How many times have you wished there were more hours in the day? More time for homeschooling? More time to spend with individual children? More time for household projects? Time for fitness and exercise? Time to work on hobbies? More time with your spouse?
With block scheduling, you can actually get your wish!
Okay, the schedules don’t actually make the day any longer. But, using them really does make it seem like they do!
Busy parents have long known the benefits of the block schedule. These may seem intimidating at first, but once established, they literally run themselves.
Do schedules work all the time? Of course not. But for seasons of life when schedules make sense, block schedules set the gold standard for getting stuff done!
In a nutshell, here’s how block scheduling works:
- First, you imagine the perfect day, and identify what every member of the family should be doing at every point throughout the day.
- Then, you figure out the number of hours in the day that are available in for scheduling (from rising until bedtime).
- Next, you choose the length of time for every “block” (15-60 minute blocks are common)
- Finally, you draw up a chart, so that every family knows where he or she needs to be, when, throughout the day.
Sound daunting? Actually, it isn’t.
If you start out small, and schedule the first few hours of every day, you’ll have a great beginning. Once you get the hang of things, you can expand your schedule even more. Or not. It’s up to you.
Look at this portion of a block schedule for a mom and 2 children:
|8:00-9:00||Breakfast, reading||Breakfast, reading||Chores, get math ready|
|9:00-10:00||Spanish||Math with mom||Math with James|
|10:00-11:00||Math with mom||History||Math with Sara|
|11:00-12:00||Science with James||Science with Sarah||Chores, Calls, Emails|
|12:00-1:00||Lunch and rest||Lunch and rest||Lunch and cleanup|
|1:00-2:00||History with mom||Outside time, hobbies||History with Sarah|
|2:00-3:00||Outside time, hobbies||English||Gardening or sewing|
|3:00-4:00||English||Music practice||English with Sarah|
|4:00-5:00||Chore time||Chore time||Laundry, dinner prep|
Imagine now this schedule organized into 30 minute blocks instead of 60 minutes. Then, imagine the schedule starts at 7:00 a.m. and runs all the way until bedtime. Finally, imagine adding more kids and blocks to the schedule, until everything is accounted for!
Turns out, block scheduling is one of my most requested talks. That’s because they really, really work!
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