So, just this last week as I was prepping for this year, I realized (and finally admitted) that I have no time management skills/aspirations nor have I ever.
Miraculously, out of the clear blue sky I came up with a very easy, very flexible system that makes me wonder why in the world I never did this before....
Basically, I have three schedules to choose from each day. The R schedule, as in just the 4 Rs (Bible, Math, Reading, Writing) is the shortest and embracing the shorter lessons that CM extolled, we are usually done by 10am or earlier if we really knuckle down ( and don't answer the phone). Sometimes I'll tack on a nature hike before lunch, and maybe some very brief rather informal science after lunch. (DH comes home from lunch every day so it is a Big Deal and we schedule everything around his hour.)
Generally my decision-making revolves around how much sleep I had, how crabby the kids are, what we have for breakfast, and what we all feel like doing that day. Plus we factor in our errands, outside instruction (swimming or dance lessons, etc).
The A schedule is also the 4 Rs followed by History/Geo, Keyboarding, and Handicrafts.
The B schedule is the 4 Rs plus Poetry, Picture Study, Hymn Study, Music/Composer Study, and Drawing/Painting.
We're done by 1:30 every day. And then Mommy gets a nap! Whew! So far this week, we've had all "R" days,
Anyway, I just wanted to share this in the hopes that it strikes a chord with someone who might be struggling.