Well, our loopy experiment came to an end about a month ago. I’m leaving the original post for whomever it may help. It was a nice idea, and I think it could work well for some families, but we have returned to a list of homeschool items and a list of chores, and each child is done for the day when everything is checked off. I do occasionally do homeschool triage when other things come up in our lives, but too many things were being left undone with the loopy schedule. I started using it at the beginning of this last school year for the sake of 2 of our children who had trouble getting everything done, hoping that the lower stress of just doing as much as they could would actually help them to get it all done in the end. Well, what actually happened was that the 2 children who usually got everything done to begin with still did, but the 2 who did not didn’t accomplish that much in a day’s time. Also, since they knew they would be done at 3:30, I think at least subconsciously, there was a slowing down in order to avoid certain subjects that they don’t like when they came close to them in the loop. With a checklist of what has to be done on a given day, there is a built-in impetus to get it done in order to have time to play. The first week we returned to the checklist, they were done in record time. That has since slowed, but I think it is still an improvement.

Again, I think the loop schedule would work great with a family with all grammar-stage students, but it wasn’t our cup of tea in the end. That’s alright. Learn something new…