#2 Routine is important to your children.
As much as we all embrace the flexibility and spontaneity of homeschooling our kids thrive on routines. They like to know what to expect in the morning, what to look forward to tomorrow. Routines are also memory building markers in children's lives.
We routinely start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a song. My younger children participate in "circle time". It is no more than a period of time when we sing songs, play games, and read books. But just the term "circle time" is a memorable routine in our house.
Most mornings include math and language drills. I refer to them as daily "vitamins" but they are just part of our routine. Our kids spend time almost everyday with "Mavis Beacon" working on their typing skills. I read to them at lunch. They practice the piano daily. None of this is earth shaking but all of it is part of the building blocks of my children's day. It's their routine and memories are made in this routine.
As our children get a little older they understand their schedules. They know what subjects the school year will include and how we will approach them. They fit in their piano practice and they may even work in a game of golf. But it all revolves around a pattern, a structure, a routine that works for them.
Routines are part of the structure of your kids lives. I think routines provide a solid environment where our younger kids feel comfortable and safe and our older kids can learn to manage their time and be productive.
Should we be flexible as we homeschool our kids? Absolutely. But flexibility in our homeschool schedules is a result of a somewhat ordered life. I think routines are what keep our homeschool schedules sane so that we can be flexible and spontaneous. Then we will have time to stop and smell the flowers, go on an outing, seek an adventure, or just play a game.