Creating Daily and Weekly Routines for Homeschooling

Back-to-home-school starts for us August 25th. That means that for the next two weeks, I’m doing the final things to get ready, such as creating our daily and weekly schedules. Which is a bit like making spaghetti bookends.

Why? Because first, I make a list of All The Things that must get done each day. Then, I shudder in horror just for a moment. Then, I take a deep breath and say, “You can do this“.


Seriously though.

Having a routine (note I use the word routine, not schedule, because it implies a bit more flexibility I need) makes everything easier because my brain can relax. Instead of constantly asking “What’s next?” and flapping around ineffectively not doing much at all, I know what’s next.

All I have to do is do it (which is hard enough, so I don’t want to make things even harder for myself by not knowing what to do, now do I?).

A routine, like habits, means your brain can stop fussing at you, stressing you out. (I love talking about habits. I wrote a book on the subject.) With habits, you’re on autopilot and everything runs more smoothly.

Creating Daily and Weekly Routines for Homeschooling

List your big rocks. These are the most important things that, if they were all that got done that day (or week), you would be okay with it. This also includes things that are prearranged, like worship services or standing appointments. Self care and margin time go here too!

Add the “like to do” stuff. These are the other things that are really nice, but your life won’t fall apart if they don’t happen.

Think about your natural energy cycles. If you’re a morning person, you probably want to schedule your most difficult tasks then, when your willpower is naturally higher. If you’re waking with a newborn, shift everything later and give yourself grace in the mornings. Think about things like your afternoon slump. I find, for example, that it works best if I schedule my reading at that time, when I’m tired. First thing in the AM is reserved for things that require more brainpower (like French lessons and blogging).

Draft your schedule in pencil. Trust me on this.

Now edit. See? Pencil.

Try it out and be flexible. This is important, because as real life starts to happen you’ll see flaws in your life-on-paper. Don’t get upset. Just make the changes.

And finally…

Type up your routine on the computer and print it out. I use Google Drive (easy to use, accessible from any internet-enabled device, and free). This is a very important step. Print out several copies to keep handy, with your homeschool supplies, at your desk, or wherever else is most convenient, to refer to as you go about your day. Until the routine is well-established in your mind, it’s easy to forget things.

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  1. I love the idea, about habits and writing it down in pencil! Never thought about that, my kids have been in public school this year so far. But I am going to have to pull them out, their really not liking it and my youngest who is a bit slower with math is having a hard time. I can already see it affecting his self-esteem, and making him think he’s not smart enough. I can’t have that. I’m going to pull him out. My 7 year old wants to come back because he hates sitting down all day all though he’s actually above grade level in everything. My kindergartner I don’t know just yet, hes seems to be doing well with the teacher, I’m going to play it out for a little while with him to see what happens. Only because I have a lot going on at home and might have to move soon also too. My oldest is going half a day to the public school for electives like band and P.E., and STEM Robotics class. So well see I guess. I love homeschooling! Great Idea. 🙂

  2. I’m glad it was helpful! I actually forgot to write in that post something that’s important… I type up my schedule in Google Drive then print out several copies to use in the first few weeks to remind me, until it becomes routine.

    Thanks for commenting!

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