Timely Tuesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Are you a timely person or always running behind? For many years, I have been a timely person. I attribute this largely to being raised in a home with my grandparents. Being punctual was a big deal for them, and they instilled that in me. As I had children, I had to learn how to prepare ahead to be able to leave the house on time for appointments. With six children, I needed a launch pad for our things. In the years when I had little ones, I had a place for the diaper bag, shoes, and jackets. As my children have grown, we still have a launch pad area for shoes for going out and a place for jackets. I use a calendar on my refrigerator to write down appointments, and I also keep a digital calendar with alarms set to keep me on track. The children know to check the calendar after dinner to see what is on the schedule for the next week. If we have an early morning appointment, I will also tell them about it and ask them to have what they need laid out in the launch pad area. The launch pad has been a key ingredient to our success in getting out of the house on time.

Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
  • Clean out your refrigerator. Toss the science experiments.

School:

  •  Do you incorporate hands-on learning in your homeschool? Teaching science and history with a hands-on component helps children retain information. My children enjoy learnning by doing, and it is easy to motivate them to get their paperwork for school finished. They want to get to the fun part of school where we learn things by doing.
 Afternoon Routine: 
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Write up a menu plan for the next 7 days. Check your pantry and freezer and make a grocery list. This habit will save you time and money. Try out some new recipes with the slow cooker. It will save you time once you start back to your school schedule.
  • Zone Focus: Zone 3 – The bathroom and one extra room. Today we are going to deep clean our shower and bath tub area. If you use a cleaning product, spray down the walls and tub. Use a cloth to wipe it all down. If you have shower doors, clean them, too.
Family Fun: Take your children for a walk.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

Siggie - Tami Fox

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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