have mentioned before, my supportive husband has some key points of concern where taking on the home education beast is concerned. One of those is time. The managing there of, the stretching there of. Before he makes his final decision he has asked for a plan in writing as to how a typical day might go since I will have our youngest who is two, my in-home childcare kiddos, household responsibilities and of course, the actual educating and molding of the brains.
I was fortunate enough to come across a great write up of how to do such a thing, make a time schedule, that is. You can see the original write up here. This woman had done her research for sure! She has several more children than I do but when you add in my childcare to the mix we are almost even so I thought, what the heck I’ll give it a try. It’ll only cost me $3 to buy the post-it notes and poster board. And that’s exactly what I did this evening once my childcare families had all gone home.
I actually purchased a half sheet of poster board because it was only $0.34. If you have been reading my journey so far, you know that one of my husband’s other concerns was the financial aspect of staying within our budget, so I’m sure he will do a happy dance to know this whole project only put us back $3.34 plus tax. Not too shabby, not to mention I have enough post-it notes to last a few years. Hey maybe I could give them to my middle son’s public school teacher from last year…ack! Don’t get me started…that’s a whole different blog post! Anyway after I got home I snatched a pen from drawer and a piece of wide lined paper and got to marking. I put the piece of paper centered at the top of the skinny side of the poster board and marked where every line was on both sides of the paper, moving the paper down as needed. Once all marks were placed, I took a straight edge and lined up the dots and drew horizontal lines across the poster board.
First I took out my Post-It notes and gave each person/group a color. I then proceded to write at the top (where the sticky portion is) each task or event for a typical day. For example:
- Diaper Changes
- Subject 1
- Lunch preparations
Once that was finished for each person, I set them to the side in no particular order.
Secondly, I drew vertical lines to make sections for the time line going down the left hand side and a column for each person/group. I then filled in the time slots with hours and every 15 minutes between them.
From there, I labeled the top of each column with each person’s name. My oldest is in green, middle son is in orange, I am in pink and the childcare/youngest is in yellow. It’s easy to see how our day lines up to everyone else’s in the family this way. My husband isn’t included on this sheet because his schedule rotates. On any given day he could be gone or running errands.
Once all of our tasks were arranged appropriately, I was able to see when I could expect my downtime, devoted instruction time and how home education would fit into my day. I believe mornings will be VERY busy but once lunch hits, we should be pretty easy sailing after that. It may be where I decide to have my oldest school in the morning and my oldest in the afternoon once I get started, who knows! But at least this way, we can see on paper a tentative daily schedule.
I can tell you this much…this morning I was super overwhelmed with the thought of trying to get what was in my head on paper like my husband wanted. I am so thankful that I came across such a handy and easy way to make my thoughts tangible. Marianne is the woman’s name who runs the other site that I got this from. I have browsed her articles and she has a wealth of knowledge over there. Check her out!