My kids started back with lessons this week and somehow it has been totally amazing!! I imagine it’s due to all the planning I’ve done for the last few weeks. I mean, I planned all the academics like normal but I also put tons of thought into the small details. Stephen helped so much by taking all three big kids out for the day on Sunday! It gave me the opportunity to fine tune my plans.
I’ve been homeschooling my children for twelve years but this has been the best first week in the history of our family! The three things that have helped our routine go well have been:
- Me setting an alarm and getting up every morning no later than 7:30 (even though I did NOT feel like it!!) and then waking the kids up. Our day starts earlier, we eat meals and snacks together, and they seem easily able to focus on their lessons. They’ve all been going to bed earlier, too.
- Having ALL lessons planned – no winging it. I have all three kids’ school plans printed for the week (more on this in a future post) so they/I just have to follow through and do it.
- Not leaving the house until 3pm. This really promotes us to get everything done before we go out. Things like school work and housework. In the past, I would think (or say), “We’ll/I’ll do such-and-such when we get home,” and then, by the time we returned it was far from my mind or I didn’t feel like doing it anymore. I was not proud of myself for being like that so I’m pleased that I’ve made (and stuck to) my 3 o’clock rule.
It also really helps that I discovered Elizabeth’s preferred sleeping position (her tummy) because she has napped like a champ every single day!! Oh, and she slept (not on her tummy) from 11pm last night to 6am this morning – her longest stretch of sleep yet. My breasts didn’t appreciate it one bit, lol, but it sure felt great to get seven whole hours of sleep. :D