Our homeschool morning routine has changed and evolved over the years. When my four littles were all still really little, I considered it a good morning if everyone got fed and diapers changed. I’m glad I’m not in that season anymore. One in diapers is enough for me.
As our season in life changes so does our morning routine. With a toddler, a preschooler, two first graders, and a teen, a gentle homeschool morning routine works best for us.
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Our Homeschool Morning Routine
What we do each morning revolves around us getting ready for the day and taking our first steps into gentle productivity.
Get Ready for the Day
I get up around 6:00 AM and write (and do general blog work) until the kids get up, usually between 8:00 and 8:30. I also start laundry, drink coffee, and check my calendar to see what we’re having to eat that day (more about this on Thursday when I publish Our Homeschool Meal Routine).
I try to have breakfast ready or at least prepped by the time they all come downstairs, complete with the table set and their drinks poured.
*True confession . . . I can’t stand the “Can I have some water?” “Where’s MY cup?” “I’m thirsty. Mom. Mom. Mom. I’m thirsty.” in the morning. It drives me nuts.
So to battle that, I just make sure the table is set before they even enter the kitchen.
Breakfasts around here are simple. We have the same thing for weeks at a time. This is what our breakfast routine looks like right now.
- Monday – eggs and toast
- Tuesday – applesauce and/or cottage cheese and cinnamon toast
- Wednesday – pancakes
- Thursday – bagels and smoothies
- Friday – oatmeal
- Saturday – cinnamon rolls
- Sunday – homemade granola, yogurt, berry parfaits
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These simple meals get everyone full without costing a lot of money. We’ll continue on this rotation until we’re ready for something new. For now, it works.
It’s Maxwell’s job to clear the table after breakfast. So he does that, Caroline spot sweeps, and I take care of the counters. The goal each day is to keep the kitchen clean and ready for the next meal.
Before morning chores, we all head upstairs to get dressed for the day and make our beds. After I check to make sure beds are properly made and pajamas are put away, we all go back down for morning chores.
Everyone has their own morning chores. (More about this tomorrow when I publish Homeschool Chore Routine) These are simple chores that don’t take very long but help maintain the overall cleanliness and de-cluttering of the house.
All in all, we spend about an hour eating breakfast, cleaning up, and getting morning chores done.
I read for a couple hours while the kids play and when we’re finished, the kids head outside to play.
While they’re outside I switch the laundry and start prepping for lunch.
We typically eat lunch at noon, have a snack at 3:00, and supper at 6:00. We eat every three hours, and yet the kids still complain at me between meals that they’re hungry. (Hobbit much??)
I think they would snack all day long if I let them, especially if they’ve been playing outside.
So this is what our homeschool morning routine looks like for now. I’m sure it will change eventually, but for now, it works.
I was able to establish this routine by creating a worksheet for myself to help me keep track of what I wanted/needed to get done each day. You can download it below if you’d like to give it a try.