~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

It’s that time of year and school is starting.  YAY!  I thought I’d put together a list of ideas to help with scheduling.

As homeschooling moms, we have to be a homemaker AND teacher.  Some moms may even work in or outside the home, also.

Our lives are full which is why having a schedule is a must for creating order and peace.

Every family’s routine will look different but we have the freedom to customize our calendar according to our own needs and desires.

Here are some ideas to take the guess work out of creating a schedule.


~  Have homeschooling goals for the year mapped out

If not for the year, do it for the semester or even the month.  I like to have my subjects, classes, books, and workbooks written out for the semester/year and I make lists so I can check off their assignments each day on my clip board.  

Some people have a calendar for their schoolwork or they use a curriculum package that does it all for them. It’s all good!  Do what works for you. 

~  ANOTHER THING ~

I figure out when I want to finish a class or book and divide it among the days I have scheduled for that particular subject etc.  While there is always flexibility to adjust, it helps to organize and plan ahead.

~ How many hours a day & how many days a week

Take into consideration the homeschool requirements of your state, work schedules, baby and toddler needs, how old your children are etc.  Figure out what works for you and block out sections of your day that are dedicated to doing school only ~ AND STICK WITH IT!

 ~ Schedule a free day once a week or once a month

Every Friday, we have a lighter load for school work.  This is the time when we go to the library or the park and have more of a relaxing school schedule.  This is also the one day when they do all their work independently without my help.

If there is a subject we do one-on-one or as a family, we take a break on Friday and they only work on the things they can do on their own.

Our high schoolers will pick and choose what school they do on Fridays.  This is what we do ~ but your free day can look anyway you want.

~ Start first thing in the morning

I always like to tackle school first and early.  Everyone is more awake and alert and we always get more momentum.

We get up, get dressed, eat breakfast first thing as if we’re headed out the door.  We do all of this before we start school.

Two days a week we have devotions as a family first after breakfast.

Then I start with the youngest while the older ones do their independent work and then I work with the other two.  Our youngest is already 7 so my homeschooling with a baby or toddler days are over.  But when I had a baby or toddler, I had more to consider.

Usually, the younger they are, the less time it takes to help them with school.  The older they are, the more school they have but they also do more work independently.

~ Independent work

All of our children do independent work no matter how old they are.  This is pretty self explanatory.  I give assignments tailored to their needs and personality that they work on by themselves.  The older they are, the more they do on their own.

~ Keep it interesting

Change things up so that it doesn’t get boring.  Have them explore things that interest them and learn about it.  One of our children loved coding and learned to make video games and videos.

~ Be flexible

Sometimes I change our schedule or our curriculum to fit the needs of our family.  If there is a struggle with a subject, the pace is too fast or too slow, or a need comes up whether it’s educational or something else, I make adjustments.  This is pretty obvious but sometimes the temptation to be rigid is strong especially if you’re on a roll.  Be flexible.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.

 The LORD says ~ “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8

Having year-round school based on my husband’s work schedule has worked for us for over 18 years.  We have 3 long heavy days with a lot of instruction, a half day, and then of course, as I mentioned before, our “Free Day Friday.”

And naturally, we have breaks and vacations periodically throughout the year, as well.

Our high schoolers have their own schedule and do most of their work independently.  My main role with our older children is lesson planning, grading, record keeping and accountability.  I still do some one-on-one for math or explaining assignments but for the most part, our teens establish their own routine.


I have a lot of homeschooling ideas in my blogs ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 1) and (Part 2)

Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2) is filled with A LOT of fun activities and school ideas that will promote fun and successful learning for years to come.


~  Have homeschooling goals for the year mapped out
~ Figure out how many hours a day & how many days a week you want to work on school work
 ~ Schedule a free day once a week or once a month
~ Start first thing in the morning
~ Schedule independent work no matter their age
~ Keep it interesting
~ Be flexible

Writing out your goals, wants, wishes, ideas, classes, and schedule, is so beneficial and helps with lesson plans and record keeping.

~ BY THE WAY~

Your lesson plans and record keeping can be one and the same.  Then you’re killing two birds with one stone.

If you are new to homeschooling and you’re feeling overwhelmed, start slow and small.  Do a couple things at first and then increase the workload.

DON’T FORGET: I have a lot of homeschooling ideas on my blog ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2).  CHECK IT OUT!


Let me know what your homeschool schedule looks like.  Do you have any ideas or tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you.

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3 Ways People Play The Blame Game

~I lift my eyes to the mountains~

We’ve all heard about the blame game.  Someone has to be responsible and accept blame.  Someone has to be at fault and be held accountable.  When no one is at fault, it makes us feel like there has been an injustice or imbalance.

Sometimes people get blamed for something that isn’t their fault and sometimes if someone is at fault they refuse to accept responsibility.  We see this in children, in adults, in families, and in the government ~ HA!

Here are 3 common ways the blame game is played:

1.  BLAMING OTHERS

It’s a natural human response to blame others when we make a mistake or something happens to us.  I’m guilty of this.  If something doesn’t go my way, I have this need to blame someone.  If there is no one to blame or it’s my own fault, it makes me feel worse.  It’s OK to take a deep breath and let it go without casting blame.  We can learn to stop blaming others.

Sometimes if it truly is someone else’s fault, it’s best to figure out a solution to fix the problem rather than focus on who to blame.

What happens when other people continue to blame you for things that are not your fault?

~ Check to see if maybe you ARE at fault.  Who knows?  Maybe they’re right.

~ Talk to the person share how you feel ~ especially if there is a habit of casting blame on you.

~ Don’t take it personally.  If they have a problem ~ it’s their problem.

~ Do nothing.  Sometimes there is not much to do except either focus on the solution or on letting it go.

~Where does my help come from~


2.  BLAMING OURSELVES

Just like it’s unhealthy to blame others all the time, it’s also unhealthy to blame ourselves when we are not at fault.

I was sexually abused from age 6 to age 10.  At ten, I stopped the abuse myself and it ended up destroying my family.  The abuse was a symptom of a broken family and the pain extended farther than I could even know.  But that didn’t stop me from blaming myself!  

We will blame ourselves for other people’s bad choices, for tragedy, loss and for abuse.  We will blame ourselves for things far out of our control.  This brings guilt and shame into our hearts that doesn’t need to be there.  It can hurt us emotionally, physically and spiritually.  It can cause anxiety and stress which can cause physical pain.

It’s essential to recognize self-blame and deal with it.  Bring it before the Lord and get rid of it.

Even if something is our fault and we wish we could change the past, it still needs to be dealt with.

If we are to blame, it’s crucial to forgive ourselves (and/or seek forgiveness), let it go, and move forward without guilt.

The blame game isn’t healthy, whether we’re in the habit of blaming others or ourselves.

~My help comes from the LORD~

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

 


3.  BLAMING GOD

I’m guilty of blaming others and blaming myself but I have never blamed God.  I’m not saying this to brag ~ it’s the truth.

I hear people all the time blame God for all kinds of things.  I hear people use this as a reason to not believe in Him or to stop trusting and loving Him.

It’s heartbreaking when good people die young, children suffer, poverty wreaks havoc and destroys families, natural disasters take lives, evil people succeed, and hate prevails.  It seems like good people suffer the most while the wicked thrive.

I’ve seen people go through unthinkable hardships and I can’t even imagine their struggle.

Why is this?  Is it God’s fault?

N E V E R !

If we want to place blame somewhere we can blame sin.  Sin is the reason why the world is falling apart.  God didn’t cause sin or make it ~ He conquered it!

But thank God!  He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:57

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.  (Genesis 1:31)  Everything God created was VERY GOOD!  Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.  Sin is rebellion against God. 

God casts judgment on the wicked but in no way is He the reason for evil.

God is holy, righteous, He keeps His promise, He is perfect, He knows everything, He is just, His understanding is impossible to comprehend.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20 

It takes faith and trust in God to let go of the pain and bitterness.

No matter what happens ~ it’s necessary to let go of the pride and sin of trying to push our will over His.  God is in control and He knows what He is doing.

He saved us.  He loves us.  He is awesome. He is not to blame for sin.  We should never blame God for anything but trust Him with everything.

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.  Isaiah 40:28

~The maker of heaven and earth~  Psalm 121:1-2


Keeping our focus on the Lord and His truth will help prevent playing the blame game.  Although it’s easy to get into this habit, a little bit of effort can help break the cycle.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. Let me know what you think and please share what God is doing in your life.  I’d love to hear from you.

Love always and blessings~ Jaimee 

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WAKE UP!! 5 Ways to Make a Difference!

I’m concerned about the direction our world is headed.  The more I think about it the more I sound like the “old” people did when I was a kid.

In the 1980s and 1990s, I heard and read about terrible decisions our society will make in the near future and I was shocked.  Partial birth abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide, and legalized marijuana ~ just to name a few.  I also heard that Christians will turn their backs on God and churches will lose their warmth and zeal for Christ.  Bible believing churches will lose their first Love and just go through the motions.

I thought that it was impossible for such a rapid moral decline.  Maybe in 200 years but not in the next 25.  I couldn’t see it.  I didn’t want to believe it.

Now, I’m seeing these things and worse play out right before my eyes and it’s scary!  Now is not the time to be idle.

It’s time to WAKE UP and make a difference!  Here are 5 reminders on how we can impact our world for Christ:


1.  STAY STRONG

No matter what people say or do or what the news says or how bad things may seem…STAY STRONG IN THE LORD.  Stand firm in your faith.

There is nothing new to God.  He knew how everything would go before He made the world.  The bible tells us how it will end.  The battle has been fought and God has already won.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave.  He conquered death for us all and we can seek refuge in Him.  He saved us!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.  Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  Psalm 46:1-3


2.  TRUST GOD

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.  Psalm 3:5-6


Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You!  Psalm 9:10

We can always trust in the Lord.  We have God’s Word, we have the power of prayer, and we have the Holy Spirit living in us.

 


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23


3.  LOVE ~ LOVE ~ LOVE

The world is so busy making sure that no one steps on their toes or calls them out for their poor decisions that they do not know love.

Love is the one thing we can offer that the world doesn’t have.  By loving our children, our husbands, and our community, we are doing something that the world will notice.  They will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:35)  Love comes from God.  (1 John 4:19)

We are to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, bless those who curse us, turn the other cheek, and speak well of those who hate us.

There is ~ however ~ a difference between dealing with our enemies graciously and deliberately placing ourselves around people who are sabotaging our life.  We are not called to place our family in terrible situations regularly so we can bless our enemies.  Sometimes love means letting go.

Every situation is different.  The Lord will guide you and give you strength.


4.  SHARE CHRIST

We need to seek opportunities to share Christ with others.  When we were first married, we went through missionary training with New Tribes Mission (Ethnos360).  Their missionaries went to remote tribes who didn’t have the bible in their language nor did they have even one church.  They didn’t have an opportunity to learn about God if they wanted to.  There was ZERO chance for them to hear about Christ.

America has several translations of the bible, several hundred thousand churches, plenty of christian books, free bible on the internet, and bloggers who are sharing the gospel in online blogs.

The U.S. isn’t “unreached” but the U.S. IS LOST!  We need to actively share the gospel anytime the occasion arises.  We need to pray for opportunities and pray for boldness.  SHARE CHRIST!  The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  (Luke 10:2)

“The U.S. isn’t unreached but the U.S. IS LOST!


5.  TEACH OUR CHILDREN

What a pleasure to have children who are wise. Proverbs 23:24

I’ve said this before:  We need to teach our children (and grandchildren) the value of seeking God.  We need to teach them to be bold, to be strong, and to share their faith.

We need to teach them about God, the Bible, the gospel, the power of prayer, about love, and about walking in the Spirit.

Check out my new YouTube Video that talks about this very thing.  It’s geared toward building a relationship with teens but the tips are good reminders for us all whether we have teens or not.   


I know there is so much more I could say but these are simple reminders to get us moving ~ me included!

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Thanks for reading!

Love and Blessings!


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