We all have such busy lives, whether we homeschool or not. Our time is crammed with lessons, kids’ activities, family activities, and so much more. I know I struggle with finding quiet time to spend with my kids, together and separately. We try to get in our nightly before bed read aloud time, but it doesn’t always work.
It is important to me to make that connection with my kids through those quiet moments that we share. It helps me understand how they are feeling, what they are thinking and let’s them know that I love them and I’m am there to listen. So I have been taking time to really look at when and where in our busy days we can fit in those moments. Believe it or not, I have found that they do exist.
While I was trying to find some time in our day to use as those quiet moments I broke the days into segments – morning, afternoon, evening, and before bed. Then I looked at how we schedule our days and how it flows for us. This let me get a better idea of when it would fit.
Here are a few of the ideas we came up with:
At the start of the day, before the “official” start of our homeschool day
– enjoying a pot of tea
– reading and working on memorization of a Bible scripture
– listening to music from our music appreciation lessons
– taking an early morning walk
While reading for history or science
– read aloud together
– watch a video about subject covering
– have a picnic, inside or out
– listen to or read poetry
Right after outside play
– have iced tea on the porch
– listen to music
– everyone share a favorite part of the day
– roast hot dogs over the fire
– eat at the park
– go for an ice cream cone and sit outside to eat it
– cuddle in front of the fire with hot cocoa
Instead of watching TV or movies
– act out a favorite story
– create a poem
– sing your favorite songs
Listen to music
Talk about favorite part of the day
These are just a few of the ideas we came up with for our family. Have you looked for quiet times in your day? When and what do you like to do during those quiet moments with your kids? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.