August 22, 2006

Seven Habits of Highly Effective New School Years

Maureen at Trinity Prep School has invited me to contribute a post about the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective New School Years." Here are my 7:

1. Pray. Most of us probably already have our curriculum for the year, but we can't forget to pray for our children individually and for continued direction throughout the year. Don’t neglect your personal time with the Lord.

2. Prepare. Scheduling doesn't have to be rigid, but it is definitely important to have some goals in place as a guide. Daily or weekly goals help me stay on track better than far-reaching monthly or annual goals, although those are also important.

3. Progress. Don't become discouraged if you don't accomplish as much as you would like to in the first few weeks back to formal academics. Leave some time in your schedule for easing back into all of your subjects. Reevaluate periodically to assess your progress.

4. Patience. Whether you pray for it or not, you need it to homeschool! (BTW, this is not exactly my area of expertise.) I'll say no more...it is self-explanatory.

5. Permit...real life interruptions (this doesn't mean the phone). Don't be so rigid that you are inflexible! Life happens, and life can be a great learning opportunity for your children.

6. Play...with your children. Don't get so stressed out with academics, chores, or whatever, that you forget to enjoy your children. P.S. I'm not very good at this, but I'm working on it and I realize the importance of it!

7. Plan...outside activities wisely! Pray and discuss with your spouse (if applicable) what you can feasibly afford and make time for, and then stick with it.

August 4, 2006

Weekly Chores

This post will cover most of our weekly chores.  The day for this is currently Thursday, but that might change.  The chore lists are still works in progress.  I will be editing the chore posts and bumping them to the top as we progress.  For now, you can see my Scheduling Chores post for an explanation of how I implement our chore schedule.  I will give an updated explanation of this once I get all of the actual chores up.  Also look for my evaluations on our progress.



Weekly Chores

Bathrooms (9dd & 7dd)




  • dust top of cabinets and curtain rods

  • wash counter and sinks

  • wash outside of toilets and scrub inside

  • scrub tub

  • wash light switch covers and door handles

  • wash windows and mirrors (with mom's help)

  • shake out rugs

  • empty garbage

  • vacuum floors

  • mop floors

  • put away cleaning products

  • put everything back in bathrooms (don't forget the rugs)


Family Room (12ds)



  • straighten up (everything in its place)

  • dust with cloth (top to bottom)

  • vacuum floor, including underneath chairs and behind small bookshelf by door-wall

  • wash door-wall windows

  • wash dog beds

  • mop


Library/Hallway (10ds)



  • straighten up (everything in its place)

  • dust with cloth (top to bottom)

  • vacuum floor, moving light furniture and vacuuming underneath

  • wash front door window

  • wash light switch cover and door handle

  • shake mat (rug) outside


Bedrooms (All)



  • make beds

  • throw dirty clothes down chute

  • put clean clothes away

  • straighten up (everything in its place)

  • sweep or vacuum floor

  • wash doorknobs and light switch covers



Kitchen (Mom)



  • straighten counter (everything in its place)

  • wipe counter

  • scrub sink

  • wash window

  • wipe down inside refrigerator

  • feather dust fan

  • dust shelves

  • vacuum floor

  • mop floor







Daily Chores

This post will cover most of our daily chores.  It is still a work in progress.  I will be editing the chore posts and bumping them to the top as we progress.  For now, you can see my Scheduling Chores post for an explanation of how I implement our chore schedule.  I will give an updated explanation of this once I get all of the actual chores up.  Also look for my evaluations on our progress.




Daily Chores

Bathrooms (9dd & 7dd)




  • wipe down counter, sinks, toilets in both bathrooms

  • swiff full bathroom and sweep half bathroom

  • empty garbage in both bathrooms


Family Room (12ds)



  • straighten up (everything in its place)

  • feather dust (top to bottom)

  • vacuum M, Th, S; sweep T, W, F

  • damp mop


Library/Hallway (10ds)



  • straighten up (everything in its place)

  • feather dust (top to bottom)

  • vacuum M, Th, S; swiff T, W, F


Bedrooms (All)



  • make beds

  • throw dirty clothes down chute

  • put clean clothes away

  • straighten up (everything in its place)



Kitchen (Mom)



  • straighten counter (everything in its place)

  • wipe counter

  • scrub sink

  • wipe one cupboard door & drawer

  • vacuum M, Th, S; sweep T, W, F

  • damp mop





Mealtimes


Before Meals


After Meals (work as a team)




  • scrape plates, put dishes in sink (all)

  • wipe table and chairs (10ds)

  • sweep floor (12ds)

  • put leftover food away (10ds)

  • wash table dishes (9dd)

  • wash pans after other dishes are done (12ds)

  • dry and put away dishes (7dd)

  • wipe kitchen counter (9dd)

  • wipe down stove (12ds)

  • take out garbage (10ds)

  • put dirty towels/dishcloths in laundry (7dd)