After I realized these essential things about what brings peace to our home (in addition to reading our Bibles and praying), I prayed about how to use that knowledge to establish a daily rhythm that works (for the moment). You won’t find wash, iron, mend, and churn on our weekly list, but the kids learn the days of the week quickly by knowing what activity comes on which day.
Gymnastics on Monday,
Soccer on Tuesday,
Gymnastics on Wednesday,
Piano on Thursday,
Nature, (Art, and Music ) Study on Friday,
Soccer game and errands on Saturday,
Mass on Sunday.
Our day follows a simple rhythm:
Wake up, do morning “chores”, eat breakfast, Bible and prayer, brush teeth, do school, have snack, do school, have lunch, finish up school, play outside, go to afternoon activity, eat dinner, bathe, listen to read alouds, prayer, bed. (On gymnastics and piano days, they bathe before lunch. I like them to smell good for their teachers, lol.)
Within this rhythm are other rhythms. The rhythm of “do school” for instance:
math for Bear/reading lesson for J-jo
Language arts for Bear/math and spelling for J-jo
Playtime for J-jo/finish up work for Bear
A weekly rotation is working better than a schedule.
The checklist below is really working for me. We’re in our third week of it. I based it off some sample schedules on the Ambleside Online Year 1 Yahoo Group, but using all our current curriculum. On the weekly side, it no longer matters which day of the week the item gets done, as long as it gets done. I listed those things I wanted us to do more than once twice on the list, but if we don’t get to it, we just start with that item the following week, or have a catch-up morning on Saturday. Some weeks, when we know we have a field trip or a morning play date, we can double up some readings because we know what is to be done for the whole week.
So that’s our current rhythm. I hope this one fits for us for a while, but I know that once the swimming pool opens, we will start a new routine and fall into a new rhythm. I pray that it will be easier to fall into a new rhythm now that I have gained some understanding!