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Homeschool Daily Routine Ideas For Your Pretty Planner
Homeschooling your children is a very enriching yet challenging experience if you do not have a homeschool daily routine. Most parents struggle to find the right balance between their home life and homeschooling. But once they do, they bond with their children over their shared learning experiences.
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The guidelines mentioned in this cheat sheet will teach you how to plan your daily homeschool routine in your pretty homeschool planner.
So together, let’s explore the world of homeschooling.
1. Create a Homeschool Daily Routine, Not a Schedule
Homeschooling cannot work unless your children’s lives become disciplined. Discipline starts with a homeschool routine. It is fine to have weekly, monthly, or yearly schedules, but when it comes to the daily practice, you need a routine, not a schedule. While planning your homeschool daily routine, stick to the tasks that you have set out for the day but do not time-bound yourself over everything. So, if your routine is to start your homeschool with a morning prayer and have some warm-up exercises, you can always shorten the prayers and give more time to exercises depending on your children’s personal interests. As long as they are following a routine, they are disciplined, and your homeschooling will produce great results.
2. Make All the Children A Part of Your Homeschool
Younger, pre-school siblings can make older siblings more serious about their studies. Including your toddlers in your homeschool classes can help in two ways. For starters, you don’t have to leave your children alone on the study table after every few minutes to check on your toddler, as they will be right next to you.
Secondly, when older siblings observe that their younger siblings are taking an interest in the study routine (toddlers do love to grab hold of… and eat… colored pencils, markers, stationery pouches, and loose papers), they become serious, responsible, elder siblings who now have to set an example for their younger siblings. Making all the children a part of your daily homeschool routine encourages children to see homeschooling as an everyday house activity in which the whole family takes part. No one child is singled out and feels tortured unnecessarily.
3. Work In Chunks
It is important that you prioritize your homeschool coursework and work in chunks when you are setting out your homeschool daily routine. You don’t have to teach every subject daily. Start with the high priority subjects and daily activities like mathematics, science, and languages. You can gradually move to easier subjects and tasks like religion, arts, computers, and general knowledge. Remember that you only have 4 to 5 hours of daily homeschool classes. Give each subject sufficient time so that your children don’t feel burdened and can easily follow through. Prioritizing and working in chunks will also increase productivity and expedite learning because children naturally adapt better to systems.
4. Keep Your Mealtimes Consistent With Your Homeschool Daily Routine
You don’t have to delay your mealtimes because of your homeschool classes. You can continue to have your meals as you would on normal days. If you and your family usually take your breakfast at around 9 am and lunch around 1 pm, then you can continue with this practice and adjust the timings of your homeschool classes accordingly. For instance, you could start your homeschool after a hearty breakfast at 10 am and take a break at 12 pm to prepare lunch. You can continue with your classes from 2 to 4 pm to ensure that your children get proper time to enjoy their meals.
5. Make Mealtimes Fun Time
Leave behind the meticulous homeschool teacher as you step out of the homeschool area and step into the dining area. Your children need a parent and a friend over meals. Let your children enjoy their meals. Don’t rush your kids through meals in order to get back to the studies. It has been a millennium-old tradition that families, in all cultures, bond over meals. You can ask them if they slept well over breakfast or whether they enjoyed the lesson they learned before lunch. Siblings should be encouraged to interact with one another. Older siblings can be mentors for their younger siblings when it comes to table manners and dining etiquette. Don’t fill your children’s heads with educational talks over meals. Keep your daily mealtimes fun and light-hearted and relax while you are having your meals instead of thinking about completing your homeschool daily routine for the day.
6. Stay Flexible
Your homeschool routine is not something that has been written in stone. You can always flex according to the whims and wishes of your children. But don’t do it too often, as they must learn the importance of maintaining a healthy homeschool daily routine. However, you must be flexible enough to accommodate sudden changes of plans like medical emergencies, unexpected visits from guests, or urgent errands that need to be run. Having a weekly homeschool plan with an empty slot will help you to shift your coursework forward and make up for the missed-out lessons. Do remember that it is a shared experience, so on some days, you should let your children take the lead and adjust your routine accordingly.
With this cheat sheet on how to plan your daily homeschool schedule, you can now smoothly incorporate your homeschooling into your family’s daily life. Just stick to the routine so that your children don’t find homeschooling an extra burden. Let them slowly find their sync as you gradually extend the study hours and days.
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