The best schedule we have found since Jon has been on first shift is one in which we get up early and go to bed early.
5:00 AM - Jon and I get up and ready for the day.
5:30 AM - Jon wakes the kids while I fix breakfast and pack Jon's lunch.
5:30 - 6:30 We eat breakfast and have family devotions.
6:30AM - Jon leaves for work. The kids get ready for school. I help the kids as
needed, check e-mails, check for blog updates, review my lesson plans for
the day, and gather the materials I need for teaching. The kids and I do our
8:00AM - 3:00 PM School
3:00 - 3:30PM Clean-up from school
3:45 - 4:00PM Jon comes home from work. The kids finish any schoolwork that wasn't finished during school time.
6:00 - 8:00PM clean-up, chores, family time, and bedtime routine (kids in bed at 8:00PM)
9:00 PM Jon and I go to bed.
Before we started back to school, I wrote out a very detailed school schedule:
8:00AM Prayer, Pledges, Praise, and Bible
8:30 Social Studies/Science
9:00 Language Arts/Health and Safety/Art
9:45 Penmanship to Praise
9:55 Creative Writing
10:00 Wisdom Words
12:30 Read Aloud then Boys' naps
1:00 Spanish (1st Semester)/French (2nd Semester)
1:30 Learning to Love Literature (Froggie and Kitty Kat)
2:00 Mon. - Music, Tues. - Etiquette, Wed. - Homework, Thurs. - Sewing, and Fri. - Home Economics
2:30 High Way to English Grammar (Froggie and Kitty Kat)
3:10 Afternoon chore time
4:00 Physical Education
While the kids and I thrive on a schedule, the above schedule is a bit too strict. The set times for starting and finishing subjects doesn't allow for finishing early or continuing with something that needs more time. Here is the general schedule we follow for school. (If we are starting late, like today, we adjust our times accordingly.)
8:00AM - Noon The Weaver Curriculum, Vol. V subjects, Math, and Reading
12:30PM Read Aloud then boys' nap
1:00 For the first couple weeks: finish Math and Reading.
In the following weeks: add in the rest of the subjects listed in the afternoon in the above schedule.
3:00 Finish school except for P.E., "homework", and music/instrumental music, if music didn't get done earlier (Jon is teaching Froggie and Kitty Kat to play the saxophone. I'm teaching Monkey to play the flute. The others aren't quite ready for doing anything but playing around with their toy instruments.)
Over the summer, our church took a break from the regular Sunday evening and Wednesday evening programs. Those will start back at the beginning of next month. When that happens, we will be getting to bed later on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Any school day after a late night, we will either adjust the start time for school or add in more rest time during the day.
Actually, our whole schedule may be changing soon. Jon's work place is supposed to be doing a rebid for positions. He will have to go with second shift this time, because we can't afford for him to stay on first shift. First shift is great for family life, but terrible on the finances. When Jon is on second shift, I usually stay up until he gets home and winds down. When his shift changes, we will adjust our schedule accordingly.