Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Scheduling from Rest

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I am so excited right now to be working with an amazing team to bring you a new site we’ve named Scholé Sisters. It’s a place for homeschooling mothers who want to cultivate the True, Good, and Beautiful in themselves and their children, and we have some amazing content and resources and discussion topics planned. Sarah Mackenzie, Brandy Vencel, Pam Barnhill, and I will be launching Scholé Sisters on July 21st!

But we had a series idea that I thought couldn’t wait, so we’re teaming up this week to tackle a homeschool stumbling block: scheduling. In the conversation Sarah recorded with Brandy for Teaching from Rest, Sarah said something about how her schedule was the way she brought her loaves and fishes for Jesus to use and multiply.

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Does “teaching from rest” mean we have no schedule? Does it mean we have no plan? Does it mean we just “let go and let God”? No, I don’t think it does, and I was so relieved to hear Brandy and Sarah confirming my own experience: schedules can be servants. They don’t have to be slave-drivers that we serve and or alters on which we sacrifice our relationship with our children. We don’t have to choose between stressed-out on a schedule and loosey-goosey drifting. There is a third option. And this week Sarah, Brandy, and I will be taking on what it means to schedule from peace.

Scholé Sisters on Scheduling

Giveaway! Plan Your Year

Pam is contributing to this series by giving away 3 copies of her awesome homeschool planning package: ebook, planning pages, and video and audio resources (including interviews with Sarah and with me). This is a $9.99 package, but 3 readers will win a copy – winners announced Monday!

On top of that, Pam has created a discount code exclusively for this series: sisters will get you 20% off today through Saturday! Check it out. If you find planning overwhelming or confusing, Pam’s book and planning pages will hold your hand through the entire process. If you seize the discount code and end up winning a copy, Pam will refund your purchase!

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20 Responses

  1. Lisa
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    I have to say I am so excited to see the Schole Sisters site launch and I’ve been enjoying all the recent planning posts as well. Thanks to all of you for all your hard work and dedication in getting something like this going. I’m sure it will be a blessing to many people.

  2. Meghan
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    I agree! I first encountered Amongst Lovely Things maybe two months ago, and it feels like since then I’ve finally found my place in the wide world of homeschooling/home-life blogs with the Schole sisters!

    The difficulty I face with scheduling is inexperience as my oldest is kindergarten age this fall.

  3. Tracy E.
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    I’m really excited about Schole Sisters! This series on scheduling will be great! I was just having a discussion about this with a friend. I’ll have to send her this way.

    • Tracy E.
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      My difficulty is not having enough time in the day to get it all done.

  4. Tanya
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    How excited I am on this new venture you are doing! I have gleaned so much from all of your Teaching from a State of Rest posts. I can’t wait to see more!

  5. Jocelyn
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    Yes, I would have to say that not having enough time is my greatest difficulty right now – along with not making decisions quickly and getting distracted. There is so much good stuff out there!

  6. Jenn Ott
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    My biggest challenge this year is curricula! We are moving overseas, and I would like something I don’t have to pick-and-choose or figure out every year. The move also comes with more demands on my time, so I am looking for things that are more independant for my learners. Head is still spinning…

  7. heatherbrandt
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    My biggest struggle is working around every one’s individual needs, including my almost 4 year old daughter and 2 children with special learning challenges. HEATHERLBRANDT (@) GMAIL (DOT) COM

  8. Jeni G
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    My biggest difficulty is planning what we actually WILL get done. Life happens, and the kids go off on their own adventures and learning experiences without me, so pulling them in to do what I have planned is difficult – even if it is just the “basics.”

    I’m so excited for Schole Sisters to get started! Thanks for doing this, ladies!

  9. Stephanie
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    My biggest struggle is quiet and time. I just need a few days alone in my house. That would be a perfect treat!

  10. Rachel Henneberger
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    My biggest stuggle is not to overplan and set unrealistic goals!

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  12. Nicole
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    I struggle with frustration when my ideal doesn’t match up with reality. Then I regret that I have focused on the half-empty portion of our day instead of the joy I could have had when taking a half-full perspective. I have been loving this series and so many of your previous articles on planning. Thanks for all your wise advice!

  13. Elizabeth B
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    My biggest struggle is to know where to start! I tend to get overwhelmed and then not take any steps forward!

  14. Cass
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    I too struggle with getting so overwhelmed with so much information and not knowing where to start either.

  15. Teresa
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    My biggest struggle is deciding how to narrow down all of the great ideas!! I take on too many things, more than we can do, then we go ankle deep into too many things rather than diving deeply and meaningfully into just a few!!

  16. Amy Senecal
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    So excited about following the Schole sisters! I love your homeschooling approach.

  17. Joanie
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    I tend to over think everything and second guess myself. So I either over plan or under plan. And then get frustrated with her or myself.

  18. Amanda
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    My difficulty is starting early and keeping little ones out of trouble.

  19. Tina H.
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    Scheduling for children who are dealing with chronic illness while I am also ( several of us have Lyme).