As you all know (and seen on Instagram) we have tackled homeschooling this year through a local IDL School. We’re back to books. We have been designated a teacher that will oversee our weekly progress. But as far as daily schedule and plan for learning, that’s ALL ON ME.
👋 HELLO PRESSURE! 👋 WHAT’S UP ANXIETY!
I’m not sure if there was much of a learning curve as I’ve done a pretty bang-up job of surrounding myself with so many incredible homeschooling mamas’ (HEY! Jen). But as far as getting into a smooth routine, I’d say it took us a week or two to find what works and what didn’t.
For example, right out the gate, we know we like our slow mornings. Everyone needs food in their bellies before we get into SCHOOL-MODE and breaks are mandatory. Lots and lots of DANCE BREAKS. Some days are good, some days are a struggle, but what I hang onto most is those difficult moments is that – they’re here with me. We work through things together.
GOOD FULL BREAKFAST
Learning on an empty stomach is next to impossible, and this rings true for both adults and kids. Going without a good full breakfast in the morning is a guaranteed way to ensure you learn next to nothing. When we start our day off with breakfast before books, everyone wins and I get to keep my sanity. It’s a good thing, because apparently this homeschooling gig doesn’t offer a TOC on those days you just wanna call in sick.
DAILY VITAMINS +OMEGA-3’S
Keeping up with your daily vitamins is equally as important as a good breakfast. They nourish our body and minds from the inside, which in turn helps them work to the best of their abilities.
I knew once we made the decision to homeschool the girls I would need to get on top of a few things. One, was to ensure that my selfcare game was less of a “after thought” and more of a “priority“. Even if this meant a simple bubble bath in the evening or going for a drive with no destination, a hot cuppa tea in hand and good music. And two, I needed to make sure I stayed up on my daily vitamins as well as finding a vitamin for brain health. I needed to be on my a-game EVERY👏 SINGLE👏 DAY👏
I feel like there is still something missing in my daily morning mantra, something to help with stress and anxiety, maybe. I’m working on finding the perfect fit, and when we do we will be sure to share it. I hide nothing. This DO ALL THE THINGS gig in 2020 has not been easy. This year has not spared any of us and stress and anxiety levels are at al all-time HIGH.
KNOW WHEN TO CALL IT A DAY
If the day calls for outside play only and learning weaved into gardening and bike riding then you PIVOT and do that. If everyone’s in a MOOD then call it a “work by yourself day”. Make sure drinks and snacks are in abundance, make the work load easy and give everyone their space. If the learning isn’t coming easy and frustration and tears are in the weather report then… call it a day!
The beauty of homeschooling is going at it at your own pace.
Were only 4 weeks into this new lifestyle of homeschooling but I think we’ve got ourselves into a beautiful little routine. One that works best for us and serves us all equally.
I could still use a little more patience some days, and I blame this on my anxiety and stress levels. That or not enough snacks in the house. But we’re working on that. I see the problem and am searching for a suitable fix. Any recommendations you would have are greatly appreciated!
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