Getting started homeschooling can be rough at first. I feel the best way to stay sane and enjoy the journey is to keep a rhythm. A natural flow of activities that everyone can expect to unfold each day. It helps to break up the large expanse of time into manageable pieces.
Finding a natural rhythm takes time. I often say it takes a year to find a rhythm, and by then its starting to change again. Don’t get discouraged if it seems difficult at first to stick to a rhythm. Remember these 3 tips:
1.Start by noting what you do naturally each day and making changes where needed, rather than writing down a totally new rhythm and trying to follow it.
2. Work in sections. For example, if you are meal planning, just work on sticking to a meal plan for 1 or 2 meals consistently rather than all 5 meals. Another example would be just to start building a rhythm for just the morning or just the afternoon instead of the whole day at once.
3. Activities should be a repitition of inbreaths and outbreaths. An inbreath is an actyivity where every one comes together or does focused work. An out breath would be more relaxed and/or free flowing and energetic.
When creating your rhythm, DO NOT forget about the following important activities:
1. Rest time: It does not matter how old your children are. In fact, the rest time is more for your than anyone else! Schedule it in, or it won’t happen! Rest time does not have to be a time to sleep, but merely a time for quietness and relaxing.
2. Chores: Everyone should have chores to do. You as mom can not do all the chores an maintain optimum happiness. Not long term at least. Teach them young, or if its too late- teach them old. Put it on the rhythm chart so that it must be done before moving on.
3. Have your children help with meal: This is so valuable for them and you. Yes, it will be tough at first, but it will be so worth it when your seven year old makes you breakfast and coffee before you even got out of bed.
4. Time Outdoors: Every single day we all need to be spending time outside. It can be a nature walk or working in the garden for science class, it can be P.E., it can be free play, it can be read aloud time, just get outside every single day.
Click below to get the downloadable and printable worksheets. You will need to print more than one copy as your rhythm is bound to change quite a bit in the beginning as you try and find it.
Use the notes section to brain dump all the things that need to be done through out the week- or all the meals you and your kids would like to eat regularly plus new ones you would like to add in. When you have it all on the paper you can start plugging them in place on the weekly chart.
Post the charts in a common area where you will see and reference them frequently. Put them in a nice a picture frame even!
The button above will open a new page with the files. Simply click File from the menu and choose export as PDF.