We all start out with the best of intentions in our homeschool but sometimes as soon as we sit down the bad attitudes begin. Someone doesn’t want to do math, or sit, or do school at all, then the complaining starts. This sets the tone for the rest of the day, and sometimes it’s just not pretty. I needed to find a way to combat that and what made the most sense was to start every school day off on a positive note — which in turn helps us have better attitudes about things like handwriting. I sat and brainstormed some openers for our day that work and I wanted to share them with you.
8 Ways to Start Your Homeschool Day on the Right Foot
Pray for your day, not just that your children learn something and behave. Pray that your day will be fun — God wants us to delight in our children the way He delights in us — so it’s perfectly okay to pray for a fun and happy day! Pray on your own before the kids wake up and again as a family when starting your homeschool day.
A Good Breakfast–
This doesn’t have to mean a full plate of bacon, eggs, toast, grits, and pancakes (I find a big breakfast on school days leaves us too sluggish). Fresh fruit, oatmeal or even just toast will help keep tummies from growling and minds from wandering.
Have all your curriculum and activities ready in the morning when you start. This prevents kids from wandering off or getting distracted.
Some mornings we like to turn on the upbeat worship tunes or fun dance music and shake the morning grumpies out. It gets the blood flowing, and releases endorphins that make you happy.
Start with a game–
Who wouldn’t rather begin their homeschool day with a game of Uno over learning fractions? Start off with a game that can be played quickly to ease the kids into sitting down and listening. Some other quick and fun options are go fish, and a round of Sorry or Trouble. A promise of a second round when the work is done can be a great motivator too.
Morning time is a great time to get in a nature walk or just a brisk walk around the block to get the blood pumping. Let your children start the day by swinging on the backyard swing to get the wiggles out before sitting down to start homeschool.
Starting your day with hugs, kisses, cuddles, and encouragement for the day is a surefire way to start it on the right foot. If your kids are too big for your lap you can still pile up on the couch close by and begin your day with a learning video or a read aloud to ease into it gently.
- Start with Morning Together Time–
Some call it Morning Time, others might call it Circle Time. This can be Bible time or family read aloud time. Some families prefer to do these in the afternoons or evenings, but I’ve found that when we start the day with all three girls working together on a project or with a fun story we all enjoy, it sets a tone for cooperation for the whole day. When their emotional cups are filled with a positive start to the day together, it makes a huge difference! I recommend reading Your Morning Basket and Circle Time for some great ideas to inspire you. Read more about our morning basket time — and how and why to use one in your homeschool — in this post.
What are your tips for starting your homeschool day off right?
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