Each morning we begin our day with barn chores. If we are all up extra early, we may drink coffee or tea first. But most morning barn chores are the start of our routine. We have ducks, chickens, cows, pigs, horses, and goats. Everyone has their area that they care for. My son takes care of the cows and pigs, my daughter is responsible for the chickens, ducks, and goats. I love to clean horse stalls, so that’s my chosen morning chore.
I would recommend starting your day outside if at all possible. Grow a little garden, put out a bird feeder, or walk the dog. There’s nothing better than to get your lungs full of fresh air and get a bit of exercise first thing in the morning.
Then we come in and have breakfast together. We usually read together, discuss our day, and make sure everyone is on the same page as far as places to go, schoolwork for the day, and other chores or errands that need to be done.
I want to talk to you more about goals over schedules. We plan a goal for each week / month / subject. If we are busy one day, then school doubles the next day. Or gets pushed over to Saturday or Sunday. Our “schedule” is very fluid, so I think “goals” work better for us.
These are some sample of “Saturday” work.
Be sure to give your child liberty and creative freedom in the way they take notes and show you their understanding of a subject matter.
Today is Monday – We are still choosing some curriculum to use. My daughter is coming up behind two older brothers, so we have quite the collection of homeschool materials. She has chosen to do Math and Grammar on Kahn Academy. She has chosen to do History on Acellus. We are using Bob Jones for 8th grade Literature (excellent reading choices in that book).
Sometimes they get distracted, and that’s ok. Remember goals over schedules. She spent time today scraping price tags off of her notebooks, searching for that much needed backpack on Amazon, rinsing out tie dye things from yesterday, organizing her planner, and watching YouTube videos – You have to check out The Periodic Table song and The Pi Song. She also loves the one with states and capitals and the one with the presidents (both cartoons). BUT – She did get her History plan nailed down, English done, Math done, and Literature checked off.
We still need both a Spanish and a Science program. We will have that by the end of the day.
Set your goals, and play to your child’s strengths. Get outdoors. Redirect and have fun!
Wish me luck as we schedule dual enrollment classes for my Senior today!