Schooling at home is a rewarding and complex endeavor. Dinner. Academics. Life skills. P.E. And then there’s the laundry. It is easy to become overwhelmed and even distracted with the day to day operations of running a homeschool. By adopting the following Mantras, you can feel more peace and experience higher productivity in your home.
- Rise and Roll – when you awake in the morning, complete a task right away. Empty the dishwasher, make your bed, walk on a treadmill, start a load of laundry. By completing an activity or chore, not only is the actual task being accomplished, you are setting the tone for your children to be in action mode. Students will be more focused on beginning school, as opposed to starting the day by watching TV or lounging. Fly Lady, an expert organizer and parent, shares a great tip on being ready for the day,
“…it is imperative that you have your home in order and you are dressed to shoes each morning…”. In other words, Rise and Roll!
- To Each His Own – Brown, otherwise known as UPS, is not the only organization with logistics issues. Your family requires order to run smoothly. Cut down on clutter and messes by teaching each child to be responsible for his own creative endeavors (piles, craft supplies, sports equipment). Begin at a young age to teach your child that responsibility lies with him to clean up and organize. WARNING: equip, train and model organization. Provide tubs, shelves or baskets to give toys, school books and clothes a home.
- The ONE Thing – have you noticed there is usually one thing in your home that totally bugs you? Address that distraction first every day so teaching can be your focus. Is it dirty dishes? A cluttered countertop? Laundry? Email? Set a timer for 15 minutes and take care of the ONE Thing first, then focus on school activities, fuss-free.
- End Today Ready for Tomorrow – when winding down school activities for the day, leave enough margin to collect your thoughts and clean your space. The feeling of walking into school the next morning with a clean space and a clear plan is priceless! Tips to help wrap up your day:
Set a timer 15 minutes before the end of the day – this allows transition time for completing assignments
b. Using a notecard, make any notes needed to start school the next day
c. Teach your student to put away materials (Yes, they will get them out again tomorrow! However, they will learn neatness, self-discipline and planning ahead through this process.)
- Paper Calendar Rule – Post a family calendar in the kitchen. Model and use the calendar by discussing it daily to help children learn to plan ahead and prevent fire drills. Running out the door because of a forgotten appointment is stressful and can be prevented. Having the visual reminder keeps appointments and activities close at hand.
Schooling at home is a rewarding experience, it requires parents to be thoughtful and intentional. Rise and Roll, experience a focused and productive school!
Looking at school options for your family? Consider partnering with Maize Virtual Preparatory School, the leadership academy for students in Kindergarten through High School.
Suzanne Wandling, Outreach Coordinator, Maize Virtual Preparatory School