We’re wrapping up our 3rd week of homeschool. We seem to be finding our groove quickly this year.
Our daily routine is based these days less on a schedule and more on blocks of time. For example, instead of being scheduled like this:
9:00 – Bible Study
9:30 - Science
10:00 - English
10:30 - History
11:00 - Spelling
11:30 - Reading
Our schedule looks more like this:
7:00-8:30 Personal Bible time and prayer, eat, dress and chores. Time buffered in for spontaneous conversations or other unexpected needs.
8:30-12:00 Younger kids work with Mom. Older kids work independently.
12:30 – ? Younger kids play, do art, or read. Older kids work with Mom.
Some days we get an amazing amount of schoolwork accomplished. Sometimes we are interrupted by naughty little brothers, important business calls, planned outings or heading down a rabbit trail of interest-led learning, and less of our school plans are finished. I am okay with this and so, this seems to be the groove that we have fallen into. Must be age and experience that tells me, without a shadow of doubt, that God fills in the gaps. I do not need to strive and fret over a few missed assignments!
Finding the Groove in Your Homeschool
There is a lot of talk this time of year in homeschool circles about getting into our groove, often fretting over not being able to find it.
You know, the groove; the weeks when a reasonable amount of assignments are finished, in a reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of stress.
In my experience, finding your homeschool groove has a lot to do with accepting reasonable expectations in the day-to-day. I have two young sons, ages 6 and 3. They are typical boys who tend to get into things that they shouldn’t, are always busy and often noisy! And that is before I try to teach them!
I can expect to be interrupted fairly frequently by their antics. The difference between me having peace during those interruptions in a large sense depends on my expectations. Knowing and accepting that they will be noisy and, at times, disruptive – often in need of some time-consuming character training is the key to my feelings of homeschool success.
How was your week? Have you found your groove?
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