Baby Step 13

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly

Today we’re going to start putting rhythm into practice with a simplified version of your ideal daily and weekly rhythms.

Many families have the best success with a homeschooling rhythm when they start simple and layer in more activities over time. For example, if your child is kindy age you could begin September with a focus on a morning circle and story. Then in October add in bread baking on Tuesdays and in November add in beeswax on Thursdays, and so on. Or if your child is in the early grades, you could start your year with just a very simple circle, story, and lessons in form drawing and crayon drawing. Then over time add in active math to your circle, knitting lessons, recorder, weekly painting, and so on. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing - start with a simple rhythm and layer in more over time!

Make a list of every activity you want to do on a daily basis and every activity you want to do on a weekly basis during the school year. Circle the activities that you already know how to do and feel ready to do, or that are already part of your rhythm. Now let’s sketch out a simple daily and weekly rhythm based on the items you circled.

First take your circled weekly activities and assign each one to a day of the week. One per day is probably plenty, and if you’re in the preschool years or just getting started with Waldorf-inspired homeschooling, you might want to hold off on a weekly rhythm altogether for now.

Next take your circled daily activities and put them into an order that makes sense for your day. Be sure to hold space open for your weekly rhythm if you have one. Look it over and consider whether anything should be adjusted. Do any parts of the day look rushed? Are there any huge gaps? Is it a simple enough starting point for your year?

When it looks right, copy your simplified rhythm onto a big sheet of paper and post it somewhere obvious like your fridge. If you’re reading this on Friday, you have the weekend to mull it over, and start strong on Monday!

That's it!  If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and let us know what day you're going to get started with a simple homeschooling rhythm!

P.S. I recommend you start getting into rhythm this way even if it isn’t your first day of school yet. You can get started right away on putting this simplified rhythm into place in your family life (with daily elements like your anchor routines, outside play, etc.) and then add in your homeschooling activities (main lesson, painting, etc.) when it’s time.