Here is a sample of our schedule for school and otherwise. For more information about the curricula we use, check out the links under "Our Homeschool Tools".
Below is our USUAL homeschool weekly schedule. I thought that it might give some moms a better picture on how our homeschooling works. Now, we are VERY flexible, but this is our guideline for our school day/week/month. Each school day is usually completed by noon, which leaves plenty of time for fun, games and chores!
One of the main reasons that we school year-round so that the kids don't go through the "summer absent mindedness" that other kids go through. There's also no need for review (you can usually skip through the review sections at the beginning of each year of seatwork if you school year round since review is not needed). Kids who school year-round also usually get ahead in their school work and can usually graduate early because of this. Moms also have less chance of the infamous "homeschool mom burn out" because of the MANY breaks during the year. We take off when babies are born, kids adopted, etc. We take our yearly break from Thanksgiving through New Years, so as to enjoy that time of year with baking, family activities and such!
As for housework, I usually have laundry started right after I am ready for the day. The girls and I prepare a crock pot dinner first thing in the morning or lay out what needs to be out for dinner if no crock pot is used. If we do not have a crock pot dinner, we still make sure that the meal is planned so that we can go through the rest of the day more smoothly, without having to worry about "what's for dinner"!
Now, sometimes we'll have field trips or outside lessons. Because we homeschool and school year-round, we can work our schedule in and around these activities. This year, all the children (ages 5 and up) have 4H one Thursday a month for 2 hours. The boys have robotics on one Thursday a month for 2 hours. And Kaitlyn has choir and music theory every Tuesday for 2 hours. This is so nice because we are home most the week, yet the kids have so much "homework" and study projects for 4H that it fills the rest of our days, as we wish (we can do as little or much research on veterinary science, for instance, as we want).
History, geography and science are always combined and we use the school bus stop approach, where the younger children aren't required to learn or retain as much as the older ones (they step off the bus when they are ready to get off). This year we are still studying Mystery of History. We take one afternoon for a few hours to listen to three of the audio CD lessons, and then we make a timeline of those lessons. Depending upon what was covered, we will watch a DVD or You Tube video (screened first by Mommy) that relates to what we are studying. All this covers history for one full week in just one afternoon! Science (Christian Libery Nature Readers, Science Jim [LOVE HIM!], Real Science 4 Kids) and geography (Top Secret Adventures, computer or board games) is done the same way, but on another afternoon.
In addition, we do "carschooling" (review of school-related things while traveling in the car) on the way to extracurricular activities.
Well, that's about it! Each family is different, but it is nice to see what others do to make their homeschooling easier and more efficient!