As much as I enjoy participating in the blog hop each year, I have to be honest. I wasn’t excited about today’s posting of schedules. At least not posting of my schedule.
There are two reasons for this.
1. My schedule doesn’t really change year to year. I use a Charlotte Mason schedule. Our material changes but not much else.
2. I haven’t been able to implement our schedule for quite a while now.
Our Scheduling ChallengesYou see, my girls have bipolar disorder. This means they’re circadian rhythm is “broken”. It means they naturally sleep in the day and are up at night.
We fight this constantly. A normal day/night schedule reduces the frequency and intensity of the mood cycles. It is best for their emotional and mental stability to be on a normal sleeping schedule.
Unfortunately, it’s a never-ending battle we usually lose. There are periods of normal day/night sleeping which drift (or suddenly leap) right back into what their body naturally wants to do.
In addition, the girls are rarely on the same schedule. Perhaps one has her sleeping under control but the other doesn’t. Maybe Alexis is awake 3am-4pm and Lorelai is awake 4pm-8am. I never know what’s going to happen, I just wing it each day.
I stopped freaking out over this this months ago. I realize what I can control and what I can't. If I see the schedule will “flip” on any given day, I just go with the flow, hope for the best and drink lots of coffee.
An Ideal Schedule and a Real-Life ScheduleWe were scheduled to resume our school year on August 5th. Due to the many writing and social media projects I've been involved with, we aren't resuming until Sept. 2nd. I now have one week until the start of Term II of our year.
My plan is to use the schedule we've been using all along. The only changes I really make are to the length we focus on a subject. This changes according to their age and attention span.
This is the planned schedule:
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What I think will really happen is that I’ll have to adjust to their individual sleeping schedule on any given day.
For instance, if Alexis is up 3am-4pm and Lorelai is up 4pm-8am. Obviously we could get our “Family Studies” done at 5am. Alexis could do her individual studies at 7am and Lorelai could do hers at 7pm.
Gosh that sounds confusing and difficult to me! I’m all about schedules, routines and order. That’s a huge part of who I am.
That’s what I see happening.
How about you? What does your schedule look like? Be sure to link up at the blog hop if you’re a blogger!
This post is a part of the iHomeschool Network's 5th Annual "Not Back-to-School Blog Hop. Please visit all the great homeschool blogs and link yours up too!
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