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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Organization here we come!!





A "typical" day in our homeschool life, huh? I have been trying to figure out what I want and need that to look like. Perhaps a good time to join the ladies at:
Heart of the Matter for A Day in the Life of Week.

I am not an organized person and I tend to color outside the lines. I also don't want to MISS anything! I have told you how much I love the Maxwell family's MOTH system.



I found thee most AMAZING planner!! The Well Planned Day


It includes Catechism questions and Scripture passages for memorization, tear out grocery lists, places to document each child's schedule and transcript info....everything I would have never thought to include and many I didn't realize I need but really do. There is also a planner available for high school and one for junior high. We may be moving on to those soon:)

Our oldest is heading into high school and I have been meaning to map out his 4 years. I have felt like my kids just aren't cooperating lately and I KNOW that a schedule will conquer this. But when do I find the time? I KNOW that I need to schedule every minute so that my littles aren't overlooked or underfoot...but where do I find the time??

I had a God sent opportunity this week. An amazing lady in my life has graduated her children but continues to be involved. She hosted a ladies retreat in her home. With spots for 5 people to each have their own room and snacks and drinks and lunch (and the wisdom of an organized Titus 2 woman;) I did not bring my camera:( I wish I could show you the cool paper plates and matching napkins that even matched her cute outfit, and I wished I had taken pictures of her wall arrangements and had a chance to read through their family's amazing library.

Do you see the distractions I find? hence the much needed day away and set aside. SOOO, on my husband's day off, I ran off and left him with an unorganized home and uncooperative children and spent the day praying over and pouring over our schedule. I printed out chore sheets from DonnaYoung.com and brought my handy planner and MOTH sheets.

I have started this process over and over each year but never fully completed our schedule because I didn't have a block of time or the right surrounding. I'm hesitant to show you because I haven't worked the kinks out and don't want you to think I'm neglecting anyone or anything. Those things will come in time-right?


**I should probably add that two of our children are involved in an Art/Science/Bible Co-o on Fridays, our boys are active in Boy Scouts and our daughter in a Keepers at Home Group, our schedule does include a bedtime routine and family worship, I need longer paper:)

I made copies for each of my older kids to go over and will look at the chore charts with them soon. We don't start school until after Labor Day (I'm old fashioned like that--AND we still have two more birthday celebrations in our home)

I'm pondering a prettier way to display the MOTH schedule than the color coded chart. silly I know but have any ideas?


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10 comments:

Kathy said...

is this a bad sign? how do I flip my schedule over?

Samantha said...

I used to be the Queen of clean and organized. Then I pulled 3 kids out of public school and jumped into homeschooling (with one to teach Kindergarten and 2 smaller ones!)I need to take that day away and do the same. I keep seeing MOTH, but am not sure if it is worth the expense. I know how to organize, I just don't have time!?
Thanks for visiting, I enjoy seeing everyone's day as well! Have a great year!

Mommy K said...

You can organized your MOTH schedule in a spreadsheet on your computer, too. It does take time, but it's well worth it to just be able to go into a document, make a few changes and print it out again. Also, if you find MOTH is frustrating you more than helping, drop it. I tried MOTH because my personality leans toward such structure, but it just didn't work with littles ones around here. So, don't kill yourself.

As far as when I typed up my post, those few minutes before lunch and then while dinner was cooking I got started. The rest I do in the evenings. =) And as far as planning things, I take a weekend day/night every 3 weeks to plan my homeschool for the next three weeks. We can take books out of our library for 21 days at at time, so that's a perfect amount of time to plan. That same day I get my book lists from online and go get my books at the library and sit down and write out my plans. It take much of the day between kids stuff, family meals and such, but it's what I have to do. Good luck this year!

Joy said...

I need to take a day and do the same thing. We will begin after Labor Day also and that time is quickly approaching! Stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

crisc23 said...

Stopping by from the hop to say hello =)

Amy said...

Stopping by to say "Hi" from the Hip Homeschool Hop!
Have a wonderful day!

Meghan said...

Thanks for joining in the Hip Homeschool Mom's Hop! You have such a great blog!

meghan
www.thetuckerstaketennessee.com
www.facebook.com/hiphomeschoolmoms

Sue said...

I just got The Well Planned Day in the mail and can't wait to start using it! It's just so pretty, that I almost hate to write in it.

Thank you so much for joining the Hip Homeschool Hop today.

Blessings,
Sue
The Homeschool Chick

Robin said...

HA! I knew I loved your blog the second I saw the schedule upside down.... that is SO me! LOL.... Have a great school year! Following your newest adventures from the Hop.

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