Establishing a Daily Homeschool Routine

Planning - by Unseen Studio

Homeschooling can be a great way to give your children a personalized education that meets their individual needs. However, it can also be a lot of work, especially if you don’t have a set routine in place. If you’re looking to establish a daily homeschooling routine, here are a few tips:

  1. Start with a plan. Before you do anything else, it’s important to sit down and map out a plan for your daily homeschooling routine. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should include a list of the subjects you want to cover each day and a basic list of what pages or lessons you want to cover.
  2. Be flexible. No matter how well you plan, there will be days when your routine goes off the rails. That’s perfectly normal! Just be sure to be flexible and adjust your plans as needed.
  3. Make it fun. Homeschooling should be enjoyable for both you and your children. If you can find ways to make your routine fun and engaging, it will be much easier to stick to it. Here are a few ideas for making homeschooling fun:
    • Use games and activities to teach concepts.
    • Take field trips to museums, zoos, and other educational places.
    • Allow your children to choose some of the subjects they want to learn about.
    • Plan an event with a guest speaker to teach your children about their areas of expertise or plan a field trip to a facility that allows tours and invite other families to join you by posting in our SHAPE Facebook group. 
  4. Take breaks. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, both for you and your children. Get up and move around, or take a few minutes to relax and recharge. Here are a few ideas for taking breaks:
    • Go for a walk and enjoy a nature break.
    • Listen to an audiobook or music and put art supplies out for drawing while listening.
    • Play a quick game together like Monopoly Deal or UNO.
    • Take a nap.
  5. Celebrate successes. As you and your children reach milestones, be sure to celebrate your successes. This will help to keep everyone motivated and on track. Here are a few ideas for celebrating successes:
    • Have a party.
    • Go on a special outing.
    • Give your children small rewards.
    • Simply tell them how proud you are of them.

Following these tips can help you establish a daily homeschooling routine that works for you and your family. Remember, the most important thing is to be flexible and have fun!

Here are a few additional tips:

  • Create a dedicated homeschooling space in your home. This will help your children to focus on their studies and make it easier for you to keep track of their progress. Your space doesn’t have to be a traditional-style classroom – a dining room table, dry erase board, and some basic shelving for books can be all you need.
  • Use a variety of teaching methods. This will help to keep your children engaged and interested in learning.
  • Involve your children in the planning process. This will help them to feel more invested in their education and make it more likely that they will stick with it.
  • Be patient. It takes time to establish a successful homeschooling routine. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t go perfectly right away. Just keep working at it and you will eventually find what works best for your family.

(Picture credit to Unseen Studio)