The Joy (and Futility) of Keeping a Learning Schedule

My wife is so darn organized, it makes me green with envy. She makes a list of what she wants to accomplish during the week — not just educational stuff, but everything. And then, in a rapid manner, she spends each day completing the tasks and then check off her accomplishments.

What about me? I make lists, sure– but then I lose them about a half-hour later. It’s very maddening.

Still, I think it’s important as a home school parent to have some sort of a game plan — whether it’s a mental list or a yellow piece of notepad paper stuck to the fridge or a family scroll of parchment nailed to the barnyard door. (I don’t know where that third one came from). Lists can be wonderful things.

Lately, because I’ve been so busy with a whole bunch of other nonsense (something I call “work”), I’ve been using a calendar. I cut out two weeks worth of days, and then write what I’d like to accomplish. I leave a few of the days blank because I’m either too busy that day or, more likely, the kids already have a lot of educational activities scheduled. So far, the girls and I have been accomplishing about 70% of our goals. Not great — but not bad either. Then, if we ever have any “downtime” during the rest of the week, we try to catch up on what we missed.

Lately, I’ve been focusing on the following:

“The History of US” — I’ve already given a thumbs up on this text book, but I’ll say it again: I really enjoy this. (So does the 10 year old — the 7 year old is indifferent so far.)

“Natural Science” — We’ve done a lot of great stuff a couple weeks ago, but now we’re getting behind. (Probably because I’m making up the curriculum as we go along.)

“Journal Writing” — Good progress here. The girls have moved from “Take Turns Writing” and I now creating their own stories and essays.

How are things going with your learning schedule (or lack thereof?)