I don’t have a large family, but I can chime in on what works here, which is very similar to Tristan’s approach. I have four kids, ages 12, 10, 8, and 7. My two littler ones are not fluent readers yet. We also have animals to tend to which play a significant role in working through the day efficiently yet beautifully.
I tend to look at the day in chunks rather than in this-start-time to this-end-time.
Our first part of the day is devoted to waking, dressing, washing, tending the animals, breakfast, Bible, memory, and Latin for the older two girls.
Then we attend daily mass and use the time in the car to sing our hymns and folk songs.
Once home, we tend the animals, everyone grabs a snack, goes potty, and gathers for some table time, which includes math, SW/ULW, phonics, and italics. Here I simply rotate through the children … so say while I’m working on 10 min of phonics with one child, another is working on copywork, another is preparing dictation, and another may be reading her math lesson and getting started. For these lessons I have tried over the years to train them into more independence even for short spurts of time and keeping them all near at the table really helps get those more disciplined subjects done well and without a lot of dwaddle.
At this point my little boys are free to play while my older girls begin their assigned literature (they narrate in the afternoons). I tend the house, lunch, laundry, etc.
We have lunch, listen to our composer, clean up and then we gather for our family liturgy. Here we do picture, composer, poetry, Shakespeare, read alouds, history, geography, Spanish, nature, and catechism, taking breaks as needed for real life which is never factored into paper planning. 😉
Afternoons are free for handwork, outdoors, Irish Dance, art, free reading, resting, playing.
So I tend to think of early morning, mass, mid morning, lunch, liturgy, free afternoons.
Of course, this day-to-day involves little people so I try to be fluid and always close the math and dictation and copywork books before lunch whether or not we are “finished” for that day, move on to our time of liturgy, and simply keep moving ahead vs trying to complete each day’s worth in a day.
We also only school four days a week so I just check off what comes next vs trying to fit it all into four days, and if we trail into a new year with some things, that’s okay as long as there is peace and wonder and happiness in the home.
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- Use CM-friendly living books. You’re not tied to a single textbook for each subject.
- Take your schedule one day at a time. There’s no pressure to do assignments by a certain date, so you can focus on the assignments for just today.
- Schedule Charlotte Mason subjects such as nature study.
- Grades aren’t required to track your progress.
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1. Choose your books
Choose from the thousands of living, CM-friendly books and other resources in the Bookfinder. We’ve entered our recommended living books already, plus other CM Organizer users can add and share resources too.
If you don’t see the book or resource you want to use, it’s easy to add your own. The CM Organizer can even look up the details for you from the ISBN number.
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2. Schedule your books
Use the Resource Scheduler to tell the CM Organizer which student will use each book and how you want them to use it. Choose from a variety of Charlotte Mason-specific study methods such as Read and narrate and Do a picture study, or add your own method. Schedule a resource to start on any day, or choose to begin using it with or after a resource that’s already scheduled. You have the flexibility to take your schedule one day at a time.
With the Scheduler’s chapter selector, you have complete freedom to customize which chapters you’ll use from each book. Schedule chapters in any order, or skip the ones you don’t need.
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If you do one of Wednesday’s assignments on Monday, you can easily record it. If you completed more than one assignment today, just mark off everything you accomplished. And if you unexpectedly have to skip a day of school work, no problem. The CM Organizer will update your schedule to match your pace.
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