This post is part of the 2018 Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.
Resetting Rhythms Through the Holidays
Homeschooling as a Type B mom had begun as a bit of a challenge for me. I found that I had a hard time sticking to a schedule. When I did manage to have a well put together day, it looked like a public school. I did not want my homeschool to look like public school.
The thing is I didn’t realize back then, the big secret to my success, is not in a schedule at all. My secret is following a rhythm. You see unlike a schedule my rhythm is not dictated by times and it can shift and flow with appointments and field trips and I can adjust my rhythm as needed.
My rhythm might look different than someone else’s and that is perfectly ok. Rhythms also occasionally need a reset, or set in the first place! Holidays are the perfect time for doing this.
Holidays Are Busy
Let’s be honest the holidays are a busy time for most people. They are overwhelming and they can make homeschooling seem so overwhelming that a lot of year-round homeschoolers chose to take them off.
You may be one of those who takes a break from homeschooling through the holiday or you may take a short break afterward. Whichever route you chose that break is the perfect opportunity to reset a rhythm. You can start building a rhythm slowly and work your way up to a full day of learning.
Find An Anchor
The first thing to do when finding or first setting a rhythm is to find an anchor. Something that you do each day regardless of everything else. For some that might be breakfast, others might be math, or even just starting a cup of coffee. Find an anchor that starts your rhythm off.
My anchor is coffee. I know right after I make my first (of many) coffees, I am going to start our morning basket. Our morning basket includes several things that we do each morning and a few things we do weekly. I keep my planner nearby to keep track of what day it is so I know what’s on the agenda.
Have A/B/C Goals for your day
If you know what an ideal day looks like, we would call that an “A” day. An “A” day has no interruptions and everything you want to get done gets done. This includes necessities AND extras.
A “B” day would be a day that we missed one or two things but generally we feel pleased with the outcome. Finally, a “C” day is everything that needs to get done is done but there are no extras.
When you create a rhythm make sure to hit all the things you want for a C day to happen, then find extra places for those things that take your day from a “C” to an “A”. Then remember that when you initiate your rhythm you will have more C days than anything else. Until your rhythm is set and you are comfortable you need to be ok with “C” days.
Adjust as needed
A rhythm is a lot easier to adjust than a schedule. If you don’t have everything done at a certain time that’s ok. Your rhythm is as slow or as fast as you need it to be. Rhythms go at your own pace. They are meant to work for you. You don’t have to commit to your rhythm and you can feel free to change it as you need too.
Do you have a rhythm or a schedule in your homeschool? Tell us about it!