AmblesideOnline in our homeschool, and I appreciate the chart-format schedules that are provided for each year. Before I use those schedules, though, I modify them to make them work for our family. Here are some samples of a shortened version of my edited schedules for a few different years to give you an idea of what these look like. (The samples show only a few weeks of each term so as not to violate AmblesideOnline's license by reproducing the schedules on another site.)
Two terms of Year 1
Year 2 chart
One term of Year 3
Another Year 3 chart
Year 4 chart
Two terms of Year 5
Another Year 5 chart
Year 6 chart
Year 7 chart
Year 8 chart
Year 9 chart
Year 10 chart
Briefly, I follow this basic process to prepare the schedules for the term ahead:
I download the art prints from the art prints Yahoo group and send them to Kinkos (upload to their website) to be printed.
I find the music for the composer study.
I buy the folk songs and burn them to a CD to play in the car.
I print maps for our history and geography and sometimes even for
literature. Remember that in each Forms area there's a thread stuck to
the top that has links to the map threads for each year, where you can
find the links you need.
I make sure we have copywork and grammar at least sort of figured out.
I add to the chart for the term, after the table for that term, the recitation passages that student will be learning.
Then I adjust the chart schedule.
I make sure all the subjects/activities we want to cover each day or week are listed.
I group together weekly subjects that seem to fit together in content
type or difficulty. Sometimes I change this later to balance the
workload across the week, but this is where I start.
I look at each grouping of subjects to see how much work each week in
the term will have. I really want only four assignments in any
particular grouping each week, although older students might have five.
Occasionally I'll shift an assignment from one week to another to
balance out the load.
I then create a checklist.
I list all the weekly work in one column and every weekly category plus all daily work in another column. The second column should all be checked off each day, and one item from each section of the weekly column should be checked off each day. This isn't as necessary now that we've been doing this so long; generally my kids can work off of the chart, but at first this made the schedule easier for them to manage.
Example Checklist for One Term of Year 2
Example Checklist for Year 3 (includes checkpoints)
Example Checklist for Year 5
Example Checklist for Year 7
Example Checklist for Year 10
I hope this helps to encourage you if you're having trouble visualizing
all this. It does take a little time, although terms 2 and 3 are always
easier than term 1 and each successive year I get better at this.