It is no secret I am not a morning person. Which means actually starting homeschool in the morning can sometimes be tough.
Especially if you are like me and you are dragging to even get out of bed much less have an intelligent conversation or teach a tiny human.
Days where you feel rushed or pushed to meet a deadline rarely end well. If you, like me, are not a morning person, consider a slow start to help you adjust rather than rushing in and feeling cranky.
I have 3 tips that have helped me start the homeschool day on the right foot and I hope these tips will help you too.
Prep the night before
Do your best to at least prep the materials you will need the night before the lesson. If you don’t, you run the risk of having to run around gathering supplies at the last minute. When you’re not prepared, it’s difficult for your kids to stay focused on learning.
I try to lay out everything I will need for the day the night before. Even if I don’t get it all out I know I have something to start the day and buy me a little time.
This process involves leaving items out to be discovered in the morning. Choose items you’re comfortable with your child exploring independently with little to no expectations about the outcome.
Puzzles, science kits, books, and Lego bricks are perfect items for “strewing.” I put them out at night and it gives me a 30-45 minute period to sort of wake up and get going for the day.
Morning baskets have totally changed the way we do our school day! We really look forward to it because it’s a peaceful way to connect and start our day with the things we love that we can’t always fit into the homeschool day without morning basket.
What’s even better is that I can ensure I am “doing school” with Emily first thing in the morning while I am still half asleep. Because I have prepared the basket ahead of time and don’t have to think while I am still caffeinating.
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