I am about to share with you one of my biggest weaknesses, aside from oreos, and chocolate chip cookies, and needing a 15 minute power nap fairly often, and... and... and. One of my biggest weaknesses is sticking to a schedule. I love planning, I enjoy scheduling things and making them happen. The pleasure I get from writing with a pen, and filling in the boxes on my planner is hard to explain. But from day to day little things are constantly tripping up my plans! Add to that the fact that I get bored doing the same thing at the same time every single day, and my life looks a little messy. Maybe yours is too? As a home educating family, and having a small business, and being active in my church, and fitness, and ALL THE THINGS, I need a routine. Not an exact schedule, but a routine. A routine which revolves around nap time and bed time.
Maybe it isn't actually as messy as it looks. I decided to write down what we do from day to day and I found some patterns. It may not be EXACTLY the same thing, but our days are actually a bit more structured than I realized. The great thing is that I can tweak things to be a bit more efficient.
I wake up around 7. This is actually about an hour and half later than I would LIKE to wake up. I am so refreshed in the morning and it is definitely my best time of day for getting things done. I love waking up before my kids and having a little time to write in my journal, take a look at my planner, and may do some yoga or walking around the neighborhood. We have so many birds in our area and I am filled with an attitude of gratitude for all God has given me when I get out early and "connect" with it all. Although I would rather be up a it earlier, my husband is a blasted night owl. To get up that earlyI have to be to bed by 10:30. This is too late for the man, so we compromise for 11 or 11:30. Much too late for an early bird.
I get my early things finished around 9 and our family eats breakfast together around that time. We have "devotional" time where we read scriptures, and work on what ever memorization we do.
Around 10 I have my kids who haven't already done so, do their "morning magic" and zones. This should be done BY 9 am., but I usually haven't had a chance to help my littlest ones do things by that point because I was working on my own morning magic.Morning magic is what makes a day start right, make your bed, brush your teeth, comb your hair, put clothes away and straighten the bedroom. Say prayers and read scriptures. Our home is broken up into zone. We have a rotation through each zone so that I can make sure my kids are gaining experience in each area of maintaining a clean home. Guys. This part of my day is a headache. My 7 yo is a habitual complainer, and thinks everyone has things easier than her. I can see though that the effort is truly worth it. My 11 yo is fully independent and needs no coaching for this part of our day. If they already got these things done they get to play, usually with day. Our day is a bit backwards because dad goes to work at 11:30.
After dad leaves 11:30 we have lunch and clean up, the kids do some independent study, while I decompress for about 15 minutes, and then work for about an hour. Usually they are looking up science experiments, or watching curiosity stream, or reading.
Next we start our school work around 1 and the toddle. Math, and free writing, followed by history and science which we all do together. The 11 yo is pretty independent in this area as well, sometimes needing help to understand a math concept, but working alone once he gets it. Then they play for a bit, mom works for a bit again on the dishes, housework, or business work, and then we read whatever literature is in the each child's personal schedule. Our traditional school day takes about 4 hours.
Afternoons are usually a piano lesson, something artsy, or maybe it got worked in in the morning. Evenings are usually for P.E, or scouts. We are usually engaged in some sort of sport like baseball, soccer, or cross country. I try to make dinner and eat by 6 and sports start after that. We usually get home around 8-8:30. I prompty get toddler ready for bed, but naturally everyone is starving so the others get a small snack "quickly", and end up in bed around 9 or 9:30.
Groceries, laundry, and church responsibilities get worked in where and when necessary, as well as the park, the library, and friends. These are the extras that make me feel like we have no structure, but as you can see, and as I did after writing it out, our day is actually fairly structure. It doesn't run like clock work, but it works for us.
So this week I challenge you, if you feel a bit chaotic sometimes like me, to find your patterns. Keep a log for a week or so and you will probably see that you have patterns too.
Mother, Oiler, healthnut-ish, teacher, coach, wife, lover of life and all of it's simple gifts.