Decision to home educate is a life changing one and it affects every conceivable area of life. As homeschooling moms, we have to manage several responsibilities throughout the day within our homes while we teach children of multiple ages. We all aspire for productivity and efficiency in our day but it seems to be inherently at odds with what typically happens when children are around us, presenting ever new challenges and disruptions. It quickly starts to seem as if they are determined to ruin our perfectly planned days.
Imagine a typical homeschool day, every minute seems to be a constant juggle between several tasks and competing priorities. At times this can look like dealing with an uncooperative toddler while teaching the middle schooler some math skills. In some homes, it can look like chasing preschooler to get his task done while making sure the infant is not swallowing those beloved Montessori lacing beads. All this while making sure the lunch is getting prepped and everyone will have food to eat on the table later that day. Our struggle is not just to survive the demands of the day but to also make it an educational one. Quite honestly, sometimes this seems like an impossible goal.
But here is the thing, there are several steps we can take which are like pre-emptive actions to mitigate problems before they even happen. While this is a much longer discussion, for today's post we will only focus on the mornings.
Mornings are critically important. Open any book on productivity and immediately we see the importance of starting the day right, with intention and purpose. Mornings set the tone for the day. When the day begins right, the chances of having a smooth, productive day increases exponentially.
In our deen, morning time holds great significance as well. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked his Lord to bless his ummah in the mornings, as is reported in the hadeeth of Sakhr al-Ghaamidi, who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah, bless my ummah in the mornings.’ (Reported by Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)
With a little effort and intentional start of the a day, we can have a productive homeschool day and make it repeatable. In this video session, I shared 10 simple tips that will improve your productivity in a homeschool setting. Inshallah
These tips are not your typical productivity tips, they are for a mother who homeschools her children. Instead of aspirational, unrealistic ideas, I have focused on ideas that will encourage a child to co operate and work with you.
If you have any tips of your own that you would like to share please add them in the comments below.
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