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?
Homeschool Daily 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.
Does your morning start with cuddles and books in bed, quiet Bible time, or morning tea together? The way you start your day is often a great sign of how your day might go. Think about how you would love to start the day and make a plan, set a goal, and get started.
Finding a Homeschool Rhythm
Breakfast time is a great time to join together in the morning. If you have helpers preparing breakfast that is even better, but my boys usually play. Bells loves to help in the kitchen so she and I usually make breakfast together.
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.
Daily Schedule for Kids
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”.
Snack Time comes next and I try to make it easy. Sliced apples, cheese and crackers, veggies and dressing, those are a few examples. You can find more on my kids eating board.
We can easily get caught up in our reading, but when we are ready we take a break for lunch and playtime. You can check out some of our favorites boys picks are here and our love for classics are here.
In the afternoon my middle boys 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.
Maybe you will have set days where you do different activities or different academic subjects. You can have an easy plan for chores and help around the house.
Does everyday go perfectly?
Definitely not, but I try to keep our family and homeschool rhythm running smoothly.
I feel like focusing on your children’s natural rhythm can really help guide you. If you are looking for a great book to help with your parenting journey The Unhurried Homeschooler is a great read.
Good luck and feel free to e-mail me or leave comments if you want to chat.
Some days we spend the whole day at the beach, a park, or playing outside. That is our perfect homeschool rhythm!
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