There Are Only 24 Hours in a Day

Last night, I attended a registration meeting for the co-op group we are part of. Half of the presentation was on the topic of scheduling, or more accurately, the danger of over-scheduling. I’ve never really been a schedule person. My mom was so rigid (from what I remember) with our lives as kids, that I balked against schedules once I became a SAHM.

That worked fine when we didn’t have anything important to do during the day, but now that we’re actively schooling 2 of the kids, a schedule is a necessary evil.

The presentation piqued my interest last night because it wasn’t about a rigid hour-by-hour schedule, but more of a fluid flow to the day. The idea behind it being that we each have 24 hours in the day, and we need to allocate our time sufficiently for each item we want to accomplish for the day.

So, for example, my 8-year-old needs 11 hours of sleep or rest time, spends about 3 hours eating meals, an hour doing chores and cleaning up her messes, about 3 hours on school work, and an hour of physical activity, leaving her about 5 hours of free time most days.

At this point, I’m happy with that. As she gets older and involved in more activities, this schedule will shift- less sleep, less free time, more time with school work. If I plug it all into a matrix, I’ll have an easier time seeing where the needed time can come from, or if there just isn’t any left! I like this idea, and I’ll definitely be posting more on it in the future. Stay tuned!

*This post is part of a challenge I accepted to write a 15-minute post every day for 30 days. Please excuse the lack of photos, editing, etc. ;)

Your turn: What does you scheduling system look like? Are you over scheduled or is your day a slow, comfortable pace? Any changes you feel you need to make? Let me know in the comments.

My Favorite Things About Homeschooling (for My Kids)

1. My kids are each other’s constant companions. Even when they’re fighting and bickering, they know they’re stuck with each other. A few minutes later when tempers are cooled, they’re best friends again. I hope that this means that when they’re older, they’ll remain close.

2. My kids get to bored. There is down time every day where they can do whatever they want. They get bored, but they find a remedy. They create, they pretend, they change the rules and start over. I hope this will help them grow into creative adults who think outside the box.

3. My kids see and experience how much work it is to run a household. They see me cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, planning lessons, gardening and shoveling snow. They help me do these things. I hope that this will make them able to take care of their own homes someday without the steep learning curve that I had.

4. My kids are learning to be healthy. We cook from scratch. We go for hikes. We get fresh air almost every day. We go to bed early and wake up when we’re not tired anymore. I hope that instilling these habits and making them a priority today will help them grow up to be healthy adults.

5. My kids are putting faith first. Our first lesson every day is our Bible lesson. We pray before meals and bed. We pray for forgiveness when we screw up. I hope this will help them grow into faithful adults who truly live their lives for Jesus.

*This post is part of a challenge I accepted to write a 15-minute post every day for 30 days. Please excuse the lack of editing, photos, etc. ;)

Homeschooling is a JOB, Self!

In yesterday’s quickie post, I wrote about how some people don’t understand that I have to treat homeschooling as a job. I need to prioritize my homeschooling time and protect my family’s homeschool schedule as best I can. Just because we’re at home doesn’t automatically mean we’re free.

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School Choice Week Event! Join us!!!

On Friday, January 30th, we will host a SCHOOL CHOICE EVENT!

Are you Common or Creative? Whether you are a parent in traditional school or home education its worth the time to understand choices!

7:00pm – Refreshments Served and Introductions
7:30pm – Begins the following presentations

  • Drop off and Cooperative Model details
  • A brief overview of MCCSG
  • A snap shot of Curricula options
  • Public school Part Day Program
  • HRK Sports opportunity
  • Library resources
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Boy Scouts
  • Online communities

9:00pm – Close

Raffle: $150.00 Gift Certificate for any MCCSG program

FREE: We have Excellent Books/Material from our Library available for those registering early email schoolchoiceand let us know how many in your party.

Location: 3735 West Elm Street in McHenry


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Homeschooling is a JOB, people!

I’m normally not one of those homeschooling moms who complains about how hard it is  to homeschool. I truly enjoy the time with my kids, I love learning with them, and I know this is the place for me at this stage in my life. A few years ago, I might not have agreed with you, but that’s a story from another time.

Despite this, I feel frustrated a lot of times that my SAHM-friends don’t get what I’m doing. They don’t realize that we can’t meet for playdates at the drop of a hat, or I don’t always have time to babysit while they run errands.

So, I’m going to spell it out, plain and simple (as much as a reminder to myself as to everyone out there):

Homeschooling is a JOB!

It’s not a 60-hours-a-week-with-a-3-hour-round-trip-commute job, but it’s not a walk in the park, either.  This job takes priority over playdates, grocery shopping, and friendly favors. It requires planning. It takes a certain amount of time each day. It is MY chosen profession at the moment, and I love it!

This post is part of a challenge I accepted to write a post in 15 minutes every day for 30 days, so please excuse the lack of editing, photos, etc. ;)

Your turn: Do you treat homeschooling as a job? Do you have another job that you do in addition to homeschooling? What are your frustrations with others not understanding? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments.