Photo credit: Kendra @ Habits for a Happy Home
Today I’m sharing with you our simple secret for success in getting back into a routine. We are ready for that routine because of those steps we’ve talked about earlier this week: sweet rest, listening to the Lord, having a plan and spending some time prepping. We also have some simple meals ready to fix.
So now, it’s predawn on the big Return of the Routine. Here is what we do:
Mama: I try my best to go to bed early the night before. I also get up early so that I can shower and have quiet time. Those days I do this are far more successful. I think of the traditional story about Martin Luther. It is said that one day he had so much to do that he needed to spend an extra hour in prayer so that he could get it all done.
“Seek God in your homeschool. His burden is easy. His yoke is light.” ~ Wisdom’s Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall
The children: When we get back into a routine, we concentrate on just three things for three days. Just the basics. For us that means…
Back to School Schedule – First Three Days
- Before 8:45 Checklist (this has a reminder for morning quiet time, brushing teeth, making your bed, cleaning up after breakfast and even getting dressed!)
- Math – and math on four different levels is plenty to do for the first few days of school.
- Then we go to the neighborhood pool! Hooray! We’ve accomplished quite a bit.
That’s it! These basics are so important. And you can count on success (and always a few bumps) by only doing small amounts. Then celebrate!
After the first few days we slowly add in the rest of our regular school day:
- The remainder of the 3 Rs.
- Morning Room Time for the little ones.
- One more thing after lunch. (How we fit it all the extras.)
- Afternoon Quiet Time. This year ’round habit changes up a bit.
- Be on Time – Barb-Harmony Art Mom’s seasoned mom tip
- Back to Basics – with a bit of Mother Goose whimsy… “Catch the back to school joy in the basics. Start slowly. Be silly. You and your children can have a happy habit of learning. You don’t have to feel like the old woman in the shoe.”
- Just the Basics Ma’am – I share the four ingredients in my post at Heart of the Matter. “Oh how we homeschool moms pour over curriculum. We make plans, pick up new pencils at the store. Mark dates on the calendar. But what about the basics? Those simple, necessary things we have to do every day as mothers? How about the basic routines and habits we’d like for our children to build – like brushing teeth and clearing their spot at the breakfast table?“
- How to Get Back into a Routine (after sickness or some other bump in the road) “Lower expectations. Do just the basics. Then, fall back into your habits. Leave room for spontaneity.”
- Helpful Homeschool Habits for Multiple Ages – includes not only an expanded explanation of our Before 8:45 checklist but also morning room time, one more thing after lunch and afternoon quiet time.
- The Ultimate list of Hodgepodge Helpful Habits – not only habits for the school day but annual and holiday habits. Plus help for those tough days.
- Help for Making Habits Stick – “For me, over the years with babies, toddlers, stacks of school books, hungry mouths and now towering teens, these are the basic routes I’ve discovered for seeing results in building habits. The habits for building habits, if you will…”
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- Day 1 – Rest
- Day 2 – Planning & Prep
- Day 3 – Feeding the Family
- Day 4 – Game Day – The Routine
- Day 5 – Punt or Touchdown?
Tomorrow is I’ll share some secret plays for the tough days plus ways to infuse the fun.
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Do you ease back into your routine? Or is it better for you to jump in all the way?