Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Fill-in #113

ffi we go!

1. I'm a writer, I'm a reader, but I'm not much of a cook.

2. Why do I have high speed internet and not cable television?

3. How does this publishing thing work, anyway?

4. Every morning, I put yogurt on my Kashi.

5. I consider myself lucky blessed because I've been able to educate my children at home for all these years. (I don't believe in luck.)

6. One day we’ll see WOLVERINE: Origins. (May 1, to be exact)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching North and South with friends, tomorrow my plans include picking up Angel Food, cleaning house, and going to BOOK CLUB and Sunday, I want to relax with my family!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Check out JellyTelly

VeggieTales founder, creative genius, and all-around good guy Phil Vischer has launched an online children's TV network called JellyTelly. The free network, which streams programming 24/7, is aimed at kids ages 5-11.

In an introductory video to parents on the website, after noting how many hours kids spend in front of the TV -- especially the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon -- Vischer says, "Is it any wonder that our kids are growing up knowing more about Hannah Montana than about the Apostle Paul? Or that they're more emotionally engaged in the outcome of American Idol than in the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the work of the church around the world?

"JellyTelly is a way to bring the Bible to life for kids on a daily basis, to show them the work of the church around the world and the role they can play in it, to teach their faith and what it looks like to live it."

If anyone can get through to children through the means of visual media and new technologies, it's Phil Vischer. May God bless this latest endeavor.

From: Movie blog at Christianity Today

From Lisa: We watched a selection of programming at JellyTelly today. My kids enjoyed it a lot, even the almost 12 and 14 year olds. The Moody Science video that was adapted for the show was a little long and complex for my younger two, but my older ones watched the entire thing. It's short and funny (think Sesame Street mixed with Veggie Tales), but filled with good content as well. Give it a try. It's streaming video, so if you don't have high-speed internet (I feel your pain), you may have trouble getting it to work.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Simple Woman Daybook - February 23

For Today... February 23, 2009

Outside my window... Darkness and snow. Isn't that cheery? (It's just past midnight.)

I am thinking... about Howl's Moving Castle. Will be blogging at Mirkwood about it soon.

From the learning rooms... I'm redoubling efforts to make learning more relevant and hands-on, while balancing that with the need to teach four children and accomplish it before 1pm.

I am thankful for... so many things. Do I have to pick just one?

From the kitchen... Um. Clean counters?

I am wearing... TWO long-sleeved grey t-shirts, plaid flannel pants, my fleece robe, fleece socks, and black slippers. Keeping myself warm, doncha know?

I am reading... Deadly Reunion by Florence Case (Love Inspired Suspense - I won this in a blog contest!), Start Your Own Blogging Business, and Miracles by C.S. Lewis. Still in Isaiah in The Message, although I didn't read there last week.

I am hoping... that I can get Forget-Me-Not edited this week.

I am creating... a weekly menu, lesson plans for March, and a novel!

I am hearing... the weather forecast on Channel 12, since I haven't yet turned off the TV from watching the Oscars.

Around the house... Got "new" plates at the thrift store. They are Pfaltzgraff and they have a grapevine design.

One of my favorite things... Nutella!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Lessons Mon-Thurs, Fun Day planned for Friday, editing every afternoon if possible. James has soccer clinic on Tuesday night, Wednesday is Pioneer Club. Bob is going to do some painting at church on Wednesday morning. Friday night, I am going to watch North & South at a friend's house. (Wanna come?) Saturday morning is Angel Food pickup and Saturday night is my BOOK CLUB - Jane Eyre Night! David has a youth event Sat night.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Suzy dressed up "like in China" - note the chopsticks in her hair and her hands tucked into her sleeves. I apologize for the blurriness. I have a clearer photo, but you can't see the chopsticks.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Red Robin Field trip

What an awesome field trip! 25 children were able to sign up for this tour of the Red Robin restaurant which included a free kids meal for each one! Our tour guides split us into two groups and we toured the restaurant, getting a close-up view of the storage areas, the carbonation canister, the employee "lounge", the refrigerators, the fry area, the prep area, the "expediting" area and the entire seating area. They got to wear hair nets, aprons, and rubber gloves (all optional) and then to wash their hands at the employee work station. Each one got to pour his or her own fountain pop and then choose one of the many choices off the kids' menu. Everyone was well-behaved and I know *I* learned a lot. I hadn't eaten at Red Robin before but really enjoyed my tasty Chicken wrap, though it was on the pricy side for lunch.

In the pix, Suzy is wearing a candy pink sweater, Emily is wearing a short sleeved dark red shirt, James is in a dark blue sweatshirt, and David is one of the really tall ones and is wearing a black hoodie with a white print. James ended up in the other group so he wasn't in too many of my pix.

I took two more kids along with us, so I had a total of six kids with me, but I got to eat at a table with my friends. It was fun!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Weekly Review - Week 24

Our week included just 3 full days of lessons (Mon-Wed). Thursday we went on a field trip to Red Robin, although I did have the kids each do math and literature that day. (Will blog about that field trip tomorrow.) Friday was co-op. All the kids were invited to sleepovers Friday night, so Mom and Dad had "parent-teacher conferences". :-D

This was a week that I dropped the ball in Bible time. We met just twice this week for Bible study - once to read part of the Brothers and Sisters book and once to read 2 Kings 23-24. I do want to add that I really am pleased with the kids' singing once they start to get the hang of the songs. Even (especially?) David sings, and we usually sing a capella. Only twice this week is totally my fault in not getting started at the right time and then just skipping it, which is lazy. Next week, I'll work harder, but I won't double up lessons to "catch up".

In Algebra I, David learned the Cartesian coordinate system (also called rectangular coordinate system; you know, with x-coordinates and y-coordinates). He took the test and did the honors lesson. He finished his literature book Streams to the River, Streams to the Sea (which was about Sacagawea). He finished his Science module on the earth and the lithosphere and took the test. He's been listening to Book 5 of History of US on audio this week, but is way behind on History. I did assign him much more than usual and we were behind a week waiting on the audiobook from the library. Not sure what I'll do about that.

Emily finished her literature book King of the Wind (about an Arabian horse) and is writing a book review. Her math lesson was on prime and composite numbers and multiplication by 12. Subject/Verb agreement was the grammar lesson this week for both David and Emily. They also watched the instructional DVD for lesson 11 in their writing curriculum which was about report writing.

James' math lesson was on multiplication by 7 and also by multiples of 100. He is reading the book Fish do the Strangest Things and writing about it in his literature journal. He loves this series of books! I highly recommend it for a young reader. In Explode the Code 6, he has been working on "ie" words.

Suzy started subtraction last week and continued working on that concept this week with the focus being -0 and -1. She read several Bob Books this week and wrote about them in her literature journal. She has almost finished Explode the Code 2, in which she has been studying final consonant blends. In Alphabet Island phonics, we have FINALLY reached long vowels.

Spelling words and communication journals went on as usual, as did handwriting, typing, and computer art. They usually work in a program called ArtRage and I just allow them freeplay in the program. They are learning to use the tools in the program and this will carry over to other drawing/editing/art programs.

Birds' nests and eggs were the topic in the younger kids' Science this week and they've gathered the materials to make their own nests, although they haven't actually done it yet. Maybe tonight. They also illustrated 6 kinds of nests and explored the inside of an egg. Bob is working with them on making a bird house.

We also made up one lesson in History from last week, to get caught up. We read a rather long lesson about the Mohammad's life and the birth of Islam.

The crackers are the Scrabble Cheez-it ones I mentioned in my Daybook. Emily is doing her Spelling using the modified Spelling Power review sheet I like better than the booklets the company sells. Bob is looking at the science book to figure out what he needs for the birdhouse.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Fill-in #112


1-3 are courtesy of Mar this week. we go!

1. Give me a book and I'll probably read it. No matter what it is about. If you recommend it, I'll probably add it to my list.

2. Whenever North and South is on, I'll be watching! (That'd be the BBC version, NOT the Patrick Swayze. Just in case anyone was unclear.)

3. I wish I had a fancy laptop.

4. Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Wrap was the last thing I ate that was utterly delicious. (see pic below)

5. To live in this world requires a sense of humor, faith in the Almighty God who created it, and a lot of endurance.

6. Other than this one, Twisted Education is the last blog I commented on.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a night alone with my husband (I think!), tomorrow my plans include surviving the winter storm we're supposed to get (5-8 inches) and Sunday, I want to read and relax! (Oh yeah, and watch Hugh Jackman host the Oscars!)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Simple Woman Daybook - February 16

For Today... February 16, 2009

Outside my window... a very sunny day but COLD. We have a little snow cover back again, thanks to some snowfall over the weekend. More flakes in the forecast this week!

I am thinking... about getting more into couponing. Wanna get some great deals!

From the learning rooms... An effort to include more hands-on instead of skipping it because it's too much work. For instance, today I sent the littles out to gather materials for building their own bird nests.

I am thankful for... the opportunity my son had to attend Acquire the Fire youth conference over the weekend. It was unexpected and a blessing to have his ticket paid for!

From the kitchen... going to roast a turkey today. In fact, I better get it in the oven right away! We made Valentine cookies over the weekend, but since we only have one heart shaped cookie cutter, we ended up with Valentine stars, teddies, and feet in addition to the hearts. I also made a streusel sort of dessert with apples and nuts and toffee and puff pastry. BLEW my diet! lol

I am wearing... Jeans, grey pull-on sweatshirt over a long-sleeved red t-shirt, black socks, black slippers. Make-up is on! But hair is not done yet.

I am reading... Jane Eyre! Loving it! Also reading Isaiah in The Message and thinking about picking up one of my C.S. Lewis books this week.

I am hoping... to do one complete edit of my novel this week - just a first go-through - and then pass it out to my beta readers.

I am creating... a weekly menu. A bit late.

I am hearing... my children crunching their snack - Cheez-it crackers that look like Scrabble tiles. They're playing Scrabble, sort of, with the crackers.

Around the house... Looking at some laminate to replace my kitchen counters. Our counters are some old-fashioned surface that has been covered and recovered and covered yet again with contact paper. I've lived with that for fifteen years and am now (finally) getting REAL countertops.

One of my favorite things... my slow cooker!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Lessons Mon-Wed, field trip Thursday, co-op Friday and editing every day if possible. Tonight I have a meeting to discuss the IEW curriculum, Wednesday is rollerskating night for Pioneer Club (I may strap on the skates myself), Friday night the girls have a sleepover for their Keepers at Home group.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you... my Valentine tulips.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekly Review - Week 23

I wished this Weekly Review would write and post itself. Since that didn't happen, all you're getting is some photos. LOL February blahs!

We did our lessons 4 days this week and had a Valentine party on Wednesday. The kids did math and literature that morning before we left. So here are some pictures of learning to use chopsticks (project for Mystery of History). I showed them a youtube video or two since I myself do not know how to use chopsticks. David got it, Emily and James tried hard, and Suzy gave up, as you can see.

The rest of the pix are from the Valentine party day - a couple of doing math beforehand and the rest at the bowling alley.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Rhythm of a Day

I have had conversations with several friends recently that brought home to me the fact that each family has its own unique rhythm to a day. I thought I'd give you an idea of what sort of basic events happen in what order in our home on a day when we have no outside commitments.

Sometime around 8 or 8:30 everyone gets up. If I am exercising, I try to get up a little earlier (alarm goes off at 7:30), but I don't always do very well with this. Everyone has to be dressed, fed, and groomed by 9:30.

Usually at 9:30, we start our Bible time, which includes singing, reading the Bible, and praying as a family. I usually try to follow this with any other subjects that need to be done as a group (History, Science).

I spend the rest of the morning overseeing lessons, giving one-on-one time to each student as needed. Most of their work is independent, given on their assignment sheets. I have to make sure to leave time to do Spelling with 3 kids, to do Phonics & Reading with Suzy, to go over David's comprehension questions with him, and anything else that needs my assistance. I also check their work as we go along. Bob handles the math lessons during this time and sometimes pitches in with other items. They usually have a snack around 11, but they don't get a break from lessons. (ie: No recess)

Around 12:30 I start thinking about lunch and we aim to have it on the table at 1:00. Yes, that's late, but I'd rather get more done during the AM because of my afternoon writing schedule. Usually the bulk of David and Emily's work is done before lunch and most days Suzy and James are all finished by then.

During lunch, I read a chapter aloud from our current book and then supervise the clean-up.

I try to be sitting at the computer writing by 2pm, but quite often it's more like 2:30-3:00 before I can actually buckle down to writing. I try to write until 5pm, taking a break for a snack around 3:30 and also making any necessary preparations for dinner. I take periodic motivational breaks, like playing a round of a word game every 500 words. I also check email throughout the afternoon. During my work time, Bob is in charge.

I stop writing around 5pm and finish dinner prep (along with 2 of the kids), aiming to have dinner on the table at 6pm. After dinner, the clean-up team (the other 2 kids) gets the kitchen and dining room in ship-shape, and we move on to whatever activities happen in the evening. That may include baths, church activities, meetings, library visits, soccer practices or games, or watching DVD's, among other things.

Bedtime for the little kids is at 8:30 and Emily (age 11) is at 9:00. David (age 14) is supposed to be in bed at 10, with no audio after 11. I am aiming for an 11:30 bedtime currently, but in practice it's more like 12:10 am. lol

What does the rhythm of YOUR day hold?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Free Worship CD Download (Acquire the Fire)

If you'd like a free contemporary Christian worship CD, visit Acquire the Fire's website and click the "Free ATF Worship CD Download" button on the left. My son has the opportunity to attend this event this weekend.

Friday Fill-in #111

ffi we go!

1. It seems like spring should be here by now.

2. Put the seat down when you're done, please? (And make sure you didn't drip!)

3. If I thought you would go, I'd invite you!

4. Your blog is what I think of most when I think of you.

5. To me, Valentine's Day means heart shaped cookies, making homemade cards with doilies, and conversation hearts.

6. Singing praises to God gives me strength.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to doing SOMETHING with a friend, tomorrow my plans include doing SOMETHING for Valentine's Day and Sunday, I want to read my book!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

They Came, They Bowled, They Partied

Today was our homeschool group's Valentine party, held at a bowling alley. The kids are invited to create a Valentine box to serve as a "mailbox". They are supposed to do this completely on their own (although I think some parents "help" a bit too much). Anyway, this is a 'tradition' in our group. We've done it for years now. Here are my children's entries. David did not participate. In fact, none of the 12+ crowd did. I think all 12 of the ones who showed up in that age group today were all boys!

No, none of my kids won a prize. Each age group was judged separately. But because I thought they each did a phenomenal job deciding what to make and making it, yes, on their own, I bought them each a prize myself.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Simple Woman Daybook - February 9

For Today... February 9, 2009

Outside my Window... more SUNSHINE! I'm getting spoiled. Less snow than last week. It's melllllltttttiiiiinnnngg.

I am thinking... about miracles.

From the learning rooms... a late start today; everyone is ready but being so nice and quiet! (I think that's the equivalent of getting your teacher off talking on a tangent. lol)

I am thankful for... Knowing how to read! And enjoying it! And books being affordable and plentiful!

From the kitchen... Going to go mix up some peasant bread so it can rise for lunch.

I am wearing... Jeans, black silky shirt under a magenta/white/black striped v-neck shirt, white socks, black slippers, and I scrunched my hair sorta curly today. No makeup and not doing any today.

I am reading... . The Note by Angela Hunt. Reading Isaiah in The Message. Going to be reading Jane Eyre for book club soon.

I am hoping... Bob does well on his retake of the census test today.

I am creating... my novel Forget-me-Not and hoping to finish the first draft this week. I may still be looking for a beta reader. Anyone interested (that hasn't already contacted me)?

I am hearing... faint happy sounds from upstairs, the furnace running.

Around the house... I have an organizer basket I want to find a use for. I also want to sew the "extra pieces" onto the recliners. They have a name, but I don't remember what it is. Antimacassar? Anyway, the seats are getting threadbare and I thought I'd sew them there.

One of my favorite things... Potted plants! My husband bought me a potted tulip for Valentine's Day. (Yes, a week early. lol At least he did it, right?) When it blooms, I'll share a photo.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Not as busy. Tuesday the boys have Chess Club and at night James has soccer training, Wednesday we have a Valentine bowling party for our homeschool group and Pioneer Club at night. Saturday is Valentine's Day, so I imagine we'll do something fun. Lots of writing needs to happen!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Yes, that's my family, looking all energetic at the beginning of a day of lessons! LOL Can you say 'apathy', children?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Need to Be Cool

Here is a quote I read the other day in Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. This is an issue I've considered before, especially in light of my tendency to be an obsessive fangirl. :-)

"I was wondering the other day, why it is that we turn pop figures into idols? I have a theory, of course. I think we have this need to be cool, that there is this undercurrent in society that says some people are cool and some people aren't. And it is very very important that we are cool. So, when we find somebody who is cool on television or on the radio, we associate ourselves with this person to feel valid ourselves. And the problem I have with this is that we rarely know what the person believes whom we are associating ourselves with. The problem with this is that it indicates there is less value in what people believed, what they stand for; it only matters that they are cool." p105

Feel free to discuss in comments!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Co-op Classes are Cool!

Homeschool co-op was Friday. We've belonged to our co-op for 4-1/2 years now; I started it back then along with a few other families. (If you want to know how to do co-op, check out my e-book. Link to the left.)

This year I am teaching a class called Glass Slipper, which focuses on multicultural Cinderella stories. This week we read The Golden Slipper, a Vietnamese version of the story. Then we did watercolor pictures of a rooster, mimicking one in the story. I had the students trace a black-and-white outline of a rooster with a grey crayon, to imitate the style of art in the story (see cover illustration). Then they were given real watercolor paints (from tubes) and encouraged to fill in their crayoned outline.

I am also teaching a class in which the students are writing and illustrating their own books. This week was taken up with summarizing what should be completed already and working on book jackets .

The Cards class teacher was absent and I volunteered to take her place and taught the students how to play Minorca. This is a crazy addictive game that my friend Vicki taught us several years ago. She is apparently the only person in the world who calls it that since googling that word comes up with nothing. Some people call it Speed or Spit and play with slightly different rules. Anyway, Maryann and I SHOWED the kids how to play - let the masters demonstrate, children! LOL

My kids enjoy co-op and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Fill-in #110


Questions courtesy of YellowRose this week; thanks, friend! we go!

1. Please don't tell the kids I ate one of the fudgesicles.

2. Can you smile in the morning? It takes me a while.

3. The color pink makes me want to put on makeup and do my hair!

4. I have a craving for chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it with my family nearby, being sweet to each other.

6. Eyes are the thing I look at first.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending the night with a friend and have girl talk, tomorrow my plans include relaxing and planning a Sunday School lesson and Sunday, I want to spend time with my family!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Weekly Review - Week 22

Since I cannot concentrate on writing until the kids are in bed, I guess I'll do my weekly review. We have co-op tomorrow and that means our lessons for the week are done. They may have a little "homework" to finish up on Saturday, but I'm not up to checking the work right now. It's been a HECK of an afternoon. :::brave smile:::

I also took NO PHOTOS of lessons this week, so the old style review returns for a bow.

David supervised lessons on Wednesday morning since Bob and I both had an errand. We came home to find ALL assigned work completed! WOW! Great job, David!

  • We started two new songs: Shine Jesus Shine and Since Jesus Came Into My Heart. We also reviewed 3 previously learned songs.
  • We read part of Chapter 4 of Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends
  • We had family prayer time Mon-Wed. And hope to do it Friday before co-op.
  • We read 2 Kings 16-17 and selections from the books of Amos and Hosea.
  • David worked on Lesson 5 (Cartesian Coordinates - graphing) in Algebra 1.
  • Emily began Lesson 28 in Gamma (multiple digit multiplication). Bob worked one-on-one with her most of the way.
  • James finished Lesson 16 (Multiply by 4, 4 Quarters = 1 Dollar) in Gamma and took the test. He began Lesson 17 (Skip Count by 7 and Multiplication by Multiples of 10) and did 2 pages.
  • Suzy finished Lesson 17 (Addition of the Extras, 3+5, 4+7, 5+7) in Alpha, took the test, and started Lesson 18 (Introduction to Subtraction).
Language Arts - Literature and Reading
  • David read Chapters 1-8 of Streams to the River, Streams to the Sea by Scott O'Dell, answered comprehension questions for some of it and wrote a summary for another part. (This book is about Sacagawea and Lewis and Clark.
  • David is also reading a book on manners for teens. He's thrilled, let me tell you. He read the intro and Chapters 1-2.
  • Emily read Chapters 1-8 of King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry and answered comprehension questions online. She has some homework to do on Saturday with this book.
  • James did 4 Read and Think Skill Sheets (A Beka).He is getting very good at answering the comprehension questions now.
  • James read pp26-51 from Birds Do the Strangest Things and wrote each day in his literature journal about it.
  • Suzy read pp12-27 in the old reader We Live on a Farm and wrote in her literature journal.
  • Suzy has been working on the two sounds of C and the two sounds of G in Alphabet Island Phonics.
  • James and Suzy each did 8 pages in their Explode the Code books.
  • Everyone did some silent reading throughout the week.
Language Arts - Writing
  • David and Emily began Lesson 10 in IEW: SWI-B (Institute for Excellence in Writing: Student Writing Intensive, Junior High Level). This lesson is on sentence openers and story-writing.
  • Everyone wrote in their Communication Journals (writing back and forth to me).
  • Everyone wrote a letter.
Language Arts - Other
  • David and Emily both did several pages in Easy Grammar about irregular verbs.
  • David, Emily, and James each did 3 lessons in Spelling Power.
  • James and Suzy did 2 pages of penmanship. Suzy started cursive this week, at her request, and she was thrilled!
  • David worked on Apologia Physical Science Module 6 which is on the earth and the lithosphere. He did some comprehension questions.
  • Emily, James, and Suzy studied the nesting habits of birds in Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.
  • David had the week off from History. He is awaiting an audiobook.
  • Emily, James, and Suzy had the week off History.
Other activities
  • Most of the kids worked on the computer for art and typing.
  • The two younger kids went to Pioneer Club and each one brought a friend.
  • James went to soccer training clinic on Tuesday night.
  • The three oldest had art class on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Everyone had a dental appointment on Thursday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sharing about Scheduling

Last night was our homeschool group's monthly parent support meeting. I love going to the meetings and make it a priority. If you have the opportunity to attend a support meeting, I highly recommend it. I put the dates on my calendar as soon as I know them; that way I don't forget about them.

Anyway, I was asked to post a summary of the meeting. (Thanks, Michele, for that idea!) The topic was scheduling and routines. We had about 10 parents (1 dad!) there. (and one very active toddler! lol) Since one mom there had just pulled her 7th grader out of the public schools, we took time to address her questions and concerns before moving on to our scheduled topic.

We discussed Managers of their Homes (MOTH) by Steve and Teri Maxwell, which describes a very structured approach to scheduling. Every half-hour segment of the day is scheduled and color-coded by child. I did a MOTH schedule a few years ago, but found that being that strictly structured was not something I could stick to easily. I also had a few issues with some of the themes in the book, the one I remember most clearly being scheduling breastfeeding times for your baby. (I firmly believe in breastfeeding on demand.) But, this was the beginning of my scheduling journey.

From there I have moved to a spreadsheet schedule, based on my MOTH-type schedule - still color coded, still mostly 30 minute blocks. However, I use it more for planning purposes (ensuring there is enough time in our day for what I want to accomplish) rather than a timeclock (I don't move on to the next thing at the chiming of the clock).

Sarah, the parent support coordinator, had asked me to share some of my scheduling & lesson planning methods, so I showed my spreadsheet schedule and my lesson planning sheets and described how I manage my time and lessons.

As I've mentioned, I have started doing a month's worth of lesson plans at a time. For David, I give him the whole month's assignments at the beginning of the month. I give the other kids a week's assignments at a time, divided into daily assignments. Any of them is free to work ahead, if they so choose. (They usually do not.)

I have described lesson planning on this blog before recently, so I won't reiterate all that here. But it's working well for us and I described that method at the meeting.

Sarah also discussed her loop scheduling method, which I find intriguing. At some point, when we need a change, I may implement this, especially with the younger two. If you are interested in loop scheduling, here is another blog post about it that I found on doing a web search.

All in all, a very rewarding and valuable meeting! Put the next one on your calendar!