Washing Wednesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Let’s wash the Thanksgiving serving pieces and dishes. It’s not too early to start using them now. Enjoy them! Review your Thanksgiving menu today. If you don’t want to make something on the menu, take it off. If there is something you want to fix, and it is not “traditional” for your family, make it anyway. If you have never hosted Thanksgiving in your home, you can celebrate Thanksgiving any day of the week. One year, I made a Thanksgiving meal earlier in the month to serve when a friend was visiting from out of town. It was a special meal for all of us. Other years, I have participated in a Thanksgiving meal early in the month with our homeschool friends. We all sign up to bring different foods, and we have a family who hosts us. It is so much fun to celebrate Thanksgiving, and it does not matter what day you choose to do it.

Zone Mission – Kitchen: Wednesday – Pull out your Thanksgiving serving pieces and dishes and wash them. Put them in a handy location or go ahead and set your table with them. Start using them now.

Holiday Mission: Review Your Thanksgiving Menu Plan. If you have not read the book, Cranberry Thanksgiving, get it at the library and read it. You might want to add Cranberry Bread to your menu.

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.
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.

School: Is your paperwork caught up? Do you need to update lesson plans or attendance sheets?


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
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.

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

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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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