Hey beautiful mummies,
I hope you are having a wonderful week.
My week has been challenging to say the least and I messed up big time with condemnation setting it, but through the Gospel, I was able to rejoice in the mercies of God that are new every morning. If you would like to read about it, you can check it out on my instagram and facebook page; @gospelcenteredmum and www.facebook.com/gospelcenteredmum/.
Last week I shared my homeschooling journey with you and I promised to share my top tips on how to have a successful homeschooling day. Here they are.
- Pray – This is essential for every area of our lives and I do not leave this out of homeschooling. God needs to be in control of my homeschooling day and I need his grace to do His will and not my own. So every morning and throughout the day I pray for our homeschooling day together.
- Prepare the night before – This includes going over the work my older children did that day, highlighting any corrections that need to be made and reading over what I will be doing with the little ones, printing out any resources they may need. Preparing in the morning can put me behind schedule for the day, leaving me flustered trying to play catch up.
- Have a routine/structure – Routine and structure in our home school day is so important. The children have set times to wake up, eat breakfast, get ready and do their chores by before we start our school day. Children thrive off routine and stability and so I aim to provide as much of that in our school day as possible
- Be flexible – this may seem like a contradiction to my previous point, but as well as having a structure to our day, I need to be flexible. Life can throw unexpected things our way that need to be managed, like my 4 year old wanting to play rather than do the work I have planned. I need to be flexible and maybe put things back to the next day or leave it out completely. Ive found that trying to force my plans or stick to my routine, makes me and my child/ren unhappy, resulting in a disastrous day .
- Give grace – To my children and also to myself. I can hold high expectations for myself and for my children and when we don’t reach those expectations, I can become discouraged and come down hard on my children, and myself. Last week I gave grace by cancelling school towards the end of the week. As I mentioned earlier, last week was a tough one, so for most of Thursday and all of Friday we chilled together as a family and had fun which included a pre celebration party for my son’s 14th birthday.
So these are the 5 things that help make our homeschool day run a lot more smoothly. They do not guarantee a day without any hiccups, but these things, coupled with remembering God’s providence and sovereignty certainly enables us all to have good day.
If you are a homeschooling parent, what do you do to make your day run smoothly? I’d love to hear any top tips you may have, especially from mums (and dads) who have been homeschooling longer than me.
Until next time.
Yours in Christ