Responses, readings, recordings, and ragbag remarks

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There has been such a great response to Work the Plan this week. Thank you so much for your support and kind words. I especially appreciated these bits from emails sent by readers:

“I feel like I have a boost in my abilities to attack and conquer life every time I encounter whatever-it-is you’ve written.”

As well as this from Cheryl F.:

Thank you so much for seeing into my daily life by examining your own so closely and then sharing your insight. You have been a huge blessing to me since I stumbled upon your blog a couple of years ago. This is just a thank you from one tired, overwhelmed, optimistic, hard-working, productivity-literature-loving, Christian mom to another.

Thank you for all the encouraging and grateful emails these last couple weeks. I save them and I appreciate them. :)


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So I have to admit that Tuesday – the day Work the Plan launched – was pretty much a day off school, unless the kids staring at my real-time stats to see where visitors to the site were coming from counts as geography. We did Morning Time, math, and piano practice and called it good. Being a wee bit distracted, we celebrated by getting popsicles and pizza from Costco. :)

However, Thursday was our first day back to Elementary Lessons, and we’re all excited to be together again with a new fresh pile of books!

Weekly Wrap-Up
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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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So, Tuesday was a wash as far as school went, but I made myself plow through a list of housekeeping between checking how things were doing and making sure I wasn’t getting urgent customer service emails.

It’s always ironic, but in spending so much time writing about working the plan, my housework plan had to give to the writing plan. But Tuesday, launch day, I caught it all up so we can start our more-full school schedule next week (we’ve added piano lessons, Elementary Lessons twice a week, another friend coming to do lessons with us some mornings, an evening club for the boys one afternoon a week, and a story time with Nana for the two youngest on Friday mornings).

It’s good to have my extra projects wrapped up, because I’m not going to have the brain space for extra writing for awhile!


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I put all the resources for my Paper v. Digital Planning webinar – the video, chat box, cheat sheet, and quiz – all together in one convenient spot. If you already signed up for the webinar, you can click the replay link and now instead of just watching the replay, you’ll have access to everything right in one handy spot.

If you haven’t signed up, you can do so here:

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And I do encourage you to do so because I’m going to add another video and cheat sheet to it next week and then move it into Work the Plan as part of the course material.

So if you wanted to check it out, do so soon because it won’t be available much longer!


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It was a doozy of a week for podcasts! Pam had Brandy on the Your Morning Basket podcast, talking about reading aloud in Morning Time, and Brandy – of course – dropped wisdom without even realizing it.

We’re trying a slow-reading approach this year in our Elementary Lessons – which is basically a second Morning Time for older students only where we do our reading. And it’s Brandy’s fault. Well, that and I did a “fast, broad sweep” approach last year with modern history and found that the kids’ attention was not as good and their retention was worse after long stretches of reading, even though the books were good books. So, we’ll give the slow approach (with more narration) a go this year.

And Sarah had Cindy Rollins on The Read-Aloud Revival talking about boys and reading aloud! Cindy has the best boy book list, you know.


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I’ve been on a big podcast kick for a number of months now, perhaps even a year, while listening to fewer audio books. I will still have a core set of podcasts I listen to, of course, but I have been noticing that my attention has been diminishing as I hop from thing to thing and do not require sustained attention to one topic for long. So I got Susan Wise Bauer’s The History of the Ancient World (the adult history book) on Audible (26 hours!) and we’ll see how long that takes me to move through. We’re reading about ancient times this year in school, so it will be a good parallel.

Check out my posts on getting the best deals from Audible.


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I’ve received a number of requests for a look at my weekly list, our school schedule, and other such nitty-gritty posts, so I have declared October the month of nitty-gritty homeschool posts. I am not doing 31 days of posting here in October like I have before, but at least once a week there’ll be a close-in view of our homeschooling flows.

And Monday I’ll share my current homeschool weekly master list, as promised. :) It’s the time where we’re all looking for better ideas than the ones we started off with, but remember that no list is going to magic away the necessity of simply putting in the work, as Brandy wrote.

In fact, we’re going to do a free webinar (because Google Hangouts on Air and chat boxes are just too much fun) on October 9th called Work Your Homeschool Plan. Stay tuned for more details!

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Free reads in our home this week:

Ben Hur was on my 12-year-old’s 7th grade book list, but he was stalled on it for 3 weeks. I asked him on yet another Monday what book he was reading and when it was still Ben Hur, I asked if he liked it. Nope. He thought it was exceedingly boring.

I shrugged. “It was a book I thought you might like, but if you don’t, you don’t have to finish it. You can come back to it when you’re older maybe and see if you like it then.” And then he chose a different book to start on with relief.

The book list I gave him was only to get him to try some books he wouldn’t pick up on his own, but forced reading is not as effective as free reading, so we’ll drop that one for him for now and move on. No big deal.

One Response

  1. melissa
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    Isnt it great when they dont like a book, we can just stop and pick out something else. I hated reading a book that I disliked growning up…life is too short not to love what you read!

    Enjoy your week

    PS – Great pictures!

    melissa