Being a stay at home-schooling mom, with all we have to do, it is hard to find time to plan out our lessons. Well, for me, at least. I’m not sure about others, but my house is usually in an organized state of chaos. Sometimes it feels completely unorganized and out of control, but we’re working on having a better structure and routine so that we can be better organized. I say chaos because we have two five year olds, a three year old, and a 17 month old running around all day – I don’t know who that wouldn’t be chaos to.
1 Corinthians 1:23 says “God purchased you at a high price. Do not be enslaved by the world.”
All my life, I’ve been a night owl. I have to work hard to get myself up in the mornings. Along with being a night owl, I’m also a TV addict. I love all kinds of different shows. Crime dramas, mysteries, sci-fi, etc. You name it, I’ll watch it. I usually stay up way too late watching TV on Netflix, because that’s the only time I have to watch TV. You would think that 5 1/2 years after having kids, I would be used to getting up in the morning, but I’m not. I am currently trying to get myself into a good routine so that I can wake up easier. I am trying to go to sleep by 10, but it is very hard. I realized that between the cleaning, cooking, teaching, and trying to have fun with my kids, I have no time to plan our lessons out.
We have decided that the best routine for our kids is bath time around 7pm so we can be asleep by 8pm — that is bathing 4 kids and doing a story in both the girl room and the boy room, within an hour, with them hopefully asleep at the end of that hour. I plan to then, take a shower and do my Bible reading, prayer time, and on Monday, lesson planning. I also plan to do blog planning and meal planning during that time, just on different days than our lesson planning. If I can get the kids to bed by 8pm, that gives me two hours to shower and get all of the things I need to do done.
I tried out this plan last night. I didn’t get to my room until 10 because the kids got to bed a little late, but it only took me 40 minutes to read two days worth of my Bible reading, prayer before & after reading, and plan out a week worth of lessons. Today I woke up at 6am, and am still going strong. Hopefully this plan works.
How do you make time to plan your lessons? How often do you plan them – weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly? Any tips for me or other readers?