3 Day School Week with A High Schooler


There is a significant uptick in questions about our 3 Day School Week now that I have a high schooler. ⁣

The primary question is: “How can you do this with a high schooler?” ⁣

I had to spend some time considering the origin of the question, because, quite frankly, I didn’t quite understand it. ⁣

Because, essentially, however you structure your homeschool in 3rd or 8th grade can remain the way you structure your homeschool in 9th or 11th grade. ⁣

Although the work changes and there are certainly differences, nothing about high school alters the fundamental nature of my homeschool or my homeschooling philosophy. ⁣

Here are a few things that I think are helpful to note about our schedule: ⁣

1️⃣ Scheduling is Allocating Time⁣

I allocate our hours into 2 days of longer stretches and 1 day of a shorter stretch. (Plus, a day of School With Friends) ⁣

You may allocate your hours into shorter stretches over 5 days. ⁣

I may be spending more or less hours homeschooling than you, but essentially our hours are just allocated differently.⁣

A 3 day week is less of an anomaly when you realize that I’m simply stewarding and allocating hours in the way that works for my life, just like you are. ⁣

2️⃣ High School Credits Can Be Earned in Any Number of Days ⁣

Understanding how “credit hours” work and how credits are built is fundamental to freedom in scheduling. ⁣

There’s nothing about high school credit that dictates how many days our school hours must be allocated into or in what proportions. ⁣

I can’t fully elaborate on how to build credits here, but I have workshops, courses, and posts detailing that process. ⁣

3️⃣ Intentionality and Tools Are Pivotal ⁣

I didn’t randomly stumble upon our 3 day schedule, and I’m not simply grasping for 3 days because that’s all I’m “getting to”. ⁣

I intentionally crafted our homeschool schedule built upon the foundation of my personal homeschooling philosophy and our actual life. ⁣

I also utilize many scheduling tools, such as loops and rotating subjects. ⁣

You can truly do whatever you wish if you do it with intentionality and hone the tools that make it possible.

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