Have you got homeschool routines going?
Having homeschool routines makes life a lot easier for everyone. Thing is, it gets tricky when you’re adding so much that everyone is overwhelmed. When you do it this way, you can’t have everything predictably scheduled. I’ve mentioned before that’s one of the reasons I like meal planning, and homeschool routines are no different.
I’m a Dave Ramsey girl, and he’s actually the reason I got into this blog. Or at least he was the one that gave me the courage to follow through. His name is still a bit of a curse word in our house, but I sure do love him and all his little sayings.
One of my favorites is, “To be unclear is to be unkind.” Now I can’t recall whether that was his own saying or a borrowed one, but either way, it’s perfect for homeschooling (even more so when dealing with special needs)!
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Writing down homeschool routines
Most kids do great with routines, but if you’ve been a special needs parent for long, you know they are even more important for our kids. Right?! Even better, having them written out or visually displayed on a calendar is extra helpful for their little brains. Not fully developed, and further complicated by neurological differences, the clarity of having routines spelled out may be a game changer for you all.
For the boys, knowing what to expect each day as well as seeing my work hours written down makes all the difference in the world. I made a set of printables that you can quickly download for only 5 dollars.
Adding a looping schedule to your homeschool routine
I took Proverbial Homemaker’s Loop Scheduling Workshop as part of my BYB bundle this year and have decided to add it to our schedule to make things easier. Fewer balls getting dropped, less cramming everything in. Can I get an amen on that!? Our homeschooling routine is getting written out and looped on these planner pages for sure!
We have 2 weekly theme days- life skills/passions and game schooling. Only problem is, there are too many things to fit into those days, and it can be hard to keep track of. Not anymore though! You can use these for looping too, or you can just use them as a traditional planner.
Making these work long-term
Personally, I’m laminating all my pages for re-use. I know Expo wipes off too easily, but you can use Sharpies and erase them easily with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! This way we can add and remove things as necessary for our homeschool routine and check them off each week. Grab your planner pages today and let me know how you plan to use them!
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