This is how I felt when I heard the bell ring at school. It was a mix of OMG I GOTTA GO NOW, and instinctive auto pilot. I'm sure I could probably rig up some sort of bell system for our homeschool, but that might be a little overboard haha! So, how do I schedule things?
Well, first of all, I prefer to remain flexible and fluid. Part of autism is rigid routines and an inability to adapt to changes. When Mr. B was very young, I saw him beginning to develop this inability and I sought to find a way to help him. I ultimately decided a non routinized and unscheduled life early on was the way to do this. Yes....I know, kids thrive on routine and schedules, less stress...yada...yada...yada. BUT, when that child is so bent on that routine that a sudden outing to the grocery store to grab a forgotten ingredient, or something not going EXACTLY as planned or EXACTLY as it is "supposed" to go is grounds for instant meltdown, we can forget schedules for a bit! With that said, I keep things changing. But this doesn't mean I have no game plan. This simply means, I'm free to make changes.
Our daily schedule varies, but it varies with the same elements. We wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, and start school work. We do not do the same subjects every day, and sometimes we may not even do our lessons in the same room, or even in the house! I make sure to change it up so that he's not so rigid in the what and the where that he can't cope if a wrench is thrown into the plan. After all of the school work for that day is complete, he is free to do as he wishes, unless we have other plans. It's really as simple as that.
But, how do I plan his lessons? I take it week by week. I decide on what goals I want to achieve before we even begin our school year. Then I let him help me choose the appropriate materials to achieve these goals. I plan out a week's worth of work, including any worksheets or other prep items, and arrange it by day. Some days have more work than others, some days we may elect to spread the work over a few days so that we can enjoy a "sun" day. So long as he completes the week's worth of lessons that week, we're good. This also means we have the flexibility needed to work in fun field trips, play dates, unexpected appointments or obligations, or sudden trips to the grocery store. We are also developing coping mechanisms that Mr. B will be able to use in order to properly handle changes to his daily schedule and routine.
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