Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Five

Fail-to-planI love it when a plan comes together. That is how I feel when I set about planning my routines. Once we put them into place and they start working for us, it is a beautiful thing.

Now that I have my chores, events, and schooling organized; I need to put them all together and get moving. Once the school year starts, I will need to put all of my organizing together and make these separate schedules work together smoothly. This will help me, once again, see where I might need to do some last-minute rearranging and restructuring. It will also help to see where I have some flexible hours, in case anything should come up.

The first things I want to combine are my chores and my schooling. As I mentioned in Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part One; my first ministry is to be a keeper of my home. If the house and my kids’ education cannot be merged smoothly, events need to wait. My weekly schedule with both chores and schooling combined usually looks like this:

Monday:

  • Start load of my laundry right before Bible
  • Do Bible lesson and start kids on core curriculum
  • Change loads of laundry at breaks or between subjects
  • Finish Core Subjects and begin History & Science
  • Lunch Time and Finish Laundry
  • Family Chores
  • “Rotations”
  • Remainder of the Day Free

Tuesday:

  • Start load of kids’ laundry right before Bible
  • Do Bible lesson and start kids on core curriculum
  • Change loads of laundry at breaks or between subjects
  • Finish Core Subjects and begin History & Science
  • Lunch Time and Finish Laundry
  • Family Chores
  • “Rotations”
  • Remainder of the Day Free

Wednesday:

  • Start load of linens right before Bible
  • Do Bible lesson and start kids on core curriculum
  • Change loads of laundry at breaks or between subjects
  • Finish Core Subjects and begin History & Science
  • Lunch Time and Finish Laundry
  • Family Chores
  • “Rotations”
  • Remainder of the Day Free

Thursday:

  • Do Bible lesson and start kids on core curriculum
  • Finish Core Subjects and begin History & Science
  • Lunch Time
  • Mommy does grocery list and menus
  • “Rotations”
  • Remainder of the Day Free for kids
  • Grocery Shopping for Mom

Friday:

  • Testing on all core subjects (All of our testing is done Fri.)
  • Collect Library Books and Straighten up House
  • Library
  • Errands
  • Lunch
  • Homeschool Co-op or other Homeschooling Event
  • Remainder of the Day Free for kids

Normally we are finished with school anywhere from 2-3pm each day, with the exception of Friday. Friday is quite a bit shorter, but I plan it that way on purpose; counting our library time and our homeschooling events as part of their education.

Once this list of chores and schooling as been combined onto one master schedule; I can now add my events. Knowing that I am pretty busy Monday through Thursday, I usually avoid planning events on those days. Should the need arise though, I am free after 3pm and know I am available. Fridays are usually the days that I try to plan anything special or extra.

With life more organized, we are free to have fun events like this one… Renaissance Night with the homeschool group!

As with most things in life, this schedule isn’t perfect. There are days when we take longer to school or there is an unexpected event which causes us to rearrange our schedule; field trips during the week can cause a temporary change for example. This schedule isn’t meant to be concrete and final, simply a structure that I put into place; one that I am free to move around and fit to my family’s needs.

1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “But all things should be done decently and in order.” I pray that the Lord would find me faithful in having obeyed His Word; that my family would be a living example of what He has commanded us to do; that He would be glorified and honored through the keeping of my home, the education of my children, and the ministry we accomplish in our free time. It is not for our own name that we do these things, but His.

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14 thoughts on “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Five

  1. Thanks for posting the How To’s of planning. I need that little check off sheet to keep it all going in the right direction. I cheat. I put one thing down on the list that gives me the ability to start the check off process–seems to be a great motivator. Have used this for years. Blessings, Barb

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    • Hello Barb! I am so glad that you found the post helpful. My husband teases me that I am like the Bowler Hat Guy from “Meet the Robinsons”; I love lists!! They certainly come in handy. With so much going on in our lives, it helps to write everything down and leave nothing to the memory.

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    • wonderful tips! when I decided to homeschool, I was very confident… now that i’m starting to do it, I get a bit anxious daily… especially now, all the kids are sick. your blog is so insightful and inspirational that yes, it can be done! btw, did you consider writing a book? i’d be the first one to buy!

      from your greatest fan ❤

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  3. My youngest just graduated this past spring (sniff!), and I LOVED this post; scheduling and goal-setting got us everywhere in our homeschooling journey. Looking back on almost 19 years spent homeschooling, I would say that planning enabled us to do more, often with less. And it’s a joy to watch the same planning tendencies blossom in my children now as they are building their own lives. You too, will see much fruit, I’m certain! Blessings!

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  4. After being super organized with my Master Plan, big wrenches have been thrown in and my blood pressure rises at the mere THOUGHT of trying to keep everything together this fall! During our first week of school we will be out of town helping a family member so we’ll be starting school on the road. Then we return to prepare for MOVING across the country! Both of these arose in the last week. I’m going to have to be uber careful about organizing so I don’t lose my mind!

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