I like freedom. I want freedom to enjoy life, to be spontaneous.
I like to be productive. I like to create, to learn, to teach.
How can I ever bring these two things together because you see I discovered the hard way that without scheduling things, they just don't happen.
Oh, dear. What's a mother to do?
I tried creating an hour-by-hour schedule, but that was a disaster. I was so angry at my schedule. It made me feel like I was in jail.
I had to find a way to schedule that wouldn't make me feel boxed in or locked up.
That's when I discovered block scheduling.
Block scheduling is similar to the scheduling I tried, but with one important difference. Instead of scheduling hour-by-hour, you schedule blocks of time. I created four sections of time for each day:
Block One: Between Wake-Up & Breakfast
Block Two: Between Breakfast & Lunch
Block Three: Between Lunch & Dinner
Block Four: Between Dinner & Go-To-Sleep Time
I scheduled things in those blocks of time. Before breakfast, I would have my Quiet Time, but I could wake up any time I wanted to. Between breakfast and lunch, I would teach math, phonics, and writing. Then we would eat lunch when we finished. We scheduled other things for the afternoon. I left my evenings free except for church or homeschool meetings.
To my excitement, block scheduling worked perfectly for me! I became productive, but didn't feel like I was in a straight-jacket. Soon, I was making schedules for all my children. They would tweak them and we were all happy.
Block scheduling gave us a rhythm without taking away our freedom. As a homeschooling mom, it kept us on track while leaving room for flexibility.
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