Sample Catch Up Schedule 2015
MON-THURS STARTING ENDING EXPLANATION
MORNING DEVOTIONS **9:00 am 9: 30 am PSALM 1: MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT
MATH HOUR 10:00 am 11:00 am USE INDEPENDENT STUDY MATH CURRICULUM WITH TUTOR, OR ONLINE PROGRAM IF POSSIBLE
READING HOUR 11:00 am 12:00 pm READ FROM SUGGESTED READING LIST OR OTHER INDEPENDENT READING
LANGUAGE ARTS HOUR 12:00 pm 1:00 pm USE COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM COVERING
SPELLING, GRAMMAR, ESSAY, REPORT & CREATIVE
EVENING DEVOTIONS **USE WHATEVER DAYS AND TIMES THAT WORK FOR YOUR FAMILY.
(FRIDAY SCHEDULE) Regular Schoolwork Science, History, Art, Music, etc. AN ADDITIONAL CATCH UP DAY, A REGULAR SCHOOL SCHEDULE, OR A FILL-IN DAY FOR OTHER SUBJECTS SUCH AS HISTORY AND SCIENCE.
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Here’s a sample schedule for you. This one
takes you through the summer, but you
can do this any time of year. First thing in
morning: Bible Reading and Prayer (
Devotional time). Break for breakfast and
chores, then go to your Catch up Time:
10am – 11am* Math Hour
Commit to at least one hour per day of
math. If math is the only subject the child
is behind in, then consider doing an hour
of math, then reading, then another hour
of math again later in the day. No need
for Language Arts catch up if they are
strong in that area.
11am – 12pm Reading Hour
Here is where you use your book list. No
12 pm – 1:00 pm Writing Hour
need to wait to have all the books on your
list, have them choose from whatever
you have on your shelves already, or con-
tinue in the books they are reading now.
This gives their brains a pleasant break
between subjects. Plus, they are gaining
all kinds of knowledge through reading.
Commit to one hour of creative writing,
book reports, essays, handwriting, spelling, grammar, etc. Finding a comprehensive workbook that covers all of these
kinds of things will help. Brainstorming,
organizing outlines, typing reports on
the computer: any of these can be included in this hour. If your child is only behind in language arts and not math, then
schedule two hours a day of language arts
with a reading hour in between and put
math aside for Fridays.
The rest of the day’s schedule is up to
you. But commit to about three hours
of catch up time for as long as you think
necessary. Don’t overdo it, but do be consistent. Often, our own lack of consistency is what holds us back.
Wrap up your day with Bible and
*Note: use whatever times you have available in your schedule. If the mornings
don’t work, try the three hours right after
lunch, or break up the hours throughout
the day. One hour in the morning, one at
noon, and one in the evening. Do whatever works best for your family’s schedule, but make it consistent.
Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for
TOS, participating author in The Home-
school Minute, wife to Richard, and mom
to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging
for buried treasure in the Word, reading,
writing, homeschooling, and dark choco-
late! You may contact her at senioreditor
Editor’s Note: Do you have any ideas for
helping parents catch up? Please send
those with your name and city/state to
TL@theoldschoolhouse.com and we will
try to include them in the next issue!