Getting Organized Week 3 Day 2

Establishing habits takes time. One of my goals with this summer series was to help you establish habits before you start your school year gets rolling in the fall. By breaking down your school planning, you are not going to burn out the week before you start school with organizing and planning. If you are looking for a great program to use for planning and tracking your school year, please take a look at Homeschool Manager. My friend, Elizabeth Bennett is one of the owners. She understands the needs of a homeschool mom. She grew up going to homeschool conventions across the country, and she is now a homeschool mom.

 

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Tuesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

 

Home:

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe the bathroom.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Purge paper for 2 minutes.
  • Start a new menu plan and grocery list. (You are going grocery shopping on Wednesday.)

 

School: Purge your craft supplies and start a list of craft supplies you will need for the new school year.

 

Family Fun: Plan a fun water activity at home or go somewhere.

 

Remember that rewarding your children for completing tasks is a big part of motivating to learn things around the house. Everyone in the house should have a habit of cleaning up behind themselves throughout the day.

 

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Getting Organized Week 3 Day 1

Welcome to the third week in this series. If you are just getting started, just jump in with us. You can read the previous weeks, but it is not necessary. I want to help you build small, attainable routines into your day. I don’t want you to get overwhelmed and burn out.

 

Monday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment.

 

Home:

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe the bathroom.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.
  • Pick one stack of paper and purge for 2 minutes.

 

School: Go to your children’s rooms and purge their bookshelves. Start a new box of books to donate.

 

Family Fun:      Go on a nature walk and take a blank drawing journal for each of you, pencils, and colored pencils. Plan on spending 45 minutes to an hour outside observing nature and drawing what you see. This activity is fun for all ages from preschoolers to adults.

*** An alternate plan would be to go back to the library to get new books.

 

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Getting Organized This Summer – Week 2 Day 5

Here’s a picture of my school cabinet at the beginning of the school year. I will post a current one as soon as I have it ready for the new year.

 

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Friday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

 

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Home:

  • Make your bed when you get up.
  • Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes.
  • Swish and swipe.
  • Fill your water bottle.
  • Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Fire Drill.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Pamper yourself for 15 minutes.

School: Set up student planners. I recommend www.HomeschoolManager.com. You can also use a blank composition book for each child and start a rough plan in it.

Family Fun:         Go to your local science center and explore what they have.

 

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Getting Organized Week 2 – Day 3

How are you doing on your morning routine? I have done mine for so long that it is just automatic. I don’t think about it. I just do it. I make my bed as I get up and walk to the bathroom. I am usually not even coherent at the time. But it is nice when I walk back in the bedroom and see my bed made. I smile even bigger when I get to the kitchen, and my sink is shiny and my coffee is ready to drink. That Before Bed Routine pays off, too. So, if you have not started your routines, yet, start today.

 

 

 

Wednesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home:  Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Swish and swipe your bathroom. Fill up your water bottle. Declutter a hot spot for 2 minutes.

You are going to grocery shop this afternoon and do something fun while you are out. Pack a cooler and ice for the groceries. Pack water bottles for you and the kids.

School: Start researching prices for the books you need to order.

Family Fun:         Pick a fun activity that you can do before you go grocery shopping. Make sure you give the kids a snack and have water for them to drink while you are out. Hungry, thirsty kids are not happy shoppers in the grocery store. If you want to take a walk in the park, take along your nature journals.

 

 

Remember to drink your water today. When you get busy and run errands, it’s easy to forget to keep drinking your water.

 

The most important routine of the day is your Before Bed Routine. It will set the tone for your whole morning.

 

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Getting Organized this Summer – Week 2 Day 4

How are you doing with your routines?

Have you started menu planning weekly? My weekly menu plan reduces my stress each day, and it saves me money. I don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner when I have a menu plan and have done my weekly grocery shopping. Next week, let’s have a crock pot day and share recipes.

 

Thursday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home:  Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Swish and swipe. Fill up your water bottle. Have a 2 minute Hot Spot Declutter Fire Drill. Start a load of laundry.

These are small steps to help you with your home organization this summer. I don’t want you to get overwhelmed.

 

 

School: Set up your school dates for the 2015-16 school year. Start placing orders for your new books. Reboot your laundry.

 

Family Fun:         Before you go on your fun activity today, make sure you fold or hang your load of laundry and put it away.

Go swimming or wading in a creek. Find a water activity and have fun.

 

 

 

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Getting Organized Week 2 – Day 2

 

Tuesday: – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home: Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Swish and swipe your bathroom. Shine your sink. Fill up your water bottle. Start a menu plan for the week. Make your grocery list for Wednesday.

School: Set up new files for the new school year. Finish your list of books needed for the new year.

        Family fun:          Have outdoor water play or go swimming.

 

We are still working on implementing an afternoon routine. This will help you stay on track.

 

 

 

The most important routine of your day is your Before Bed Routine. This helps you get your morning off to a great start.

 

 

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Getting Organized – Week 2 Day 1

Welcome to week 2 of Getting Organized and Having Fun this summer! Are you making progress? Remember that small steps will get you to your goal. This week we are going to add in the Afternoon Routine, since you practiced the Morning and Before Bed Routines last week. I think you are ready to do all three routines each day.

 

Monday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home: Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Shine your sink. Fill up your water bottle. Swish and swipe your bathroom.

 

School: Make sure you have completed all of last year’s paperwork requirements for your state and filed as appropriate.

(New homeschoolers, read and research about unit studies.)

 

 

Family Fun:  Go back to the library and return last week’s books. Turn in any paperwork for the Summer Reading Program. Go by the park or take a walk.

 

After dinner, start your Before Bed Routine.

 

If you are enjoying these changes to your daily routine, you can also join The FlyLady’s email list. Just visit her site at www.FlyLady.net.

 

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PS. Don’t forget you can order my book on Amazon…

 

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Getting Organized Recap for Week 1

Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying a day of fun with your family. Saturdays are our fun day because we have worked on our routines throughout the week.

 

Week 1 – June 1-5

 

Monday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home: Empty your sink and make it shiny. Load dishwasher or put away clean dishes

School:  Start purging this year’s papers and books

(If this is your first year, start reading about curriculum options. DON’T buy anything just yet.)

Family Fun:  Go to the Library and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Let your kids pick the books that interest them to read.

 

Tuesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home:  Make your bed when you get up. Shine your sink.

School: Pull books from your bookshelf that you no longer need. Put them in a box to give away. Put the box in the car.

(If this is your first year, read about Charlotte Mason and nature journaling.)

Family Fun:  Play some water games outside with your children.

 

Wednesday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home:  Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed down to lace up shoes. Shine your sink.

School: Go back to this year’s school books and finish purging what you do not need. File papers that you have to keep

according to state law.

(If this is your first year, research your state laws and start a permanent school file.)

Family Fun: Get out your bikes and go for a ride. If you don’t have bikes, go for a nature walk.

 

Thursday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home: Make your bed when you get up. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Shine your sink. Fill your water bottle.

School: Go back to your bookshelves and put them in the order you want them in. Put the ones you do not need any

more in a box to giveaway. Put the box in your car. You might have two boxes now. That’s ok. You are going to purge

one more day, and then you will donate what you have collected in your car. Do not leave the box in your house.

Family fun:  Take a nature walk with your children. Talk about the things you see along the way.

Next week your children are going to start a nature journal.

 

Friday – Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School assignment

Home: Make your bed. Brush your teeth and get dressed to the shoes. Shine your sink. Fill your water bottle. Be thinking

about how you want to get moving today. There will ideas in the Family Fun section.

School: Since you have purged your school books for the year and worked on purging your bookshelves, today you are

going to start making a list of curriculum that you need to buy for the new school year. This is just a rough list. Next week,

you will start looking at prices.

 

Family Fun: It’s Friday! Time to take your donation books somewhere to drop them off. I like to donate used school books

to the Boys and Girls Club or anywhere that they do tutoring. While you are out making your donation, think of an activity

you and your children would enjoy. You can go to the park, go on a hike, go swimming, etc. Think of something you really

want to do for fun that all of you enjoy.

 

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Listen to The FlyLady’s Recap of our Trip to Florida

Happy Sunday to all of you! I wanted to share this audio recording of The FlyLady’s weekly radio show from May 26, 2015. I was her guest that day. We talked about our trip to the Florida Parent Educator’s Association Homeschool Conference. I also talked about my new book, Giving Your Children Wings.

 

 

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Giving Your Children Wings Now Available in Print

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You can now purchase Giving Your Children Wings Without Losing Yours

Available in Print and Digital Formats

 

“Does the idea of organizing and cleaning your home seem like an impossible dream? Tami Fox shares positive methods for organizing and cleaning, and she wants to help you give your children wings, so they can FLY, too!”

The brand new print edition of my book is now available on Amazon. I wrote about my journey as a mom and a home educator. I have graduated two children from my homeschool, and they are both living on their own and doing jobs they love. I want to give you ideas on how to organize your home and homeschool and live abundantly as a wife and mother. I share real examples from our family life in my book.

Go to Amazon now to buy your print copy: Giving Your Children Wings.

If you are attending the Home Educator’s Association of Virginia homeschool conference next week, I will have print copies available at The FlyLady’s booth (#111). I will also be co-speaking with Marla Cilley, The FlyLady, on Organizing Your Home and Homeschool. Check out the website for HEAV at www.HEAV.org for more information.

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