Do you ever hear that phrase or some variation of that phrase? As my children get older there are things I want them to complete independently and with a toddler I can’t always focus all of my attention on the school age children. We found that they would finish up one small task and if I wasn’t focused on them they would start playing or doing something non-school related. Then when asked they would say ” I thought I was finished”. They knew they had other subjects but without a clear guide to what was next they moved onto the things that wanted to do and not what needed to be finished.
So, I created a weekly contract. We typically do school four days a week (thus allowing a day for field trips, events, appointments, house cleaning, etc). Their contracts help keep them focused and lay out what needs to be done each day as well as a section for things that should be done by the end of the week. They know that if I am not available when they finish a task they are to work on their contract work until I can be with them.
We have found that the contract gives us the right combination of flexibility and accountability to keep things on track without added stress. I also only print a few weeks worth at a time so that if our needs change I can edit the contract.
Our contract will obviously be different than yours depending on the needs of your family. However, I have included a copy of the template that I use in our free resource library so that you can have a starting point if this is something you would like to include a contract in your home school. You are welcome to download it and adjust it to fit your family. If you wish to share it with those outside of your family, we ask that you share a link to this blog post and have them download a copy for themselves.
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