Hm, apparently I haven’t posted for a week!
It doesn’t feel like it, because I’ve been doing “content” this week – just a different kind!
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This is my real-life laundry pile I need to tackle today.
This is the week that I had to choose to be glad I had committed to accountability in homeschooling. Left to myself, I would have said, “Eh, let’s skip reading and spelling today and fold laundry instead.” But, people were showing up for those lessons and so we carried on and the lessons were chosen instead of the laundry.
My husband assured me this was the right choice.
I assured him that’s why I said yes to homeschooling with friends – so it would happen even when I didn’t feel like it.
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Tracy Grossman is a new contributor to Simplified Pantry and will be releasing Simplified Lunches and Simplified Breakfasts very soon (next week we hope)!
Her first contribution to the blog is a great post on making homemade bread and it comes with a beautiful printable “recipe” – but more like a guide – for making a great loaf (or two) of bread: “How to Make Easy, Delicious Bread”
Do check it out!
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We’re currently reading Much Ado about Nothing in Elementary Lessons. My easy plan for studying Shakespeare includes watching a movie version (we watched the Kenneth Branaugh version, of course, though skipped the initial bare-buns scene) but starts with a picture book version of the tale.
This time I chose the picture book version in the collection called The Best Loved Plays of Shakespeare. I think I picked it up from a library sale. What I loved about it was how it made the story comprehensible and simplified while still retaining so many direct quotes! It was beautiful.
If you’ve ever been left flat by Lamb’s or Nesbit’s Shakespeare (like me), don’t give up! Covering my head for the flack this might send my way: There are better written and better illustrated versions out there that I would more highly recommend. King James doth not automatically make good writing. Shakespeare is literature, but he wrote for the common man and the sense is best and most authentically delivered in plain English.
These are my two favorite collections of Shakespeare tales:
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So what content did I do this week? Two workshops that ended up being very fun and, I think, very helpful.
First I did a digital planning workshop with Melanie Wilson. Melanie is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mom of 6 – she’s a been there, done that mom who has graduated students and whose youngest is 10. She blogs at Psychowith6.com and she is also quite active on Periscope (that’s where we connected).
In addition to sharing about her set up and her habits for keeping things put together, Melanie also talked about how timers, reminders, and apps help her highly distracted and scattered self get things done.
You can still access the workshop replay by registering here: Digital Planning Workshop.
After you sign up, you’ll also get a follow-up email with links to many of the apps and sites and books we mentioned in the workshop.
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But that’s not the only workshop I did this week!
Wednesday I talked with Kari Denker of Stone Soup for Five. Kari is a homeschooling mom with teens who has been doing bullet journalling for awhile. She gave us a tour not only of several of her journals but also of other pieces of her system.
I absolutely loved Kari’s perspective on how planning needs to be an adapt-as-you-go process and not something you have to figure out completely before you just jump in.
Find the registration for the replay here: Bullet Journalling Workshop
I ‘scoped about this workshop the next day, too:
These workshops were a lot of fun! If you know of someone else you think would make for a good planning or homeschooling conversation, let me know and I’ll try to arrange it!
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I have numerous emailed questions piling up in my inbox, so I thought I’d answer them in a quick take like Brandy does. :)
This one is from Donne:
Small query regarding children’s checklists, do you recommend they use a clipboard like mom? I only started using checklists with my 7 and 5 year olds last week. They find them exciting and it keeps us all chugging along, but they get lost easily, and scrunched up. I have tried sticking them to a wall, but my 7 year old wants her list closer to her, on the school table.
Yes, my kids’ homeschool checklists are on clipboards. They each have a clipboard in their color (I found colored plastic clipboard inexpensively at Staples one year) and I have a bin on the bookshelf with our Circle Time binders where they live when not in use. Also on their clipboards are handwriting pages and any other work they need for the week (this is only my 10+ kids; the 7 & 5 yo don’t have extra work). In the morning when I pull out math pages, I put them on each child’s clipboard.
It does help the list not get lost (as often), but the 7 & 5 yo still need lots of help with reminders on where the clipboard goes when they are done and where they need to go when they are ready to move on to the next thing.
A clipboard with a checklist is a step toward independence, but it doesn’t create independence. They still need lots and lots of repeated instruction and help as they build the habits that will help them become independent as they get older.
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Books read in our home this week: