So it’s been a few weeks since I posted about our homeschooling “schedule.” If you click on that linky, you’ll see I had high hopes. Truly, I did. But they weren’t terribly realistic.
Now that we have about a month and a half of homeschooling under our belts, I think I’ve come up with a better “routine,” rather than rigid schedule. Here goes:
7:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast, chores, free play
9 – 9:15 a.m. Stretches/yoga/exercise (to get the wiggles out)
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Two subjects in a row (Math, Language Arts, Science, or Social Studies). Fortunately, T loves school, so I do not have to “make” him sit still to do school work. He is eager to participate, no matter what the subject.
10:30 – 2 p.m. Out and about, running errands, playdates, field trips (to the zoo, Sea World, botanical garden, museums, science centers), etc. We carry substantial snacks with us while we’re out, and then have a late lunch when we get back home.
3-ish One more subject for about half an hour
The main challenge is what to do with T’s baby sister S while I’m trying to teach T. Well, in the mornings, she’s pretty easy going and will happily play in her playpen for about 20 minutes. But that only gives me just enough time to get breakfast ready and eat it myself. SO…. I usually resort to bouncing back and forth between the two kids. I put S on the floor for some toys and crawling time (yikes! when did she get mobile?!) and I’ll keep an eye on her while helping T get some work started. Then, he can usually do some work independently while I play with and tend to the baby. When it comes time to read to him, S will play on the floor with us (and yes, that includes crawling on us, using me as a jungle gym, trying to grab and eat the book, nursing, etc. etc., but we still manage to get in some great reading). And when she gets tired, I put her in the sling and rock her to sleep, allowing us to do even more uninterrupted school work.
So far, this new routine is working pretty well. The difference is that I have given up (sadly) a couple of Mommy-hobbies in order to focus on homeschooling. I have taken a hiatus from volunteering (non-profit breastfeeding support organization) and I am professionally blogging only once a month (as opposed to 4 times a month). This takes a ton of pressure off me, and allows me to really relax and get into the groove of homeschooling my son and caring for my baby daughter, which are and should be my top two priorities. I had a lot of misgivings about giving up my two beloved “hobbies,” but in retrospect, I know it was the right thing and now have no regrets.
We have 2 1/2 more months left in the school year, so I hope we continue to homeschool the way we want and enjoy. And we’ll most likely continue to homeschool during the summer, a lot more loosely, but still learning and having fun while doing it.
What’s your daily homeschool routine? How has your routine evolved over the year(s)? What are the challenges of homeschooling when you have more than one child at home? How do you meet the needs of all your children?