Finding Your Summer Rhythm

Michelle
Michelle

That was such a crazy two and half months of crisis-schooling. I still am trying to process all of it!

Michelle
Virginia

It was! I’m still catching my breath too. 

Michelle
Michelle

I honestly have never felt led to homeschool and then all of the sudden I was forced into it. 🤪 Ready or not!

Michelle
Virginia

I know. In the beginning I felt like I was about to fall off of a balance beam. The funny video Anna made really showed what a stressful, weird, overwhelming time it was for kids and parents. It made me feel less alone.

Michelle
Michelle

For sure. I kinda felt like my life got hijacked if I’m honest. I had to let go of all of the things I wanted to do and realize I was suddenly a “homeschool” teacher.

Michelle
Virginia

Oh, I hear you. I was used to a routine that centered around my agenda. It was hard to let go of that at first. 

Michelle
Michelle

You’re so right. The funny thing is that now that school is done and summer is finally here, I have been thinking about adding a few parts of our schooling at home into our summer routine. Is that crazy?! 😜

Michelle
Virginia

Well, if it was still April, I would say, yup, you’re crazy! It is weird going 90 MPH and now immediately down to 0. I feel like I’m always thinking, “Am I forgetting something?”

Michelle
Michelle

Haha.  I agree! Although it was so much every day, I did like the structure the school schedule gave us.  I’ve been thinking about how to add a little of that in without being too much. I still want the flexibility of summer.

Michelle
Virginia

Yes! Have you seen any ideas out there?

Michelle
Michelle

I read about something right before school was out that caught my attention. It talked about creating a basket of things to do with your kids — kinda like a morning meeting of sorts.

Michelle
Virginia

That’s cool. We are our freshest in the morning, after my coffee, of course. 😀

Michelle
Michelle

Yes, coffee is definitely needed first so I can wrap my head around the day! I’ve been trying some stuff out from this basket idea with my girls the past couple of weeks and so far it’s been working pretty well.

Michelle
Virginia

What have you been doing?

Michelle
Michelle

Well, I should preface this because I haven’t been too strict about it all. I mostly want to connect with my girls and also grow in the process.

Michelle
Virginia

Agreed. The last thing we need is pressure and stress.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes, so that is how I came up with these ABC verse cards that we don’t use as much as I’d like. I decided that they would be an easy way to discuss a verse with my girls when we “meet” for our basket time.  I may change it up with other devotionals I put in the basket but this at least feels like a manageable start for now.

Michelle
Virginia

I think that also helps us get into a facilitator role versus dictator-homeschooling-mom mode. Might be a nice change for everyone. 😏

Michelle
Michelle

Very true!! I also have been wanting to incorporate a read-aloud book because I haven’t been great at this in the past. I pulled out my old Ramona and Beezus book the other day to read to my girls. I’ll be honest, we haven’t even read a whole chapter yet but it’s in the basket when we get to it.

Michelle
Virginia

V: Congratulations, you’re normal. 😂 Take a breather!

Michelle
Michelle

Ha! Last thing I want to tackle with our basket time is for my girls to do an activity for math and language. They can pick whatever activity they want as long as they do something that checks the math and reading box. 😏

Michelle
Virginia

I think that’s doable. While also remembering, we’re the boss of the basket. If it’s looking like one of “those” days, skip it . No mom guilt allowed here, especially when the sun is out and they’re getting along with their siblings. 🤣

Michelle
Michelle

Exactly. We skipped the first three days last week! No guilt in doing it each day but I like the idea of a rhythm of connecting together and building our brains and hearts.

Michelle
Virginia

Connecting together – exactly!  At summer’s end I most want to see that I made a stronger bond with each of my kids. That doesn’t happen automatically; I am easily swept into the busyness of chores. To be honest, sometimes I would rather do chores. There’s so much to do and I feel interrupted if I “have to” attend a fake tea party in the basement. Hence, the need for being intentional, because it doesn’t come naturally.  

Michelle
Michelle

I hear ya. I kinda think part of it is that the chores give us a bit of satisfaction with completing them- whereas sometimes playing babies for the 100th time isn’t as rewarding…even if we know in our hearts that time is more important than dishes. 💗

Michelle
Virginia

Thanks for the empathy – it’s not pretty to admit.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes, but the honesty is what frees us from the mom guilt of not being enough. Speaking of mom guilt…

Michelle
Virginia

Yeah?

Michelle
Michelle

I’m thinking if I told some moms friends about this  morning basket idea, they would think I was way  over the top. 😂

Michelle
Virginia

Ha. Well, the name is intimidating. It reminds me of my teaching days and the struggle of keeping 25 first graders in a quiet circle! Yikes… But isn’t this idea is much more low-key though?

Michelle
Michelle

Definitely. I’m just trying to find something that works for me and my girls and gives us somewhat of a balance of structure and connection. This may not work for everyone but maybe you could tweak it to work for you?

Michelle
Virginia

I think that’s something all moms can agree on. We want what’s best for our families. Whether that’s a morning basket or a nighttime tickle session or a weekly family movie night, it’s about building memories that add up to a stronger relationship. No one regrets that.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes and amen to that!

 

Michelle

Soaking in the Truth

 

Scripture to encourage you:

  • “Whatever you do, work at it with all your  heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV)
  • “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

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Ideas to try:

  • What does your family need? More structure? Less structure? Do what your family needs and not what someone else suggests. 😉
  • What I currently have in my morning basket for my almost kindergartener and second grader: ABC verse cards, sight word cards, dominos, math games, math flash cards, weather chart, and dry erase ABC pages. We haven’t used all of these but they’re here as options. ~Michelle
  • For my morning basket, I am using some workbooks. My preschooler is working on phonics and my first grader is practicing some writing (because that was our biggest struggle in the spring) and some math practice. It’s mainly review and each child gets my undivided attention which also allows for some bonding. Win-win. (Each child’s work is only about 20 minutes total because that’s what momma thinks they need. I know friends who are doing more and that’s just fine for them.) ~Virginia

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{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

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