How to lesson plan so you’re never behind

posted in: homeschooler, podcast 28

Write simple homeschool lesson plans that are easy to follow and never out-of-date. Beat discouragement by never being “behind” on your lesson plans! Some homeschool moms – maybe those with school-teacher backgrounds – have elaborate homeschool lesson plans – full sheets of papers full of ideas, notes, references, activities, and objectives. Many homeschool moms have no lesson plans at all. I have never been in that first category, but more often find myself in the latter. Even though I love … Read More

SO001 | Interval Planning: Realistic Goal Setting

Welcome to The Simplified Organization Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Mondays, this podcast gives you short and punchy action items and mindset resets. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Season 1: Interval Planning An Interval Plan Often when we plan out our goals, we think in year-long chunks of time, either personal goals in January or academic goals in August. If you’ve ever done this, perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s really difficult to keep … Read More

SC003: A Life of Repentance

Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Fortiter fideliter forsan feliciter, or Repentance Season 1: Education is For Life This motto keyed into a vague notion I’ve been pondering lately: The idea of focusing more on the process, on doing what … Read More

SC002: Daily Faithfulness

Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Festina Lente, or Faithfulness Season 1: Education is For Life This phrase, Festina Lente, juxtaposes both briskness and plodding. We should make haste because we should not be stagnant or lethargic, but we also … Read More

SC001: The Simple Life

Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! multum non multa, or Simplicity Season 1: Education is For Life The principles that we base our education upon are the same principles we can base our home routines, our activity choices, and our … Read More

5 Ways My Life was Changed by Cindy Rollins

posted in: mother, podcast 11

If you are starting out homeschooling with a bright-eyed little 5-year-old – a toddler tagging along and another on the way – you eat up the stories of those ahead of you on the journey. What curriculum do you use? What is most important in a homeschool day? What should I be doing? How do you homeschool and do laundry and put meals on the table? CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins When I was in that spot … Read More

Wisdom leading to virtue is the only liberal art – Seneca on learning

I am making slow, slow progress through The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. CH072: Teaching is Hard & Worth It: Seneca on Education Today is one final quote from Seneca, Roman statesman living in the time of Christ and Nero, whom the medievals and … Read More

Taking pains to educate – Seneca on parenting

Let’s dig back into our reading of The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being! This book is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. Most Wednesdays here in 2016 (and at the rate I’m going, through 2017!) I will be sharing a quote and a musing. I’d love to get some discussion going … Read More

3 tools for a sane homeschool day

posted in: homeschooler, podcast 9

It’s one thing to buy the books and supples, to make a plan, to create a chart and quite another to actually pull it off in a typical day. Days never go exactly as imagined, but it’s worth the time to imagine it even so – and the more you practice imagining it and planning for contingencies before the heat of the moment, the better you’ll become and rolling with the punches of a real-life homeschool day in a household … Read More

Blaze the trail.

Organize your attitude #20 This week during the Planning That Matters chat I hosted with several Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done alumni, Libby made an excellent point near the end: The more you do stuff the easier it gets. You know, it’s having those rails to run on. Setting something up is hard and getting [the kids] used to something is hard, especially if it’s something that isn’t appealing to them. … Blazing the trail is … Read More

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