The following is a guest post written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.
Rhythm is the key to making things run smoothly in our household. As a homeschooling mom who is also running a business from home, having balance and rhythm to our days helps make it all possible.
The breathing of the day is an important thing to consider when I am scheduling lessons or activities.
I try to keep this balance and when things get a bit “one-sided” I can tell we need a change. Here’s a sample day for you to see what I mean.
8am- Breakfast and Morning Routine
Make beds, brush teeth & hair and dress.
9am- Morning Walk
We try to do this daily,weather permitting. It gets us out in nature, and expels that energy needed before starting our main lesson. And the dog likes it too.
10am- Circle & Main Lesson
Our circle begins with each girl lighting a beeswax candle. We say our opening verse, monthly verse, play recorder, sing a seasonal song, beanbag toss working on multiplication tables, then we close our circle and blow out the candles.
We break to renourish. (Girls are always hungry!)
This lasts about an hour depending on what we are doing.
Today I tell a fable and we draw in our Main Lesson Books to go along with the story. A squirrel is hanging from the branch outside the window stealing bird seed from our feeder. We watch and observe. It begins to rain. We talk a bit about the seasons, getting ready for my block on Seasons, Calendar and Time.
They run off to play while I prepare lunch.
1-3pm – Work Time
This is a new part of our rhythm, dedicated work time for Mommy. I have hired a college student to come over two days a week.
Today is the first day and it goes great! I get so much done without interruption I can’t believe it. This frees me to concentrate on work now and be present with my daughters the rest of the day.
3pm – Back Together
This is our afternoon in-breath activity. Sometimes we paint, or maybe run errands.
Today it is time for baking. We sift and blend and talk about measurements. While the cake bakes, we knit. I read a chapter from their favorite ongoing book and they each take turns reading from their books.
The cake is done and Daddy arrives home. They are off playing again while Mommy and Daddy catch up on our days and start dinner.
6:30-8pm – Dinner & Bedtime
I like to eat by 6:30 so there is time for family time. We play cards, games or take a walk. It is such a great time connecting together after a busy day.
The bedtime ritual begins: pj’s, snack and story. The girls are in bed by 7:30-8 most nights. They sleep long and well. Then, it is free time for me to read a book, do more work, or watch a movie with my husband. Raising twins, I need this nightly break. I highly recommend it!
By having our in and out rhythm, it breaks up large chunks of sitting still for hours or running and playing so long that they won’t come back down to relax. It helps me as a mom to connect with them for a little while, then I get time to do what I need to do. Then we come back together again and repeat.
I hope this peek into our life has brought you some inspiration as you try to find the rhythm that fits your own family.
Do you feel you’ve found the daily rhythm that works best for your family?