This article sharing our homeschooling routine is sponsored. All tips shared are 100% those of our own. We have officially gotten our first two weeks of homeschooling with two children under our belt. I am not going to lie, it has been challenging. I know that there are many other mamas out there that have home-schooled two, three or even more children at a time and that it is possible! Possible while keeping your sanity and everyone enjoying it too!
For myself, I live for those moments when they make the connection and you can see that little light bulb go off. Those moments when they make the connection and realize it.
Today while working with Addie on sight words, she was so excited to share with her Daddy the five new words she learned this week. She was proud of herself that while we were reading a book, she recognized more than letters, they were words! Austin has finally been bitten by the reading bug and is stepping out of his comfort zone to try to read everything. Big sigh of relief for this mama since last year he was more concerned with math, science and geography.
I still feel as if we are the new kids on the block, as it were, in the homeschool department. I still have much to learn about navigating the terrain, harnessing their attention and keeping them motivated. While we still have much to learn, after all, homeschooling is a constant journey, I have learned a few things for our family that do work.
Ways to Make Homeschooling Easier
Have a schedule and stick to it – This is not easy. But who said homeschooling was going to be easy. I want my children to receive an excellent education, full of discovery and hands on learning but also with some flexibilty. By having a schedule and staying on top of our agenda, it allows me to say, yes, we can take a break today from our traditional lessons for a field trip, an afternoon of science experiments or a day of fun.
Prepare the night before – Growing up, there were five children at home and you better believe we had a routine. We were always in three different schools and mornings were pretty crazy. Anything that helped with the flow was a necessity. Jut because we are not leaving for school, doesn’t mean we don’t need to do most of the same prep work now. This is actually more for me, as I need to look ahead to see what is required for some of our lessons but the kids can help by getting their clothes out, having their work stations cleaned off and all our everyday materials put back where they belong so we don’t waste time searching for items.
Go to bed early – Usually by the time eight o’clock rolls around there is not a question the kids are getting tired. We have a rule if they getup and the sun is still sleeping, they must stay in bed. Who has to tell their kids that? We do! Since they are early risers, they have an early bedtime. This applies to Mama as well. If I don’t get enough sleep, the day does not go well for any of us.
Take care of yourself – By ensuring that we start our day off with a good breakfast, followed by good dental hygiene, we are ready for the day! Now that the children are getting a little older, they are expermenting with minty toothpastes and mouth washes. One of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products is the children’s LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Fluoride Rinse, Phineas & Ferb Bubble Blast. It provides 12-hours of cavity protection and strengthens teeth 99% better than just brushing alone.
Have a morning routine – This is beneficial for both Mama & the kids! For myself, it is a challenge to get up before the kids (my kids get up with the chickens!) but when I can make myself, my days run smoother. I take some time for myself to do a little Bible reading and meditation, some blog work or getting breakfast going without little ones under my feet.
For the kids, if they know what is expected of them, we have less sidetracked moments. Less wasted time. Less frustration. We all work together to get our day going on a good note and have a more peaceful day.
Get a Planner – This can be a store purchased day-planner or a homemade planner but bottom line, find a system that works for you to track school, work and all the tidbits of life we have to track! When I don’t use my planner faithfully, something is sure to be forgotten. It just works! And I would be lost without it!
My biggest piece of advice is not to allow yourself to become so overwhelmed you forget the big picture of why you started homeschooling. It is easy to become sidetracked and overwhelmed with everything we need to accomplish, but don’t allow yourself to become weighed down.
Create a plan, get organized and find your groove!
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