into a winter rhythm. I will have the
kids back into a school routine, and we will all be able to slow down.
all. Instead, we dealt with sickness the
first two weeks in January, our return to homeschooling has been incredibly
slow, and we have been go-go-going every weekend since Thanksgiving.
and games on different days throughout the week might have something to do with
instead it is moving faster than I anticipate, and all of the change that I want to take place during this month is not completed on my time line.
have had time to put any of the intentions I have into practice.
adjusted. We need to have defined blocks
of time for quiet time, for rest, for reading, for play, for chores.
Well, I want everything in order and perfect before we can put our
perfect rhythm into practice, of course!
idea of “what comes next.” And to save
me from constantly answering at what time they can do x, y, and z.
1. This means that my rhythm needs to be
fluid, and able to change. I would love
to be able to have our schedule down to the minute – I love to
plan, however, in my experience, that does not work for my kids. No matter how hard I tried getting my kids on
a regular schedule, it never stuck. So I
moved towards a rhythm, but that rhythm is adjusted seasonally depending on
what is going on in our home.
the “organize my life” theme I am following this year. I want my kids to participate in this, and
that causes some changes to our rhythm.
school, Lucy decided she did not want to take a morning nap anymore. It has been a daily guessing game to figure
out when she will go down for a nap. But, for the past couple of weeks she has been
pretty consistent (which of course means now it will change!) with an afternoon
nap most days.
trying to do the whole house purge while homeschooling, well you can see that
we need a new rhythm.
But how can we get there?
during this season.
school, it is overwhelming, to me and to them.
There are days that my daughter most definitely does not want to do
school, and wants to play all day.
Trying to find a balance between what I think she needs to accomplish
while still allowing her the freedom to be seven is quite the challenge.
charts and desks and a school room all set up – I loved setting up my desk and “playing
school” when I was young. But, at the
same time I can also identify with unschoolers, letting my kids follow their
interests. That is quite the predicament,
and quite the span of educational philosophies to meld together.
desire to de-clutter and organize my house, I can see that our rhythm is going
to be a little different than what is considered normal, and that is ok,
because it is only a seasonal rhythm!
season I am able to make some changes in our rhythm, and understand what comes
to fit our “school” time in while the baby is napping, whenever that may
be. There will be more audiobooks, and
science videos. More playing outside
since we have a lot of snow, and a lot of family de-cluttering.
definitely needs a complete reorganization.
Also, I am going to see if the afternoon nap continues for Lucy, if it
does, we may be able to dig into the rhythm I have in my head. I also have some new to-do charts from *Erin Condren coming in the mail this week for the kids which I hope will
work for our rhythm, and giving the kids an idea of what comes next in our
day. Although we don’t hold to specific
times for doing activities, there is a general progression of items that the
kids like to check off.
ride, and then to look forward to a *hopefully* quiet spring with less running
in rhythm as the seasons change? What
are your strategies for making it through a busy season?