Our Modified MOTH Schedule~Routines rather then Times

As I have posted before, our family does not work well on a timed schedule.  Therefore, Managers of their Homes did not work for us without some modification.   As I add more students to our school days, I need to have a bit more of a schedule.   Otherwise our days get to be chaos with nothing getting done.   A day of getting nothing done in a house of six children, can quickly make the house appear to have been hit by a wrecking ball.

So, I have taken a typical MOTH schedule and used times of day, rather then actual clock times.  Our children are:

Philip 11 in Sept.

Lora 8 in Sept.

Heidi 5

Noah 5

Isaiah 3 in Nov.

Hannah 2 in Jan.
Here is our Moth Routine.


This is one of those not so fun steps in getting ready for full swing back to school, where we don’t take breaks for this and that. During our summers, we take breaks for camp, canning, gardening, farm work and such. However, I can’t work like that all year long, so I like to get things together for our normal school year time. I am not sure when that will be, as our garden is a bit behind this year. However, I will begin implementing our chore routines early next week. What are some of the things you do to get back into the homeschool swing of things?

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  1. I am so glad to have found your version of MOTH. It is encouraging to see another family that schedules more like we do. In the past I have done a general family schedule according to daily routines, but I am looking to make it more individual like the MOTH schedule suggests. I just can’t make myself match a clock. Thanks for sharing how you make it work for you!

  2. I just found your wonderful blog. I’ve been reading for way too long. I have to get up and get my work done. I just wanted to say thank you for this post. As a new homeschooling mom (1st grade, pre-k and two littles) it seems so overwhelming at times to look at others schedules. I like your idea of routines vs. times. I just may try it. Thanks again.

  3. Great post! I’ve figured out the same thing – after years of trying to do MOTH “by the book”, I realized that a basic routine rather than a timed schedule is what works for us best. I still love all of the planning ideas in MOTH, I just tweak it like you did. Thanks for sharing, I love taking a peek at other’s schedules!

  4. This is a great idea! I think this is exactly the type of thing I have been looking for! Thanks so much, now I am off to go and try to make my own!

  5. This is probably more complicated than you can tell me here, but HOW do you do a schedule like this on the computer?? Do you have to have a program/disk on your computer? I really like this.

  6. I’ve never used MOTH, but I love the look of your schedule. We don’t do well with specified time slots either. With little ones, that just doesn’t seem possible. Even with older kids, it’s impossible to predict how long something is going to take. I may be trying to make up a schedule like yours – and see if I can stick to it. 😀

  7. I love MOTH and my kids love it when we do as you and stick with routine, not times so much. We like using food as our anchor points, so we have blocks of time between breakfast/snack/lunch/snack/dinner/bed.


  1. […] chores before, listing age appropriate chores for our children ages 1-6 and 7-11. You can see our modified MOTH schedule to see how we attempt to stay on track.  We also have Daily, Weekly, and Monthly chore lists.   […]

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