Getting Started 6 – Setting-Up Your Day

How you set-up your day, your learning routine, and your limits will determine your success.

A few hints to get you started!

Limits? Yes.

1 – Set the time of your academic pursuits or the time you will be homeschooling. Set precise times to start, take a break, and finish for the day. (Unless of course a project runs overtime or you just get so involved in something you HAVE to pursue it. But MOST of the time, stick to your time limits. This gives continuity.)

2 – Let family and friends know of the times you will be devoting your energies to learning. Ask them to respect this by NOT calling or coming over. If they do call or come over, gently remind them, “I’m busy.”

3 – Determine reasonable bedtimes and stick to them. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin. Even more important is the word of the Lord on this subject. In the Doctrine and Covenants 88:124 He states, “…retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds might be invigorated.”

4 – Don’t over indulge in learning! There needs to be balance in our lives. Make sure that the school day does not dominate home life to the extent that is is stressful situation.
Most homeschools have found the 3 – 4 hours a day is ample to complete basic work.

Now, if Suzy wants to learn to make bread, and Joe wants to raise tropical fish. If randy is into weightlifting and body building and Amy wants to become a librarian, well, let them pursue activities relative to their interests. THIS IS HOME-SCHOOL. We have that freedom.

Setting-Up Your Day

We have previously suggested a Devotional, Brain Gym exercises, and then Scripture study of one type or the other or perhaps both.

After that, it is pretty much your preference.

We like to start with Language Arts and history; then science and math. Other subjects and interests follow.

We end with another Scripture study and a closing devotional.

Our school hymn for the day’s close is #153 in the current hymnbook: “Lord, We Ask Thee Ere We Part.” We find the words of this hymn especially appropriate after our school sessions. You may, also.

“Lord, we ask Thee ere we part
Bless the teachings of this day.
Plant thee deep in every heart,
That with us they’ll ever stay.”

“In the innocence of youth,
We would all thy laws fulfill.
Lead us in the way of truth,
Give us strength to do thy will.”

“Father, merciful and kind,
As we labor for the right,
May we in thy service find,
Sweetest pleasure, pure delight.”

“All our follies, Lord, forgive,
Keep us from temptations free.
Help us evermore to live
Lives of holiness to thee.”

SOME PARTICULAR THINGS OF SOME IMPORTANCE:

1 – Oxygen – Students need a good supply. IF you can, open the window a bit to let fresh air in. At least, air-out the school room ever so often.

2 – Temperature – Keep is comfortable, but not too warm which nurtures sluggishness and sleep!

3 – Movement – Recent studies have shown that classrooms where students periodically move during the day produce better grades and comprehension. So, get-up and move; at least 10 minutes every hour. In Brain Gym, we recommend doing a second routine in the middle of your school day. In our school, we also use mini-tramps, better known as rebounders. This also is a great way to move. (More on this in Health & Fitness in the Science section).

4 – Lighting – This MUST be of such quality a to not create glare, but provide sufficient light to make it easy to read and see details in what you are doing. FOr instance, if you are sewing or creating a painting.

5 – A regular place with regular storage and ways and means of toting books and materials. Okay. Perhaps you are among the lucky ones that can dedicate a room for just homeschooing. Most of us don’t have that luxury. So, a table is good or a desk if you have only one student. I still prefer a table. The good ‘ol kitchen table is the table of choice for most of us, or the dining table if you have one. A table allows you to work with your student or students.

Now, what about your study materials – books, and supplies. Some families manage a bookshelf. Other use totes of one type or another. Others require their students to keep their books and supplies neatly in their rooms and bring them out every morning. Whatever you do, make sure the put-away option is fully workable and strictly observed. In this way, there is less likelihood of anything getting lost and having to be replaced.

6 – QUIET!!! This is paramount. As much as possible. A new baby may interrupt. A child may skip, fall, and bruise or have a scrape. But, generally speaking, keep the noise factor and the distractions as low as and as few as possible.

7 – THE MOST IMPORTANT PART – Remember to invite and then work to keep the Spirit in your home school. Refuse to have contention. If you do, you will succeed.

8 – Records – Find-out what kind or kinds of records your state and/or school district require. Set-these up at the beginning. Record what is done each day. Then, you do not have to worry. In our protocols, we have the students set-up their composition books for each class with dates and what is done each day. This will help in case you need any validation of time spent and what was done. This is part of the first Units in Language Arts curriculum and is available as part of the FREE UNITS. Specifically, you will want Unit 1 – Basic Study Skills.

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