I have been homeschooling for 11 years now and no 2 years have ever looked the same. I pray and plan a new schedule / routine at the beginning of every school year, I usually have to read it a few months in. I have also been known not to redo it and just leave it hanging on the fridge to be ignored (or make me feel guilty for not rolling it’s orders). Can I get an amen ladies?!? Raise you head up high, no more hiding in shame – it’s only a piece of paper – it can’t tell us what to do. I won’t let it dictate my day to me!!!
WAIT – that’s what I prayed and prayed and prayed and wrote and typed and tweaked it for. I wanted someone (or something) to tell me how to order my day. I’m fond of saying, “It’s just a piece of paper”. But if I truly believe that then why do I pray and ask God to tell me how to order my day?!?
Maybe my inability to follow that routine on a daily basis and my “routine” of just going with the flow is more about my desire to be in charge of my time than it has to do with the ages of my kids, or potty training, or the randomness of life.
Our days will never really be the exact same, there are way too many variables. I know that. God knows that. He knew it when I was praying over our days too. A few things have changed since I made this years daily plan (Little Miss Hugs A Lot is officially completely potty trained, music lessons have changed, some curriculums have been finished), we grade the high schoolers work differently than I originally planned to, Tall Boy has completed the classroom portion of his drivers ed course). It’s time to go back and look at our daily plan.
Our weekly plan of doing school 4 days and being “off” 1 day is working great and we are on track. Funnily enough, a piece of paper helps me to stay on track! LOL I use My Home School Grades to plan out lessons for the younger 3 and I just print it out daily. Mr. Thoughtful can look at his paper and see what he needs to do and get started right after breakfast. I work with the little girls at the same table Mr. Thoughtful is at. The teens write down all work done in their day and we input it in to My Home School Grades afterwards. I like these pieces of paper telling me what is next so much that I set myself up as a student in MHSG so I can plan activities for myself (blogging, working out, laundry, daily chores, etc.).
In my previous post I said to quit comparing and just do what works for your family. Obviously, if my house is messier than I would like and I’m not following my daily plan then I’m still finding out what works for us. But what worked for us a week or even a couple months ago may no longer work for us because of the changes that have been made. We need to realize that just as our children’s needs change as they grow so do the demands on our time and their time. Just like some days I may be kicking toys out of the doorway and other days it’s beautifully clean (I will admit though there there are always stray legos and marbles to be found!).
I’m off to look over our daily routine and see what changes, if any, need to be made and to think about my repulsion to that piece of paper telling me what to do and remember that I asked God to help make that plan in the first place!
I was going to share a pic of our schedule but decided not to just yet since we are talking about not comparing ourselves to others but seeking God’s plan for our days. Take some time to evaluate your days and what is working in your routines / schedule, pray and seek God’s plan for your days, then talk to your husband and seek his advice. Write it down, try it out and see how it goes and do not be afraid to tweak it every now and again.
Do you have a routine / schedule that works for your family? How did you come up with it?
Does your routine / schedule need tweaked because of changes?
Are you struggling with creating or following a routine / schedule?
(Cross posted at Encouraging Home)