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Could a Loop Schedule Make Your Homeschool Day Easier?

Have you frequently run into days when you have more subjects on your to-do list than time in the day to actually teach it? Have you wished there was an easier way to carry things over to the next day instead of trying to cram it all in one? Do you like to spread your curriculum out over a longer time period? If so, a loop schedule may work for you. Loop scheduling may look complicated, but once you understand the concept behind it, it’s easy to implement. To demonstrate the concept, let's take the easy-to-understand example of color-coded clothes. The Color-coded Sequence of Clothes Let’s pretend you are tired of deciding what your children will wear each day, so you buy 8 outfits for each child in each of the following colors and hang them in the closet in this order:

  1. red

  2. blue

  3. green

  4. orange

  5. black

  6. purple

  7. yellow

  8. white

The first day, you get your children up and dress them in red. The next day, they put on the blue outfits. Maybe that day they need to go with you to the grocery store, but they’ve gotten their blue clothes a little dirty. No problem! You go to the next set of clothes in the sequence—the green ones. Later that night, they ask to change, so you dress them in the orange outfit next. The next morning you're down to the black clothes and so on. Eventually, they’ll come around to the yellow clothes and be out of clothes to wear. Presumably, by then you will have done laundry, and the red clothes will be ready to wear again. So, you start back up the top of the seven colors again with red. Making the Parallel to Your Homeschool Schedule Now let's apply that same principle to your homeschool schedule. Make a list of each of the subjects you would like in your loop and list them in order.

  1. History

  2. Language Arts


  4. Science

  5. Math

  6. Art

  7. Critical Thinking

  8. Foreign Language

When you begin your homeschool day, you start at the top and move down the list, doing each subject in order. Whenever you stop for the day, you mark off the last subject you completed. When you resume lessons again the next day, you simply pick up where you left off. Eventually you will reach the end of the list and start again at the top.

Wearing Jeans Everyday (Adding Block Scheduling to Your Loop) What if you don’t want your children to be dressed from head to toe in red? Maybe they want to wear jeans each day just like I want to cover Math every day. Well, that’s simple. The jeans are a constant every day, but your kids still cycle through the different colored tops. For the homeschool equivalent, you put Math into a block schedule by itself and then cover the rest of the topics on a loop once Math is done each day.


  • Math


  1. History

  2. Language Arts


  4. Science

  5. Art

  6. Critical Thinking

  7. Foreign Language