Finding your homeschool groove can take plenty of trial and error. Finding your groove involves nothing more than being in a comfortable spot with your day.
Notice I don’t say a perfect day, I said a comfortable day.
We are getting ready to embark on our 7th year of home education. I have found some strategies to help our household get into a homeschool groove. After six years I should have a few ideas, otherwise I would have given up this homeschooling gig a long time ago!
Helpful Tips to Finding Your Homeschool Groove
Begin the Night Before
An important strategy for me begins the night before our homeschool day even begins. Before we go to bed for the night, I make sure the kitchen is clean, dishes in the dishwasher, an empty sink, and cleared off counter tops. Then we do a quick sweep of our main living area, stow away toys, straighten up the couch, put away books etc. Nothing makes me feel more “behind” for the day than coming downstairs to a messy house.
Another tactic is a simple one, meal planning. Having a written plan of what I’m having for each meal is all it takes. The meals don’t have to be elaborate, but unless you are serving oatmeal for breakfast, PB & J for lunch, and spaghetti for dinner, every single day of the week for the rest of your life, write it down. It’s also helpful for big kids who can help get a meal going. A written meal plan can help you remember that you need to take something out to defrost for the crock pot in the morning.
The Rhythm of Routine
The next idea is to have a routine or a rhythm to your day. No strict schedule is necessary unless that works for your family. An easy routine of prayers, breakfast, school work, lunch, quiet time, etc. works very well. Children like to know what comes next, it makes everyone more productive to have some time boundaries. Don’t underestimate the power of a good routine.
Finally, and I think this is most important, be confident.
Be confident that homeschooling is a good choice for your family, be confident in the resources or curriculum that you are using, be confident that your children are being well educated.
Your children will sense your confidence in your abilities and therefore they will relax and feel more secure. Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, and do what works for your family and before long you will realize that you too are in your homeschool groove.