Homeschooling children is not a new concept. However, in recent years, it has picked up steam in the U.S. and throughout the West. Approximately 6.8% of adults in the United States currently have at least one child who is homeschooled, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. If you’re thinking of homeschooling your child or if you are already homeschooling, there are a few tips to keep in mind for creating a good homeschool schedule at any time in your child’s homeschooling career.

1. Research Laws, Rules, and Regulations

Before you begin creating a homeschooling schedule for your child, it’s imperative to research specific laws, rules, and regulations that you will need to abide by based on your current location. For instance, residents of Tennessee have many restrictions and laws in place that prevent them from adopting or becoming parents. Parenting is possible for those who are over the age of 18 and a resident of Tennessee for at least 6 months (prior to applying for an adoption). Anyone who is thinking of adopting will also need to complete a full home study before they are approved for the adoption process.

Whenever you’re thinking of homeschooling your child, be sure to verify that you are well within your rights based on your current location. Some states are much more relaxed on their laws and regulations when it comes to homeschooling than others. While some states may require strict record-keeping, others may allow those in charge to choose the parenting and teaching methods of their choice.

2. Stick With a Routine

Having a routine or schedule in place is not just for your own benefit, as it’s simply part of parenting and teaching. Providing your child with a routine will help him or her to feel as if they are accomplishing tasks daily while also feeling much less restless.

Routines are also helpful for keeping up with daily chores and habits, such as brushing one’s teeth. Approximately 20%, or 1 in 5 children have at least one tooth that is decaying that has gone untreated, according to the CDC itself. The more familiar your child becomes with a routine, the less likely they are to combat you or to fight against the routine itself, especially as they grow older.

3. Break Up the Work

Just as when your child is in school, it’s important to provide them with breathing room in between ‘classes’ and the subject material taught. Breaking up your day into chunks is also a way to spend more time with your child discussing subjects they are interested in and topics they are looking forward to pursuing.

4. Create Schedules for Siblings

If there are siblings in the home and you’re only homeschooling one child, be sure to create schedules for everyone. A working schedule for all siblings as well as adults in the home can help to keep everyone in the loop while simultaneously preventing you from becoming overwhelmed and/or overworked.

5. Create Daily Planner Drafts

While it’s not always easy juggling parenting and being the head teacher of your child, it does help to create daily planners and drafts of the days ahead. Even if you are unsure of how to go about planning your schedule day-by-day, you can begin by monitoring your child’s activities and the amount of work they are capable of completing each day. This will help you to create drafts for future dates without feeling overwhelmed or unsure about where to begin.

Whether you’re new to homeschooling your child or if you’re looking for ways to streamline your routine, there are a few tips to keep in mind at any age and with any grade. With an understanding of what to expect when it comes to teaching and parenting, you will have the ability to create and stick to a homeschooling schedule that works for your entire family.