First I have to find out what everyone wants to do.
Then I have to find places for them to do the things they want to do.
Then I have to get out pen and paper and figure out how it could all fit together without making me too crazy.
And I have to try to schedule these activities so that we still have time for lessons and free time to do something spontaneous, get together with friends, or just stay home!
This year we decided the kids could do two activities at a time. I am tempted to do more, and am really trying to resist the urge. We are fortunate to have a lot of great options in our area, and it is hard not to overdo it. I do make exceptions here and there, especially for my oldest, and especially for once a month activities, or if a child wants to join in something someone else is already doing.
Our Current Weekly Routine:
MondaysLessons: 8:30-12:30 with one short break
No activities- I find it really helps the week to keep Mondays as at-home days, or days for appointments.
Lessons 8:30-12:30 with one short break
No activities usually-but one evening a week my oldest does a library book club
Activities-gymnastics, library trip, rock climbing, pottery class-something for everyone:)
Activities-afternoon swim class for three youngest
Activities- homeschool group
Activities- riding & tennis lessons
Even at two activities per child, our routine can still feel a bit too busy and I always need to be mindful of making sure we have time for friends and time to just hang out at home. I am a homebody at heart. I really like to have time to just sit and read aloud with the kids, exercise, putter around in the yard, play with the goats, do some writing, keep the house mostly clean, bake, walk in the woods, etc.. I do not like having all my time scheduled, so figuring out a routine that works is key.
It's always a work in progress!