I have written a few other posts in this series about homeschooling from rest, including the morning routine and building your homeschooling around rest. Today, we are going to address the importance of the weekend prep.
I call this a Sunday prep, but if you are busy on Sundays like my family is, it absolutely could be a Saturday prep as well. In my head, I divide this into things a family could do to prep for the week, and things a Waldorf homeschooling family really needs to do.
The Family Prep:
- Clean the house, even if it is the just the quick clean for surfaces, the kitchen counters, and the bathrooms. Quick clean is better than no clean. Pick things up.
- Have the laundry done, clean, and folded and put away. Do you need to lay out clothes for your children?
- Prep FOOD. This is the most important part, I believe to getting the week off to a good start! In today’s world many parents are so busy and are getting home very late wtih no time to cook. At the last continuing education course I attended two weeks ago, the current percentage of overweight Americans (I believe these statistics were adults only) was at EIGHTY-FIVE percent. We are overweight as a society, I believe due to confounding factors including stress, lack of true hydration, convenient processed foods that are easy to grab but not healthy, lack of time to cook, and a sedentary lifestyle. As the saying goes, we cannot outrun a bad diet. If we want to start turning the health of our children, this upcoming generation, around and send them into adulthood with good patterns, we must start cooking healthy food and eating meals together. Prep whatever you can and plan your meals. Have your ingredients. If your child is in school, do you need to make lunches?
- What will you need for tomorrow? Get it out and ready now.
- Look at the calendar.
- What are your stress reduction strategies for the week? You have some great choices in deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, massage therapy, aromatherapy, yoga.
- Go out in nature with your family.
- If you have a significant other, check in with that person. How are the adults of the house feeling? Where is the time for the adults in the week? Adult connection is important. Children are wonderful, and parents give their all for their children, but life is not just about children.
- Are you feeling positive? Check in with yourself. Some folks love to journal morning pages or set up a little board and watercolor paint each morning or sketch. All artistic activity is connected to the emotional and spiritual life.
- Everyone is going to have their own path here, but connecting to what you believe is a higher source in whatever way is meaningful for you is important in beginning the week.
- I find visualization for the week to be important. What does the week look like in my head? How will each day flow? I also like to do this at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, I like to review the day backwards.
- Do some reading on your spiritual path at some point this weekend and each day during the week. As many of you know, I am Episcopalian, which is part of Anglican Communion world-wide. The book on my list to start reading this list is this one by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
Waldorf Homeschooling Prep:
- Rhythm of the Week tools – If you are going to have a bread-making day, soup -making day, a way for your child to help you with your work of the day then you need the ingredients and tools! Make sure you have the things you need on hand before you start the week!
- Review your circle time, stories, and music. I was always sleep-deprived and generally have the worst memory ever, so memorizing things was never great for me, but if I reviewed things nights in a row, I certainly could remember a lot and feel good about that!
- Review your review! By that I mean, review is usually the first thing up for grades-students after warming up and it gets the absolute least attention from most homeschoolers. How will you review? What do you need to make this happen in terms of supplies?
- Look at your lesson plans for the week. Be sure to include any festivals!
- Chalkboard drawings. Nothing says a brand new week, month, or block like a new drawing!
I would love to hear your #Sundayprep! On The Parenting Passageway Facebook page, folks are sharing their pictures of their Sunday prep. Come on over and join us and get some great ideas from fellow Parenting Passageway fans!
Blessings on today,