Routines

Daily Routines

One of the most asked questions is to do with how I structure my day, do I have a routine, how do I do “lessons”. This question came up in the wonderful home ed group I’m a part of and sparked some lovely posts. So, here are some of my thoughts, as well as some ideas from others.

Every home educating family is different, and one of the joys of home ed is it’s flexibility; not just for individual families, but for seasons within those families’ lives. Many families adopt the “unschooling” approach, where I think routine is probably less important. Many though will have structure to their week or day, and we are one of those.

I like to have some idea of what each day holds, though it’s great to be flexible….ie to exchange books for shoes and a coat and head out to enjoy some good weather on a sunny day. I find that the children behave better if they have some sort of structure. It’s like having pegs on which to hang various activities. In the early years we did lots of play, outdoors exploring, craft, cooking, visiting museums. I tended to do the maths and English in the first part of the morning, leaving the rest of the day free for more hands-on learning. As the boys have grown, and exams have entered our world, I’ve tried to help them develop their own routines for their study. I work with them for certain periods of the day, and they self-study the rest. This seems to have set our eldest up well for A levels at college as he’s motivated and used to organising his own work
I try to spend time every day with each child, as well as some learning together and some self-learning. It’s harder with an age range. I taught the boys together for all but maths and English for years, as they are close in age.of the day, and they self-study the rest. This seems to have set our eldest up well for A levels at college as he’s motivated and used to organising his own work

I try to spend time every day with each child, as well as some learning together and some self-learning. It’s harder with an age range. I taught the boys together for all but maths and English for years, as they are close in age.

Every day we have Bible and prayer time. I think this is arguably the most foundational part of our day. I read with different combinations of children depending on the day…my oldest at college most days now. This is a really exciting subject, with so much space for creativity that I’ll write about it another time.

We also have a “Quiet time” each day after lunch. This is when the children spend time in their own rooms, usually reading but sometimes playing quietly. And it’s when I have my prayer time with a cup of tea in hand…not only blissful, but entirely necessary for my sanity!

And then there are our weekly routines and also some annual traditions…for next time!

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