Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is sponsored through Hanes. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you, Hanes, for providing this giveaway for my readers!
Our homeschool morning routine is very similar to that of families who mainstream their kids. We dress for the day, we pack lunches and snacks. Even though our schooling consists of a shorter time period and within our own walls; we still have structure.
I am sharing our homeschool morning routine today to give you an idea of how we keep things together around here. Sometimes not so well, but you get the idea. Teaching structure to our kids is important to me. It also means that I have to stay accountable.
Read about our homeschool decision in “Why Are We Choosing to Homeschool?“.
I’m excited to partner up with Hanes for a giveaway too! No matter if your family is homeschooling or mainstreaming, a Back to School Comfort Kit from Hanes is a wonderful addition to your morning routine. See details at the end of the post to see how can win a Hanes Back to School Comfort Kit.
Homeschool Morning Routine
This is the biggest thing I stress in homeschooling. I know it is a running joke that we do homework in our pj’s. There will be a day where I’m so “all over the place” that it might just happen. However, I think there is something to be said in getting dressed every morning. Even as a work-at-home mom, I get up and get ready for work. Being dressed for the day gives a sense of focus that we are up, awake and attentive.
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I like to pack a lunch for the kids before we get to studies. It gives them healthier choices. Since we start in August, it is a great way to get outside and have lunch. Being at home, it is easy to give into mindless snacking. However, I feel like when kids have better choices in front of them that are easy to grab, they eat healthier. No begging for the cookies and chips. Plus, it is fun to still get to pack a lunch.
Starting On Time (or Close to It)
I try and start our studies at 10am. We study for about an hour and a half before breaking to head outside until lunch-time. I know things come up, but trying to stay on schedule is a key in learning structure and keeping things less stressful.
Prepare Ahead of Time
I like to work out our weekly study schedule on Sunday afternoons. This means taking time to print things out, write in my planner what we are working on, etc. We are in PreK and Kindergarten curriculum, so I scheduled in my planner what letter and number will be focused on each week. This helps give me an idea of what to focus on in weekly studies. Having everything out on the table and ready to go for our homeschool morning routine helps keep the kids (and me!) on track.
Don’t Get Distracted
This is for myself and those who might be like me. Anymore, I have a hard time multi-tasking. I’m doing too many things at once, all of the “noise” gets to me quickly. I have to stay focused on the one-on-one time with kids during study time.
I thought I could easily work while my daughter writes out her penmanship practice, but I’ve quickly realized this isn’t possible. If she finishes right as I’m in the middle of an email, I get distracted easily. I leave her waiting, or I get frustrated with where I left off. It isn’t worth it. Staying focused on what she is doing for the couple of hours we spend in homeschool each day keeps me sane.
Keep your morning simple and try not to stress. It will all come together. These few tips are sure to keep things upbeat, on track and happily focused.
Now for the Giveaway!
Here is what you’ve been waiting for. The Hanes Back to School Comfort Kit Giveaway. Our kiddos loved their kit. My daughter received an adorable shirt and my son is digging his socks.
The winner will receive a $50 Hanes Visa Gift Card and 3 Back-to-School styles from Hanes (based on age and gender of winner). Enter your email below to be entered to win. Contest runs until 8/21/2017 at 11:59PM PST. Good luck!