The day I discovered: “Routine”

Julie bogart! This is one name I have to take when discussing the topic of “Routine”. Julie from Bravewriter is a living homeschooling manual. Seriously, if you haven’t checked her podcasts, do so right now! Her experience and the ease with which she explains her strengths and weaknesses, ups and downs, good days and bad days, divert your mind to look for the silver lining!

I have always been a scheduling kind of person. I don’t like to plan my lessons in advance (not that i haven’t tried doing that), but i do appreciate some sort of structure. Last year, I tried assigning days to subjects. For example: Saturday was always a free day and i chose this day for “Art”. I thought we would get creative and enjoy the freedom as we will all be in a stress-free zone. What happened? You guessed it! No art happened for over 6 months! Every Saturday (which is a weekend for us down here in Doha), something came up! We were either outdoors, or had guests or something else. Art was never going to happen. This made me miserable…

I started planning my second year of homeschooling in August. I wanted to make major changes as we had slacked off quite a bit. By this time all we were able to do was Math (consistently). This is when i listened to Julie Bogart and heard about routine. Julie emphasizes on having a routine as opposed to a schedule. A routine is flexible, schedules are rigid. Schedules throw you over when things don’t go as planned leading to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

My children love structure and I always thought, going without a “Schedule” will effect my kids big time. My older one cannot function without a proper schedule. Upon searching more I came across a post on “Sonlight” website (link provided at end of post). This is when things changed for me completely.

This article introduced me to the 3 part homeschool routine: Morning Time, Table Time and Tea Time! I embraced it instantly. This is what my homeschool needed! A routine with flexibility as well as structure.

So my children know, every morning there will be a Morning Time, a Table Time and a Tea Time. The topics we cover under each “Time” can vary day in day out. At the end of the day, you can say you covered three aspects of homeschool routine! How do i schedule my routine 3 part homeschool routine? My next blog post covers just that…

This is the link to 3 part homeschool routine by Sonlight

 

Monotonous homeschool routine….!

So, we started off homeschooling with a lot of vigour and excitement…and that is what homeschooling is all about! Breaking free from the norms of the society and culture, relishing oneself, whilst stimulating the untapped zones of the brain.

However, lately, our focus has been diverted to hours upon hours of written work, exercises and the urge to move forward. Target-driven approach you may say, which has led me to my laptop to do some research on how to make homeschooling fun. I would love to have input from anyone who comes across this blog post…in the meanwhile, here are some amazing finds…which i believe will surely help boost the morale around here and spark up some imagination and excitement.

Visualize It: As you read a story aloud, have your child draw a picture of what is happening in the story. (Abeka- website).

Oh i love this one and i can’t wait to try it!

Be a Reporter: Let your child create her own newspaper. She can interview family members or friends for stories. After writing the stories, she can glue pictures next to each article (Abeka- website).

Let your child start a Blog: My 9 year old was absolutely thrilled with this idea. He has this passion for learning about living creatures. A year ago, it was all about panthers and big cats, this year it has moved on to bugs and creepy crawlies. He has such an amazing record of information that i think will be exciting to write a blog on…plus, he is a techie! (like mother like son!). I am thinking, what greater way to incorporate Language Arts, Science, Research and IT…all in ONE lesson. Bring it on!

Get out of the house (classichousewife.com): So Guilty!!! Yes we do go out! Maybe more than i would want to…but they still haven’t been able to make permanent friendships with other homeschooling children. I blame myself entirely for this. Being an introvert does not help one bit! However, life is all about learning and all about change…maybe with the help of my children and the motivation, i will be able to break free from this bad habit…and practice what i preach and that is to “Make more friends”.

Smile A LOT! I need to stick this in every nook and corner of my home! As simple as it may seem, it can often be overlooked so easily! It amazes me! We get so tied up in the daily routine, deadlines, targets and football practice…that we just forget to smile!

The purpose of this post, is to remind homeschoolers…and especially myself…on how important it is to keep the fun factor moving….It is easy to follow a curriculum, it is easy to attain targets…but what’s important? Making happy memories!

I will indeed come back to this post, more often than i expect…