Let’s agree on this.
Sometimes being a parent can be overwhelming due to many responsibilities around. If you have chosen to home school your kids, it even gets tougher.
If you are not careful enough, you might find yourself in a puddle of tears because you can’t hack it anymore.
But what should you do yet homeschooling is the best thing for your kids?
In this post, I have shared some useful homeschooling morning routines that will help you stay productive with your homeschooling kids.
Keep reading to find out.
What are the useful homeschooling morning routines for you?
Here is a great homeschooling morning routine to help your kids achieve their education goals.
1. Plan the next day now
Planning what you can do tomorrow is the best way to stay focused. Before the beginning of the week, check your homeschooling schedule of next week and start organizing what you need. Start with what you need in the first three days and prepare the resources you need.
Prepare what they will do on the first day according to your curriculum. After the first day, plan the next day as well. Evaluate what they have done that day and check whether they can proceed to the next lesson. Planning a day before helps you to achieve your weekly goals.
2. Get an alarm
You might already know this because everyone does it. However, I am not referring to the morning alarm. My point is about the time you are going to sleep. Did you know that you can have a bedtime alarm?
If you didn’t know, sleeping early helps you wake up feeling fresh, composed, and energized. You can set it in a way that allows you to have enough sleep like 6 to 8 hours. For example, if you want to wake up at 5.00 a.m, you can set your sleeping time to be between 10.00 am to 11.00 am. Setting the alarm helps you not to waste time and end up sleeping late.
3. Make chores as motivators
As you have your routine for your boys, you can also create for them chores to act as their motivators. Even though they are homeschooling, they should get up early so that they can finish their lessons on time.
Consider creating a morning routine checklist for them with a list of daily chores before starting their lessons. The first kid to wake up can pick the first task, and the last kid would have to choose what is left.
The simple task should always be the first. This might motivate them to wake up early if one misses being the first to wake up one day, encourage them that they can always try the next day again.
You could create a list of what each kid needs to do each day, including the lessons. Give them the checklist to mark what they have done at the end of the day. You will notice that it will give them a sense of achievement after doing each task. Such routines help them get ready for the next day without feeling bored.
4. Always get up earlier than your kids
You need to have some time for yourself before starting to attend to your kids. You might want a few minutes to compose your mind. You could have a few minutes of meditating, reading a book, or listening to some music to stimulate your brain.
You can then wake up and take a shower then wake your kids up. You also need to rethink about the time you are waking up your kids. Do all of them seem okay with it? Some kids may want to sleep an hour longer to feel better.
Wake them up at a time all of them are comfortable and start preparing them. Ensure that the learning environment is comfortable. Ensure that the room is well ventilated and has all the learning materials needed.
5. Include playtime in your schedule
Kids don’t have the patience of concentrating for long hours studying. During the morning session, break the lessons and include a few minutes break for playing a bit before resuming.
6. Create a routine for each child if the need arises
You know your kids better than anyone else. You must agree with me that kids are not the same. Some may be quite slow. You will also notice that some kids wake up earlier than you had scheduled while others wake up a bit late.
Understand your children and do everything you can to help them accomplish their lesson goals. Sometimes you may have to break your routine so that the other kid can fit in and not be left behind. It’s okay to do that so long as they all learn at the end of the week.
7. Be consistent
Consistency is the hardest part when you are trying a new routine. You may be motivated as you start, but later it becomes severe. Sometimes you may feel that your bed is too warm and comfortable to get out early.
Another time your kids may also refuse to get out of bed even when they don’t look sleepy. If you keep repeating this, it will reach a time where all of you will get used to it.
8. Adapt more changes when your kids grow
When you start homeschooling small kids, you will notice that they don’t read continuously. They need more breaks to entertain and make their minds alert. They also learn a few hours per day. But as they age, you will have to adapt to the new changes.
Now they can stay focused for longer hours and will need a few breaks. You should prepare them for that according to your curriculum.
A successful day depends on your plan before the day ends and how you handle your morning routine. The most important thing to remember is that you need enough rest to prepare for the next day. You also need to prepare as early as possible. Understand your children, and this will make everything simple.
As a homeschooling mother, there are many things you need to handle. While you have to take care of their education, you also need to take care of other motherly duties like ensuring that they have had something to eat on time. This morning routine will help you accomplish most of your tasks without feeling burdened.
Are you a homeschooling mother? What do you do, make sure that your days end up well?