Sometimes it seems as if the ‘good’ homeschool day is elusive… but when I reflect on the days that we do enjoy these are the things that consistently show up:
- Know what you want to achieve for the day – a plan. Have a plan for every area of your life: your homeschooling, your homemaking, your relationships and any other commitments. Keep your plan flexible but at least have some idea of what you are aiming for in your day.
- Have routines established (so the kids know how their day is going to run). Routines are simply patterns of activity – wake up, get ready, start studies, finish studies, rest, play, chores etc… Having some sort of consistency in your days helps the kids.
- Reduce Interruptions to the best of your ability – no phone, no internet, no TV/video during instructional or study time.
- Have a balance between independent work and instructional work
- Have a time where you are focused on the kids and their needs – the washing, for example, can wait till they are doing something independent or playing.
- Keep lessons short – finish while they are still interested, pick it up again tomorrow. If they aren’t getting it, still keep it short, and continue again tomorrow.
- Take a break – if the kids are little, or fidgety, or brain-dead, get them moving – physical exercise or play – or give them a snack.
- If you are out of sorts today, take a break – go do something fun with your kids, or if you need some time out – everyone watch a movie, read a book, go to the library. Look after yourself
- Tidy as you go – at the end of one lesson, pack it all away before you get anything out for the next lesson – make time for this to happen in your plans
- Spend time with the little ones, as well as the ‘school’ age ones. Make your homeschool a family affair!