Quite often I’m asked what our homeschool day looks like. Most seem to think we have some magical schedule. It’s kind of funny to me because, as much as I’d like to be perfectly organized and scheduled, that’s just not realistic.
When we first started homeschooling, I had everything planned out. From 9-9:30 we would work on math, 9:30-9:40 would be snack time, 9:40-10:00 would be handwriting time, and so on and so on…
Guess how long that lasted? Not very long at all!
The beauty of homeschooling is that you can weave learning into your family’s unique lifestyle. Everyday doesn’t have to look the same.
Rather than scheduling your days, try creating an intentional homeschool rhythm instead. Children thrive on routine, not schedules.
Write down everything you want/need to accomplish during the school week. Also write down everything that needs to be done, whether homeschooling or not. Then think of the aspects of your happiest family days and what makes them successful.
Do your children enjoy being read to before bed?
Could cooking meals together be an educational experience?
Are your kids most attentive during breakfast?
Create a flow that will work for your family and that will keep you on track throughout the week. Remember, this is not a checklist of everything that needs to be done. Rhythms are adaptable and evolve with time.
Here’s a look at the homeschool rhythm we’re aiming for this year:
I’ve also created a blank template so you can create your own plan for how your school days will flow:
If you have any questions about planning your perfect homeschool rhythm, please leave me a comment below. 🙂