Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Homeschool Routines

Well, it definitely took time for me to get out of my box thinking that we had to have it all done by a certain time each day. Over the past couple of years I realized I was setting myself up for disappointment and with disappointment came stress for our entire household. So now instead of following a schedule, we try to follow a routine.

The kids day looks something like this:

  1. Kids Day

  2. Get up, change clothes, make bed, feed dogs

  3. Breakfast, brush teeth

  4. Devotion time

  5. School

  6. Lunch

  7. Finish any school

  8. Chores

  9. Practice guitar

  10. Play time

  11. Supper time

  12. Bath time

  13. Clean up bedrooms

  14. Devotion time

  15. Bedtime - must be in bed no later than 9:00 P.M.

I always stress to my children that any job whether it is school work or chores that is only half done has not really been done at all. I also tell them quite often that if they day dream or waste time while they are suppose to be doing school work or chores, that is time that cuts into their play time. Rather than follow a clock, we do the job until it's finished to the best of our abilities. If we finish ahead of time, then we have the rest of the day to do what we want.

Life happens. Already this school year things have not gone according to plan. I have been sick for a couple of weeks. That definitely messes with our schedule. (Thank God we can still homeschool while mommy is in her jammies.) And there has been a certain hurricane that has cut into our school time this week. Rather than make my children and myself miserable over what hasn't been done, we'll just start back fresh next week (unless of course Ike heads for us too).

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21


  1. reading everyone esles routines has been fun! this is my 1st HSBA gig. I enjoyed posting my routine, but it got me in a blogging mood. I need to go sweep the floor

  2. Thanks for sharing! It looks like you have a good base for your days. I really like your background too, so simple and sweet and true!

  3. Thanks for sharing your routine.

    Relaxed and flexible works best for us. Anything that doesn't have me feeling guilty by 9am works for me!

  4. enjoyed reading about your routine... Do your kids thrive on knowing what comes next like mine do?


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