How to structure/organize your day so that you can fit all your needs/duties in?
MashAllah I always find it interesting how other (homeschool) mothers organize their days, with some having as many as 9 children. SubhanAllah. I love reading about how their days go by, what they do and how moms can manage. Is it not so interesting to find out how they manage to home educate their children and learn some tips? Here is how we do it. I try to plan things around salah.
So, we start the day by praying fajr. Since they wake up so early we usually pray fajr together, followed by dhikr and dua. Alhamdulillah I don’t have to nag them to pray fajr together, it is an established habit. Dhuhr and Asr are optional – I encourage them to join but they can be busy doing their own things. Then again at maghrib we mostly pray together followed by dhikr and dua. It is such a blessing to listen to their duas – they keep asking various interesting things each time and come up with unique statements. I have to record this sometime inshaAllah :).
I get them to practise all their daily adiya – dua entering/leaving a house, entering/leaving toilet, before/after eating, before sleeping and after waking up, we try to say Rabbi Zidni Ilma at our circle times. Alhamdulillah, they both know all their daily duas by heart and often remind me to say them too!
After fajr+dhikr+dua (takes around 15 minutes) we sit down and do our daily Qur’an revision session. Safiyya recites all 8 short surahs she has memorized. Sumayya has to recite 3 longer surahs (i.e Fajr, Inshiqaq, Buruj) and 3 shorter surahs (i.e Asr, Tiyn, Qadr) or 5 average ones (Bayyina, A’la, Qoria, Tariq etc). Then they have breakfast listening to new surahs they are learning. Even when Sumayya was attendiing public school we could manage fajr+dhikr+dua+Qur’an before 8:30 am easily. If we were running out of time we would do shorter dhikr and dua and recite only short surahs. I think moms who send their children to public school but want to do more at home may want to establish this habit of early morning Qur’an session following fajr with child/children. The whole package lasts up to around 40 minutes with us.