Baby Step 8

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 I want you to make a plan for your first day of school.

First decide on a start date (if you haven’t started already!).  Choose a date that feels manageable for you.  Write it in big happy letters on your calendar!  Tell your friends and partner and children when you’re starting.  Let your children count down the days and their excitement will motivate you to get organized for the year.

Take ten minutes or so to write down your vision for the first day of school in your planning journal.  What are your plans, what are your traditions if any, what would make it a special day, and what do you need to do to prepare?

Your plan doesn't need to be complicated - simple traditions are often the best.  But a clear written plan for the day will help a lot with those first-day jitters!

If you wrote down any projects that you’d like to complete before the first day (such as “sew crayon rolls” or “paint a chalkboard wall”), go ahead and schedule in time to complete that project in your calendar.  Projects are so much more likely to happen if they are scheduled in - and this can also be a helpful reality check if you tend to overestimate what you can get done.

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 you have planned for your first day of school!