Children thrive on a rhythm that guides them throughout the day and I’m pretty sure it helps us as parents and/or caregivers too. Finding your Homeschool Rhythm can be one of the most important things you ever do for your family. Have you discovered your rhythm?
Rhythm is really just finding what works for your family. Every family is different and every family will have their very own homeschooling rhythm that works.
After breakfast, we like to have some outdoor time. It might be a nature walk or some free play in the yard, but I think it’s great to get fresh air in the morning. It’s also great to get the kids moving and enjoying nature. Maybe you will start with a circle time… or possibly a morning reading basket is more your style. Try out a few different things and see what works for you.
Next it’s on to circle time, story time, free play, or lessons. I think it just depends on the age of your children. For me at this time we break up and the kids do different things. I help my two middle boys get started and then when they are good to go I am available to do things with my little two. This could mean their Montessori activities/lessons, our circle time, FIAR reading, this is usually our uninterrupted “schooling time”.
In the afternoon the middle boys (9-11) usually do math, reading, whatever they need to do, plus play/build/create. We do a lot of the art, geography, history, and science together. For the little ones I usually have hands on learning activities, arts and crafts, sensory play, or something else set up for the afternoon and they can also do what they want in our schooling/sunroom.
We are done when we are done there isn’t a clock that tells us. We play outside, take evening walks, prepare dinner, relax (at least the kids do) 😉 and have a nice bedtime routine.
P.S. Some days we spend the whole day at the beach, a park, or playing outside. That is our perfect homeschool rhythm! 🙂