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Monday, January 07, 2013

I Don't Know How You Do It...

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Has someone ever said this to you before, "I don't know how you do it."  I know I have often wondered that of others and a few times have had people say it to me.  To be honest, sometimes I ask myself that same question.  Today was one of those times so I thought I'd share a bit about how "I" do it.  Below are some of the questions I have been asked.   

How do your children get their school work done on top of their outside activities?

Well, for us I believe it's how our schedule is laid out that has a lot to do with it.  I do not write our schedule according to a calendar such as on 1/7 we do this, and on 1/8 we do that.  Instead I use "days" and "weeks."  For example, on Day 1 of Week 12, we have such and such subjects scheduled.  If for some reason one of us is sick on that day, we can just pick it (Day 1) up again when we're ready to.  I also make sure to have less school work assigned on those days where regular outside activities are scheduled.  That does mean that certain days carry a heavier school load than other days.

How can you homeschool more than one child at a time?

Because my children are 5 years apart, this is actually a bit easier.  My oldest is at the age now where he does most of his school work on his own, so most of my time is spent with my first grader.  When I'm working on a particular subject with my oldest (science and writing, for example), my youngest plays with his toys, listens to stories on CD, or plays with some educational apps. 

How do you keep the house clean?

Okay, I have to confess here - my house is NOT clean.  However, it is what I call presentable (most of the time).  Each day I try to do one or two "housecleaning" types of activities.  Since the first room people see when they come to my house is my living room, my children and I do spend time "picking up" this room everyday.  The other room I try to keep presentable is my kitchen.  I have learned that I cannot relax in that room if there is too much clutter on the counters, so I keep at least 2 parts of it uncluttered.  (I can't keep the whole thing uncluttered, so I just concentrate on the counters that can be seen more easily.) I also sweep the floor in the kitchen after every meal.  My children have certain chores assigned to them in order to help me. 

How do you manage a homeschool group and blog (including writing reviews for various products)?

Okay, I must admit that this does take some time management skills.  First and foremost, once we're done with our school day my children and I spend about an hour doing something fun, most of the time that means a board game.  Once we're done, I check emails, schedule field trips or handle anything related to our homeschool group, and write my blog posts.  (It usually takes me more than a day to write a post.)   Anything I don't finish within this time frame I work on after the children are in bed.

So this is a little bit about how "I" do it.  How do you do it?

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