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I am a home schooling mom to three amazing kiddos.  We primarily use the Montessori pedagogy to guide our journey.  We also enjoy aspects of classical education and are part of Classical Conversations community. 

I write a Montessori column for Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

I am still a geek at heart and at times miss my former career as an Information Architect/SharePoint Specialist.  I don't have much free time but if I do, it is spent on comic books and video games.
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Our Current Daily Schedule

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Today I am stretching the meaning of Tips and Tricks Tuesday to share our schedule.  I'll be honest, I'm someone that resists them with every ounce of my being.  As time went by I had to face the inevitable reality that without one, we weren't near as efficient as we could be, especially when aiming for a three hours work period for school.  Ours has gone through multiple iterations.  I'm sure there will be even more in the future.

While my schedule lists times, sometimes those vary and our schedule is more of a routine
Here is what we are currently trying:

6:15 - Mom Wake/Exercise
7:00 - Kids Wake/Devotions/Get Ready
7:45 - Breakfast (Mom - Start Laundry)
8:45 - School
12:00 - Lunch
12:45 - Devotions with Kids
1:00 - Afternoon Activity (Art, Music, Science - depending on day)
2:30 - Nap/Quiet Time (Mom Tidies Up)
5:00 - Dinner Prep
6:00 - Kids/Daddy Time (Physcial Activity)
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 - Clean Up/Family Time
7:45 - Begin Bedtime Routine
8:30 - Lights out for Kids
11:00 - Lights out for Adults

Any unscheduled time it free time for the kids.  I have left a number of opportunities for it during the day.  It certainly doesn't take an hour to eat breakfast.  We do have a few things that vary each day such as dance class on Monday.  Thursday is our field trip day.

We have specific wake-up and bedtime routines.  I'm working on a better way to help the children track them.  I'll share more on that in the future.

One big advantage I've found to having our schedule is that it has helped me logically pick the best days and times for our many appointments.  I used to simply take whatever appointment we could get.  Now I can find times that don't completely turn the day upside down, even when I'm scheduling weeks in advance.

I will say that as much as I resisted it initially, I couldn't imagine functioning well without a schedule.  If you're a bit scared of them as I once was, let me encourage you to give it a try.  Start simple and be realistic.  Don't try to add in a number of new routines that you've never attempted.  If you evaluate your day, you may find that you already have more of a routine than you realize.
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