Tip Tuesday – Routines For Home School?

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Welcome to a new installment of Tip Tuesday at our Making Mountain Memories blog! The kids and I are glad you joined us! We’ve been doing some experimenting with routines over the past couple of weeks and would love to share with you what we’re learning about whether we want a set schedule. Should there be a home school routine?

Pandemonium. Complete Chaos. Utter Disorder.

These phrases come to mind when I think on our past several days. We’re new to this, the kids and I. Homeschooling is not the same as public education, that’s for sure! I don’t go about anything in life “willy-nilly” and teaching my kids is no different. However, it’s been a whirlwind rolling into any kind of normalcy where homeschooling is concerned. I’m not quite on the verge of losing my marbles…yet.

Do you know how many resources are out there for moms like me – Moms who are raising their own kids outside of a public school setting? Tons! They’re also blogging about their successes and failures. There are videos on YouTube, courses to perfect your teaching, strategies on how to make it all work out, etc. I’ve scoured several posts, pages, links, and blogs.

What I’ve Learned

Some days, I feel as though I’ve learned so much, and then other days, my search comes up empty. Allow me to explain. Each stay at home parent has his/her own skillset. Rules, discipline, boundaries, and follow through all play a part in your teaching to your children. Can any one person tell me (or you) how something is going to work – guaranteed? Not a chance! BUT, they can suggest ideas and options and share experiences of what works and doesn’t work for them. These posts are the ones I’m most interested in. I don’t want someone telling me how I should do something, just as you wouldn’t appreciate it if I told you that you needed to do something. I’ve gained a bunch of insight from moms who just offer suggestions and discuss their own experiences. I tend to tune out the others.

What About Routines?

That’s the million-dollar question. In all of my searches, I have found one commonality between all stay at home mom blogs and that is this: There is no set of rules or guidelines that work for everyone; find something that works for you and stick with it. Well, that’s easy for an experienced homeschooling mom to say, but what about for the beginners? Where do we begin? I sometimes wish I had a crystal ball to tell me what I should do or avoid. My life doesn’t work that way. Does yours? If so, may I please borrow your crystal ball? 🙂

The girl, boy, and I have dabbled into several routines lately.

Let’s break them down a little, shall we?

* Bedtimes. We all agree that life is better when there is no fight over bedtime. The Mister and I aren’t letting them stay up too late, but they’re used to a 7:30 bedtime. Gone are those days! The kids are thrilled!

* Work Time. I go to bed late and am up early. I love the quiet time I am able to spend working on my online business. The kiddos are early birds and are up by 7:00 AM. They play for a little while, we read books, or they begin their work. I don’t force them to wake up at a certain time or dictate when it’s time to begin our learning for the day. We learn all day long, so I don’t feel the need to rush the mornings.

* Breaks & Snacks. I’ve been a teacher in a classroom. Kids need breaks. They benefit from several breaks a day. Because I know this, we take several breaks in our home. We have snacks. Sometimes we just decide we’re hungry for something that we currently don’t have, so we concoct something together. (This usually results in an impromptu YouTube channel video opportunity for the girl. Check her out here! She’s crazy about getting likes and subscriptions!)

* Media. While we have an online curriculum, the boy and girl aren’t allowed on their devices all day long. In fact, they’re good about finishing up their work and moving on to other supplemental activities. We don’t rely solely on the online curriculum; we’re learning more without the constant use of technology. The televisions are rarely on these days. It’s glorious! But a set time for electronics? Doesn’t happen! We go with the flow around here!

* Clean-Up. This is something we’re still trying to figure out. The messes add to the pandemonium in my brain, so I’m frantically trying to figure out a system around here. I must say though, the kids seem to be getting better about TRYING to put their things away when they’re finished with them. We have implemented some household chores and they’ve been pretty receptive to that. Besides, they’re learning opportunities!

The Day Ends

We haven’t had two days exactly the same. I think after this trial and error phase, I like not having a set routine. Sure, some things will always have to happen, like getting school work done, cleaning up around the house, etc. We don’t need to set specific hours for school or time frames for lunch or play. We’re homeschooling. We get to make our day work for us. We all have gone to bed exhausted from a day’s work. It’s working for us.

Final Thoughts

Do I think you should have a routine for your own home school? Would a sufficient answer be, “Kinda. Sorta”? I can’t advocate for you to set an hour-by-hour schedule if you’re homeschooling. My personality struggles without a schedule, but I’m learning to relax a little; it’s better for our kiddos. We’re making things work for US around here, and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. We play, learn, create, and repeat these steps all day long. Without fail, something comes up during the day and we have to change our course. The ‘old me’ would be frantic. But this new stay-at-home mom is working on just going with the flow. Do what is best for you, your kiddos, and your family. You’ll be happier you did.

If you’re homeschooling and you would like to share what’s working for routines in your home, please share with us! We’re always open to new ideas! Remember, we don’t have a routine, so we’re up for anything! 🙂 Any other advice is always welcome! Leave us some love in the comment section below!

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24 thoughts on “Tip Tuesday – Routines For Home School?”

  1. RoDarrick says:

    Very interesting article and I must say that I  found it very interesting to read about. My neighbour and my wife are both homeschooling out children and I’m very sure that all these would ve very helpful for them. I will confidently share this out to the two of them. Thanks so much for this information.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my post!  I would love to hear from them … and their expertise!  Homeschooling is so rewarding!  Have a great day!

    2. Bonnie Noblr says:

      I really enjoyed your article. I’m a home schooling Mom as well and everyday is different. Don’t misunderstand me, there are some things that are routine.
      1. We do the same subjects daily.
      2. We read together everyday.
      3. We take two fifteen minute breaks daily.
      The most amazing thing about homeschooling, is that he and I are both learning! Things are somewhat different now than when I was in school. Yes they still add, subtract, multiply, and divide. I never did long form addition in school so the first time we did it, we both learned how together.
      My son does all of his work online, there are no books involved. I’m wondering, is it more challenging to use the books than to do everything online? He attends Charity Christian Academy so we do have a Bible class and we do a lesson every other day. How do you all feel about a bible class being part of the everyday learning?

      1. admin says:

        Hi, Bonnie! Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for your comments! I agree with you about some things being consistent! I’m happy to hear that you’re also homeschooling! The fact that you’re both learning is an added bonus! My daughter does most of her work online as well, and we are doing parts of the Easy Peasy curriculum, including a Bible course! I’m all in favor of Christian learning, which is one main reason I love having my kiddos home with me. Wishing you continued success! Blessings!

  2. Steve says:

    Really interesting article that hits home for me. It is my wife’s dream to homeschool. So far that has unfortunately not been the reality, but it is something we hope to be able to do in the future. I know that if it were me, having a routine would be important. I think both I (as well as my kids) work best when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. I’m sure it is different for many families, so finding what works for your is incredibly important. 

    Thanks for writing this insightful post!

    1. admin says:

      Hello, Steve!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  It was also my dream to homeschool, and it took 8 years to make it a reality.  Once we finally decided though, we knew it was the right time.  You and your wife will just know when the time is right!  Routines are great for some folks for sure.  I just hate to get rooted in one and then have something else come up, you know?  I’m trying to be flexible for my kiddos.  I like to switch things up for them to bypass boredom.  Thank you for your thoughts!  Good luck on moving your homeschooling dreams to reality!  I’ll be cheering for you!  Many blessings!!

  3. Chloe says:

    Its been fun reading your experience at home with the kids and all. For about 3months nowninahve been homeschooling my daughter and I have only come to realize how hectic it is for two female to get along well, especially when they are both picky like me and the little woman I’m homeschooling 😒
    But when it comes to having a routine, its been something I can hardly follow up with on my own, and now addinga kid to it takes it to a whole new level and this is as a result of unforseen circumstances which could easily pop up anytime. But frankly, routines are supper cool for anyone who can keep up with it. Thanks for this amazing post

    1. admin says:

      Good for you for also homeschooling!  It can be hectic, yes.  Routines are just difficult when our day varies so much.  Thank you for stopping by!  Good luck to you as you continue to homeschool!  I’m cheering for you!  Blessings!

  4. Shan says:

    What an interesting site you have created. I have been interested in homeschooling my children for some time now however, I have yet to take the plunge into it full force. I’ve always been involved with my kids learning. We’re always doing some crazy science experiment or another (they love the ones that go pop & splash!) but alas, they do still carry on with their normal school day away from home. 

    How old were your children when you decided to give homeschooling a try? Do you think there comes a point when the kids are too old to decide to take the other route and begin schooling at home? I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this. Thanks so much! 

    I have bookmarked your site so I can catch all your newest posts!

    1. admin says:

      Aww!  I’m honored that you would bookmark my site!  I’m just new to this, but please keep watching for more comings and goings of our experiences!  You’re a good mama to be involved with your kids’ learning in school!  You sound like a fun mom too, doing science experiments!  To answer your questions, we just began the homeschool journey.  My daughter is 8, and my son is 4.  In my honest opinion, I don’t know if I’ll homeschool them through high school.  I believe they need to socialize and I don’t want to shelter them from everything outside our home.  (I mean, I do… but better not!)  🙂   Thanks for commenting.  I appreciate it!  Blessings!

  5. Jones says:

    Wow, this is really interesting. Unlike most people who home school kids, this post has explicated how important a routine can be, it helps us relax and I’ll say it helps us keep a better day, but the truth is there can’t be two days exactly the same. I’ll make sure I share this article with my aunt, it’ll be of great help to her as she’s planning to home school his son. Lol, I like the crystal ball thing too. It is nice reading through this article, its a very lovely one and useful, I like it.

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Jones!  Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!  Your kind words are encouraging!  Thanks for sharing this post with your aunt!  Best of luck to her as she begins the same journey!  Blessings to you!

  6. Hannah says:

    I love that you’re homeschooling, Mama! It’s one of my absolute dreams! I chose homeschooling for myself in the middle of high school: I found I really thrived outside of the classroom and in a setting where I could work at my own pace (so much that I graduated a year early). Now that I have a toddler, I’m really hoping our income is stable and self-sourced by the time she’s school-aged so I can do the same for her.

    I love what you said about going with the flow! Set routines can be beneficial, but I find that a lot of times, things go much easier if you’re willing to expect the unexpected. Anything and everything can be a learning experience: from learning about food and nutrition at the grocery store to going to the park and having a discussion about the different types of plants you see. Children are so much more intuitive than we give them credit for!

    You’re doing awesome, girl! Can’t wait to read more about your homeschooling journey.

    1. admin says:

      Hey!  Thanks for stopping by, Hannah!  I’m so glad to hear your testimony of how homeschooling helped you!  Way to go!  Also, I’m encouraged that you also want to homeschool your little one (or more in the future)!  It’s been a blessing for us, and I’m certain it’s going much better than the alternative.  Thanks for the encouraging words!  I’m going to keep posting our successes (and failures)!  Thanks for commenting!  Good luck to you!  Many Blessings!!!

  7. grea8J says:

    Smiles! Life generally doesn’t work with crystal balls all the time. While it is good to have some routine, as you have mentioned, I think it’s really great to be flexible, following the flow, in your own words.

    Generally, homeschooling is a really brave thing to do when majority of people would have the kids go to a public school. But I really can see that it definitely must have some great advantages and rewards, especially when it is working for you.

    It’s great writing about your experience for those who might have to tread this path. 


    1. admin says:

      Hello and thanks for commenting!  I am not one who generally does what the majority is doing, so choosing to homeschool was a great decision for us!  The kiddos are getting some one-on-one attention that they wouldn’t be getting in a public school.  We’re making more memories than ever, and I’m so thankful for that.  Thanks for the encouragement!  I’m planning to continue to share our journey!  Blessings!

  8. Anusuya says:

    Hi there,

    Homeschooling is one of my favorites topics.

     I was not able to do it for my child and I am sure it could have benefited her. She never wanted to go to school and I could not stay home for her because this kind of opportunity was not available then.

    I always think the kids with mom and mom working from home is the best opportunity the internet brought to the world.

    I truly enjoyed your approach to homeschooling.  

    “No two days are same”- I really like it.

    I had a chalkboard for my child with the following question written and I tell her to write something every day.

    What did like about today’s teaching and why? 

    Did she drink enough water and had her lunch and snacks. What would she like to eat the next day?

    Many time there is nothing written on the board and I had to ask. But it helped me to some extent.

    on weekends-science quizzes, general knowledge, and creative thinking to bring something new was typical for me.

    She did well in her career but I always feel guilty I could have done more for her in a homeschooling situation.

    Wish you all the best. 

    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you so much for reading and commenting!  Please try not to feel bad about not being able to homeschool your daughter; she sounds like she is perfectly fine and you raised her well!  Funny (or not) how life presents opportunities to us, isn’t it?  You weren’t able to, as circumstances prevented it.  It’s ok, though.  We learn to do the best we can with what we have.  I appreciate your comments.  Thank you for your thoughtful, kind, and encouraging words.  They made me smile.  Many blessings to you!  

  9. Petra says:

    I’m at the stage where I’m finding out about other people’s experiences with homeschooling and whether it’s something I could do. I’m working from home too and I’m having trouble establishing a proper routine with that too. 

    There’s always something that needs doing and it’s just so easy to get distracted. It certainly would help that you’ve been a teacher and my husband was a teacher too so we might be okay. It’s just a bit daunting combining working from home with homeschooling. 

    I know that no-one can tell me what it’s going to be like but seeing that other people are doing okay with it certainly helps. It won’t be for a while before we can do it so I’ll be doing some more research. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    1. admin says:

      Hey, Petra!  Thank you for sharing your thoughts!  You will totally be ok!  In fact, you’ll be great at homeschooling!  I know it.  You’re already aware of some of the possible distractions and you’ve been doing your research!  Certainly, by the time you’re ready, you’ll be all set and ready for success!  I wish you the very best!  If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask!  BLESSINGS!

  10. Nice Gal Nikki says:

    Hi, I found your blog very interesting and I agree with a routine. It’s important to have a set schedule for things to get things done or else it’s very easy to get distracted with other things and then what happens is people start to procrastinate. Keep up the good work with helping stay at home moms and children.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by!  I appreciate your words of encouragement. Blessings!

  11. Fiona says:

    Your article is really interesting! Homeschooling is not allowed in our city.  I think homeschooling your own children is really an amazing experience! To me, it’s also a brave decision while other children are going to schools.  I think having routines is better for children, children have to develop some good habits.  Otherwise, they will be distracted easily. But I agree with you that having some flexibility for your kids would be good for them. Regarding the curriculum, how do you plan it? Do you follow the syllabus of public schools? 

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Fiona!  Thanks so much for commenting!  I’m feeling blessed that I have this opportunity.   As far as curriculum,  we use an online one that teaches the standards that my state requires. I supplement with other lessons, workbooks, books, and websites. Having taught a plethora of grade levels for 12 years, I know what’s expected and can access our state’s standards if I need. We are working on some structure, and it seems to be working for the kiddos. Have a great day!!

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