Monday, February 22, 2016

How We Use Loop Scheduling in Our Homeschool

I have read bits here and there about loop scheduling before but when I watched Alicia Hutchinson talk about her loop scheduling lights starting going off in my mind! Then Jen posted a picture of her son's language arts loop and the last puzzle piece fell into place for our family's loop.

Here is how we use loop scheduling:

I made a quick second video (with major camera issues!) explaining a little more how we loop our weekly and monthly topics into our everyday. The numbered lists is below.

How I recommend you plan:
  1. Pray
  2. Write down everything you want to include in your school
  3. Break that list down into priorities: every day, daily (will be done 2-3 times a week), weekly (will be done 2-3 times a month), monthly (will be done at least once a month), and independent (students will do each of these 2-3 times a week)
Group Daily Loop
  1. History
  2. Grammar
  3. Fairy Book
  4. Natural History
  5. Weekly Loop
    • Folk Song
    • Nature Study
    • Art Study
    • US Geography
    • Shakespeare
    • Monthly Loop
      1. Handicraft
      2. Composer Study
      3. Science

Here is an excerpt of a conversation I had with a friend showing what a typical week might look like for us:

Daily loop means we do stuff on there every day. We usually do 2-3 each day which means we ideally do them all at least 3x a week. When the bookmark is pointing at "weekly loop" that means we do 2 or 3 of those in a given week.
A week might look like this:
M: history, grammar, fairy book
T: natural history, weekly loop (folk song)
W: history, grammar, fairy book
T: natural history, weekly loop (nature study), history
F: grammar, fairy book, natural history
The following Monday we start with weekly loop (art study) followed by history

Product links I mentioned in this video:
Get to the Point bookmarks
Time Timer
Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum 5 (we are just now starting this so I have no feedback yet for this program)

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

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