Lovely books are coming to our house almost daily. I finally ordered a new calendar for this year. Fr. Andrew and I have used these for several years and love them. I didn't order one last year because I was going to try going digital, but it totally destroyed my calendaring abilities! I entered things in there and then because I am apparently rather visual, it was like they were just gone! I'd completely forget they existed. I even tried printing paper calendars from iCal to hang on the wall, but then I was entering info in two places again. So, paper it is!
I looked at the Ambleside curriculum I'm planning to follow, and to use their week-by-week schedule and be able to take off the weeks where I know school just won't happen (and to avoid having to go too long into next Summer), we actually need to start next week!
So, this week, we need to get the school room cleaned up, for one. We've been starting to get back into a semblance of a morning routine, and I'd like to continue adding things to that this week, maybe even Math. (A wise, veteran homeschooling Mom friend of mine once told me not to start everything all at once, but rather to stagger. Genius!)
I'm a bit worried about how I am possibly going to stick to a school schedule and still get all the household things done. I'm not good at doing little bits of everything all day long... I do better with big chunks of time. If I plan to school in the mornings and then assign a household chore to the afternoons, it looks something like this:
- AM: School
- PM: Housecleaning and Quick Laundry
- AM: School
- PM: Desk (bills and budget, planning, menu, bulletin... this is way too much for one afternoon)
- AM: School (somewhat shortened?)
- PM: Groceries (This is not an ideal time. Don't all the sales start on Thursday?)
- AM: School
- PM: Baking and other cooking projects (stock, etc.... I wish I could confine this to one day, and one consistent day. Maybe my kitchen would be less likely to explode that way.)
- AM: Homeschool Co-op
- PM: Laundry and Quick Clean
I haven't had a housekeeping plan for so long on purpose, and I hope I'm not going down the same route again by trying to make one. But I do feel like certain things are being missed. I think I also need some detailed checklists for the tasks that I'm planning to do so that I don't have to stand around scratching my head and reinventing the wheel each week. But that can wait until I've had a few weeks to practice.
This may be another post where all you veteran homeschooling Moms are guffawing into your elbows, so bare with me. And come back and comfort me in a few months when I am doing None of the Above.