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It was never something you planned for, or maybe even wanted, but here you are.
Although I was not planning myself to homeschool any of my children this year, I do have 2 ½ years of homeschool experience under my belt. So when the schools closed down in March for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19 I went into homeschooling fully knowing what to expect. Since that time, I have had the privilege of hosting a handful of zoom calls and other personal calls and conversations with friends and family who are really challenged trying to find their own homeschool path.
One of my top tips that I share with each of these friends is that creating a schedule is a MUST!
We typically home school from 9am-11am. However, I like flexibility in our daily schedule, as I am somewhat of a free spirit, so from time to time we will deviate. It’s important for my kids and myself to know what to expect every day. If your kids are old enough, create this schedule together. Let them have a say in what time school starts and what time lunch is, free time, and whatever else you want the day to include. In my experience they will be so much more willing to follow the schedule when they help create it!
Put the schedule up on the fridge or the wall and stick to it.
Again, it doesn’t have to be rigid, but I have found that having a schedule actually creates more freedom and frees me up a ton from answering questions all day about “when can we get on the t.v, what time is lunch, etc.” Everyone knows what they can expect every day.
For me one more thing that I found was important to keep morale up was to have my kids get dressed, make their beds, and comb their hair every day before their day really got started. Even before COVID-19, with day after day of staying at home, I felt overwhelmingly that this helped set the stage for the day and that they brought themselves to the day differently when they did this. Their productivity and mood was greatly improved. Trust yourself to know if getting ready in the morning would be beneficial for your family or if this is a battle you’d rather not fight!!!
- 7:30 am wakeup, chores
- 8:00 am Breakfast, Devotionals
- 8:30 am Family Workout
- 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- Monday: Cooking / Tuesday: Spanish / Wednesday: Personal Goals/ Thursday: Entrepreneurship
- 11:00 am Mom and Dad Work – kids play together
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm
- Monday and Wednesday History
- Tuesday and Thursday Science
- 2:00 pm Devices (Computer/Ipad)
- 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Free Time
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Family Play
- 6:30 pm Feed Animals / Dinner Prep
- 6:30 pm Dinner then Family Play or Movie Night
- 7:45 pm 15-minute pickup
- 8:00 pm Get ready for bed
- 8:15 pm Yoga and Meditation
- 8:30 pm Bedtime – read until 8:45pm
Every day we do a 15 minute pick up before bed. We set a timer and usually, in 15 minutes we can get our entire house picked-up. I love going to bed and waking up with the house basically picked up! It sets the next day up for a fresh start.
In addition to the schedule, we have weekly check-ins and monthly one on one kid dates.
One of our family values is Smiths can talk about anything without judgment. Our intentions during this one on one time are to create space for each child and to give them our full attention.
Finally, remember to take care of yourself during this time and add this into the schedule!
My favorite thing right now is after the kids go to bed, we take our beach cruisers out for a few minute ride. It’s the perfect way for me to end the day. And not only feel connected to Chris for a minute, but I feel 1000% better after getting outside and having a minute to myself. A close 2nd favorite is to just walk up and down our street. We’ll do this as many times as we’re feeling that night, for the same reason!
Remember, COVID-19 is affecting us all in different ways. Find what works best for YOUR family!
YOU REALLY CAN HAVE THE FAMILY OF YOUR DREAMS.
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