Happy President’s Day

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
Happy President’s Day! Spend a few minutes teaching your children about President’s Day. You could also spend time as a family praying for our government leaders and write them a note. Writing notes is still an important social custom that our children should be practicing regularly.
Think back on your first memories of realizing who the President of our country was at the time. Use a list to name all of the Presidents with your children. There are many simple ways you can incorporate President’s Day into your school day without a lot of research and preparation.
Your zone missions take you into the Master Bedroom, Master Closet, and Master Bath. As you go about your routines, give your children specific missions for their bedrooms, too. Use your timer, some music, and have fun! If you have a fun attitude, your children will pick up on it.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 4 Missions: The Master Bedroom, Master Closet, and Master Bath
Monday – Clean off the top of your dresser, throw away trash, put away items, and dust.
Tuesday – Declutter the top shelf of your closet. Do this in small steps. Don’t drag out more than you can sort in 15 minutes.
Wednesday – Toss old cosmetics and straighten your area where you do your hair and makeup.
Thursday – Declutter your nightstand area.
Friday – Wipe your bedroom windows and mirrors.
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Lasagna and Salad
Tuesday – Sloppy Joes and Salad
Wednesday – Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday – Chicken and a Salad
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
Since I mentioned writing notes to government leaders at the beginning of this article, here is the address for the President of the United States:
The President of the USA (or write the president’s name)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
If you have young children, they can dictate a note to you or draw a picture. If you have older children, perhaps they can thank the President for something specific to his administration. A prayer or Bible verse could also be written out.
You can research how the White House handles the mail for the President and share that with your children. Since today is a Federal Holiday, you will have to wait until tomorrow to mail your cards and letters, but don’t let that hold you back from doing this activity with your children.
These little lessons really have an impact on your children, and it helps them build a base of current events while learning together about history. We have a tendency to follow lesson plans and not take too many rabbit trails in learning, but sometimes it is good to follow a few rabbit trails.
Another way to teach your children gratitude for those serve and protect our communities, is to do something for your local firefighters, first responders, or law enforcement. Teaching your children when they are young about appreciation and respect for those in authority is important.
These life lessons will go with them into adulthood.
If you have not done a lot of community service as a family, I encourage you to find a way to serve your community. I read daily about the lack of community service in young people’s lives. It is a great way to show love to others.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is clean off the top of your dresser. Toss the trash. Put away items. Dust.
My menu plan for Monday is lasagna and salad.
Have a blessed day!

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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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