Preparing and Prepping for a Homeschool Week

Preparing and Prepping for a Homeschool Week πŸ—“️⁣

πŸ—“️ Procedures ⁣

I know exactly what to do each week to plan for and prepare for my homeschooling week because I’ve created and I follow Planning Procedures. ⁣

There’s no decision fatigue, there’s no guessing game, ⁣
there’s no scrambling. ⁣

I’ve never known another group of people so very prone to insisting upon reinventing the wheel incessantly as a way of avoiding the pulling of the cart and then wondering why they’re so exhausted. 😘⁣

πŸ—“️ Planning System ⁣

I have used the Delightfully Feasting Planning System for close to a decade now and one thing I can confidently say is: ⁣

Systems Work When People Do ⁣

It isn’t magic. ⁣
It works because I follow it. ⁣

There’s a place for everything, everything has a purpose, and I don’t waste my valuable time starting from scratch or fumbling around at the last minute.⁣

πŸ—“️ Planning Perspective ⁣

It isn’t optional. ⁣

I would never show up to any other job without having thoroughly prepared… so I don’t do that when it comes to the education and discipleship of my children either. ⁣

It isn’t an option. ⁣

That perspective alone changes everything. ⁣

πŸ—“️ Organization ⁣

Everything has a place and everything stays within it. ⁣

Planning peacefully can not happen in a chaotic atmosphere, and I refuse to scramble around trying to find things that have been moved from one pile to another. ⁣

πŸ—“️ Staggered Investment ⁣

My weekly planning builds on my term planning which build on my yearly planning. ⁣

πŸ—“️ Here is What This Looks Like Weekly: ⁣

1. Fill Out Review Form for Current Week (I prepare for the next week at the end of the current one) ⁣
2. Pull Out 6 Week Plans and Move Anything Forward That Wasn’t Completed ⁣
3. Check Calendar and Make Any Adjustments Needed⁣
4. Fill Out Weekly Lesson Planner Using 6 Week Lesson Plans⁣
5. Fill in Weekly Organizer as I Go- with anything I still need to copy, find, change, evaluate, request from library, etc⁣
6. Check Supplies and Complete Most Tasks on Weekly Organizer- I might put a few on my weekend To Do List, depending on what they are.⁣

πŸ’‘ I teach this system in my Peaceful Planning Course. 

Schole Deep Dives: 90's TV


One of my Schole Deep Dives this year will cover the topic of 90's (and the aughts too) TV.

I'll be reading about the making of some of the shows that shaped culture in the decade considered by many to be television's greatest.

I'll also be (re) watching several shows from this Golden Age of television with my "schole eyes".

This means I'll be enjoying the shows (any excuse to watch Friends for the 89ths time is a good one) but also that I'll be thinking about them in light of their artistic merit and cultural significance. 

I'll be making notes about culture, art, humor, political references, writing, and more.

Because television is art.

Because, Schole is a wide feast, and to be well nourished is to pursue many forms of goodness.

Schole isn't just Victorian novels and poetry...and in fact, if your feast is limited, it lacks the fullness of nourishment that comes from a pursuit of all the goodness and beauty that the world has to offer.

We contain multitudes, and our Schole should too.

Books I'll be reading:

πŸ“– Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV by Warran Littlefield

πŸ“– I'll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

πŸ“– Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era by Saul Austerlitz

πŸ“– Friends 'til the End: The One With All Ten Years by David Wild

πŸ“– Television's Second Golden Age from Hill Street Blues to ER by Robert J. Thompson

πŸ“– Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB and UPN by Susanne Daniels

πŸ“– Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

πŸ“– Sex and The City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way we Think, Live and Love by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

πŸ“– Directed by James Borrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Fraiser, Friends, Will and Grace, and More

πŸ“–Freaks, Geeks and Dawson's Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Everything by Thea Glassman

πŸ“– The Fresh Prince Project: How the Fresh Price of Bel-Air Remixed America by Chris Palmer

10 Ways to Become a Better Reader


1️⃣ Evaluate Books Thoughtfully ⁣

Whether or not you liked a book and whether or not it was a good book are two different (both valuable) things. ⁣

When you finish a book, evaluate, was this: ⁣

A) a good reading experience⁣
B) good storytelling⁣
C) good writing ⁣

2️⃣ Read Literary Criticism⁣

Taking in and pondering a critical understanding of books will organically develop your own. ⁣

3️⃣ Listen to People Talk About Books ⁣

There are podcasts and newsletters for both academic, critical book discussions and for “Book Chat”, and both are valuable. ⁣

Listening to a wide range of people discuss books will both deepen and widen your own layers of understanding. ⁣

Pay attention to observations about genre, trends, writing, and more. ⁣

4️⃣ Increase Your Understanding of Genre and Writing⁣

This understanding is best developed slowly and organically. ⁣

Begin to pay attention to what books are trying to do and what they aren’t. ⁣

Learn to recognize when a book is doing what it aims to well. ⁣

A well crafted mystery should be different than masterful literary fiction. ⁣

Good readers know the difference. ⁣

5️⃣ Check Your Pride and Identity Your Reading Fears ⁣

What places are provoked within you when you encounter a critique of a specific book or when you’re prompted to go beyond your comfort zone?

6️⃣ Look Up and Understand the Meaning of Didactic, Dogmatic, and Stilted Language… ⁣

And learn to recognize them. ⁣

7️⃣ Evaluate Your Aims ⁣

Are you more committed to being an “elite reader” or a good one? ⁣

The latter requires a commitment to developing good taste, a nuanced perspective, and critical thinking skills. ⁣

8️⃣ Read Book Reviews ⁣

Both critical and reviews from lay readers. ⁣

Examine the presuppositions and biases seemingly held by the reader, what they prioritize in their reading, and what they’re actually saying. ⁣

9️⃣ Hear From Authors ⁣

Read and listen to author interviews to learn more about what books are aiming to be and how they pursue those aims. ⁣

πŸ”Ÿ Diversify Your Reading ⁣

NOTHING will (slowly, subtly, sustainably) make you a better reader than reading widely, from every genre, place, and age. ⁣

Healthy (and Biblical) Motherhood Requires Personal Boundaries


Healthy humanity requires boundaries. ⁣

This, of course, includes our relationships. ⁣

And, our relationships with our children are not an exception. ⁣

Before I go any further, let me clearly state: I believe in (and advocate for) faithful and sacrificial motherhood. Anyone who knows me or has been here for 5 minutes would tell you that I’m a present, invested, faithful mother and that I believe all mothers should be. ⁣

Motherhood is unlike any other relationship in the world, so it can’t have boundaries in precisely the same way as our relationships with our spouses or friends or coworkers or in-laws. ⁣

But it isn’t *entirely* unlike any other relationship; it does have some of the same makeup and the same requirements as other relationships. ⁣

One of those is boundaries. ⁣

Here are a few boundaries I have with my children: ⁣

1️⃣ I’m Allowed to Have a Purpose Outside of Motherhood and Be More Than Your Mom ⁣

I’m an entrepreneur, and I work hard at it. I am not “missing their childhood” by not devoting my every waking moment to it. ⁣

I require respect for my time, my business, and my financial contribution to this family. I’m not “doing my little hobby” and I’m not a vending machine. ⁣

I am a business owner, and I set a boundary preventing being treated like anything less than that. ⁣

2️⃣ I Will Nourish My Mind, Care for My Body, and Invest in Myself ⁣

I am a person, and persons need care and nourishment. ⁣

I will read and study and workout and pursue my own interests and passions. ⁣

I am not apologetic about saying “Please get back to me about that when I’m finished reading” (or lifting or creating or…) ⁣

I set a boundary of being respected as a human being. ⁣

3️⃣ I Have My Own Possessions and They Will Not Be Shared ⁣

Everyone has things that are their own. I’m not an exception.⁣

Sharing is good, and so is respecting the possessions of others. ⁣

My office is my personal space, and it will be respected as such. ⁣

My books, my supplies, and yep, even my snacks, are mine and mine alone. ⁣

Boundaries are necessary not only for protecting my own personhood, but also for teaching my children HOW to be respectful humans.

How I Teach Science

🧬 How I Teach Science:⁣⁣
1️⃣ Communally ⁣⁣
Observation, Discovery, Exploration, Wonder… all of these are best in community. I have intentionally structured science for our homeschool that provides what my oldest needs for High School credit and also appeals to and engages all ages. ⁣⁣
(I’ve posted previously about how exactly I’m doing this.) ⁣⁣
2️⃣ In Streams⁣⁣
Ideas talk to each other, and science’s various fields and disciplines overlap and intersect. We always have multiple streams of science in our homeschool schedule. ⁣⁣
3️⃣ With a Combination of Natural History and Formal Science⁣⁣
In addition to Formal Science Streams, we complete a Special Study per term, we Nature Journal, and we read Nature Lore. ⁣⁣
These are all Science, but they’re distinct. (I have a post detailing each, that I will save to a Science highlight.) ⁣⁣
This ensures that we maintain a sense of wonder and the habit of observation while also learning that science is a discipline and requires investment as such. ⁣⁣
4️⃣ With a Variety of Resources ⁣⁣
We use textbooks, various curriculum, living books, reference books, experiments, videos, websites, reports, lab manuals, and more. ⁣⁣
It all provides a different facet of varied instruction. ⁣⁣
πŸ’‘Here is how this looks this year: (9th & 5th) ⁣⁣
🧬Weekly Lessons: ⁣⁣
1. Special Study ⁣⁣
We use DF Special Studies for this, one each term. ⁣⁣
This term we’re using Animal Senses and Defenses. 

2. Science 1 ⁣⁣

(1/3 Biology Credit for 9th Grader) ⁣⁣
3. Science 2 
(1 Credit for 9th Grader) ⁣⁣

4. Science 3 ⁣⁣
Climate Science 

🧬 Science Elsewhere in Our Schedule ⁣⁣
I also intentionally curate resources and incorporate our science topics into our Evening Basket. ⁣⁣
and also Biography, Fun Facts (we start our mornings with these), Career Studies and Nature Lore. ⁣⁣

🧬 Scouting⁣⁣
We also have had weekly Scouting lessons for many years, but this year we will be doing this monthly at School With Friends. (We use DF Scouting curriculum for this.) ⁣⁣