Many parents enter into homeschooling talking about what the children will study, what books to buy, etc., but this is not the concern of responsible homeschooling. Ultimately, success in homeschooling depends on the personal discipline of the homeschooling parents.
Homeschooling parents almost always underestimate the challenge of the work they are undertaking when they offer to provide their children with a Catholic education in the 21st century. This is a great Catholic apostolate that must be prepared for and served with constant study, prayer and self-denial. It is the work of saints and requires that parents live like saints.
The first challenge is developing a default homeschool schedule. Most parents are used to having others maintain the schedule, but in homeschooling, parents are the source of that order. Parents must prioritize their activities, conserve their energy, manage their time and do so regularly, for many years. The chaotic lives of the so-called "unschoolers" should be ignored because they do not produce the fruits of true Catholic education and culture. The orderly lives of the saints--most of whom lived in monasteries for this reason--should be imitated.
I have prepared a default homeschool schedule template that may be used as to help homeschool parents begin developing their own default homeschool schedules in their own families. Obviously, every family will need to make adjustments, but the general principles found in this schedule will be helpful to all.
- Default Homeschool Schedule (Template)
If you would like help thinking through your family's schedule, please schedule a Consultation meeting.
I hope you find this helpful.
God bless your studies,
Mr. William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy