12. Is the student able to stick to a homeschooling schedule, with consistent daily times devoted to specific academic areas?

The following information would have been added to your learning plan, based upon this response:

The student may have difficulty following a homeschooling schedule, with consistent daily times devoted to specific academic areas. The first thing to evaluate is whether or not the schedule is written realistically. Is the schedule written with adequate time allowances? Does it follow your state mandated curriculum? Do you, yourself, stick to the schedule? Do you feel the schedule should be rewritten? Are you aware of the time of day your child learns best (some are morning learners, some learn best mid-day)? Have you matched your child's best learning time with the subject areas that are most difficult for the student? If you are satisfied that you have a good, working schedule, the next thing to examine is the student's behavior. Suggestions for working with a student having trouble following a schedule might include:

1. Make sure the student has a written copy of the schedule.

2. Make sure the student has a clock or watch available to him/her. Make sure the student is able to read that clock or watch.

3. Check to see that the student can calculate how many minutes it might be before a given time. For example, does the student know that he/she only has four minutes left, if it is 10:16 and the next subject is scheduled to begin at 10:20?

4. Determine if the student has a good sense of time. By this is meant that the student can reasonably calculate how much time it might take to do a given activity. Students with a weak sense of time may literally need to take a stopwatch to determine the amount of time needed for given activities.

5. Determine what the reason is for the student's inability to follow the schedule. React accordingly.

6. The student's schedule should follow a given predictable routine each day.

7. Post the student's schedule in a number of places.

8. Warn the student two or three minutes before the end of a class.

9. Have the student chart on an index card, the time he/she begins and ends each class.

10. Determine if there are any extraneous things the student might be doing that get in the way of staying on time. Eliminate these items.

11. Determine if the student is well rested.

12. Determine if the student has difficulty following directions.

13. Determine if the student needs help with organizational skills.

14. Determine if the student has difficulty with transitional times (time moving from one subject to the next).

15. Determine if there are any reasons why the student might avoid doing a given activity.

16. Use a kitchen timer if necessary, to set the amount of time per class. Discontinue its use if the timer proves too distracting.