Homeschool Planning

One of the many great things about homeschooling is that you can structure you school year in the way that best suits your family.  What we have chosen to do as a family is to begin our new school year with the new year.

January 7 will begin our 7th year of homeschooling.  It is impossible to believe that we have been schooling our children at home for 7 years.

This coming year I will officially have 5 children in school.

One of my academic goals is to do better at documenting what we do.  I have tried fancy software and printed planners and none seemed to meet our needs exactly or were just too time consuming to keep up with.

For 2013 I hope I have come up with a solution that will work for us.  My goal is two fold:  document the work we have done and create more independence in my older students.

Here is what I have for our kiddos so far:

Samuel–Year 7Samuel Samuel’s Year 7 Weekly Lesson Plans

Isaac–Year 5

Isaac Isaac’s 2013 Year 5 Weekly Lesson Plans

Olivya Faith–Year 1Olivya FaithOlivya 2013 Year 1 Weekly Lesson Plan

Alexis Grace–Year 0Alexis GraceAlexis 2013 Year 0 Weekly Lesson Plan

Paul and MalachiThis planner will come tomorrow with hopefully word documents of all planners.  I made the planners in publisher and I am having trouble loading them in an editable format

The whole tribe–just because they are so cute;)
The whole Tribe

Day 2–Beautiful Life Management 28 Day Challenge

 

Today was a day of interruptions.  I don’t handle those very well–interruptions that is.  I always joke with my husband that my life looks perfect on paper and then life happens.

It all started last night when I stayed up late helping with a project.  To my frustration my alarm rang this morning and it read 6 am instead of 5 am.  I must have been hitting snooze for the last hour.  I snuck in a hurried Bible reading and rushed to get ready for the day before the kids were up.  I was not able to get a hold of my thoughts until nap time.  That is when I saw the error of my wrong thinking and attitude.  Instead of realizing that I had started my day interrupted and I simply need to make adjustments accordingly I was just frustrated that everything was not working out as I had planned.  Sigh…  In the end I was able to ask for forgiveness of God and my family for my frustrated attitude.  As I get ready for bed I see that I was able to get most things done.  I got my workout in later in the day (and the kids joined in which was fun), wiped the bathroom as I washed my face and brushed my teeth for bed and my kitchen sink is empty and wiped clean.  Although I did not get to the big pile of “to file” in my office, I did clear all paper clutter throughout the house–kitchen, front door, computer desk and school done box.

What I learned today and what I am thankful for today is interruptions.  It was a good, hard lesson I learned today.  I would love for my life to be neat and orderly with everyone falling into line with everything I have scheduled and planned.  But God gave me a minister husband with an unpredictable schedule, and 6 children–I don’t need to say more;)  The thing about interruptions is not the interruption itself but how I handle the interruption–rejoice in my interruptions.  So I will continue to pray and ask for grace to handle each interruption with patience and love, always looking for God’s will.  This was my strength today: Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  Isaiah 41:9-11
Click here Dodge Family Routine for Tuesday to see what I hoped my day would look like.  We did make a valiant effort to get as close to the schedule as possible.

Beautiful Life Management 28 Day Challenge

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a wonderful company GraceWorks.  They sell beautiful planners specifically geared towards the wife, mother and teacher.  Two amazing resources Tricia offers for free is the Planning to be a Blessing booklet and the Beautiful Life Management 28 Day Challenge.

Beautiful Life Management

I have taken Tricia on for the 28 day challenge.  Today is day one.  It was a very good day.  In part from planning ahead but also from the encouragement that Tricia offers.  And to keep you accountable she has you email her everyday, she offers encouragement and tallies your points.  There are prizes at the end.  Prizes even motivate adultWinking smile

The thing that kept us all going today was my Dodge Family Routine for Monday.  I just recently added a wide format printer to my office and just love that I can print an 11 x 17 page.  All day the kids kept referring to the poster for what was next and the little ones kept asking anyone that could read to tell them what was next.  It was a great motivator and a visual reminder of what was next.  The schedule also flowed well for us because I even figured in free time and down time.

All in all it was a very good day and I am excited to see what will happen in my home in the next 28 days.

Hospitality

I love to entertain, and if you were to happen to stop by my house unannounce (which happens more often then you think) you would be welcomed with open arms and open home.  But I actually struggle with hospitality.  This is a terrible thing to admit as the wife of a pastor.   Hospitality does not come naturally to me and often it is not included in my planning and scheduling.

I have recently posted about a new planner I have been using, Keepers at Home Organizer.  How excited I was to discover that the Keepers at Home Organizer has a tab dedicated to hospitality.  It has you focus on several goals:

  1. My Service as an Individual: Young mothers I could be an older woman to, Older women from which to learn, new friends and old friends
  2. Our Service as a family: families in our church who need encouragement, new members of our church, newlyweds, young friends that my children could reach out to.
  3. Extended family
  4. those sick and bereaved
  5. Widows in need
  6. The elderly
  7. and group events my family can organize to encourage Christian fellowship.

There are places to keep track of letter writing and the actual planning of an event and so much more.  Keepers at Home Organizer {I am not an affiliate of Keeper of the Home Organizer, I am just that excited about this planner and want to share its wonderful qualities.}

It is so easy for anyone to get busy with the everyday needs of your family that you forget to look outside of your own family.  I plan to be more intentional in hospitality.  This also goes hand in hand with our new preschool curriculum. {I am an affiliate of Heavenly Homes products and do receive some commissions when your order products through my link.}

What kinds of things do you do to show hospitality?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Keepers at Home Organizer Review

As my friends know I am an organizer junky.  NO! my house is not super organized and spotless.  I have, after all, 6 children and I do, educated them at home.  But I want to my house to feel like home.  (I hope to soon post about my quest for organization)  So I am always striving to find organizers/planner/schedulers that will aid me in keeping it all together.

A friend just passed on a planner that I am very excited about, Keepers at Home Organizer.  I have been to the website (you can go there by clicking the image above or here Keepers at Home Organizer) but never really got a sense for how the planner was put together.  Once I got one in my hands I now see the value of this planner.  Check it out for yourself, Keepers at Home Organizer.