How we organize our days and our homes makes a huge difference in how our homeschool days go. I have found that I need to
- Make A Plan
- Work the Plan
- Schedule Accordingly
As much as I believe in the importance of rhythm in our daily lives, this is something I really struggle with. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, my husband, Isaac, is very ritualistic and sequential in the way he thinks and in the way he lives. Me? Not so much. I am random by nature. So, this being the case, I have had to concentrate on the rhythm of our day. We have some strong anchors in our lives, though: everyday we wake up around the same time, we eat three meals a day together as a family (both a blessing and a curse, for I am the cook), we have school work we do in the mornings before lunch and we have a pretty consistent bed time. Isaac is home by lunch time most every day and he likes to have a ‘read and rest’ with the kids after lunch. That is a time where he reads to the boys and I read to Maya and sometimes we all take a quick nap or sometimes we don’t.
But after read and rest, it’s time for project work outside. This is sometimes free time for the kids to pursue their own interests. Right now Kaleb is working on a Honda motor from an old rototiller that was broken. He is fixing the motor to build a go cart or some motorized bike of his never-ending imagination!
Kyler is spending most of his time doing gardening stuff.
Maya mainly plays fairy.
For structured projects, we are still building our greenhouse. The boys have been working hard on it and I am super excited for it to be finished so we can have a warm, sunny spot to start our seeds!
I definitely think that our basic daily plan of wake up, breakfast together, school, lunch together, read and rest, play/project time, dinner together, free time, family time then bed really gives us quality family time as well as freedom to pursue our own leisure time.
Leisure time is not the same as entertainment time. We leave that for in the evenings; a movie, some youtube time or surfing the internet. Leisure time should be more productive and should be doing something we are interested in and, hopefully sometimes, completing something. That we way we have something we can look back on to be proud of. Knitting a scarf, a motor, plants growing, a coloring page full of beautiful colors, a clean floor, kiteboard trick mastered etc. etc…