Yesterday I discovered The Flylady had written a pdf specifically to get homeschool parents organized.
Homeschool Teacher Control Journal (FlyLady)
If you aren’t familiar with her methods, she is extremely gifted in the area of organizing your life and keeping your home well-managed. I’ve dabbled in her and her influence on me has always been a good one. One of her suggestions in the Homeschool Teacher Control Journal is to write out a morning, afternoon, and evening schedule for you and each of your kids. It’s to help you prioritize the important things above the things you’d rather not spend time doing. So yesterday, I worked on those for me and the kids. Here is my morning one, so you’ll get an idea.
Mom’s Morning Schedule
7:00 Wake up
bible, pray, journal
fill 3 water bottles for me for the day
bible with the kids
skip counting (I like her idea of marching around the house with a drum while we skip count)
15 minute clean-up (me and the kids) (set a timer)
School session one (math, reading, sight words, kindergarten)
break/computer (1 hour)
school session 2 (writing, spelling)
lunch, free time, no computers.
It’s easier to see how far off track you’ve come, when you actually sit down and write out what you want your day to look like.
I’ve learned it’s good to plan, but to hold plans loosely, with an open hand, letting the spirit breathe life into them so they can bloom. When I hold our homeschool plan too tightly, my children and I both suffer. We burn out, and anger and rigidness enslave us. The only balance I can seem to find when I plan is when I pray throughout the day for strength, guidance, insight, and gentleness.
“Ah stubborn children, declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine,” Isaiah 30:1
I remember that no matter how much I plan, the Lord is in control of my day, not myself. Like waves hitting a boat, I can follow a star to get to the correct shore, but He is the ruler of the stars, wind, and the sea and without Him on my side, I’m doomed.
So Lord, I submit these plans to You. Give us strength and perseverance to have self-discipline, give us compassion for one another when the winds blow hard, give me gentleness and patience as a mom, help my children to have obedient, soft hearts towards Your ways, let their motivation be great love and not fear, let our home be filled with Your peace and Your presence.
Flying With Homeschoolers (FlyLady)