It is not a secret that the child needs stability in life in order to feel secure. Order in life creates inner order and peace, something that lays the foundation for successful learning, smooth transitions, and a happy kid. One of the first tasks for homeschoolers is to establish their own rhythm, set up a daily schedule that is the backbone of the whole process.
Establishing a routine for our Montessori homeschooling days was the best thing I could have done for my young Montessori preschooler.
I cannot stress hard enough how life-changing it was to set up a daily and weekly schedule. It may be obvious for some, but I did not expect it to have such a dramatic impact on our lives. Parenting, house chores, preparation, planning, homeschooling, doing family, etc.
The list just never stops growing. However, finding our own rhythm made it all much more fulfilling. I had an inner battle for a while thinking that routine might do more harm than good. I thought that it will somehow limit and restrict my child and confine her play into a box. We all know how essential play for the whole child’s development is. Boy, was I wrong? Creativity and imaginative play simply exploded!
Here is what I did
- Set my priorities.
- spiritual life
- physical well-being
- learning/exploring/discovery time
Restricted Screen time to weekends and holidays only
Here is what I did NOT do:
pack my child’s life with extracurricular activities. A funny story: we were very fortunate to attend one of the drama classes for preschool children which my kid truly enjoyed.
She was singing all the way home songs they learned there. However, when I asked her if she would like to go back, she replied in her direct honest style: “ I want to play, mama“.. Sure, my darling, you are free to do just that.
Our Montessori Homeschool Daily Schedule
Exercise – “Brain Gym” ~ 10 min
Prayer – Quiet time ~ 15 min
Montessori Work cycle ~ 2 hours
Outdoor/ Free Play
Once a week we take our Montessori classroom outdoors. I plan a couple of Montessori learning activities to do in nature which are relevant to the child’s interests and our program.
We dedicate one day a week to meetups and playdates with dear friends and do social activities, like group music sessions. This is when being a part of a local church community is so valuable.
Our Montessori Work Cycle consists of
- practical life activities (including preparing snacks)
- work that is chosen by my young student
- new presentations
- rhyme/ singing
- art activities
At the end of the week, we take time to tidy up our shelves, miss A does dusting, we swap books, plan new activities together for the next week.
Everywhere we go, we make it our learning playground.
Have you found your homeschooling rhythm?
I invite you to join my Montessori Nature Homeschool Community if you are looking to connect with like-minded homeschoolers or if you need help getting started and would like to learn how to incorporate Montessori principles and natural learning into your everyday life.