Category Archives: Schedule

The Gift of Unhurried Days

It is 8 o’clock on a summer morning and only two children are awake! Our summer days have taken on a rhythm that allows the children to sleep and waken slowly, or to bounce from bed to pursue reading, or … Continue reading

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Summer Lessons: Combining Masterly Inactivity and Structure

Oh Summer! How we love your long, lazy days and lack of agenda and how we grieve over the quarrels and claims of “I’m booooored”. It is certainly true that idleness breeds mischief eventually and  while a holiday can refresh, … Continue reading

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Finding A Rhythm In A New Situation

In the midst of so much change and restriction it can be tempting to throw internal family structure to the four winds! After all, the children can’t go to their regular classes and activities, they aren’t getting the chance to … Continue reading

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And It Was Summer (or at least time for a summer schedule)

One of the things that I have learned about myself in eleven years of parenting, is that I am easily distracted and driven off on wild rabbit trails! Any time we have the opportunity to just let things go, I … Continue reading

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Free Time or Free For All?

  Free time is an enormous benefit if homeschooling. Play and creative endeavor help make children well rounded and are an important part of the “whole child” approach to education. By providing ample free time I am giving my children … Continue reading

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Rotations (or how to harness ADHD for housekeeping)

A few years ago someone casually mentioned to me that if they had to stick a “label” on me it would definitely be ADHD! I got to thinking about it and found that I am much more productive (and therefore … Continue reading

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The Last Week

End of August and time to finish all the projects that have gone unfinished! The painting of the downstairs is completed except for the bathroom and the little side entry alcove. Can’t decide what to do there so we’ll leave … Continue reading

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Kitchen Kids: A Little Prior Planning (and some work)

  The other day I asked Mouse to run several heads of cabbage through the food processor so we could have coleslaw with our sloppy joes at dinner. She was quite happy to do it, excited to learn how to … Continue reading

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Assigning Jobs In Rotation (How-To Use “The Things That Must Be Done!)

  Several years back I started color coding the children. ?At first this was a technique to make it easy for me to tell who had left their stuff out but it quickly became something that made it easier for … Continue reading

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The Things That Must Be Done!

  It doesn’t take much for these kinds of piles to occur and not disappear. In a medium sized house with seven people, messes are just a fact of life and getting the cleaning as well as the cleaning up … Continue reading

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