As you begin planning a schedule for school…be realistic!
It is so easy to make a perfect school schedule on paper that falls apart in practice! So, here are a few tips to help you make a more realistic schedule.
Consider whether you are a morning person.
When making a “school” schedule, be sure to take into account whether you are a morning person. Then, set a realistic start time for your days. I am not a morning person! So, for me breakfast at 9:00 with teaching at 9:30 is realistic. It is better to make a plan you can stick to rather than a “wishful” plan that quickly falls by the wayside.
Consider your child’s best work times.
It is also wise to take note of your child’s best work time. Is your child a morning person? Or, does he/she do better with a slower start? It is a good idea to schedule accordingly. For example, don’t schedule a child who has a hard time getting going in the A.M. with his/her hardest subjects first.
Consider your little ones first.
When planning for school, often our first thought is to schedule the school-age children. If you have a 2 or 3 year old, it is more important to schedule that little one first. If we expect our little ones to just “go with the flow,” what will happen? A busy 2 or 3 year old can drag everyone else along as he/she quickly derails the day!
Spend some time over the next week noticing when you and your children are at your best.
As you begin mulling over a schedule, remember to be realistic with your expectations! Your year will run more smoothly if you schedule both you and your children when you are at your best!