Some homeschool mamas can’t wait to get their hands on the new year’s planner, whereas others dread the task. In the end, we all find our own way of planning the homeschool day, but it’s usually a combination of what we have learned from other’s failures and successes.
I’m not a history buff, but I’ve always been fascinated with Benjamin Franklin. He was a spirited man who challenged the norm, was a jack of many trades, and succeeded in most of them. Let’s peek into how he scheduled his day and apply it to our homeschool day.
Learning From Benjamin Franklin
Who was Benjamin Franklin and why should we care what his schedule looked like? He was an out-of-the-box thinker, which resulted in harnessing electricity. As a Christian man with lots of ambition, h qwe aimed to be the best person he could be. In his autobiography, he describes how he struggled to “attain moral perfection,” including these virtues:
As a homeschool mom, I want all of this for my children, and it will only happen by being the example myself. But I also realize that these are lofty goals. Lofty goals are ok, mama! Reach for the stars!
Ben’s Daily Tasks
To achieve these goals, Ben created a daily task schedule. I can’t be the only one that has to write out a daily schedule for my homeschool day. Right?
Ben viewed his days in segments or blocks, instead of trying to limit his activities into tight time constraints. He scheduled work, yet made time for diversions such as music or conversation.
His day started with the question, “What good shall I do this day?” Early morning studies helped awaken his brain. Lunch, or midday meal, included time to read and look over his accounts. His day ended with “What good have I done today?” Powerful.
Some may view this as an oversimplification of the day, because let’s be honest mamas, our days aren’t simple. I value having a skeleton as a base, though. When it gets too busy, I can go back to my skeleton and make sure I am focusing on the most important things.
Takeaways That Apply to a Homeschool Day
How can we make this work for us? What can we learn from Benjamin Franklin?
Managing our homeschool day is vital in order to get anything done. Some of you may have the gift of go-with-the-flow days, but this mama needs a plan of action.
- Think ahead.
- Plan your day based on what good you will do.
- Break your day into blocks of time.
- Put character first.
- Work on one character trait or skill at a time.
Give Yourself Grace
We can’t be everything to everyone all the time. Let’s take a little advice from Ben and work on one thing at a time. Remember that character comes before academics and relationships come before achievements. As a mama to many, evaluating my day is a constant. You can take some tips from me (and Ben) and start your homeschool day with your goals in mind.
And while we are on the topic of Ben, check out this fun idea for using his teachings on how to write. He still has a lot to teach us!