We have been home educating for about 2 years now and I have learned that having a daily homeschool rhythm is very helpful for us to stay on track. And adding a baby to our home has made this even more important!
With a lot of responsibilities and roles that come along with being a mother and home educator, having a daily rhythm helps keep me on task. While I have listed actual times below for certain events during the day, I generally use this as my guide. Moving from one block of time to the next.
I remember from my other two older girls that a babies schedule changes just as you’re getting used to the one they are in! So frustrating, but very normal! So our homeschool rhythm is flexible, in that I can change it if I need to when she starts taking more regular naps.
Right now my baby isn’t on a “schedule”. I follow a sleep, eat, awake rhythm with her, which I didn’t include below. It’s just something that I do throughout the day.
Our Daily Homeschool Rhythm
8:00 – 8:30 am Morning Time
The baby usually wakes up and we have our morning nursing session, just the two of us. The girls start waking up between 8:00 and 8:30. When they wake up, they are allowed to come into the bed with me and read quietly or go play until breakfast. I head downstairs when I’m finished nursing and make myself a cup of coffee.
8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast
We are usually all awake between 8:00 and 9:00, so I head to the kitchen and make breakfast while the kids are playing and my husband is getting ready for work. We do a hot breakfast once a week and I’ve been teaching my oldest how to cook scrambled eggs and toast for everyone. She really enjoys it!
9:30 – 10:30 am Walk/Play Time and Get Ready
Starting the day with some fresh air is the best! I usually send the kids outside to get some fresh air while I clean up from breakfast or nurse the baby again before getting started with our lessons.
Before having our little one we used to go on a bike ride and I can’t wait to start that again!
Once they are done, I send them upstairs to get cleaned up for the day.
10:30 – 11:45 am Morning LEssons and Snack
We jump into our main lesson block once we are all ready. I try to start lessons once the baby is asleep, sometimes she sleeps for 30 minutes and other times it is around an hour. I use a bouncer and swing as my first way to keep my hands free, if those don’t work I put in her my Wildbird sling, which I love!!
Our morning lessons include:
- Girls independent work:
- Explode the Code
- Independent Reading
- Language arts
You can find all my lesson plans here!
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch, Chores and Play time
Around noon we are finishing up with our lessons and I prepare lunch for the girls and I. After lunch the girls are allowed to play inside or outside or do a craft. This is the time I tackle my chores for the day and prepare for our afternoon lesson. I also take this time to cuddle the baby, read aloud to the kids or just play with them.
2:00 – 3:00 pm AFternoon Lesson
I prepare a light snack and pull out the supplies for our afternoon lesson. We alternate between history and science every other day.
3:00 – 5:30 pm Outside play and Dinner prep
The girls and I clean up from school lessons and I try to get them to play outside for a bit. On Thursdays the girls have piano lessons from 3:30 – 4:30.
I am usually a little worn out by this point and use this time to decompress, rest, or drink another cup of coffee. I also prepare dinner for when my husband gets home, usually around 5:30 – 6:00.
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
I love eating dinner together as a family! We use this time to catch-up with one another and share how our days went. My husband is great at cleaning up after dinner while I feed the baby or finish a cleaning task from the morning.
6:30 – 9:00 pm bible seminar and bible class
We have a few weeknight church activities that we attend as regularly as we can right now.
- Tuesday – Matt takes our oldest to our Bible seminar which starts at 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday – We all attend our Bible class which starts at 7:30 p.m.
8:00 – 8:30 pm bedtime
On Mondays and Thursdays the girls have a bedtime between 8:00 and 8:30. Sometimes my older daughter likes to read to herself at night – but all lights must be out no later than 8:45.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and the weekend it’s usually a little later because of activities and family get-togethers.
8:30 – 10:30 pm rest and chill
All of the children are asleep so this is the time when I spend catching up with my husband, showering, reading, crocheting or blogging. I try to be in bed no later than 11!
My hope in sharing our daily homeschool rhythm is that reading this was helpful and that you can glean from this to create a rhythm that suits your family’s unique needs and desires!