Newsflash: You do not need a perfect daily homeschool rhythm to create an environment where your kids can learn everything you want to teach them. In fact, while kids thrive on consistency, I’ve found that their desire for routine or rhythm is based more on knowing what’s coming next, versus having a chart with specific things to do during certain time frames.
Listen, public school mamas everywhere have this misconception that homeschooling is hard. And part of the reason why they think that is because homeschool mamas share perfectly printing and structured schedules of their homeschool day. Sometimes, those schedules list out more hours of “doing something” than their kids are even in public school for. So, they look at that photo and die a little inside because they know they will never be able to stick to that kind of routine.
I will admit, when we first started homeschooling, I fell into the same trap. It’s the main reason why I began researching all I could about a daily homeschool rhythm. But, no matter how beautiful some mamas can make their schedules look, or how full they are, there is no comparison to having a daily homeschool rhythm versus a homeschool schedule.
A schedule keeps you on time, a rhythm keeps you focused.
When you’re first making the switch from schedule to rhythm, it can feel overwhelming. So, a few mamas shared their homeschool rhythms with me and I thought I’d share them with you today!
Take a look at these, pick one, and try it! Some are more detailed than others, but that’s the beauty of a good daily homeschool rhythm! It highlights things that matter to your family! If it doesn’t work for you, don’t give up. Keep looking for ways to make it better and perfect for your family.
Here are 7 daily homeschool rhythm ideas to help you manage your day:
- Breakfast > chores > morning basket > core lessons > afternoon basket + lunch > extra curricular lessons > afternoon chores > free time.
- Assigned morning chore > independent reading > breakfast > clean-up + unfinished tasks > independent work > free time > lunch + read-aloud > group work > chores > free time.
- Breakfast > Bible study > group work > free time > unit study > foreign language > free time.
- Breakfast > music practice > Bible study > language arts > group work > lunch> independent work.
- Breakfast > chores > exercise > Bible study > group work > lunch > free time > group work > chores > screen time.
- Chores > breakfast > podcasts > character building > morning work > lunch > quiet time > free time.
- Breakfast > journal > chores > independent work > free time.
So, now that you have a few rhythm ideas to choose from, it’s time to pick one and run with it! Switch things out if you need to, but stick to it. Consistency is everything when it comes to incorporating a daily homeschool rhythm into your family!
Now, if you need help with sticking to your rhythm, I created a free tracker so that you can visualize your efforts and make it a little easier to follow-through! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so that we can keep each other going through this homeschool journey!