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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reduce Interruptions to the best of your ability – no phone, no internet, no TV/video during instructional or study time.
  4. Have a balance between independent work and instructional work
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Spend time with the little ones, as well as the ‘school’ age ones.  Make your homeschool a family affair!

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