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Creating a Master Schedule for Multiple Homeschooled Children

I've decided to go back to using a large master schedule to allow me to see at a glance what each of my 8 children should be doing at any time during the day.

I used 2 poster boards and marked everyone's name at the top. Then I marked off 30 minute time slots along the side. I filled in the subjects we all do together and then let everyone choose a different color Post It note pad.

The oldest kids were allowed to arrange their own Post Its, as long as it didn't interfere with the subjects I had already arranged.

Then, using a cork board, clothes pins, ribbons, index cards, and push pins, I created a visible reminder of  how each child is progressing on his or her daily schedule. I hung ribbons and clipped index cards with subjects written on them under each child's name. I put the subjects that should be done before noon on the left side of the clothes pin, and the subjects done after noon on the right so I could easily see if everyone is using their time wisely.

As each person finishes a subject, he or she flips that card over.

At a glance, I can tell which subjects have been completed by which children. I can see that in the above example Cami has completed her chores and her S.O.A.P. journal, and should be doing spelling next.

Hopefully, our master homeschool schedule and assignment cards will keep everyone, including mom, on track. (This photo shows the schedule in its unfinished state.)

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  1. What a great idea! I love the ribbon idea! I had seen the post it note one, but the ribbon on wonderful too! We start back next week, so gives me wonderful ideas!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this post! :o) Thank you for sharing! *Happy New Year*

  3. I like the ribbon idea so everyone can see what has been/needs to be completed!!! Definitely thinking about how to use this at our house;) Thanks!

  4. Heather Wawa says:

    What do you have your kids do with their time if, say Sally has math at 10:00 and spelling at 10:30 but she finishes her math early? I’ve tried this method with my seven kids but those extra loose minutes perplex me. The kids tend to wander away.

    • Katy S. says:

      I can’t speak for Smockity, but we just have our children move on to the next assigned subject/task, and if it’s something they need me for and I’m not ready yet they can read/draw/color until it’s time. :)

  5. Your link in the first paragraph seems not to be working, at least for me. I get your fun 404 error page.

  6. Smockity, I love you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  7. I love the post-it idea! I have a hard time making and sticking to a schedule for homeschooling.
    Also, FYI — there’s a second copy of the Young Living ad covering up the title and date of the post.

  8. Thank you for posting this. Someone shared it on Twitter, which led me to your blog and now I’m inspired to get this next year organized! And visible! Bring on the colored post-its for each kid. Might take some juggling – wish you could do that part for me, too. Haha.

  9. Gloria D. says:

    Wow it is really inspiring to see you on other moms homeschooling coming up with such practical solutions. I will be trying this and I really like the fact the its eye catching and the kids played a part. Thanks for posting this. please pray for my Family second year of homeschooling to be success.

  10. I salute you…. 😀

  11. Awesome idea.

  12. merridith says:

    Can you share what this might have looked like if your children were all younger? At what ages were they able to independently follow their own schedule? And what are your best tips for managing until then? I’m thinking I need to adjust (lower) my expectations a bit :) Thanks!


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