Gentle homeschooling is a goal for many mothers. But how do you get there? Starting the day with a smile, a full cup of coffee, and a meek, quiet spirit seems ideal, right? Creating the peace we long for in our home(schools) is easier than you think, and it all begins with the daily rhythm.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle
Early in the homeschooling years, it’s easy to get trapped in the “we must do everything, every day” or “we need to do school from x hour to x hour each day” mindset. Thankfully, those statements just aren’t true. Go ahead and breath that sigh of relief.
Homeschooling is not something we do during certain hours of certain days. Homeschooling is a lifestyle.
Charlotte Mason said . . .
“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.”
Establish family rhythms
You’ve probably already got some family rhythms. Do you tend to do certain things in the same order each day? Those events that naturally follow each other are your family rhythm. For example, here is our daily homeschool routine . . .