A realization about this fall's new homeschool and family schedule hit me today.
Both of my kids are fried by Friday morning.
This fall my kids are at night appointments three nights a week. One keeps them out until 10:30 pm at an academic class for homeschoolers.
Then they spend six hours on a weekday doing hiking and being outdoors (in all weather, hot, rain, cold or whatever) for an experiential class they take with homeschoolers.
Those first four days of the week are filled also with homeschool lessons at home, doctor's appointments that can only be done on weekdays during the day and other random errands done on an urgent basis (non-urgent stuff can wait for a weekend).
To be blunt, by Friday morning my kids are shot.
It is not panning out well to have a full day of homeschool lessons at home on Fridays. I don't know where to go with this issue.
Weekends are then busy with errand shopping, seeing extended relatives, or are spend traveling. Other weekend activities include church attendance with large classroom religious education (which can be chaotic and noisy). Also Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts camping trips with time outdoors in all weather, sometimes uncomfortable sleeping arrangements and sub-par food can be rough on the body. The days when we're home are often filled with my kids seeing their schooled friends who are too busy during the school week to see them socially.
I'm not sure how to address this. Before I had spread the kid's homeschooling lessons over the four days that they are home. I'm thinking now to make the load heavier on the subjects they do daily and then to leave Friday for something special. Friday could be our art day, our history read aloud as a family day, our day to do a science experiment or anything else that is more "once weekly" or "twice monthly".
One thing I want to avoid is having Friday be a day to sleep late, watch TV all day, and play video games all day.
My thinking cap is on. If you have ideas please share! Thanks!