Our homeschool routine that actually works
Are you in a homeschool morning routine rut? Do your mornings look like mine did where I was herding cats? Well I am here to tell you that it is possible to change that. I have found after much trial and error a homeschool morning routine that actually works.
First off, I stopped trying to wake the kids up at the butt crack of dawn. All of the sleep studies I have read say that kids need lots of sleep. (smushed that info down to a quick easy sentence). Sounds totally legit right? Seriously though just trust.
Here are the top 10 things that I have found work!
- Start the day off if you can without an alarm clock! Yep, I tossed my alarm clock about 10 years ago and have yet to miss it.
- Say good morning. A simple greeting in the morning can do wonders for attitudes. I also ask my kids how they slept.
- Stretch, and not just because it gives you rockin yoga skills. It gets the blood flowing and kicks up your energy.
- Give everyone plenty of time to get dressed and ready for the day.
- Have a couple things written down on a board for kids to do if you are busy cooking breakfast or with other smaller kids. I have a white board and write out after they are dressed and ready for the day they must feed the dogs and then let them outside.
- Take time to be grateful. If that means quite reflection or prayer, something that acknowledges what you are thankful for when you start the day sort of sets that tone. That is a good tone to set.
- After breakfast we dive into school work. If the day is gorgeous I love to take our books outside. Sometimes we go to the park or just sit on the porch for our reading.
- One of the biggest things I stopped doing was micro managing our mornings. I used to get up super early and had to have everything done and kids set by 7am. Now we wake up at 9:30am and ease into the day. This has meant pushing some things to much later but it also means we are not rushing. Or exhausted.
- As mothers/parents we set the tone for our kids. If we feel rushed and stressed the kids feel it too. There will be plenty of times we cant help feeling stressed, after all we are only human! Right? Well some of us I swear are not- (they totally alien body swapped or they are robots). Sadly I am not an upgraded model that doesn’t need sleep or food or that never gets stressed. So for us normal plain jane humans we have to be careful we don’t inadvertently affect the kids.
- Look for the fun. This was so hard for me and seriously sounded like it was going to be the easiest thing. I had trouble letting go of the endless to do list in my head or responding to every little Facebook notification. I was stuck in my head a lot. I found stopping myself and watching my kids and just being a part of what we are doing brings me back to what is really important and why I chose to take us down this path in the first place. Not to be geniuses. Not to be perfect.
Just to be US.
This is a representation of how I do things. I evolved to this after many years of doing things like the average household. It just was not working and I have tried some goofy things along the way to figure out what is best for us. You will do the same exact thing. Trial and error. Finding your way wont be easy but if you homeschool or are even thinking about it I know you aren’t just looking for the easy path. You are like me and chose to take the adventurous path. WooHoo!