This post is sponsored by Danimals but the content and opinions expressed here are my own
It’s hard to believe that summer flew by and we are now focused on getting back into a homeschoolers routine. Luckily we get to go on many adventures as homeschoolers, our routine just gets to be a little more out of the box. One of the biggest things I didn’t want my kids to miss out on was having those little experiences like a packed lunchbox and even what it is like to go back to school shopping. They get to participate in co-op classes and even go on field trips with other homeschoolers so really they get those same experiences as other traditional school kids. Making sure my kids actually eat what is in their lunchbox is a whole other story.
They are pretty picky eaters who like to test the boundaries when it comes to balancing their meals. One of my favorite must-haves for my kids is Danimals Smoothies and Squeezables. I have made it a point to encourage them to skip any junk food and go for a nutritious option that tastes delicious.
Our Homeschool Routine
A moment for myself.
Truthfully I am not a morning person, but I make sure I wake up at least an hour before my kids start the day. This allows me to have real-time for myself. Shower, check my emails, have a cup of coffee with my husband, do the things I need while my house is still quiet.
Unless we have a lunch commitment, I make my kids lunch and pack it in their lunch boxes. Yes, even homeschoolers can have a packed lunch! This is a routine that keeps my kids from asking for snacks, wondering what we are having and it also saves me from spending more money out of the house. Since we are constantly on the go, we carve out lunch at a park, in the car on the way to run errands and even on one of our weekly field trips. Danimals Squeezables can pop right into the lunchbox frozen slowly thawing by lunch. The frozen Squeezables keep other foods cold along the way. My kids will happily tell me that Danimals are their sweet treat for lunch that is mess free. They love the taste of Danimals and will happily reach for a Smoothie or Squeezable to take on the go, in their lunchbox and even at home. I can easily find Danimals in my grocery store and they are a good source of calcium and Vitamin D.
Waking up the kids.
We start our day with breakfast. Sometimes my kids are up by 7:15 am, but some days they don’t eat until 8:50 am. This is because I refuse to set an alarm unless I have to. Meaning if we have a full day, a field trip that starts early, or I have important things to take care of.
During breakfast, I give them an update on what we have planned for the day. We try to get out of the house each day even if it means doing something related to homeschooling outdoors. This is when we discuss what I need to do, want to do, and how homeschooling will fit in. Having lunches packed means we can head out any time and don’t have to worry about spending money eating out for lunch.
We work through our school subjects in blocks. This means that we don’t necessarily start a subject at a certain time, rather we set a timer and once we start a subject we have 1 hour to work that subject. Whatever doesn’t get done is continued the next time we are on that subject. I like to start our day with a minimum of one block, especially if we have plans for the day. Once we are back home, we can continue working through our subject blocks. Some days it’s 2 blocks and some days it’s 4.
Try Danimals in your kid’s lunch box and see just why this nutritious food is such a hit in our household. Danimals are a good source of calcium and Vitamin D. You can find Danimals in national retailers, using the Store Locator on Danimals.com.