Because our living location is temporary right now and our homeschool routine not so routine because of our recent move to South America, I thought I would share 3 easy fixes to recharge your homeschool routine.
These are things that I keep in mind when I have a big change in my life.
Recharge Your Homeschool Routine
Too, it doesn’t take such a huge thing as a move overseas to feel defeated. Some days when the boys were all very young, just a move from their bed to the living room was enough for chaos to follow and my well planned routine go out the window.
You hope as they get to the teen years that it gets better. Okay, you do get a break, but even as teens they need a recharge for their routine.
If you are feeling a bit defeated in your new routine, try these easy fixes to bring some peace back into your day.
Easy Fix 1.
Try a new location.
If there is anything that can breathe life into your day, it is changing where you and your kids do school.
The old kitchen table has stood the test of time, but sometimes we just need to pull back from it.
Maybe you’re a rocking chair and porch type of girl.
Give yourself some room to enjoy spending part of the day where you like to be. Especially this time of the year when the weather is a bit cooler, you can start part of your school day outside.
Then, when you do come inside to the kitchen table, everybody will be much more relaxed.
If you have teens, you know they want to be in their room for part of the day. But if you have homeschooled them from the beginning or as you do, you will find that teens still look forward to spending some of their day with you. When Mr. Senior 2013 had those moments, we would move to the living room to read together.
Here is our new and temporary location until we find a home. It is just a small space in our apartment that I set up to suit them. Tiny loves sitting on the floor to do his school anyway so he thinks this set up is just perfect..
And then moving a few tables around in the apartment, I have set up a place for Mr. Awesome do some of his online classes. The key is we are together and embracing a new change.
Push Back When Your Routine Gets Crowded
Easy Fix 2.
Stick with a Set Time To Begin Your School Day.
Though I thrive with having a set time to start school, I have a lot of fellow feeling for those that feel jailed when they hear the words “time management”.
My simple advice is this: There is nothing more important in your day than your children.
Though I love all my family and homeschool friends, I try to remember that my children’s education has to be first in the day and not the musings of my family or friends.
And guess what? Instead of thinking that your not a close friend or “be there for them daughter”, your family and friends, whether they support your homeschool decision or not, will respect the priority placed on time with your children.
Easy Fix 3.
Stop and Reorganize.
Without adding homeschooling to our day, this world is enough to make us think that if we stop one moment to plan or reorganize that we will waste a time. It is kind of funny in a way though we may not see it at the time.
I think about all the focus we put on curriculum and not enough on the help we will get with supper, clothes washing or bill paying.
One of my back to school chores includes emptying my pantry or kitchen cabinets
One year, somehow I had
hoarded collected 9 pie plates. Not in any dinner I make would I ever make 9 pies to go with it.
But the fact, they were taking up room in my cabinets was taking up space in my mind and weighing me down.
It was completely stressful and a waste of time in making dinner when I would have to reshuffle those 9 pie pans each time to get the pans I needed to actually start supper with.
Why do we do put up with tiny time zappers that turn huge over time?
You may have another room bothering you. For me, it’s always the kitchen that I make time to organize so that I save time.
A homeschool routine is not about scheduling every block or minute, but only the important ones. Not everything on your list for the day is urgent. It’s important, but there is a difference.
Whether you have temporary circumstances like me right now or you are feeling a bit defeated, push back when your routine gets crowded.
Instead of planning your whole day, plan to get started. It is so worthwhile.
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Hugs and love ya,