I certainly don't mind sharing our schedule with anyone who would find it helpful or interesting, but I don't particularly want to post it on here so that anyone and everyone can see what I am doing at any given moment in the day. If you are interested, just leave a comment on this post and I will email it to you. There is also a very helpful post here about another large homeschooling family who budgets their time in the same manner. They have a picture of their schedule that you can click on to look at how they do things.
I really like having a set amount of time to complete certain things. One of my frustrations with school in the past has been feeling like I HAD to finish a whole math lesson every day or get a whole spelling lesson dictated and quizzed each day. Well, I don't. I have a certain amount of time allotted for those things and we just work hard and get done as much as we can in that time frame. I have found that we have gotten a lot more accomplished this way than we have in previous years when I would get stuck on getting a whole lesson completed. That would frequently turn into hours of time and frustration for everyone involved, not to mention no time left over for other things. Slow and steady progress has proven to work extremely well for us this year. Sometimes it is hard to just stop and put things away when our time is up, but I have seen the huge benefit that comes from sticking to our allotted time and just picking up where we left off the next day.
The children have responded amazingly well to the schedule. They love having something that they can look at to see what they need to be doing! Even the little ones, who aren't into lists and checking things off, really enjoy having a specific order of activities that remains the same every day. They quickly learn what comes next and they have yet to balk at anything. Well, okay, sometimes Noah objects to naptime. :)
I really couldn't be happier with this setup for our family. We are getting so much more accomplished than we have in the past. I have had to learn to get over some things. I am a perfectionist and I like to have everything clean and organized and running smoothly at all times. Of course that isn't possible, but I used to wear myself out trying to make it happen anyway. Now I can actually walk past baskets of clean laundry that need to be put away and it doesn't bother me. I can see dirt and dust on the floor and not have to drop what I'm doing to clean it up (or ask someone else to drop what they are doing to clean it up). Everything has an assigned time in which it will be taken care of. As I mentioned before, I have not been fully implementing our afternoon and evening schedules, so it hasn't all gotten done over the past couple of months. But I've been too busy resting to care. :) I'm starting to get my energy (and appetite!) back and I'm looking forward to putting the whole routine into practice in October!