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The Secret of Year-Round Homeschooling

We have used a year-round homeschool schedule for over twelve years – for all of our homeschooling years to date. I believe it makes both planning and living a homeschool lifestyle easier and better. Here’s the scoop on the why and the how of homeschooling year-round. Yes, we are those sorts of homeschoolers who school year-round. It seems like…

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How to keep a well-stocked pantry.

I had a dream. And in this dream my pantry always had everything I needed. I never ran out of ingredients to make dinner. I would go to the pantry, pull out what I needed to make dinner that day and it’d be there—no surprises. I had achieved well-stocked pantry perfection. But it turns out…

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Stay organized with a weekly review.

The weekly review is a time set aside to remind yourself to what you have on your plate and choose your commitments so you can stay organized. You take some time and look at your calendar, make fresh to-do lists, decide what your biggest responsibilities are this week and then make sure those stay in…

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Easy Family Dinners: How to Make Them Happen

Getting dinner on the table faster and with less effort – that’s the dream, right? We want easy family dinners because dinner is something we need to do every day, one way or another. When it feels like we spend half the day dealing with food, it’s easy to think we must be doing something…

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The most effective to do list template

A short, prioritized daily card is the most effective to do list template you can use to make a planner that works for you. Do you have a planner that helps guide your moment by moment decisions about what to do each day? Is it working for you? Every week inside Simply Convivial Continuing Education,…

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A metaphor for moms of teens

Teenagers are a lot like newborns. They need lots of sleep, they need to be comforted, and they need to be fed in short intervals, roughly every 3 to 4 hours.  Instead of dirty diapers, now they have smelly hormones and stinking attitudes. We didn’t get angry or upset by diapers, and we don’t need…

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How to keep your to-do list short

Keeping your to do list short beats decision fatigue and jumpstarts motivation. We all know the feeling: There’s just too much to do. When you feel that way, make your to do list shorter, not longer. Really. Do you ever feel like the more you have to do, the less you actually get done? That’s…

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5 Tips for Using Math-U-See

Is there more angst spilt in homeschooling over any subject more than math? Math is a subject none of us want to mess up. Once our children hit middle school, people start asking how we think we’re going to teach upper level math competently. And we wonder that ourselves, too, even if we don’t like…

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How to manage a to-do list

It’s easy to make a to-do list, but not so easy to follow through with it. Is the problem with our list or with us or with both? We all need to know how to manage a to-do list, because we all have things we need to get done. There are three basic steps you…

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Simple Daily To-Do List on an Index Card

Have you ever been frustrated trying to use a planner? Have you ever worried that you spend more time making a plan than doing it? I have a quick planner hack that streamlines the process and keeps me focused on the most important things to do each day: a short daily to-do list. I know,…