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How to Get Chores Done When Home Schooling

Trying to get chores done when you have little ones in tow sometimes feels like an impossible task!  I am here to tell you all that it can be done and you do not have to do it ALL yourself.  The only way to be able to get everything done in a day and in a week is to first have a daily to get done list.

I do not do well with strict schedules, so it easier for me to simply write down every night my goals that I want to accomplish with my children so they can complete the lessons that need to be done and  I have my own personal list of items that I need to accomplish.

Here is an example:

Children’s Schedule

Maddy 7: Math (60 minutes), Reading (60 minutes) Grammar (15 minutes) Penmanship (15 minutes), Art (30 minutes)

Mikey 4: Phonics (15 minutes) Fun Workbooks with mom (15 minutes) Math (15 minutes)

Beb 3: Coloring, playdough, look at books, play with dry pasta (change each activity every hour)

Eli 7 months: Wake up and feed at 8:00, nap (10:30) awake/eat (noon) nap (3:00)

I try to accomplish my goals when Maddy is doing her independant work and when I give them short breaks throughout the day.

My Goals

Do 3 loads of laundary, have children help put away

Run vacuum in living room, Maddy vacuum kid’s room and parent’s room

Clean master bath (Do this when one child is in the tub)

Organize and clean fridge (Do this as I am making lunch)

Tips for keeping my house clean everyday and throughout the week:

We do a once per week family cleaning day:  We do NO lessons on this day so if we do this on Friday, then I make sure to do extra work with the kids on Thursday and this means no outside plans during the day.

The children clean 2 of our bathrooms, Maddy vacuums as many rooms as I need her to, they all dust with their special feather dusters, they empty all little trash cans in the bathrooms and put in new bags, Mikey mops.  This is the day when I also clean all of the bedding and bath towels.  We try to make it fun by listening to their favorite cd’s and I let them take short breaks with a snack.  The chores on this day does vary, so they are usually doing more chores than I have listed.

They are rewarded at the end of the day if they do their cleaning joyfully and do it properly.  Note: I never let my children clean with any chemical cleaners, if any harsh cleaners are needed in the bathrooms then I am the one who uses it.

Keep all purpose cleaner in every bathroom with rags or paper towels, or a tub of antibacterial wipes, also keep window cleaner and tiolet bowl cleaner in every bathroom.  It will be way less hassel, especially if you just need to do a quick cleaning of the sink, counters and toilet.

I always make sure to keep a tub of antibacterial wipes in a pretty basket on my kitchen counter so I can easily wipe up a mess!

My children have their daily morning, after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner chores and a 15 minutes pick up at the end of the night and this helps tremendously!!  If I was doing everything by myself I know my house would not be as clean and organized and I would also not be a happy momma. Now there are many days that my house does look like a disaster, I am far from a perfect home maker.

My children are motivated everyday knowing they get to color in a special star on their reward chart and when they color in the 14th star, they get to choose a reward, it may be going to a park, watching a favorite movie, or going out for ice cream.  They also know that for our house to run smoothly they are required to help out because they are a special member of our family.

I hope this helps any mothers who are struggling with stay on top of chores, while taking care of little ones and home schooling older children.  May the Lord bless you all!

 

 

 

 

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Our Home School Schedule

Morning Routine

Ages of my children: 7, 4, 3 and 7 months 🙂

Grades in the fall (7 yr old-2nd grade, 4 yr old Kindergarten and 3 yr old pre-k)

The curriculum I am using for all 3 is called Rod and Staff.  I can’t say enough good things about these Biblical home school books and other materials that this company sells!  I have been purchasing their curriculum, story books and recently Chrisitan cd’s for 4 years. My 7 year old just began doing her new Rod and Staff math book the other day and told me she loved math 🙂  I don’t know about you all, but I have never said that about math at any age.

7:30:  Kids rise and do their morning chores (The 7 and 4 year old have a morning chart that is laminated and they check off their chores as they get each one done).

8:00: Do calendar book (Christian Light Publications, love this book!)/ read devotional (Little Visits with God) and read from the Egermeiers Children’s Bible (One of our favorite children’s Bible, it is true to God’s word and has beautiful pictures).

8:30: After breakfast chores (wipe down table, sweep and dishes).

9:00: Start lessons: I try to set my 3 year old up with different activities every 30 minutes, this does not always work out, but I try 😉

9:00-10:00 Math (7 yr old) I tutor her on the new concepts for approximately 25 minutes and she does independant work for 30 minutes. This is the time when I try to work with my 4 year old on his reading.

10:00-10:30 Reading (7 year old)   Sometimes she will read the store to me, then she does the work on her own and I will grade it when she is done.

10:30-11:00 Grammar (7 year old).  She also does this independantly and I grade it at the end. (I work on a fun activity with my 4 year old if I have the chance at this time).

I also have my baby on a good schedule now, which really helps our days flow nicely.  She usually wakes up around 8:00 a.m., after sleeping through the night, which is so wonderful, she is an angel 🙂  I then put her back down for a nap at 10:30 and then I wake her up around noon.  Then I put her down at 3 and she naps until 5:00, which usually works out great so I can get dinner around while she is napping.

Now it doesn’t always work out this way, but I try to keep to this schedule as much as possible for my sanity when we are at home all day.  If we do go out in the morning, I try to be back by 1:00 so we can do lessons until 4:00.

This is all we have been doing this summer with the exception of my 7 year old working on assessments for reading, grammar and math.  This is the first year I have done these with her and it makes me feel good knowing she is ready to move on to the 2nd grade. I was able to print these off from the website, http://www.teacherspayteachers.com, so I know that they are official.

I pray that seeing this schedule will help other home schooling mothers out there.  If you have any questions about home schooling please let me know and I will be happy to help you out.  On a final note, I am planning on writing a post on how our fall schedule will look like, after I get all of our books, educational toys and games, and have our activities in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frugal and Healthy Toddler Snack

I have always struggled to find frugal and healthy snacks for my toddlers that are also easy to make.  I use to load up on store bought snacks, but soon realized that they were way too expensive and many times were not very healthy.  Here is a quick, frugal and healthy  toddler snack that I have been making for my 3 little ones for the past week and they gobble it up every time. Enjoy!

Cereal Mix Snack:

Ingredients

Cheerios (I use the cereal that is like Cheerios from Aldis, they now have an organic version that only cost 1.99)

Mini marshmallows (Aldis, .89)

Peanuts ( Aldis, 2.99)

Directions: I put a about 1/4 cup of cereal and a few of the other add ins in snack bags.  I like to make up 20-30 of these at one time so they are ready to go if I need them quick, which is usually the case 😉  Making snacks this way is also much less expensive than buying crackers, cookies or any other snack in the store.

Special Note: You could add a variety of healthy add ins this version, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips or sunflower kernals.