Where I Spend My Time


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Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ~M. Scott Peck

On Monday my post asked to you to choose your 3 to 4 pillars; these are the BIG Rocks where you plan to spend majority of your time.

Below I have listed my four pillars; please feel free to share your pillars below.

Pillar 1: Family/Relationships

Pillar 2: Spiritual/Daily Meditation/Journaling

Pillar 3: Creative Ventures/ Blog/Photography

Pillar 4: Health/Fitness/Nutrition

Now, that you have determined where we want to spend our time; you need to fit these pillars into our daily rhythm. So,here is the next task: rewrite your daily agenda and include your four pillars. See where each one can be placed into your daily routines; you do not have to allot time for each pillar everyday.  I suggest you schedule time each Friday for next weeks planning. Make sure to proactively include each of your pillars when planning your next week.

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Starting a Science Book Club for Teens


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I decided after Taproot that I wanted to get more involved with my local community and find ways that our family could connect with other homeschoolers.  Books seem to be a wonderful way to bring kids together; especially kids that might not ordinarily read. Getting teens together with friends sounds like a lot of fun then you throw in a book and you have a party!

Here are  10 Simple Steps to help you get started

 

1. First before even picking a book you need to get down all the logistics even the little ones. How many participants  location, how long will each meeting be, time & day of the week etc.

 

2. With Teens you need to allow them to be part of the decision-making process when comes down to choosing the book. I would give them a few suggestions and allow the group as a whole to choose.  If you can’t come to a decision put all the choices in a hat and pick!

 

3. Now that you have chosen the book it’s time to assign chapters to the group.  Everyone reads the entire book of course but appointing small groups to dive a little deeper into the chapters is a great way to get discussions started.

 

4. Ask each member to bring a notebook so they can jot down notes during club time or they might want to share something they found interesting about the weekly reading. Always find ways to keep everyone engaged!

 

5. As the facilitator make sure you ask interesting questions about the weekly reading. I would even go as far as a having a quiz bowl with fun inexpensive giveaways.

 

6. Now I feel this is one of the most important parts of the book club, especially for Teens(BRING FOOD) they will love you for it! You might even bring foods as they relate to book you’re reading.

 

7. Since the books are Science related try to find a possible experiment or activities you can do as part of your weekly meeting. Try not to make every week a discussion week; that can get old real fast.

 

8. If you’re planning on having the book club meet the entire school might I suggest keeping a club journal. Use a three-ringed binder to track books you read, experiments you tried, members names etc. It will be fun to look through at the end of the school year.

 

9. Before you move on to your next book check the pulse of the group. Are there things they would like to differently? Does the time work for everyone? Is there enough FOOD:)

 

10. Most importantly have FUN!!!!

 

A few book suggestions:
Steve Jobs A Man Who Thought About Different

The Radioactive Boy Scout

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

 

 

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Making time for what’s important! Do you?


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Now, that we have jotted down our daily rhythm and modified to fit into our matrix in order of importance; it’s time for the next step.  In this next step we decide where we would like to spend the bulk of our time and where our time can produce the largest impact on ourselves and others.

Might I suggest you watch this short video before creating your list.

 

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Starting your own business and making it a success is what we all dream for at one time or another. A great resource to learning where to start is to study and learn from those that know the struggles and have built their company into a success. Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are the founders of Barefoot Wines. They have shared how this brand got started and became a best seller in the New York Times Bestseller “The Barefoot Spirit”.

“The Barefoot Spirit” book tells the story of how an unknown novelty wine became an American icon. It chronicles the unlikely events that made it possible, and it lays out the cornerstone business and lifestyle philosophies that made it, ultimately, an enduring success. This book is perfect for entrepreneurs, wine lovers, or even those that just love a story written by real people sharing real success. You can read more about the inspiring story of how the Barefoot Wine Brand was started here.

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There’s Never Enough Time!


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Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin

 

Yes there is;we just need to find it. Below I have categorized a possible day in our home. Next, by creating this division I could clearly see where I could find additional time for myself and our kids. A large bulk of my time was being spent on Urgent/Not Important & Not Urgent/Not Important. Now, it’s your turn!

 

Box I items are Urgent & Important Examples:

Your child has a high fever and needs to go to the doctor.

Your partner’s car has broken down and you need to go and pick them up.

 

Box II items Not Urgent/Important Examples:

Taking your child out for a date night

Exercising

Weekly Planning (meal planning, lesson plans & groceries)

Spending quality time as a family

 

Box III items Urgent/Not Important Examples:

Laundry

Answering your phone every time it rings

Responding immediately to emails & text

Household Chores

 

Box IV items Not Urgent/Not Important Examples:

Surfing the web

Watching TV

Researching Recipes

 

I’ll bet you will find (if you are truly honest with yourself) that many of the activities you spend your time with are urgent but not important.  It’s important to plan your days/weeks so that you are running your day and your day is not running you.  If you do not do a good job planning, you will end up just “putting out the nearest fire” all day and find that you are rarely as productive as you would like to be.  If you take the time to consistently plan each week(and work on spending as much time as possible in the Important but not Urgent category), you will find that you are not only spending your time in optimal ways, but you are also proactively putting out those fires that tend to pop up all day. (forgot key ingredient for tonight’s dinner, overdue library books or bring forgotten cleats for practice)

That naturally leads us to the next step finding more time and how we spend it!  What is important to you?  For each of you, that answer is different but what do you want to be spending your time doing? How much time do you want designate to each category? Are you setting enough time a side for YOU?

 

Our Typical Day..Homeschooling Multiple Ages


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Monday I shared with you our schedule on Co-op days; today I will show you how we spend our time during a typical school day. Again, I want to stress how important it is to put pen to paper and write out your day; you may find you have more time then you think or you may find you really need to pull back on extra-curricular activities.  If you have older children you may even want to post their schedule up, adolescents may need the reminder.  In our household I have gone as far as placing a quarterly schedule in each of their binders; this has helped them allocate time for their independent work too.  When it is age appropriate it is important to begin to teach your children the usefulness of rhythm and the balance it provides.

 

The night before preparation:

  • Sophia & I are usually on breakfast, so we do all of our prep the night before.
  • Logan & Sophia set their clothing out; I have tried being lax with dress but PJ’s all day did not work in our home:)
  • Each child has a wooden crate that has their supplies for this months block i.e. books, MLB’s etc. . The crate is brought out and placed on their desk. The One Wooden Crate system has helped all of us, especially since we no longer have a schoolroom.
  • Mom gets all of her MLB materials together.
  • Coffee set to start brewing at 6am!

 

A Typical Tuesday:

6:30am-Rise & Shine Mommy( I lay in bed for 15 minutes meditating)

6:45-7:30 ME Time!  I wanted to cut out time for me in the morning so that I could hold the space for our children throughout the day. This usually translates to me talking a long walk with Wiggles.

7:30-8:00 Mom showers and gets dressed for the day.

8:00-8:30 Time for coffee talk with my wonderful husband before we leaves for the week,

8;30- Sophia rises and gets her self ready to conquer the day

9:00-9:30 Breakfast is prepared and plated

9:30- Logan struggles but finally makes it out of bed, food is a great motivator.

10:30-12:00 Main Lesson with Sophia

10:30-12:00 Logan works independently on either Math or Free Writes.

12:00-12:45 Audible book and lap-book for the month. Our kids really enjoy having a corresponding lap-book with their monthly readings; this combination has really sparked a new love of books.

12:45-1:00- Logan gets lunch ready; usually something simple fruit, veggies and soup.

1:00-1:30 Lunch

1:45-3:00 Main Lesson with Logan. Yes, our days run longer than most but this what works for us. Logan is not a morning person and we have struggled with this; I hate to say for how long. I needed to let go of what my ideal day; so I could give Logan the time and space he needed for his day.

3:30-5:00 Sophia has Girl Scouts.. this is her first year. So excited for her!!

5:15-6:00 Dinner and recap of our day.

6:30-7:30 Outside Play

7:30- Showers commence

8:30-9:15 Mom reads to Sophia/Logan reads his Book Club book or Sports Illustrated especially during football season!

9:45 Lights out for Everyone

Once you put pen to paper the map of your day becomes clearer; this will ensure that you will not only beware of the time you need to give your children but most importantly the time you need to carve out for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Down with Gravity


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To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.(Newton’s 3rd Law)

Here are some easy to follow at home experiments to do when studying Newton’s Laws of Gravity.
This one of my favorites!

Make your own gravity.

What you will need:

  • small can
  • string
  • water

Steps to follow

  1. Find an empty soup can.
  2. Make sure the lid is removed and the edges are not sharp.
  3. Now attach a piece of string at the open end of the can giving it a handle.
  4. Fill the can halfway with water.
  5. Now go outside to text your experiment.
  6. Swing the can around as fast as you can.

What happened?

Did the water stay in?

Or are you getting ready to send me an email telling me how much you did not like this experiment?

Understanding Gravitational Pull

What you need.

  • ball
  • pitcher
  • books
  • lead sinker

Steps to follow:

  1. Prop up the kitchen table by placing the books under the legs of one end. About 2in high
  2. Take the ball first and roll it down the table observing its speed. You can have someone time it for you.
  3. Now throw the ball in the air and observe its speed and path.
  4. Next pour water from the pitcher again observe its speed and path. Time this too.
  5. Now drop the lead sinker and the ball. Observe the difference in path and speed.

Try all sorts of  different items in your home.(feathers vs balls or Legos vs blocks) This is a fun experiment to do in a multi-age family or co-op setting; giving 2 children separate items and have another document the results.

 

Here are some wonderful books about Sir Isaac Newton:

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Rhythm & Time Mangement…Revisted 2014


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Now, that summer is ending and our school year is about to start; it is imperative that we have our weekly rhythm in order. The first step in creating a rhythm that works for you & your family is to write down your typical day. I am starting here because to be honest I do not think we a have clear idea of all that we do until we put pen to paper and write it down.  Many of us let our days run us; hopefully we can show you how to run your day.

 

The night before preparation:

  • Get grains soaking
  • Logan & Sophia get clothes picked out for Monday’s co-op
  • Gather all supplies( backpacks, lunch pails etc. for Monday’s co-op)
  • Mom have all your teaching materials together for co-op. (this is the first year I have decided to teach:)
  • Coffee set to start brewing at 6am!

 

A typical Monday School Year 2014-2015

6:30am- Rise & Shine Mommy

6:30-7:30am- Prepare breakfast(this year I have decided to have breakfast prep the night before so I am not spending to much time in the kitchen.

7:15- Kids start to rise.

7:15-8:00-Children dress/wash for co-op

8:00-:8;30-Breakfast is served.

8:40- Leave for co-op

9:00-2:00- We are at co-op

2:30-4:30- Down time for all of us (read handwork, music or nap)

4:30-5:30- Dinner time (we eat early on soccer & basketball practice days)

6:00-8:00 Two practices (soccer for Sophia & Basketball for Logan)

8:20-9:00 Showers & Snacks

9:15-9:45 Sophia gets ready for bed & 30min’s of reading with Mom.

9:15-9:45 Logan reads his book for weekly Book Club.

10:00 Lights Out for EVERYONE

 

Tomorrow I will share our rhythm for the day when we are not headed to co-op.

Your greatest resource is your time. ~Brian Tracy

 

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