Loop Scheduling is beneficial in homeschooling because life happens. You don’t always have a full day to do school. Subjects must be skipped some days to go on a field trip or because someone gets sick.
I often get asked, “How does loop scheduling work?” Here’s how I use a loop schedule to do a Charlotte Mason Family Enrichment Loop.
- Day 1 – Habit & Picture Study
- Day 2 – Hymn Study & Art Instruction
- Day 3 – Habit & Composer Study
- Day 4 – Hymn & Shakespeare
- Day 5 – Nature Study
You are probably wondering why I don’t simply label these with the “Days of the Week”. It’s because Thursdays are short days for us and if I did that Shakespeare would probably be skipped all year. And we take an occasional Friday off so that would mean we’d miss some Nature Study. A loop schedule solves this problem in that we just do the next day of “Enrichment” regardless of if we skipped the day before. You can easily keep a paperclip on your list to keep track of what “Day” you are on.
So that’s an Enrichment Loop.
I informally sometimes loop history and science. If things run long and we miss science one day I start with it the next day instead of history.
I also do this with kids. If I miss a child’s reading lesson one day then I will start with that child the next day.
Now I don’t use a loop just to be lazy. I work hard to make sure we move through our days efficiently and do our best to enjoy the feast of education. But this is real life! Children randomly start throwing up! The feast will stop and only math and reading will get done by all healthy people – hopefully . But a loop helps us pick back up where we left off.
So that’s how we use a loop schedule. What about you? How do you use a loop?
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