The Reason Why We Love Loop Scheduling
Are you familiar with loop scheduling? Planning and scheduling your homeschool year can be pretty tiring. Even following someone else’s pre-made plans and schedules for your homeschool can be tiring. Maybe I should rephrase that… especially following someone else’s plans! (At least that has been my experience.)
And why is that?
It is simply because we are all different. Our lives are different and so are our schedules. Following someone else’s plans for our own homeschool almost always results in tweaking of the schedule or throwing it out completely.
But we shouldn’t look at our schedules as binding. We should look at them as simple guidelines for our day, and that is where loop scheduling comes in.
I don’t know about you, but I am a slave to the checkbox at times. I am a planner, and I love to make plans and set schedules. But, if I get a rigid schedule in front of me… with a million pretty check boxes… I want to check them off.
And, honestly, it becomes very hard for me when they do not all get checked off. I get overwhelmed and start feeling like I am falling way behind! No one likes to fall behind. Especially when it comes to your homeschool work.
But, thankfully I found a new way to schedule a while back that makes it easier for me, and leaves out all those check boxes.
Loop scheduling has been super helpful, and it makes it much easier to fit in all the things that I want to fit in without the feeling of falling way behind.
What is Loop Scheduling?
Loop scheduling has got to be the most simple schedule I have ever come across. It is just a list of things that you need to get done daily or weekly.
You start from the top, and work your way to the bottom. If you have to stop midway, you simply start where you left off the next day or whenever you come back. When you complete the entire list, you just go back to the top, and start all over again! No stress. No feeling like your behind.
Why Do We Love Loop Scheduling?
Loop scheduling goes really well with Charlotte Mason’s methods of homeschooling, and it works so well for us in our homeschool.
I love the flexibility of loop scheduling. It helps me feel like I am able to accomplish everything that I want to in a week without leaving anything to the wayside. I have followed pre-made schedules and plans in previous years, and honestly I always ended up leaving subjects out. Things like Art, Science, or Music would get pushed aside.
We have 4 kids. (3 are currently school aged. 1 is a toddler. That is a job in itself!) There are days that not everything is going to get done. When I followed other more rigid schedules, it just left me feeling like a failure. I felt like I was failing my kids by leaving out all of these other wonderful subjects that I really wanted them to experience.
Loop scheduling has made it possible for me to fit in the subjects that I was leaving out.
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Pros and Cons of Loop Scheduling
Pros of Loop Scheduling
- Get more accomplished (Still check off those boxes, but without feeling like your leaving things out.)
- Less stress
Cons of Loop Scheduling
- May not be for everyone. (If you like a rigid schedule, this may not be for you.)
Applying a Loop Scheduling in your Homeschool
How do we apply loop scheduling to our homeschool?
We use a mixture of schedules. I schedule daily plans for subjects like Math and Language Arts, a weekly loop schedule for my other subjects. You can also opt to use a loop schedule for all subjects. That is completely up to you.
However, I like to make sure that Math and Language Arts are done daily and not skipped over. So, that is why I do not include them in my loop. Below I have an example of a loop schedule using A Charlotte Mason Planner. You can apply this example to any other planner.
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Example of a loop scheduling using A Charlotte Mason Planner:
More on Loop Scheduling
If you’d like to read more on loop scheduling, here are a few good posts I rounded up from other homeschool bloggers: