Block Schedule Planner

What is and how to use a block schedule planner for homemaking and daily planning.

Hello, to my homeschool homemaking family!

What area of planning and homemaking are you struggling with today? Or maybe you’re bent over backward with your homeschool journey. I’m here to help with that too! Time management, productivity, and scheduling are all areas of struggle in my day-to-day job.

Until I discover how to use a block schedule planner to create organization in my daily planning.

But first, before we discuss how to use a block schedule planner, do you have any homeschool questions that need to be answered?

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Secondly. Do you enjoy life as a homemaker or a homeschooling homemaker?

Or do you struggle to complete your job or work from home? Wait, job? There’s that word again. But I’m a homemaker, and I don’t have a job. Yes, homemaking is a job. It’s our job to make sure we do the best we can to succeed in our current position.

On the other hand, if you struggle to complete even the smallest tasks on time. Or feel like you’re running behind with your daily chores, caring for your children, cooking meals, etc. then, the concept of scheduling a daily to-do list in smaller chunks, known as a block schedule, is exactly what you need.

Let’s learn more about what a block schedule planner is and how using it can improve time management and task completion.

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What is a block schedule?

Let’s put two and two together. If you haven’t heard the term block schedule before, but you understand the meaning of schedule and chunks of time then you know what a block schedule is.

A block schedule is completing daily tasks over a period or piece of time, allowing you to complete tasks more effectively or efficiently. Specifically speaking, the meaning of the term block schedule is as follows:

A block schedule is a scheduling system typically used in American education systems, both public and private institutions including Universities varying from grades starting as early as 5th. This scheduling system replaces traditional schedules allowing for class periods to range from 90 to 120 minutes per class, with some institutions completing curriculum per subject in half the time. 

Next, let’s discuss how this scheduling system works.

How does a block schedule work?

As a teenager growing up in a public school system in the 90s and later teaching in one, I experienced the use of a block schedule (A/B) starting in high school at the beginning of my 9th grade school year. Our classes broke up by semester, dividing 8 typical daily classes into 4 classes per day at 90 minutes a class. I studied 4 class subjects daily, each class period lasting 90 per period per semester as you would at a typical university.

When registering for the next semester’s classes I’d like to remind myself that if I didn’t like a particular subject, not to worry, this class would be over after Christmas break. As a senior, I could leave by 12:30 that is if I chose a senior off period or I could graduate an entire year early. Thank goodness for block scheduling!

I vaguely remember some of the classes I took in high school, but here is a sample high school block schedule. Lunchtimes vary, and times changed depending on school-wide functions, but the point is my classes were 90 minutes and changed each semester.  

 Semester ASemester B
7:30-9:30Algebra 1Chemistry
9:45-11:30ELAGovernment
11:30-12:10Lunch ALunch C
12:15-1:45P.EElective
1:55-3:25KeyboardingElective

I enjoyed the privilege of a block schedule so much that I decided to attend a University where an academic year was broken up into quarter systems, now that’s tricky.

A quarter system consists of 4 semesters with class periods lasting around 90 minutes and the average full-time student can take 3 classes. Because classes last 90 minutes, professors can teach more information to their students faster, allowing course completion in only three months.

In other words, if a student decided to take more than three courses per semester, that student could potentially graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in 3 years, versus 4. 

Later, as a public-school teacher, the newest concept going around yet again is block scheduling. Starting at about the 5th-grade elementary students follow a compartmentalized schedule. Giving each student the opportunity to rotate classrooms per subject. Gearing students up for transitioning into Middle School.

Cheers to only teaching one subject! Block scheduling does work, but why?

Why does blocking scheduling work?

Here’s the takeaway.

The concept known as block scheduling encourages daily time management and productivity. While reducing pressure to complete a specific task within a shortened time frame. Focusing on completing tasks on your to-do list and not feeling overwhelmed by the minutes you have in your day allows for effectiveness and efficiency over an extended period of time. Thus, giving room to competence for both the quantity and the quality in your work environment overall time management on daily tasks easier.

Now, you have chunks of time to complete your tasks. Versus choosy minutes feel free to treat yo’self, knowing you have accomplished what you set out to do with time to spare. Yes! Let’s do this. I’m ready to transition to using a block schedule for my daily tasks and lifestyle.

The question now becomes how do I create a block schedule for homeschooling homemaker needs?

How to create a block schedule?

If you answered yes, then I believe you understand what a block schedule is and how it works, let’s apply this concept to our everyday homemaking life. Remember, a block schedule looks different for those working outside of the home, but the idea is still the same even though everyone’s plan looks different.

Start by

  • creating a to-do list
  • then prioritize your to-do list by categories (needs, wants, complete today, complete by the end of week or day, etc.).

Tip! Create your block schedule with a specific goal in mind, giving you a deadline and time frame to accomplish desired tasks as you wish.

Now that your to-do list is categorized and timed framed, get to work on those daily chunks or “blocks” of time! Here is an example of my homeschool block schedule.

If you would like a free block schedule template, click here.

Block Schedule Planner template

Click here to purchase Homemaking Redefined’s Simple Daily Planner for taking notes, lesson plans, block scheduling

To sum up, remembering how you schedule your time is up to you.

The purpose of a block schedule is to not overwhelm us as homemakers or homeschool parents with sweating the small stuff. But to help us accomplish the big things as we check those to-do list boxes and feel a sense of I did it at the end of the day.

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Don’t forget to treat yo’self. You did! 

Jaclyn

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