How to Homeschool 101: Creating a Routine, Not a Schedule


One of the most important things we can do is set our day with an intentional energy and thoughts.

Create a morning routine for us homeschool moms to get kick-started before the kids are awake. Yeah, I know that is a real challenge if you have young kids. It might not even be realistic, but it is still the goal. So does that mean you have to get up at 4:00 am? No, I am not suggesting that. I would never have done that myself. My kids would laugh if I even suggested that to you.

Still, the goal is to be up before the kids are awake, especially the younger ones, so you can set your day with intention.

I start the day with a cup of coffee and milk. As I live in the northern hemisphere, I use a UV light in the morning for about 15 minutes. At the same time, I read my daily morning mama affirmations. This helps us set our minds thinking about the things we want in our homeschool and how we want to engage our children.

There’s no magic bullet in reading daily affirmations, but it does set our minds on the right things. Praying and meditating with intention and asking God for help strengthens my resolve and clarity.

A daily meditation practice and, of course, journaling. I have been journaling since about Grade two. I didn’t have much to say then, so I wrote, I woke up, I made my bed, and I brushed my teeth for about the first five years. And though it was simple, it has been a powerful tool that helps me understand how I’m feeling and what I want to accomplish in my day.

Journaling is a powerful tool to start your morning.

I also write three focus words at the top of my journal. This year I wrote: encourage, expand, and invite. (And if you come over for a cup of coffee, I will tell you why I chose those words. They all relate to relationships, or my work, or my intention for this period of my life.)

Choosing focus words sets our mind to approach our day and activities the way we want to.

First and foremost, set up your day with an intentional morning routine.

Create a Routine, Not a Schedule

A schedule is forced confinement, routines are guidelines.

Forced confinement? We’ve done that in the last few months, so no thanks!

Routines include the stuff you want to include. Routines are flexible. Routines create predictability. Routines bear out in productivity.

What do you want to include in your day? Write it down.

  • Carve out a morning routine. Begin the day alone. Just fifteen minutes.
  • Create a morning routine with the kids: a prayer, a lovingkindness meditation, yoga, readalouds, and discuss plans for the day.
  • Ask the kids what their hopes and plans are for the day and make sure you let your kids know yours too.
  • Include study time or engage learning opportunities. (Think in subject areas or follow their curiosities).
  • Include a post-lunch communal quiet time.
  • Get outside and active every day.
  • Slot in screen time.
  • Include fun every day.
  • Include household chores in your weekly routine: everyone helps.
  • Include extracurricular activities, co-ops, and part-time jobs in your routine.
  • Inject some homeschool hygge in your day!

Time Block: you never know how much time something takes until you time it.

  • This provides clarity: how much time does it really take to do each activity?
  • If something is important for you, plan for it.

Include the Fun.

Create meaningful childhood memories for your kids.

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Teresa Wiedrick
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