I am a homeschool mama going on year four, and believe me, I’m no expert. Every morning we gather on the sofa to read, snuggle, and talk with each other quietly. Our days are filled with books and songs, crunching numbers and building words, projects and tea time, nature studies, art, cooking lessons, playdates, and field trips. I break up sibling quarrels, clean up messes, wipe a lot of booties, and still can’t get to the bathroom alone.
I don’t do any of this because it comes easy to me. I’m an introvert who would gladly curl up on the couch all day (and sometimes I do), but I have decided that what’s best for our family is for me to be home with my babies. I am grateful to be home with them. I take delight in watching them grow, seeing them light up when they learn something new or conquer a fear. We have deep conversations about how to treat others and love unconditionally - about being brave and kind.
When we homeschool, we aren’t bound by grade levels and test scores. We don't have time limits or restrictions. We have freedom to take our own time and build on the things that excite us. We celebrate the seasons, and small victories of our life and are allowed to embrace so many moments with our children while they are young.
This is the reason I homeschool.
Still, our children need a rhythm to guide them through their days. Without rhythm it’s easy to become lost or overwhelmed. This isn’t a strict hour by hour schedule, but rather a basic outline for how the day will flow, so everyone knows what to expect. Rhythm lets us know, when we fall in sync with one another, that everything is going as it should.
Building a rhythm in your home creates comfort and peace in your days. Finding this rhythm can take time, and it may change as your family evolves, but it should certainly be tailored to what works best for you. Following is an example of a rhythm that fits well with our family.
A Gentle Daily Rhythm
read, cuddle, talk quietly
gather around the table to breakfast and morning basket
chores and dinner prep
turn down the lights, slow down, quietly play
When we turn out the lights, the kids are in bed and can play quietly if they like. We do wake them up by 8am and start our nightly chores by 5pm.
I hope this helps you if you are thinking about homeschooling, or wondering how to make your days run smoothly. If you feel like something needs to change, you’re probably right. Trust your instincts as a mama and find what works best for your family. I would love to hear what is working well in your home. Have a great weekend and stay warm!