This has been a juggling week of lining up tree evaluation appointments, getting caught up with paperwork, caulking & organizing the basement... and trying to be a present homeschooler. When Isia was younger, we would minimize curriculum during intense weeks and focus instead on longer bedtime story times and learning games with Mama. Now that she's in second grade, she craves the routine of curriculum everyday and will create it for herself if I get behind. So I've figured out some strategies to keep our learning routines in place during the hustle. Ones that help us get
The 17-Cent Daily Homeschool Calendar for Kids
- Daily Chores: Bed-making, un-loading dishwasher, emptying trashcans, organizing our shoe area, & sweeping the deck are favorites around here.
- Daily Weather: Billy only draws the weather so far, but Isia also looks up temperature, writes a weather word, and now records the humidity (a great excuse to talk about percentages). Daily weather observations connect kids with their natural world and include science in your day!
- Daily Quote/Verse Copywork: Memorization is a great way to instill values in kids, and build mindfulness. There are so many words floating around the world through type, screen & audio that it's important to fill our children's core with loving, purposeful ones that aid them in filtering the rest. It's a helpful practice for parents, too (smile).
- Handwork: Simple sewing, knitting, crocheting
- Sibling Activities: It empowers older kids to be "in charge of" a simple task with a younger sibling. The best way to strengthen your own knowledge is to teach it to others, no matter how young you are! Whether it's singing the "ABC song" together, doing a puzzle, or reviewing flashcards, it builds sibling relationships and personal knowledge, too.