Do you ever feel like the days just run together? When you homeschool it’s easy to let life get in the way and for everything to fall off schedule. Schedules are everything when you have kids. They help your kids know what’s next and how to process their day. For some reason, kids crave a schedule and as adults, we can give them what they need! If you’re interested in staying on a schedule, then you need to check out these tips. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. This means I may receive a small commission if you purchase anything through these links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
- Get up at the same time each day– One of the luxuries of homeschooling is not having any sort of schedule to adhere to. However, this can be a bad thing. Getting up at different times each day can be an issue, which is why you should try and get your kids to wake up at the same time every day in order to remain on schedule.
- Write down the schedule- When it comes to trying to stay on schedule, write down your schedule. I use the Happy Planner because it’s such an affordable planner and has plenty of room to write in. You can even get a dry erase board to help you write down what is going to be happening next. By writing down a schedule, the kids will be more prepared as well because they know what to expect next.
- Hold your family accountable– When it comes to being on a schedule, hold everyone accountable. This may sound weird, but when everyone does what they are supposed to be doing, you can easily reward everyone. For example, everyone did what they were supposed to and stayed on schedule, ice cream sounds like a great reward for everyone. Of course, you get to pick the reward.
- Time yourself- This is one that we do around here a lot and that is timing our work. Instead of taking two hours to do one task, we have found that timing ourselves is actually a better solution. You can use the timer on your phone or even use a kitchen timer.
- Stay on task- Another great way to stay on schedule is to stay on task. It can be hard to manage a schedule when your family cannot stay on task. Challenge your kids to stay on task as well. We’ve had a lot of success with this kid timer! Give them some sort of incentive for staying on task and getting their work done.
- Rest when you can- Keep in mind that a schedule is one thing, but everyone needs days where they don’t have a schedule. Allow your kids to “rest” a few days a week. Give them time off from schoolwork and just let them relax. This will reset them and allow them to be ready for when the new week approaches. Learning is hard on kids, just like work is hard on adults. Show a little compassion and grace.
- Keep rules in place- Kids that have rules and boundaries are much likely to stay on schedule. Adults like to have those boundaries and so do kids.
- Focus on one thing at a time- Another way to stay on schedule as a homeschooler is to focus on one thing at a time. Don’t get too caught up in doing too many things. Focus on one task at a time to help make staying on schedule a lot easier.
Staying on schedule as a homeschooler is not always easy, it can be downright hard. Using these tips, you can ensure your family at least has some sort of schedule in place. Schedules make families feel secure and confident.
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