I’ve done a few things recently in an effort to enhance my daily rhythm and streamline things at home. First, I started menu planning. Using alliteration, we gave each dinner night a cutesy meal name. For instance, we have Meatball Mondays and Focaccia Fridays. The kids love knowing what we’re going to have and I love not having to figure out what’s for dinner at the last minute. I do about two weeks’ worth of grocery shopping at once, filling in with fresh fruit, veg, and milk as needed. We eat out less this way b/c I’m prepared.
The second thing I did was to buy each family member a different color towel and washcloth. I read about a variation that called for a bias tape loop attached to same color towels. That wouldn’t work for us b/c everyone would claim they didn’t see the loop, couldn’t tell what color it was, etc. Now, no one will “accidentally” use my favorite towel and then crumple it up in a corner for me to find still damp a few days later. Ahem.
The most recent change was to our school schedule. We are not going to do every subject every day. L suggested it and really, as simple as it seems, I had a revelation. I’m going to make two week plans just like I’ve been doing with dinner. The first week, we will concentrate on Math/Social Studies on M/W/F and Language Arts/Science on T/T. We will reverse that the second week. The kids will continue to journal and play math games daily, so they will never have a day without math or language arts. I’m also staggering lessons. I noticed Robin works best before his sibs are up, so we try to get his work done first, then Wren, then Finch. Already, things are…I don’t know how to describe it. Lighter? More fun? I no longer feel bogged down by our work load. I’ve also lightened up on Finch, letting him do as he’d like. If he wants to read the same Bob book every day, fine. If he doesn’t want to Explode the Code, fine. I don’t blame him, I find it pretty dry myself. That was also L’s suggestion. I think my husband is a homeschooler at heart. An unschooler even!