Simplified Organization Audio Blog: quick actions, organized attitudes https://www.simplyconvivial.com Organization is about your mindset, not your closets. | The business done in the home is nothing less than the shaping of the bodies and souls of humanity. – G.K. Chesterton Tue, 23 Oct 2018 22:50:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Organization is about your mindset, not your closets. No matter how tidy we keep our stuff, we'll still have to work to intentionally choose to do the right next thing. This podcast features quick tips and meaty bites that will help moms of all kinds (SAHM, WAHM &amp;amp;amp; WOHM) focus on what's actually important - sometimes that's cleaning the house, and sometimes it isn't. Mystie Winckler clean episodic Mystie Winckler mystiewinckler@gmail.com mystiewinckler@gmail.com (Mystie Winckler) Simplified Organization LLC Organize your attitude, learn to love what must be done Simplified Organization Audio Blog: quick actions, organized attitudes http://www.simplifiedorganization.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/SOCoverbig-255.jpg https://www.simplyconvivial.com mystiewinckler@gmail.com TV-G 66001072 SO073: Living From a State of Rest https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so073/ Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:36:18 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=74162 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so073/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so073/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Decision fatigue is super real, and it’s not just our kids pestering that puts us over the edge, it’s ourselves also. Our own minds are always going, going, going. And that’s one reason why we’re brain dumping, we’re getting … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so073/" aria-label="SO073: Living From a State of Rest">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so073/">SO073: Living From a State of Rest</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!

Decision fatigue is super real, and it’s not just our kids pestering that puts us over the edge, it’s ourselves also. Our own minds are always going, going, going. And that’s one reason why we’re brain dumping, we’re getting it out of our heads so that our own head is not pestering us. So, we have to find ways because, I think, we also might find a way to arrange for the kids to give us 30 minutes of not talking to us and then we find that didn’t help as much as I thought it would because the distraction mode is still here. Even if we turn the phone off, even if we send the kids away, then we find the problem’s still here. Brain dump, brain dump, brain dump, organization can bring more peace.

A lot of the ways you see organization on Pinterest or that kind of thing where it means label makers and matching containers and a perfect cleaning schedule where you take all the buckets out and wipe down the inside of the cabinet every month that increases our feelings of obligation and increases our feelings of inadequacy – like, that’s just not going to work in my life, what do I do now because I’m incompetent on so many levels? When this is the problem, when it’s in our heads, it’s one of three things (and these are the last three things on my list I was telling you about). We need peace from three things.

So this is our own internal problems that are giving us unrest. One is anxiety, and I feel completely unable to really deeply address that one because I know so many people struggle with anxiety as a real, deep-seated, maybe even chemical issue, but anxiety is going to steal your peace and steal your rest. It makes rest impossible so we have to address it, we can’t just live with it, we have to address it. Isaiah 40 for anxiety, Philippians 4. Anxiety is actually a sin and we need to repent and then we need to rejoice and then we need to do it over and over again. So, sometimes we think that because if we keep doing it then I’m either off the hook or I’m a lost case but it’s just something that we have to keep doing. And then the peace of God is given to us when we pray with thanksgiving. Like, actually repenting instead of just feeling bad. Sometimes just feeling bad is us laying ourselves off the hook, but actually calling it a sin, asking God to help us, and Philippians 4 says “with gratitude,” and that doesn’t mean so I’m thankful for fluffy kittens and blue skies, it’s be grateful in the situation that you’re in because you can always be thankful for Jesus, right? So, be thankful even within the situation where you are, not for things outside your situation, but for inside your situation, prayer, with thanksgiving, making your requests know then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. It’s a pretty clear verse, and we can keep coming back to it. That’s why it’s repent, rejoice, repeat. It’s not a once and done thing and now we’re never going to have this problem again. It’s going to keep being an ongoing problem but every time it is it’s like, ‘oh, I know what to do’ and it’s that knowing what to do that brings us rest. So, it’s not even about an escape from it or solving it, it’s knowing what to do that brings the peace. Well, God brings the peace but that’s a big part of it.

OK, but the two big ones … that one’s like it’s own big huge category … and the two every day peace stealers and unrest creators are decision fatigue and the feeling of vague obligation. There are so many things I should be doing I don’t even know what they all are. How many people have ever felt like that? I have so many things I don’t even know what they all are, vague obligation. So this is where actual, real life organization comes in where the organization is about our attitude and about an approach to life and not necessarily about having the most orderly closets, or the corners that are free from gunk – I had to tell myself that this week I will not be taking vlogs of my home – let’s just say that. Real organization starts in our heads and it starts by knowing what those obligations are and making some of those decisions upfront so that we can just do what we need to do.

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Real organization starts in our heads and it starts by knowing what those obligations are and making some of those decisions upfront so that we can just do what we need to do.

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Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!



Decision fatigue is super real, and it’s not just our kids pestering that puts us over the edge, it’s ourselves also. Our own minds are always going, going, going. And that’s one reason why we’re brain dumping, we’re getting it out of our heads so that our own head is not pestering us. So, we have to find ways because, I think, we also might find a way to arrange for the kids to give us 30 minutes of not talking to us and then we find that didn’t help as much as I thought it would because the distraction mode is still here. Even if we turn the phone off, even if we send the kids away, then we find the problem’s still here. Brain dump, brain dump, brain dump, organization can bring more peace.
A lot of the ways you see organization on Pinterest or that kind of thing where it means label makers and matching containers and a perfect cleaning schedule where you take all the buckets out and wipe down the inside of the cabinet every month that increases our feelings of obligation and increases our feelings of inadequacy – like, that’s just not going to work in my life, what do I do now because I’m incompetent on so many levels? When this is the problem, when it’s in our heads, it’s one of three things (and these are the last three things on my list I was telling you about). We need peace from three things.
So this is our own internal problems that are giving us unrest. One is anxiety, and I feel completely unable to really deeply address that one because I know so many people struggle with anxiety as a real, deep-seated, maybe even chemical issue, but anxiety is going to steal your peace and steal your rest. It makes rest impossible so we have to address it, we can’t just live with it, we have to address it. Isaiah 40 for anxiety, Philippians 4. Anxiety is actually a sin and we need to repent and then we need to rejoice and then we need to do it over and over again. So, sometimes we think that because if we keep doing it then I’m either off the hook or I’m a lost case but it’s just something that we have to keep doing. And then the peace of God is given to us when we pray with thanksgiving. Like, actually repenting instead of just feeling bad. Sometimes just feeling bad is us laying ourselves off the hook, but actually calling it a sin, asking God to help us, and Philippians 4 says “with gratitude,” and that doesn’t mean so I’m thankful for fluffy kittens and blue skies, it’s be grateful in the situation that you’re in because you can always be thankful for Jesus, right? So, be thankful even within the situation where you are, not for things outside your situation, but for inside your situation, prayer, with thanksgiving, making your requests know then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. It’s a pretty clear verse, and we can keep coming back to it. That’s why it’s repent, rejoice, repeat. It’s not a once and done thing and now we’re never going to have this problem again. It’s going to keep being an ongoing problem but every time it is it’s like, ‘oh, I know what to do’ and it’s that knowing what to do that brings us rest. So, it’s not even about an escape from it or solving it, it’s knowing what to do that brings the peace. Well, God brings the peace but that’s a big part of it.
OK, but the two big ones … that one’s like it’s own big huge category … and the two every day peace stealers and unrest creators are decision fatigue and the feeling of vague obligation. There are so many things I should be doing I don’t even know what they all are. How many people have ever felt like that? I have so many things I don’t even know what they all are, vague obligation.]]>
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CH072: Teaching is Hard & Worth It: Seneca on Education https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch072/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:43:37 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=73259 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch072/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch072/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education Seneca here warns us of two opposing dangers, two ditches on either side of our right path: either building resentment and anger in our children (how he says this happens might surprise you) or by stifling and smashing their personalities and energy. In our talk of classical education or a liberal arts education, we must keep our definitions and our aim in view. The liberal arts boil down to studying wisdom. Wisdom comes … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch072/" aria-label="CH072: Teaching is Hard & Worth It: Seneca on Education">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch072/">CH072: Teaching is Hard & Worth It: Seneca on Education</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
Guidance [of children], however, is difficult, because we ought to take pains neither to develop in them anger nor to blunt their native spirit.

Seneca here warns us of two opposing dangers, two ditches on either side of our right path: either building resentment and anger in our children (how he says this happens might surprise you) or by stifling and smashing their personalities and energy.

But there is only one really liberal study – that which gives a man his liberty. It is the study of wisdom.

In our talk of classical education or a liberal arts education, we must keep our definitions and our aim in view. The liberal arts boil down to studying wisdom. Wisdom comes to us in many forms, and the liberal arts are concerned with wisdom in all its forms – not mere information or raw skills. It is knowledge with purpose, knowledge with application for all of life.

The result of an education in wisdom is a resilient integrity which knows what should be done and has the strength of mind and body to do it.

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Teaching is Hard & Worth It: Seneca on Education

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Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips

Math-U-See begins with the concept of place value and returns to place value to teach every new function. Without place value, you can’t understand why numbers do what they do when you start combining them, so it is important.

Math-U-See has some handy sayings for learning place value – like “Every number has a place” and “place means value.” The numeral 9, for example, means 9 units if it’s in the unit place, but it means 9 tens if it’s in the tens place. It has been quite helpful to have this vocabulary to show my beginning-regroupers that 12 + 8 does not equal 2. Without the zero, that means 2 units, not two tens – you need the zero to put the 2 in the ten place.

Place value is also helpful when they want to work equations from left to right, like reading and writing. No, with math you have to start at the unit place and move up the “street” from there.

Place value brings greater clarity to long division, too. And when you hand your student graph paper on which to do his figuring (highly recommended), you can always remind him, “Keep each number in its right place!” and he might sigh and slump, but he knows what you’re talking about.


So here is my 4th tip for MUS users that is actually applicable regardless of program.

I got this tip from Mr. Demme himself.

Place value in Math-U-See is important. Keeping numbers straight and in their right place is critical, no matter which math program you use.

My older students use graph paper to show their work, but that seems a bit excessive (and also not large enough squares) for the elementary students. Once they get into carrying or borrowing, though, it’s super handy and leads to fewer place-value flubs if you simply turn a lined piece of notebook paper on the side to help you keep the numbers in their right place.

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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education Seneca here warns us of two opposing dangers, two ditches on either side of our right path: either building resentment and anger in our children (how he says this happens might surprise you) or by stif... Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
Seneca here warns us of two opposing dangers, two ditches on either side of our right path: either building resentment and anger in our children (how he says this happens might surprise you) or by stifling and smashing their personalities and energy.
In our talk of classical education or a liberal arts education, we must keep our definitions and our aim in view. The liberal arts boil down to studying wisdom. Wisdom comes to us in many forms, and the liberal arts are concerned with wisdom in all its forms – not mere information or raw skills. It is knowledge with purpose, knowledge with application for all of life.
The result of an education in wisdom is a resilient integrity which knows what should be done and has the strength of mind and body to do it.
Read the original posts:

* Taking Pains to Educate
* Wisdom Leading to Virtue is the Only Liberal Art


Listen:

Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips
Math-U-See begins with the concept of place value and returns to place value to teach every new function. Without place value, you can’t understand why numbers do what they do when you start combining them, so it is important.
Math-U-See has some handy sayings for learning place value – like “Every number has a place” and “place means value.” The numeral 9, for example, means 9 units if it’s in the unit place, but it means 9 tens if it’s in the tens place. It has been quite helpful to have this vocabulary to show my beginning-regroupers that 12 + 8 does not equal 2. Without the zero, that means 2 units, not two tens – you need the zero to put the 2 in the ten place.
Place value is also helpful when they want to work equations from left to right, like reading and writing. No, with math you have to start at the unit place and move up the “street” from there.
Place value brings greater clarity to long division, too. And when you hand your student graph paper on which to do his figuring (highly recommended), you can always remind him, “Keep each number in its right place!” and he might sigh and slump, but he knows what you’re talking about.

So here is my 4th tip for MUS users that is actually applicable regardless of program.
I got this tip from Mr. Demme himself.
Place value in Math-U-See is important. Keeping numbers straight and in their right place is critical, no matter which math program you use.
My older students use graph paper to show their work, but that seems a bit excessive (and also not large enough squares) for the elementary students. Once they get into carrying or borrowing, though, it’s super handy and leads to fewer place-value flubs if you simply turn a lined piece of notebook paper on the side to help you keep the numbers in their right place.

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CH073: All God’s Truth: Clement on Classical Christian Education https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch073/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:32:32 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=74165 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch073/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch073/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education The classical tradition does not see itself as a new thing, but as part of the stream of Western civilization that started in Greece, grew in the middle ages, has suffered much recently, but still exists, particularly if we educate our children in its gifts and blessings and warnings. It is the culture of a people who sought truth, of a people then who met Truth, of a people who tried – though … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch073/" aria-label="CH073: All God’s Truth: Clement on Classical Christian Education">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch073/">CH073: All God’s Truth: Clement on Classical Christian Education</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education

The classical tradition does not see itself as a new thing, but as part of the stream of Western civilization that started in Greece, grew in the middle ages, has suffered much recently, but still exists, particularly if we educate our children in its gifts and blessings and warnings. It is the culture of a people who sought truth, of a people then who met Truth, of a people who tried – though messily and often wrongly – to make truth the basis of their state and kingdoms, and always of a people who wanted truth more than anything else.

Yet another definition of education, fully in line with so many others: Knowing Truth + conforming ourselves to Truth = wisdom. It has been said in a variety of ways by a variety of people, but that is the essence of a classical education.

Education that aims at anything less than soul-formation aims too low.

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All God's Truth: Clement on Classical Christian Education

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Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips

I am so glad that when my oldest was 4 or 5, I had two real-life friends rave about Math-U-See. Not only did they rave, but one of them sat me down and had me watch the “adding 9s” lesson. I was sold then and there.

Perhaps part of the reason I like Math-U-See is that it is pretty much the opposite of Saxon, and I hated Saxon as a homeschooled student. MUS has short lessons, focuses on mastery, and uses manipulatives to teach, even in 5th & 6th & 7th grade, making math very concrete. MUS also has no instruction in the student text, instead parent & student are supposed to view the DVD instruction together and the teacher’s manual gives suggestions for teaching the concept to the student (without a script).

I appreciate and value the mastery approach of Math-U-See, and they emphasize knowing the facts perfectly before moving on. However, if they don’t use them, they lose them, and knowing the facts isn’t the same as being able to do them quickly.
So we add drill practice to our daily math routine, at least for the elementary students. I use both xtramath.org (love it!) and Calculadder. We’ve also added times table chanting to Morning Time before because those facts needed review.

No matter what program you’re using, we as the homeschool mom need to be alert and wise in applying it and adding in supplements or taking a break or pausing to review based on what each child needs to make progress.

When I see a specific skill needs to be reviewed, we take a break from the current lesson and go back to practicing the foundational skill that is causing the errors – yes, sometimes that’s even meant practicing number formation because 4s look like 9s or 6s look like 0s.

This approach does require teacher awareness and involvement. Welcome to homeschooling – we signed up for this gig.


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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education The classical tradition does not see itself as a new thing, but as part of the stream of Western civilization that started in Greece, grew in the middle ages, has suffered much recently, Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
The classical tradition does not see itself as a new thing, but as part of the stream of Western civilization that started in Greece, grew in the middle ages, has suffered much recently, but still exists, particularly if we educate our children in its gifts and blessings and warnings. It is the culture of a people who sought truth, of a people then who met Truth, of a people who tried – though messily and often wrongly – to make truth the basis of their state and kingdoms, and always of a people who wanted truth more than anything else.
Yet another definition of education, fully in line with so many others: Knowing Truth + conforming ourselves to Truth = wisdom. It has been said in a variety of ways by a variety of people, but that is the essence of a classical education.
Education that aims at anything less than soul-formation aims too low.
Read the original posts:

* Why Classical? Why Pagan Philosophy?
* Christ Leads Us to Virtue


Listen:

Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips
I am so glad that when my oldest was 4 or 5, I had two real-life friends rave about Math-U-See. Not only did they rave, but one of them sat me down and had me watch the “adding 9s” lesson. I was sold then and there.
Perhaps part of the reason I like Math-U-See is that it is pretty much the opposite of Saxon, and I hated Saxon as a homeschooled student. MUS has short lessons, focuses on mastery, and uses manipulatives to teach, even in 5th & 6th & 7th grade, making math very concrete. MUS also has no instruction in the student text, instead parent & student are supposed to view the DVD instruction together and the teacher’s manual gives suggestions for teaching the concept to the student (without a script).
I appreciate and value the mastery approach of Math-U-See, and they emphasize knowing the facts perfectly before moving on. However, if they don’t use them, they lose them, and knowing the facts isn’t the same as being able to do them quickly.

So we add drill practice to our daily math routine, at least for the elementary students. I use both xtramath.org (love it!) and Calculadder. We’ve also added times table chanting to Morning Time before because those facts needed review.
No matter what program you’re using, we as the homeschool mom need to be alert and wise in applying it and adding in supplements or taking a break or pausing to review based on what each child needs to make progress.
When I see a specific skill needs to be reviewed, we take a break from the current lesson and go back to practicing the foundational skill that is causing the errors – yes, sometimes that’s even meant practicing number formation because 4s look like 9s or 6s look like 0s.
This approach does require teacher awareness and involvement. Welcome to homeschooling – we signed up for this gig.


Spread the word!
Leaving a review on Apple Podcasts will help other homeschooling moms discover this podcast!


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SO072: The 3 Kinds of Rest We Need https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so072/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:51:06 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=73168 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so072/#comments https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so072/feed/ 2 <p>Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript Finally, we have mental rest. And I think this is the category that we are least aware of, but that is actually tripping us up the most. I’m currently reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so072/" aria-label="SO072: The 3 Kinds of Rest We Need">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so072/">SO072: The 3 Kinds of Rest We Need</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!

Transcript

Finally, we have mental rest. And I think this is the category that we are least aware of, but that is actually tripping us up the most. I’m currently reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and I wasn’t even expecting it to tie into these ideas that I was having about rest and what we need to do and all that, but it does. So, when we are tempted to zone out it’s because we are overwhelmed, right? We are overwhelmed by all the details, all the distractions, all the things going on in our life, all the people asking us questions all the time, and even sometimes we’re asking ourselves questions all the time. We don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing, we don’t know where the thing is; everything feels like a scramble. Am I right? And, sometimes it’s not because you need physical rest, and it’s not because you need spiritual rest. Sometimes it’s just because life is full of all these inputs and it’s chaotic and overwhelming, and we don’t have what it takes to order it all, to put it into order. It’s all coming out of us and it’s all chaotic and messy, and we don’t know what to do. And then we feel worse because we don’t know what to do with it all. It’s just all coming at us. And, all I can think to do is to just turn it all off.

So, I think if you’re feeling of ‘I need rest’ comes out as ‘turn it all off’ then this is where you need to really start brain dumping and applying and thinking. You don’t necessarily have to assume you have a spiritual problem. We have to make sure that that’s in order first, but it doesn’t necessarily … feeling like you just need to turn it all off, you just can’t handle it anymore, it’s not necessarily a spiritual problem. It’s partly the way our current world is running with the priority on distraction mode, and when we’re in a distracted state that is the opposite of peace. We don’t know how to get to peace. If we are functioning completely in distracted mode all the time we actually lose the ability to basically think in a straight line. And, unless we can think in a straight line we aren’t going to be able to problem solve, we aren’t going to be able to provide the counseling and parenting that our children really need, because it’s so hard to pay attention.

So, distraction is the opposite of attention, and attentiveness is the ability to pay attention is sometimes what we actually are needing when we feel like we need rest. It’s a feeling of ‘I need to turn off this distraction mode and have a time where I can actually have a complete thought and move forward with that complete thought.’ So, that’s one reason why taking a walk helps (yes, walking in a straight line physically helps the brain feel more linear – that’s perfect). So, in the book Deep Work, Cal Newport is talking about how we need to set aside undistracted time, and you know, pretty much his only solution is just turn the internet off, like how hard, just do it. And have one project that you just work on. And it’s like, well, yeah, that’d be nice if I had an office door I could close and just turn off the internet connection – that would turn off all the distractions, not. The internet might provide another layer of distractions but we’ve got so many things coming at us all the time that you could take a step and do the easy things like turning the notifications on your phone off (that’s a good one) but we can find times like this even in a house full of children who need us all day. One of the things that we need to do is to realize that we have to. So when we feel … we feel guilty if we feel like we just have to shut this all off. So we have all these distractions, then we feel overwhelmed and we don’t know what to do, and the only solution we can think of is to turn it all off, and we feel guilty for that because we know that’s not what we should be doing. We shouldn’t just be like, ‘go away.’ So when we get in this cycle, just keeping going and it just gets worse until we crack. And the fact that we crack should show that something’s out of whack here, something’s off kilter, and we do need to do something different.

We need to find some times in our day where we are not being interrupted. It’s healthy, it’s healthy for everyone. It’s healthy for our kids to not be constantly talking or interrupting or needing things. You see all kinds of articles lately today about how kids are never bored anymore and it’s actually bad for them. We live in a time where we have to be very intentional to guard our mental health, honestly. And we can do that by saying, no… just like everyone has to eat their vegetables, we have to have some time where we are not talking, asking questions, needing things – like, we have to build this intentional time into our day for everyone, not just for mom, not just so that I can handle you, but because this is good for all of us. Like, you can demand a quiet time in a selfish way and probably, we all have. And so then we feel guilty or bad because we did that with a wrong attitude and wrong motivation. We did it in a grabby, self-seeking way, and so then we overreact the other way, and say because the way I was needing a quiet time was wrong, therefore I must not need an afternoon without anyone talking to me, I’ve just got to go and get over it. You can actually figure out ways to have some quiet spaces intentionally, kindly, gracefully, non-selfish ways.

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We live in a time where we have to be very intentional to guard our mental health, honestly. And we can do that by saying, no… just like everyone has to eat their vegetables, we have to have some time where we are not talking, asking questions, needing things – like, we have to build this intentional time into our day for everyone, not just for mom, not just so that I can handle you, but because this is good for all of us.

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Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!



Transcript
Finally, we have mental rest. And I think this is the category that we are least aware of, but that is actually tripping us up the most. I’m currently reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and I wasn’t even expecting it to tie into these ideas that I was having about rest and what we need to do and all that, but it does. So, when we are tempted to zone out it’s because we are overwhelmed, right? We are overwhelmed by all the details, all the distractions, all the things going on in our life, all the people asking us questions all the time, and even sometimes we’re asking ourselves questions all the time. We don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing, we don’t know where the thing is; everything feels like a scramble. Am I right? And, sometimes it’s not because you need physical rest, and it’s not because you need spiritual rest. Sometimes it’s just because life is full of all these inputs and it’s chaotic and overwhelming, and we don’t have what it takes to order it all, to put it into order. It’s all coming out of us and it’s all chaotic and messy, and we don’t know what to do. And then we feel worse because we don’t know what to do with it all. It’s just all coming at us. And, all I can think to do is to just turn it all off.
So, I think if you’re feeling of ‘I need rest’ comes out as ‘turn it all off’ then this is where you need to really start brain dumping and applying and thinking. You don’t necessarily have to assume you have a spiritual problem. We have to make sure that that’s in order first, but it doesn’t necessarily … feeling like you just need to turn it all off, you just can’t handle it anymore, it’s not necessarily a spiritual problem. It’s partly the way our current world is running with the priority on distraction mode, and when we’re in a distracted state that is the opposite of peace. We don’t know how to get to peace. If we are functioning completely in distracted mode all the time we actually lose the ability to basically think in a straight line. And, unless we can think in a straight line we aren’t going to be able to problem solve, we aren’t going to be able to provide the counseling and parenting that our children really need, because it’s so hard to pay attention.
So, distraction is the opposite of attention, and attentiveness is the ability to pay attention is sometimes what we actually are needing when we feel like we need rest. It’s a feeling of ‘I need to turn off this distraction mode and have a time where I can actually have a complete thought and move forward with that complete thought.’ So, that’s one reason why taking a walk helps (yes, walking in a straight line physically helps the brain feel more linear – that’s perfect). So, in the book Deep Work, Cal Newport is talking about how we need to set aside undistracted time, and you know, pretty much his only solution is just turn the internet off, like how hard, just do it. And have one project that you just work on. And it’s like, well, yeah, that’d be nice if I had an office door I could close and just turn off the internet connection – that would turn off all the distractions, not. The internet might provide another layer of distractions but we’ve got so many things coming at us all the time that you could take a step and do the easy things like turning the notifications on your phone off (that’s a good one) but we can find times like this even in a house full of children who need us all day. One of the things that we need to do is to realize that we have to. So when we feel … we feel guilty if we feel like we just have to shut this all off. So we have all these distractions,]]>
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CH071: Fruitful Subjects of Study: Tacitus & Philo on the Liberal Arts https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch071/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:57:15 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=72973 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch071/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch071/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education General and wide knowledge is the foundation of the educated mind, the roots that nourish it and cause it to grow. It is only from a wealth of learning, and a multitude of accomplishments, and a knowledge that is universal that his marvelous eloquence wells forth like a mighty stream. For The acquisition of all the preliminary branches of education is wholly necessary [to attain virtue]. In order to bear fruit, we must … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch071/" aria-label="CH071: Fruitful Subjects of Study: Tacitus & Philo on the Liberal Arts">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch071/">CH071: Fruitful Subjects of Study: Tacitus & Philo on the Liberal Arts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education

General and wide knowledge is the foundation of the educated mind, the roots that nourish it and cause it to grow.

It is only from a wealth of learning, and a multitude of accomplishments, and a knowledge that is universal that his marvelous eloquence wells forth like a mighty stream.

For

The acquisition of all the preliminary branches of education is wholly necessary [to attain virtue].

In order to bear fruit, we must learn and know.

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Fruitful Subjects of Study: Tacitus & Philo on the Liberal Arts

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Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips

I am not a math person. Math has been the subject that daunts me most when I think about the big picture of homeschooling. Or, at least, it did. Now that I’m 9 years into this gig (if you start counting with Kindergarten) and I have an 8th grader who is about to finish Algebra, I’m neither daunted nor worried.
Math-U-See Tip #3: Pull out the pages, use clipboards, have a “turn in” container
This Math-U-See workflow is probably my best tip.
First, I tear out the math page to be completed each day from the workbook. The kids do not handle the workbooks themselves directly. If they did, the covers would be torn in no time and I’d have a headache figuring out what I’m supposed to be assigning and checking in each of the 4 books that won’t stay open to be checked.
After all, Math-U-See is a mastery-based program. My kids never do all the pages in the book and sometimes they need more pages than are included in the book (we use the tests as extra work pages and also print extra practice off their website). When I tear out their workpages and stick them on their color-coded clipboards, it doesn’t matter whether I pulled the page from the workbook, the test book, or off the printer – they know and I know their math for the day is on their clipboard.
Plus, we make them correct their work until they get 100% – mastery approach, right? So if a page wasn’t 100%, it goes back to the clipboard. Whatever is on the clipboard is the work to be done.
And where does it go when it’s done? At one point they were supposed to put it onto my clipboard when they were finished so I could check. However, my clipboard could be anywhere and it always had other things I wanted to see on top, too. They couldn’t always find it and I didn’t really want those extra pages cluttering it up.
So, I bought a mail sorter and it lives on the counter. When they finish their math, it goes into the mail sorter to be checked. If it’s all correct, the page goes into the trash or fire-starter bin. If it needs another attempt, it goes back on the clipboard.
Now that my husband checks the math, this process also makes it obvious to him when there’s math to correct. If it’s in the mail sorter, he knows it’s his to-do.
Figuring out a workflow process so everyone knows exactly what needs to be done with the least amount of rifling and questioning is the goal.

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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education General and wide knowledge is the foundation of the educated mind, the roots that nourish it and cause it to grow. It is only from a wealth of learning, and a multitude of accomplishments, Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
General and wide knowledge is the foundation of the educated mind, the roots that nourish it and cause it to grow.

It is only from a wealth of learning, and a multitude of accomplishments, and a knowledge that is universal that his marvelous eloquence wells forth like a mighty stream.

For

The acquisition of all the preliminary branches of education is wholly necessary [to attain virtue].

In order to bear fruit, we must learn and know.
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* Knowledge Bears Fruit
* A Liberal Education Starts at Home


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Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips
I am not a math person. Math has been the subject that daunts me most when I think about the big picture of homeschooling. Or, at least, it did. Now that I’m 9 years into this gig (if you start counting with Kindergarten) and I have an 8th grader who is about to finish Algebra, I’m neither daunted nor worried.

Math-U-See Tip #3: Pull out the pages, use clipboards, have a “turn in” container

This Math-U-See workflow is probably my best tip.

First, I tear out the math page to be completed each day from the workbook. The kids do not handle the workbooks themselves directly. If they did, the covers would be torn in no time and I’d have a headache figuring out what I’m supposed to be assigning and checking in each of the 4 books that won’t stay open to be checked.

After all, Math-U-See is a mastery-based program. My kids never do all the pages in the book and sometimes they need more pages than are included in the book (we use the tests as extra work pages and also print extra practice off their website). When I tear out their workpages and stick them on their color-coded clipboards, it doesn’t matter whether I pulled the page from the workbook, the test book, or off the printer – they know and I know their math for the day is on their clipboard.

Plus, we make them correct their work until they get 100% – mastery approach, right? So if a page wasn’t 100%, it goes back to the clipboard. Whatever is on the clipboard is the work to be done.

And where does it go when it’s done? At one point they were supposed to put it onto my clipboard when they were finished so I could check. However, my clipboard could be anywhere and it always had other things I wanted to see on top, too. They couldn’t always find it and I didn’t really want those extra pages cluttering it up.

So, I bought a mail sorter and it lives on the counter. When they finish their math, it goes into the mail sorter to be checked. If it’s all correct, the page goes into the trash or fire-starter bin. If it needs another attempt, it goes back on the clipboard.

Now that my husband checks the math, this process also makes it obvious to him when there’s math to correct. If it’s in the mail sorter, he knows it’s his to-do.

Figuring out a workflow process so everyone knows exactly what needs to be done with the least amount of rifling and questioning is the goal.

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SO071: Rest Isn’t Easy https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so071/ Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:19 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=72971 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so071/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so071/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript So, an example is our family’s EHAP. So, EHAP is one of those things, it’s part of Sweep and Smile, it’s a part of the Simplified Organization Course that means Everything Has A Place. Sometimes everything doesn’t have … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so071/" aria-label="SO071: Rest Isn’t Easy">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so071/">SO071: Rest Isn’t Easy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!

Transcript

So, an example is our family’s EHAP. So, EHAP is one of those things, it’s part of Sweep and Smile, it’s a part of the Simplified Organization Course that means Everything Has A Place. Sometimes everything doesn’t have a place, that’s why there’s more decision fatigue because you’re like, where do I put this thing? Giving things a home is one way we eliminate decision fatigue. So, it’s a project. It’s something that we do that’s going to have the payoff of rest after it’s done. EHAP is the time to put things back where they belong and it has a time and it has a place every day. At our house it’s about five o’clock most evenings. Not every single evening but most evenings at five o’clock is EHAP. That means at three o’clock when the house is a wreck and I feel like “AHHH, I’ve got to do something about this now,” take a deep breath, and we don’t have to do something about this now, we’re going to do something about it at five, so right now I can let the kids be doing their thing and not interrupt them because I feel crazy. I’m the one that has to take a deep breath and say, “We’ve got this handled, it’s OK.” There’s a time for everything and everything in its time. So, everything in its home and everything in its time that’s when we can take that breath and know that the decision then has been made, it’s not an immediate problem, it’s not a vague problem.

So, we have to systematically work through our responsibilities and our obligations and our time and our home, and in various ways put things in their home. That is how we then build the mental rest in our own heads. And yes, we can then, also, build time where we aren’t being interrupted and asked a million questions. But, here’s another thing to add to your brain dump. Throughout the week, write down the various kinds or maybe even specific questions your kids are asking. And maybe there are decisions that can be made upfront. Like, are they asking questions because they really want to know what’s happening because it’s always up in the air? Like, the more things that are always up in the air the more chatter there’s going to be from the kids and from your own head. But, if breakfast is always oatmeal because no one asks, “What’s for breakfast?” One of my favorites is if the kids ask what’s for dinner? I say, “Food.” I don’t have to think about it. I might have my menu planned but sometimes, ask me at a certain time and I don’t know, we’re going to have something or sometimes I’m just making something and it doesn’t have a name, so then you’re thinking ‘food, we’re going to have food.’ Finding those little things that just turn off the stress response is the distraction looking for an answer that is where we’re going to start finding mental peace and clarity. So, maybe pay attention to the questions that you’re asked this week and see if there’s a common thread or note which ones are most draining to you, and is there a way that you can arrange the day or just have a pat answer that eliminates the stress that comes when the question comes.

Sometimes these are really easy, really simple if we look intentionally at it, but when we get into distracted mode it takes work and intention to get out of it, and that’s where I am right now in the Deep Work book, I’m in the rules section. But he’s really developing how hard it is to move from distracted to thinking in a straight line again. And how intentional we have to be and that it’s really like a muscle that we have to grow. So, if we’ve been in distracted mode for a really long time it’s not going to be about just arranging a quiet time and suddenly we’ll be able to think deeply. It’s going to take practice to exercise that kind of attention again. And it will be uncomfortable at first as well, and difficult at first, but that ability to think through something without being distracted is where we’ll start finding calm and clarity and resilience which I think we don’t just need physical rest, selfishly for ourselves to feel better. What we need is resilience. We need internal, calm, and clarity so that when craziness happens outside of us with other people; people are bumping into each other, bumping into us, we need to have resilience – the ability to bounce back and to not just crumble or explode or whatever, immediate reaction happens. Sometimes this is expressed as being proactive. You can’t be proactive or resilient in a state of constant distraction. The two states are mutually exclusive. So, it’s a really important issue to address.

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What we need is resilience. We need internal, calm, and clarity so that when craziness happens outside of us with other people; people are bumping into each other, bumping into us, we need to have resilience – the ability to bounce back and to not just crumble or explode or whatever, immediate reaction happens. Sometimes this is expressed as being proactive.

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Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript So, Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!



Transcript
So, an example is our family’s EHAP. So, EHAP is one of those things, it’s part of Sweep and Smile, it’s a part of the Simplified Organization Course that means Everything Has A Place. Sometimes everything doesn’t have a place, that’s why there’s more decision fatigue because you’re like, where do I put this thing? Giving things a home is one way we eliminate decision fatigue. So, it’s a project. It’s something that we do that’s going to have the payoff of rest after it’s done. EHAP is the time to put things back where they belong and it has a time and it has a place every day. At our house it’s about five o’clock most evenings. Not every single evening but most evenings at five o’clock is EHAP. That means at three o’clock when the house is a wreck and I feel like “AHHH, I’ve got to do something about this now,” take a deep breath, and we don’t have to do something about this now, we’re going to do something about it at five, so right now I can let the kids be doing their thing and not interrupt them because I feel crazy. I’m the one that has to take a deep breath and say, “We’ve got this handled, it’s OK.” There’s a time for everything and everything in its time. So, everything in its home and everything in its time that’s when we can take that breath and know that the decision then has been made, it’s not an immediate problem, it’s not a vague problem.
So, we have to systematically work through our responsibilities and our obligations and our time and our home, and in various ways put things in their home. That is how we then build the mental rest in our own heads. And yes, we can then, also, build time where we aren’t being interrupted and asked a million questions. But, here’s another thing to add to your brain dump. Throughout the week, write down the various kinds or maybe even specific questions your kids are asking. And maybe there are decisions that can be made upfront. Like, are they asking questions because they really want to know what’s happening because it’s always up in the air? Like, the more things that are always up in the air the more chatter there’s going to be from the kids and from your own head. But, if breakfast is always oatmeal because no one asks, “What’s for breakfast?” One of my favorites is if the kids ask what’s for dinner? I say, “Food.” I don’t have to think about it. I might have my menu planned but sometimes, ask me at a certain time and I don’t know, we’re going to have something or sometimes I’m just making something and it doesn’t have a name, so then you’re thinking ‘food, we’re going to have food.’ Finding those little things that just turn off the stress response is the distraction looking for an answer that is where we’re going to start finding mental peace and clarity. So, maybe pay attention to the questions that you’re asked this week and see if there’s a common thread or note which ones are most draining to you, and is there a way that you can arrange the day or just have a pat answer that eliminates the stress that comes when the question comes.
Sometimes these are really easy, really simple if we look intentionally at it, but when we get into distracted mode it takes work and intention to get out of it, and that’s where I am right now in the Deep Work book, I’m in the rules section. But he’s really developing how hard it is to move from distracted to thinking in a straight line again. And how intentional we have to be and that it’s really like a muscle that we have to grow. So, if we’ve been in distracted mode for a really long time it’s not going to be abo...]]>
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CH070: Duties & Delights: Quintilian on Teachers & Students https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch070/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:33:36 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=72277 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch070/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch070/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education So, Quintilian wants us to know it’s important what kind of teacher we give our children over to. Do we think this matters less because the teacher is ourselves? No, if we choose to be the teachers ourselves, we must also choose to be the sort of person we would entrust our children to. Nor is it sufficient that he should merely set an example of the highest personal self-control; he must also … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch070/" aria-label="CH070: Duties & Delights: Quintilian on Teachers & Students">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch070/">CH070: Duties & Delights: Quintilian on Teachers & Students</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education

So, Quintilian wants us to know it’s important what kind of teacher we give our children over to. Do we think this matters less because the teacher is ourselves? No, if we choose to be the teachers ourselves, we must also choose to be the sort of person we would entrust our children to.

Nor is it sufficient that he should merely set an example of the highest personal self-control; he must also be able to govern the behavior of his pupils by the strictness of his discipline.

There must be encouragement and praise that is sincere and honest. I think this is a huge part of our children enjoying the process and their days of “great industry” at home.

As it is the duty of the master to teach, so it is the duty of the pupil to show himself teachable. The two obligations are mutually indispensable. […] Eloquence [completion of education] can never come to maturity unless teacher and taught are in perfect sympathy.

Quintilian wants young children to be exposed to literary thought and literary quality, because they are naturally receptive and retentive at this age – so what they are exposed to will matter to their entire course of life.

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Duties & Delights: Quintilian on Teachers & Students

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Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips

It’s possible to wing math in the early years, but because math is a consecutive skill, where one concept builds upon another, it’s best to choose a program and stick with it. Different programs use different vocabulary. Different programs teach concepts in different orders, but different logical, step-by-step orders – so skipping around between programs can lead to gaps and confusion more than in any other subject.

In the last almost-decade of sticking with the same program and walking 4 students (and soon starting my 5th) through the process, these are my top 5 tips for using and organizing Math-U-See.

Math-U-See Tip #2: Reserved Crayons
In Primer and Alpha, kids do quite a bit of coloring with their math. As they learn the blocks in the first few lessons, they’re supposed to color the blocks the right color. With my first student, we hunted around the crayon bin every time, with my son constantly asking, “Is this an ok color? Is this one ok?”
When I ordered Primer for my third, knowing I had at least 2 more after her, I got smart and set aside hand-picked crayons. I pulled out the colors that best matched the blocks and stuck them in a small container that lives in our math book bin.
When she sat down with her lesson page, she had the little container with just 10 crayons, and it was clear which color was intended.

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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education So, Quintilian wants us to know it’s important what kind of teacher we give our children over to. Do we think this matters less because the teacher is ourselves? No, Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
So, Quintilian wants us to know it’s important what kind of teacher we give our children over to. Do we think this matters less because the teacher is ourselves? No, if we choose to be the teachers ourselves, we must also choose to be the sort of person we would entrust our children to.

Nor is it sufficient that he should merely set an example of the highest personal self-control; he must also be able to govern the behavior of his pupils by the strictness of his discipline.

There must be encouragement and praise that is sincere and honest. I think this is a huge part of our children enjoying the process and their days of “great industry” at home.

As it is the duty of the master to teach, so it is the duty of the pupil to show himself teachable. The two obligations are mutually indispensable. […] Eloquence [completion of education] can never come to maturity unless teacher and taught are in perfect sympathy.

Quintilian wants young children to be exposed to literary thought and literary quality, because they are naturally receptive and retentive at this age – so what they are exposed to will matter to their entire course of life.
Read the original posts:

* The Tone of the Teacher
* What Would Classical Preschool Look Like?


Listen:

Simple Sanity Saver: Math-U-See Tips
It’s possible to wing math in the early years, but because math is a consecutive skill, where one concept builds upon another, it’s best to choose a program and stick with it. Different programs use different vocabulary. Different programs teach concepts in different orders, but different logical, step-by-step orders – so skipping around between programs can lead to gaps and confusion more than in any other subject.
In the last almost-decade of sticking with the same program and walking 4 students (and soon starting my 5th) through the process, these are my top 5 tips for using and organizing Math-U-See.
Math-U-See Tip #2: Reserved Crayons

In Primer and Alpha, kids do quite a bit of coloring with their math. As they learn the blocks in the first few lessons, they’re supposed to color the blocks the right color. With my first student, we hunted around the crayon bin every time, with my son constantly asking, “Is this an ok color? Is this one ok?”

When I ordered Primer for my third, knowing I had at least 2 more after her, I got smart and set aside hand-picked crayons. I pulled out the colors that best matched the blocks and stuck them in a small container that lives in our math book bin.

When she sat down with her lesson page, she had the little container with just 10 crayons, and it was clear which color was intended.

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SO070: The Rest that God Gives https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so070/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:45:43 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=72275 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so070/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so070/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript So, start off by listing the things that you currently do for rest. What do you currently do when you feel like you need a break? Of those things that you do for rest which ones do you … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so070/" aria-label="SO070: The Rest that God Gives">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so070/">SO070: The Rest that God Gives</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!

Transcript

So, start off by listing the things that you currently do for rest. What do you currently do when you feel like you need a break? Of those things that you do for rest which ones do you feel rested after doing? Because not everything that we do to take a break helps us feel better afterwards. So, if we don’t feel better afterwards, if we don’t feel rested and restored after doing it, it’s not a break. Maybe it’s stopping doing our work but it’s not rest. We have to be examining what we’re doing and whether or not it’s what we should be doing and perhaps there’s guilt involved because what we’re doing for rest isn’t restful so it doesn’t help so our anxiety and our stress is actually building instead of releasing. It just kind of builds and is a mess. We’re going to be taking a step back.

Let’s talk about the goal for rest. So, Erika says, “Everything I do to rest I do restful during I but I feel guilty afterwards.’ So, maybe after reading a book you do feel rested and maybe after reading a book you don’t. It can depend on the situation and what else is going on or the kind of book. There are multiple things going on pretty much all the time so that’s why we have to brain dump and really start following those connections and like, ‘what’s the difference between this time where I felt rested after reading a book or maybe even after watching a TV show and this time where it wasn’t?’ Sometimes you’re even too tired to read so we need to figure out the kind of rest that we need, the kind of tired that we are so that we know what to build more of into our life.

So, what’s the goal for resting? If we step back and look at the end – keep the end in mind – that will help us not feel guilty when we are legitimately resting, and it will help us recognize true rest from fake rest. So, the goal for resting is to be rested. This isn’t super deep. The goal of resting is peace and restoration/refreshment. If we go into rest as leisure and scholé (Peiper’s book, “The Basis of Culture” takes us on a journey on exploring leisure and its purpose) and it goes toward worship. And I think that is a good insight for us as we think about rest.

Of course, the Bible talks about rest as connected to the Sabbath a lot. And, the point of the Sabbath is worship. When we have a mind and a soul at peace we can be grateful, we can be attentive even to God, and attentive to what He is doing in our life right now instead of, maybe, what we’re trying to do in our life. We can be more open and receptive when our minds and our souls and our bodies are at peace. But when our bodies are tired and fatigued, when our mind is distracted, and when we haven’t been spending any time in God’s Word, with God’s people, worshiping then these are all blocks, blockage, obstacles to finding rest which is from God – real rest is from God – even if it comes after a novel, it’s a blessing that we can have and that is good for us because God rested on the seventh day not because He needed a break but because that is the end of work, that’s enjoying the work, that’s what He did. He didn’t go find entertainment he was taking enjoyment from His work and that was how He rested. He wasn’t doing work but He was enjoying the fruits of His work and that was rest, and so that’s why then there’s the Sabbath (it follows this model). God was modeling a pattern that He wanted us to follow: work, and then enjoy the work, enjoy the fruits of the work. It’s OK and good and right to not be go, go, go, work, work, work, productive mode all the time. That is not God’s will for us. It is God’s will for us to do our duty and part of our duty is to take a step back and be grateful and worshipful and enjoy the fruits of our work. That’s legitimate.

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Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript So, Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!



Transcript
So, start off by listing the things that you currently do for rest. What do you currently do when you feel like you need a break? Of those things that you do for rest which ones do you feel rested after doing? Because not everything that we do to take a break helps us feel better afterwards. So, if we don’t feel better afterwards, if we don’t feel rested and restored after doing it, it’s not a break. Maybe it’s stopping doing our work but it’s not rest. We have to be examining what we’re doing and whether or not it’s what we should be doing and perhaps there’s guilt involved because what we’re doing for rest isn’t restful so it doesn’t help so our anxiety and our stress is actually building instead of releasing. It just kind of builds and is a mess. We’re going to be taking a step back.
Let’s talk about the goal for rest. So, Erika says, “Everything I do to rest I do restful during I but I feel guilty afterwards.’ So, maybe after reading a book you do feel rested and maybe after reading a book you don’t. It can depend on the situation and what else is going on or the kind of book. There are multiple things going on pretty much all the time so that’s why we have to brain dump and really start following those connections and like, ‘what’s the difference between this time where I felt rested after reading a book or maybe even after watching a TV show and this time where it wasn’t?’ Sometimes you’re even too tired to read so we need to figure out the kind of rest that we need, the kind of tired that we are so that we know what to build more of into our life.
So, what’s the goal for resting? If we step back and look at the end – keep the end in mind – that will help us not feel guilty when we are legitimately resting, and it will help us recognize true rest from fake rest. So, the goal for resting is to be rested. This isn’t super deep. The goal of resting is peace and restoration/refreshment. If we go into rest as leisure and scholé (Peiper’s book, “The Basis of Culture” takes us on a journey on exploring leisure and its purpose) and it goes toward worship. And I think that is a good insight for us as we think about rest.
Of course, the Bible talks about rest as connected to the Sabbath a lot. And, the point of the Sabbath is worship. When we have a mind and a soul at peace we can be grateful, we can be attentive even to God, and attentive to what He is doing in our life right now instead of, maybe, what we’re trying to do in our life. We can be more open and receptive when our minds and our souls and our bodies are at peace. But when our bodies are tired and fatigued, when our mind is distracted, and when we haven’t been spending any time in God’s Word, with God’s people, worshiping then these are all blocks, blockage, obstacles to finding rest which is from God – real rest is from God – even if it comes after a novel, it’s a blessing that we can have and that is good for us because God rested on the seventh day not because He needed a break but because that is the end of work, that’s enjoying the work, that’s what He did. He didn’t go find entertainment he was taking enjoyment from His work and that was how He rested. He wasn’t doing work but He was enjoying the fruits of His work and that was rest, and so that’s why then there’s the Sabbath (it follows this model). God was modeling a pattern that He wanted us to follow: work, and then enjoy the work, enjoy the fruits of the work. It’s OK and good and right to not be go, go, go, work, work, work, productive mode all the time. That is not God’s will for us. It is God’s will for us to do our duty and part of our duty ...]]>
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CH069: Imagination & Expectation: Quintilian on Education https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch069/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:35:00 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=71819 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch069/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch069/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education We can’t simply demand character out of a person, nor can we explain it with abstract and theoretical definitions and expect that to be sufficient. We have to illustrate – model, tell stories, practice, make analogies – if we want to help people (ourselves, our children) change. And doing so is demanding. It’s hard work. It’s good work. It’s necessary work. It is best and easiest to begin how we mean to go … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch069/" aria-label="CH069: Imagination & Expectation: Quintilian on Education">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch069/">CH069: Imagination & Expectation: Quintilian on Education</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education

We can’t simply demand character out of a person, nor can we explain it with abstract and theoretical definitions and expect that to be sufficient. We have to illustrate – model, tell stories, practice, make analogies – if we want to help people (ourselves, our children) change.

And doing so is demanding. It’s hard work. It’s good work. It’s necessary work.

It is best and easiest to begin how we mean to go on – to start on the path we want to finish – rather than meander aimlessly and then think we can backtrack or fast track to where we want to be later on.

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Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education We can’t simply demand character out of a person, nor can we explain it with abstract and theoretical definitions and expect that to be sufficient. We have to illustrate – model, tell stories, Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education
We can’t simply demand character out of a person, nor can we explain it with abstract and theoretical definitions and expect that to be sufficient. We have to illustrate – model, tell stories, practice, make analogies – if we want to help people (ourselves, our children) change.
And doing so is demanding. It’s hard work. It’s good work. It’s necessary work.
It is best and easiest to begin how we mean to go on – to start on the path we want to finish – rather than meander aimlessly and then think we can backtrack or fast track to where we want to be later on.
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SO069: Busy Moms: There is No Guilt in Resting https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so069/ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:45:26 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=71815 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so069/#respond https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so069/feed/ 0 <p>Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript And, thank you all for the participation even before we began on what is rest. I think that we’re all, kind of, on the same page – is what it sounds like because this is what I was … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so069/" aria-label="SO069: Busy Moms: There is No Guilt in Resting">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so069/">SO069: Busy Moms: There is No Guilt in Resting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!

Transcript

And, thank you all for the participation even before we began on what is rest. I think that we’re all, kind of, on the same page – is what it sounds like because this is what I was thinking, so I’m glad to see that we are not alone, right? It’s easy to think that when we’re at home just doing our thing, that it’s like, ‘I must be the only one that struggles with this,’ but, you’re not. This is life and it’s part of our sanctification and you’re not alone. We all have these struggles. This is just the struggle of being human and of trying to live out God’s will for us, cheerfully, and gracefully, and repent-fully. What’s the adverb form of repentance?

So, you’re going to get a lot more out of this if you follow along with pen and paper. So, even if you are folding laundry – doing something – grab a notebook, grab a pen, and work through this exercise with me. This is going to be brain dumping. As we put things onto paper it helps us collect ourselves, collect our thoughts, and achieve more calm, rather than letting all the thoughts jumble up in our heads that’s distracting and we’re trying to hold all the things in our heads we can’t use our heads to think things through, to think things out, and to come up with creative solutions to have just the mental space to problem solve.

When we put the details and our thoughts and our connections and our troubles – all those things that pop into our head – instead of letting them just keep popping into our head, if we put them down onto paper it helps us think about them, instead of just the thoughts popping up we can think about them and start to figure things out. Distraction really drains us and that’s one of the things we’ll be talking about. When we can just collect those random thoughts that pop in it helps us remain calm and clear and not worry about forgetting the needful things, even if it’s ‘I need to buy milk at the grocery store’ – it’s amazing how much those little thoughts can collect and build and really clutter up our heads.

I really hope that you get a lot of actionable ideas out of this, not necessarily because it’s advice from me but because through the process of thinking about the different categories and really doing some self-examination and some life-examination you can figure out a change that works for you and your life and your needs right now because it’s going to be different for each person – what you need to focus on and what you need to do. There’s not one right way. There’s not a one-size fits all solution at all. So, we have to be able to take responsibility for our own selves and our own lives and prayerfully and repentantly (I think that’s right) move forward from where we are to the next step that is part of our sanctification.

OK, I have three different kinds of rest that we need and then three things that we need rest from. So, we’re going to start with the different kinds of rests that we need because I think that sometimes we’re so jumbled and we’re so distracted and we’re so tired and fatigued that it feels like any rest is the right rest or a good rest. And we do need rest and some of it is good but we need to figure out the kind of rest that we are lacking and maybe it will be all three kinds but they are different types of rest. So, we have to build in these three different types of rest to our lives. And, one kind – they’ll build on each other and they’ll help each other but they’re different aspects of our lives that we do need to take and we can take them intentionally without guilt because these are clearly good things. Rest is a good thing. And these kinds of rest that we need to build into our lives are clearly in and of themselves good things.

So, if you feel currently guilty for resting because you have so much to do the thinking along the way about how these are good, perhaps even equally good as your to-do list, and some of them might be more important than some of the things on your to-do list because maybe your to-do list is full of guilt-motivation or things that don’t really need to be on there. A lot of our to-do list is just service to others and we do need to step up to our duty and rest is not opposed to doing our duty.

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Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety! Transcript And, Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom
This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!



Transcript
And, thank you all for the participation even before we began on what is rest. I think that we’re all, kind of, on the same page – is what it sounds like because this is what I was thinking, so I’m glad to see that we are not alone, right? It’s easy to think that when we’re at home just doing our thing, that it’s like, ‘I must be the only one that struggles with this,’ but, you’re not. This is life and it’s part of our sanctification and you’re not alone. We all have these struggles. This is just the struggle of being human and of trying to live out God’s will for us, cheerfully, and gracefully, and repent-fully. What’s the adverb form of repentance?
So, you’re going to get a lot more out of this if you follow along with pen and paper. So, even if you are folding laundry – doing something – grab a notebook, grab a pen, and work through this exercise with me. This is going to be brain dumping. As we put things onto paper it helps us collect ourselves, collect our thoughts, and achieve more calm, rather than letting all the thoughts jumble up in our heads that’s distracting and we’re trying to hold all the things in our heads we can’t use our heads to think things through, to think things out, and to come up with creative solutions to have just the mental space to problem solve.
When we put the details and our thoughts and our connections and our troubles – all those things that pop into our head – instead of letting them just keep popping into our head, if we put them down onto paper it helps us think about them, instead of just the thoughts popping up we can think about them and start to figure things out. Distraction really drains us and that’s one of the things we’ll be talking about. When we can just collect those random thoughts that pop in it helps us remain calm and clear and not worry about forgetting the needful things, even if it’s ‘I need to buy milk at the grocery store’ – it’s amazing how much those little thoughts can collect and build and really clutter up our heads.
I really hope that you get a lot of actionable ideas out of this, not necessarily because it’s advice from me but because through the process of thinking about the different categories and really doing some self-examination and some life-examination you can figure out a change that works for you and your life and your needs right now because it’s going to be different for each person – what you need to focus on and what you need to do. There’s not one right way. There’s not a one-size fits all solution at all. So, we have to be able to take responsibility for our own selves and our own lives and prayerfully and repentantly (I think that’s right) move forward from where we are to the next step that is part of our sanctification.
OK, I have three different kinds of rest that we need and then three things that we need rest from. So, we’re going to start with the different kinds of rests that we need because I think that sometimes we’re so jumbled and we’re so distracted and we’re so tired and fatigued that it feels like any rest is the right rest or a good rest. And we do need rest and some of it is good but we need to figure out the kind of rest that we are lacking and maybe it will be all three kinds but they are different types of rest. So, we have to build in these three different types of rest to our lives. And, one kind – they’ll build on each other and they’ll help each other but they’re different aspects of our lives that we do need to take and we can take them intentionally without guilt because these are clearly good things. Rest is a good thing.]]>
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CH068: Homeschool Math Tips with Virginia Lee https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch068/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 22:02:28 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=70731 <p>Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education Listen: Transcript Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to season 12. I’m so excited to get this season started, and I’m here today with Virginia Lee to start our season off. Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone. Mystie: For the podcast this season the Simple Sanity Saver is Math-U-See tips. Even if you don’t use Math-U-See I think you’ll still be able to pick up some ideas, some tips, some things to think about. So, what ages … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch068/" aria-label="CH068: Homeschool Math Tips with Virginia Lee">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch068/">CH068: Homeschool Math Tips with Virginia Lee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education Listen: Transcript Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to season 12. I’m so excited to get this season started, and I’m here today with Virginia Lee to start our season off. Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone. Season 12: Classical Voices on Classical Education

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Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to season 12. I’m so excited to get this season started, and I’m here today with Virginia Lee to start our season off.
Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone.
Mystie: For the podcast this season the Simple Sanity Saver is Math-U-See tips. Even if you don’t use Math-U-See I think you’ll still be able to pick up some ideas, some tips, some things to think about. So, what ages and grades do you have, Virginia Lee?
Virginia Lee: I have a 13 year old son and I have a 10 year old daughter, I have an 8 year old daughter, I have a 5 year old son, and a 2 year old daughter. The only ones, obviously my younger ones are not doing math yet, everyone who is doing math is using Math-U-See.
Mystie: And us, too. And my oldest has actually just started Algebra 2 so we’re, kind of, getting into the program.
Virginia Lee: So, I have to ask – Algebra 2 – then he’s pretty good at math for high school years, I’m assuming, with that, seeing as he’s 15 and he’s in Algebra 2?
Mystie: Yes, that is ahead of the scope and sequence, I think, which is really interesting to me because for several years in elementary he was actually behind.
Virginia Lee: It just goes to show the great part about mastery with Math-U-See then.
Mystie: I think it just started clicking, maybe about 12, but it took a little bit more than two years to get through Alpha.
Virginia Lee: OK.
Mystie: And then it took about two years to get through Beta. It felt like, ‘Oh man – OK, we’ll just do it.’
Virginia Lee: You know what though? I’m glad you brought that up because that’s actually one of the things I really like about Math-U-See, is that it is mastery based, so it’s OK if it takes longer for your kiddos to go through Alpha or Beta or wherever they are because it’s not grade levels. It’s just levels of math that are not hooked to a grade and you do not move forward until you’ve mastered one concept. And, I think that has a lot to do why when later on, things start clicking for our kiddos. It can do that because you really have mastered everything before that point. And, I’m also just a big believer in as long as you’re moving forward that’s what counts.
Mystie: And that really helped me at one point when I had all young elementary and it didn’t seem like we were making that great of progress, being behind in math as homeschoolers was one of my fears, because it seems kind of …
Virginia Lee: Yes.
Mystie: Well, it was true for myself and several of my siblings and that was something I didn’t want to continue. So, I was starting to get a little nervous and I actually found YouTube videos by Steve Demme – they must have … I don’t know if they’re around anymore because I’ve tried several times to find them again and I have not found them – they were like Q&A videos so, of course, they were pretty much all questions like, “My son’s behind what do I do?”
Virginia Lee: Yes, the homeschool mom panic questions.
Mystie: “We stayed in this lesson for f-o-r-e-v-e-r.” And, yet he did that. You’re never behind, you’re where you are, math is progressive, you can’t skip anything. And, if they haven’t mastered it you, basically, are skipping ahead and you’re going to get burned in the end, so just stick with it and when things click everything else is going to smooth the way later and their mind will be free from the arithmetic part of the math to think about the concepts.
Virginia Lee: Yes, and I like that about Math-U-See also that they take really important basic math concepts and they start from the concrete and build to the abstract so that as you’re being introduced to something that’s very important for understanding math but that’s new to the child (and sometimes the mom) …
Mystie: Definitely!
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SO068: Realistic Ways to Rest for Moms with Virginia Lee https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so068/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:35:53 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=70729 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so068/">SO068: Realistic Ways to Rest for Moms with Virginia Lee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Mystie Winckler clean 7:18 70729 CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch067/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:30:47 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=63860 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us. “Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it. Read the original post: Jayber Crow by Wendell … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch067/" aria-label="CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch067/">CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us. Season 11 : Good Books to Read
Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us.
“Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it.
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Cindy Rollins used to say that she taught her boys the humanities so that when the rats were nibbling their toes in prison (where they were thrown for their faith, hopefully, and not for wrongdoing, but either way) they’d have an interesting place to spend their time: their own minds.
This was years and years ago, so that is a rough paraphrase, of course, but she got me with that one.
The leisure that classical education prepares you for is not the leisure of “the leisure class” – although it began that way historically. Rather, classical education furnishes the mind so that when we have leisure – which we can have in our current society without resorting to slave labor – we can actually enjoy it. Rather than being bored and wishing we were back at work or resorting to mindless entertainment to fill our time, we can enjoy ourselves.
With a fully furnished and active mind, down time, time alone, quiet spaces of time, are a treasure not to be filled idly. We’re able to enjoy contemplative time because we have things to contemplate.
Aristotle was, not surprisingly, the primary source for this concept of scholé education.

We should be able, not only to work well, but to use leisure well. –Aristotle

It does not have to be one or the other, work or rest. Both have a place in the well-ordered life.

What ought we to do when at leisure? Clearly we ought not to be amusing ourselves, for then amusement would be the end of life. – Aristotle

Now, Aristotle does justify a little amusement – we don’t need to shun amusement altogether – but it is to be used sparingly as a remedy and relief for over-busy-ness, not as a habit.
Rather, we should arrange to have spare time, and to use it for leisure:

Leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment of life, which are experienced, not by the busy man, but by those who have leisure. -Aristotle

And, the education we pursue helps us enjoy our leisure and use it well:

It is clear then that there are branches of learning and education which we must study with a view to the enjoyment of leisure, and these are to be valued for their own sake; whereas those kinds of knowledge which are useful in business are to be deemed necessary, and exist for the sake of other things. -Aristotle

One subject in particular is aimed at promoting a mind that can enjoy leisure:

And therefore our fathers admitted music into education, not on the ground either of its necessity or utility; […] the use of music [is] for intellectual enjoyment in leisure […] this being one of the ways in which it is thought that a freeman should pass his leisure.

Therefore, Aristotle claims:

It is evident, then, that there is a sort of education in which parents should train their sons, not as being useful or necessary, but because it is liberal or noble.

This is an education of and for scholé.

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CH066: Thoughts on Consider This by Karen Glass https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch066/ Wed, 30 May 2018 13:39:46 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=63486 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read Yes, we pursue knowledge, but not simply for its own sake. Our aim when we are learning and loving knowledge needs to be acting in accordance with the truth we have discovered – wisdom being knowledge, rightly applied. When our knowledge is transformed into action, it becomes virtue, and virtue was the goal of education. Or, as James puts it, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. She … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch066/" aria-label="CH066: Thoughts on Consider This by Karen Glass">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch066/">CH066: Thoughts on Consider This by Karen Glass</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read Yes, we pursue knowledge, but not simply for its own sake. Our aim when we are learning and loving knowledge needs to be acting in accordance with the truth we have discovered – wisdom being knowledge, rightly applied. Season 11 : Good Books to Read
Yes, we pursue knowledge, but not simply for its own sake. Our aim when we are learning and loving knowledge needs to be acting in accordance with the truth we have discovered – wisdom being knowledge, rightly applied.

When our knowledge is transformed into action, it becomes virtue, and virtue was the goal of education.

Or, as James puts it,

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

She proves that virtue – right acting – needs to be the end we are pursuing when we educate children (and also ourselves), and demonstrates this is the classical notion about what education is for.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Scholé
Scholé, or leisure, is the mode and mood of festival, of celebration.
Pieper, in Leisure, the Basis of Culture, uses the word leisure, but only after he clarifies that leisure and scholé are the same thing. They are synonyms – the same concept coming from different roots. So any of the quotes below could be read with the word scholé instead of leisure and the meaning would be the same.

Leisure is the condition of considering things in a celebratory spirit.

Scholé is more than a practice, it is also a mindset, an orientation toward the world that is looking at its nature in itself rather than

looking at it for its utility or possibility.

The leisure of man includes within itself a celebratory, approving, lingering gaze of the inner eye on the reality of creation.

Thought: Must modern man refuse leisure because he has refused the entire concept of creation. Nothing is created, all is chance, therefore, why dwell on it approvingly?

Leisure is not the attitude of one who intervenes but of one who opens himself; not of one who seizes but who lets go, who lets himself go.

Letting ourselves go here does not mean losing self-control, as we often use the phrase, but rather it is self-forgetfulness. It is not imposing ourself on the world or on the book, but rather immersing ourselves in the world or the book to the degree that we forget time and our own concerns.
And then this dovetails with this quote from The Liberal Arts Tradition about the direction and emphasis of our schools & homeschools:

Classical education seeks rather to build a robust poetic and moral education before it moves to analysis or critique.

If we want a truly grounded, traditionally classical education, we begin with wonder and awe, with copious time out of doors and music and dancing and innumerable stories – not with chants full of random facts or cotton balls glued on construction paper. And even as our children grow and “age out” of the free play stage, still they need space and time and movement and fresh air to allow the connections to form in their minds.
And so do we.
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Keeping house or completing other projects are always means, never ends in themselves. They are ways that we serve others and tools we use to bless others. When we become cranky and angry as we work, it is not a sign that we need to repent of our work, but that we need to repent of our attitude.
The home atmosphere is one tool for cultivating relationship, it is not a priority over them and should not be pitted against them.
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CH065: Thoughts on Living Page by Laurie Bestvater https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch065/ Wed, 23 May 2018 20:30:01 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=62397 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read Here and there, what Bestvater often only hints at, is that keeping a commonplace notebook will make you a different sort of person: a Keeper, a noticer, a thought-connector. Bestvater continually calls this activity a posture; it is a liturgy: it gives space, perception, identity, and meaning. The act of copying is meditative and contemplative, and it makes the thought grow in you just a little more. Read the original post: The Living … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch065/" aria-label="CH065: Thoughts on Living Page by Laurie Bestvater">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch065/">CH065: Thoughts on Living Page by Laurie Bestvater</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read Here and there, what Bestvater often only hints at, is that keeping a commonplace notebook will make you a different sort of person: a Keeper, a noticer, a thought-connector. Bestvater continually calls this activity a po... Season 11 : Good Books to Read
Here and there, what Bestvater often only hints at, is that keeping a commonplace notebook will make you a different sort of person: a Keeper, a noticer, a thought-connector.
Bestvater continually calls this activity a posture; it is a liturgy: it gives space, perception, identity, and meaning.
The act of copying is meditative and contemplative, and it makes the thought grow in you just a little more.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Scholé
Scholé is the Greek word from which the English school is derived. However, it’s translated as leisure, and is best developed in Josef Pieper’s small book, Leisure The Basis of Culture
To the ancient mind, scholé was about pursuing truth and losing oneself in the process. The category was broken down less along productive/unproductive lines, but along self-oriented and truth-oriented. To be out working in the world was to be pushing your own goals forward; to be seeking scholé was to set your own agendas and goals aside for the sake of seeing, experiencing, and seeking truth. Scholé means seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty first and foremost, laying aside personal agendas, prideful goals, and desires to control so that we can be open and able to embrace Truth, Goodness, and Beauty when we see it.

And we should be seeing it all over the place. God is True, Good, and Beautiful, and we are reflections of Him, called to increase our reflection of Him more and more as we mature and grow all our lives.
So is our focus in our day-to-day homeschools about achieving our own ends or about encountering Truth, Goodness, and Beauty? It might look exactly the same in method, but it is the motives and the priorities – the heart – that is different.
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SO066: 15 Minutes is All You Need https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so066/ Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:21 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=63482 <p>Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Cleaning and organizing the entire house might be your project, but that’s not going to happen in one day. However, if you set aside 15 minutes every day (or most days, anyway), you can slowly but steadily move toward that object. Embrace the process, the incremental change that you move forward, more than the outcome. We can’t put things off until the perfect moment, because that moment will not come. Read the original post: Embrace … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so066/" aria-label="SO066: 15 Minutes is All You Need">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so066/">SO066: 15 Minutes is All You Need</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Cleaning and organizing the entire house might be your project, but that’s not going to happen in one day. However, if you set aside 15 minutes every day (or most days, anyway), Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips
Cleaning and organizing the entire house might be your project, but that’s not going to happen in one day.
However, if you set aside 15 minutes every day (or most days, anyway), you can slowly but steadily move toward that object.
Embrace the process, the incremental change that you move forward, more than the outcome.
We can’t put things off until the perfect moment, because that moment will not come.
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SO065: Choose Your Expression. https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so065/ Mon, 14 May 2018 14:11:19 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=62395 <p>Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Smiling comes naturally to some and less easily to others, but it is a simple gesture that can steer us clear of self-pity and a downward spiral and an act that is contagious to our children. They will catch and mimic what we model, so we should be conscious of our expressions. Consciously choose the emotions you display, and the outward act of the will can work its way inward to change your actual emotion. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so065/" aria-label="SO065: Choose Your Expression.">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so065/">SO065: Choose Your Expression.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Smiling comes naturally to some and less easily to others, but it is a simple gesture that can steer us clear of self-pity and a downward spiral and an act that is contagious to our children. Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips
Smiling comes naturally to some and less easily to others, but it is a simple gesture that can steer us clear of self-pity and a downward spiral and an act that is contagious to our children. They will catch and mimic what we model, so we should be conscious of our expressions.
Consciously choose the emotions you display, and the outward act of the will can work its way inward to change your actual emotion.
A smile is a simple way to love someone else, to offer approval, acceptance, and affection. It is a gift to your children that gives back to you, also.
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CH064: Thoughts on Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung & Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch064/ Tue, 08 May 2018 10:57:32 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=62063 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. The book constitutes a redefinition of “doing it all.” Every day presents us with countless options for how to spend our time. However, only some are truly great deals. Only a few things are really important. […] It’s frequently … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch064/" aria-label="CH064: Thoughts on Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung & Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch064/">CH064: Thoughts on Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung & Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. Season 11 : Good Books to Read
But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. The book constitutes a redefinition of “doing it all.”

Every day presents us with countless options for how to spend our time. However, only some are truly great deals. Only a few things are really important. […] It’s frequently these good things that distract us from the best things.

What obligations are we burdening ourselves with (or are others trying to load us down with) that God is not asking us to do?
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* Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
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Simple Sanity Saver: Scholé
Scholé is the Greek word from which the English school is derived. However, it’s a far cry from what passes as school these days. it’s translated as leisure, as the point and end-goal of any work we might do. We work in order to scholé, Aristotle says.
When we work in order to possess stuff, or worse yet, when we work in order to work more and better, our souls shrivel. We are not living as we were created to live. We were created to tend for relationship sake. When the fall ruined our orientation to work, God established 6 days of labor that culminated in a day of rest and gladness, a day of scholé, a day of worship. When Jesus rose from the dead and remade the world, the day of rest became Sunday, The Lord’s Day, the first day. We do not work to rest. We receive rest, leisure, wholeness in our worship, then from that blessing we go forth and tend the world. Rest should characterize our work, it is the energy behind our work, and always we return to it to be renewed. It’s not an earned rest, a vacation rest, it is a mindful, worshipful, received rest that God gives to us as a gift.
Let us walk in that grace rather than try to earn our own rest.
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SO064 – Resist Plan Perfectionism. Iterate. https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so064/ Mon, 07 May 2018 04:13:35 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=62061 <p>Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Reserve time every week and every interval for evaluation, but in the midst of the day, just move forward with what you know. The perfect plan is not going to be as helpful as the plan you have in front of you, put into practice. The day-to-day is for execution mode. Don’t wait until the plan is perfect. Just start with what you have, where you are. Read the original post: Iterate Your Plans Find … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so064/" aria-label="SO064 – Resist Plan Perfectionism. Iterate.">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so064/">SO064 – Resist Plan Perfectionism. Iterate.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Reserve time every week and every interval for evaluation, but in the midst of the day, just move forward with what you know. The perfect plan is not going to be as helpful as the plan you have in front of you, Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips
Reserve time every week and every interval for evaluation, but in the midst of the day, just move forward with what you know. The perfect plan is not going to be as helpful as the plan you have in front of you, put into practice.
The day-to-day is for execution mode.
Don’t wait until the plan is perfect. Just start with what you have, where you are.
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CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch063/ Wed, 02 May 2018 10:13:14 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=61127 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read 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. When I was in that spot 8 years ago, I had my mom who had homeschooled 7. I also had other local older moms who let me browse their bookshelves and ask them questions. And then on my … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch063/" aria-label="CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch063/">CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read 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. Season 11 : Good Books to Read
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.
When I was in that spot 8 years ago, I had my mom who had homeschooled 7. I also had other local older moms who let me browse their bookshelves and ask them questions. And then on my computer screen, I had Cindy Rollins, whose ninth child at the time was in elementary school, only a couple years ahead of my oldest. She was about to graduate her oldest, and she was funny and smart and real.
We’ve learned and grown a lot over the years, and Cindy helped us stay on the right trajectory.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Scholé
Scholé is the Greek word from which the English school is derived. However, it’s translated as leisure, as not-at-work. This contradicts our customary metaphor of school as a student’s job, as well as our typical reason for pursuing school: economic advantage. The older vision of school was of completing a person, of holistically growing and maturing to make him competent and complete, fully equipped not for the marketplace, but for all of life.
How does that vision of education look different from the modern in the day-to-day? It makes a difference in both what we teach and how. A scholé-oriented education favors the arts – not necessarily the technical angle, but the enjoyment angle – and language. It favors attention to the real world around us and immersing ourselves in a creative pursuit; science itself is taught in a wonder-filled, attentive, self-forgetful manner.
Scholé is not just for our students, but for ourselves as well. When we build scholé into our lives, we are giving space to personal growth and development, not for economic advantage, but for spiritual and personal wholeness and well-being.
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SO063: Give Yourself a Motto https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so063/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 07:13:22 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=61125 <p>Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips When we recite a handful of mottos over and over again, and conform our choices to them, we more and more naturally live them out even when we don’t use them. They become the way we simply do things. The best way to form new habits is to take on the identity as the kind of person who … leaves places better than they were, smiles and starts, or doesn’t let a mistake or slip-up … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so063/" aria-label="SO063: Give Yourself a Motto">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so063/">SO063: Give Yourself a Motto</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips When we recite a handful of mottos over and over again, and conform our choices to them, we more and more naturally live them out even when we don’t use them. They become the way we simply do things. Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips
When we recite a handful of mottos over and over again, and conform our choices to them, we more and more naturally live them out even when we don’t use them. They become the way we simply do things.
The best way to form new habits is to take on the identity as the kind of person who … leaves places better than they were, smiles and starts, or doesn’t let a mistake or slip-up stop continual practice.
These little chants I can tell myself are mini pep talks on the tip of my tongue that can help bring back my attitude when it starts drifting into dismay or laziness.
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CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch062/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:57:26 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=61031 <p>Season 11 : Good Books to Read Listen: Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some quick book recommendations for the first episode. Hey, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hey, Mystie. Good morning. Mystie: So, we both brought two books to recommend and not necessarily very favorites, but just … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch062/" aria-label="CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch062/">CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11 : Good Books to Read Listen: Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some... Season 11 : Good Books to Read

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Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some quick book recommendations for the first episode. Hey, Virginia Lee.
Virginia Lee: Hey, Mystie. Good morning.
Mystie: So, we both brought two books to recommend and not necessarily very favorites, but just ones that we thought were good to recommend that might be helpful and that have been helpful for us.
Virginia Lee: Well, I think that’s helpful because especially with homeschool moms, you know, we’re all readers. So, if it’s the same recommendations that you can get anywhere else it’s nice to have the recommendations that you haven’t heard of or that you’ve only heard a little bit about. And, then you can buy a new book. So, which ones did you pick, Mystie?
Mystie: So, the first one I picked was, The Art of Teaching by Gilbert Highet.
Virginia Lee: You know, I have heard of that because Cindy Rollins had recommended that also.

Mystie: Yes. I’m pretty sure that’s why I bought it at first, and you know, it’s one of those ones that then sat on my shelf for forever. It was written in 1950. It is about teaching in a time where the scientific materialistic vision was really gaining traction, and really the whole thing is about the human aspect; learning is the child/student bringing himself to bear and teaching is the teacher bringing himself. And, one of the sections I have marked, “That’s why it’s exhausting. It is legitimately exhausting to teach, and this is why, so just expect it.”
Virginia Lee: And that’s good because I think sometimes we can go around in our minds thinking, ‘OK, how can I make this not [this] way? It shouldn’t be like [this], I’m doing something wrong.’
Mystie: Right.
Virginia Lee: And, it’s good to just know, “No, that makes sense.”
Mystie: You’re not doing something wrong because you’re tired at the end. You’re doing something right.
Virginia Lee: So then it’s like, ‘I’m still tired but man it’s a weight off my shoulders.’ Oh, wonderful. I’m going to have to write this down. That’s very interesting, and I like that it really talks to us as the teacher, because a lot of education books that we read are really focusing on stuff with the children also.
Mystie: Right.
Virginia Lee: And, you’re not necessarily getting what the posture of the teacher is, quite as much.
Mystie: So, this quote is on the back of my book, and I thought it was so good. So, he says, “Teaching is not like inducing a chemical reaction: it is much more like painting a picture or making a piece of music, or on a lower level like planting a garden or writing a friendly letter. You must throw your heart into it, you must realize that it cannot be done all by formulas or you will spoil your work, and your pupils, and yourself.
Virginia Lee: That’s beautiful.
Mystie: So, how about you? What’s one of your books?

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SO062: Tips for Attitude Change (with Virginia Lee) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so062/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:48:31 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=61027 <p>Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Listen: Mystie: Welcome to the first episode of season 11 where I’ll be recording and sharing a few more attitude organization tips from my series “52 Ways to Organize Your Attitude.” So, Virginia Lee who helps me with customer support and email is here to chat with us. Hey, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi everyone. Mystie: So, I thought that we would share some of our own tips for organizing our attitude because it often … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so062/" aria-label="SO062: Tips for Attitude Change (with Virginia Lee)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so062/">SO062: Tips for Attitude Change (with Virginia Lee)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips Listen: Mystie: Welcome to the first episode of season 11 where I’ll be recording and sharing a few more attitude organization tips from my series “52 Ways to Organize Your Attitude.” So, Season 11: Attitude Organization Tips

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Mystie: Welcome to the first episode of season 11 where I’ll be recording and sharing a few more attitude organization tips from my series “52 Ways to Organize Your Attitude.” So, Virginia Lee who helps me with customer support and email is here to chat with us. Hey, Virginia Lee.
Virginia Lee: Hi everyone.
Mystie: So, I thought that we would share some of our own tips for organizing our attitude because it often needs it with stuff day to day.
Virginia Lee: Yes, yes.
Mystie: So, one of the ones I’m going to share is there’s a post for it in the series, but sometimes just sharing those specific instances – these are all things we need to hear over and over again. So, do you have any go-to attitude organization strategies?
Virginia Lee: Well, many of mine are similar to what you’re writing about. But, I guess the biggest go-to attitude organization strategy for me is … and it’s not going to be anything new … is just to stop and pray. If things are out of whack, if the bubble has burst, I have to stop everything and pray right then. It doesn’t matter if we get behind, it doesn’t matter if something doesn’t get done, because I am an extrovert and I have multiple extroverted children I have found that it is incredibly helpful to just stop all of them in their tracks, too, and pray together. To just let them know, you know what, my attitude is not the way it needs to be and I need help from the Lord and I would love the help from them as well, so we can just pray for each other. And, it’s great to hear your children praying for you, too. So, that is really my number one biggest thing and there are some days where we stop 10 times. And, there are others where we’re just all not listening to ourselves more than we’re listening to the spirit and we fly through and those are the days that at the end, you’re like, “Yay, Lord – that’ll get me through four more weeks.” But, that is really my biggest one is to just to stop. I’ve learned that if the spirit prompts you that you should be praying about something don’t say I’ll do this later, I’ll do this when [this] calms down. Just do it right then.
Mystie: That is so good.
Virginia Lee: So, that’s my biggest one.
Mystie: That’s a great one. You can’t argue that, because who can change a sinner’s heart but the Holy Spirit alone. That’s where we have to go when we need heart change.
Virginia Lee: And, because we’re the ones during the day leading our families and we’re all around each other I just want my kids to see that I need that heart change as much as they do. I need that attitude re-organization as much as they do, and so, I have always tried to communicate with them as well, not just keep it inside that I’m doing that, but just let them know, “This is happening with Mom right now, too.” What about you?
Mystie: Mine’s really similar, maybe it’s the introverted version. In the Humble Habits Program that I worked through with a bunch of other ladies, one of the habits that we worked on, the very first one was prayer, and having a Scripture verse that you were going to pray, posted somewhere. So, to just have a go-to prayer to pray, it was good because we were stopping to pray at that time, when we saw that card. It was a prompt to pray, but then also in practicing praying it, it became more normal and natural to just have that go-to. Like, I can stop right here and I have a prayer in my heart, in my head, right now. So, do you have another one?
Virginia Lee: So, I have a Notes app in my phone and maybe this isn’t the best place but I should probably switch to your Index Card so that I don’t have to get on my phone, but I keep four or five Bible verses in that Note app, depending on if there’s a struggle, or a season, or something that I know is a continuous thing that I’m working on that will ...]]>
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CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch061/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:45:51 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=58079 <p>Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent. The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch061/" aria-label="CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch061/">CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself w... Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach
Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent.
The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has been taught?
Some studies, he writes, “can be of no benefit to us after we have mastered them unless we have elected to make our living from this source”; however, they still “help us while we are in the process of learning.”
Such impractical, abstract studies he calls “gymnastic of the mind” which will “increase their aptitude for mastering greater and more serious studies.”
Habit training begins in childhood, but is confirmed in adulthood.
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* Education Works Through Habit – Aristotle
* Latin is Brain Exercise – Isocrates


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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
Of course the best way to engage with Shakespeare is to be the one performing it. There are several ways to do this without being a drama person (I am most definitely not).
Knowledge comes from doing
Personally, I am the sort very tempted to leave off the hands-on activities like this. I like the meat and acting out a scene or two seems like fluffy fun that can easily be dispensed with.
However, in this case, that is not true.
True knowing and understanding comes when we make the material our own, when we recreate or represent it in some sort of personal expression. In history or grammar that might involve writing or speaking, but the most natural way to add personal expression with Shakespeare is to be the actor the play is directing.
Be creative in the theatrical options
Although it would be valuable, you don’t have to have costuming and rehearsals in order to give your children the chance to act out Shakespeare. Here are some other low-key, low-commitment ways to add doing to your studies:

* Duplo or LEGO scenes & characters (try recording it for your own movie production)
* Illustrated comic book versions of selected scenes
* Monologues dramatically delivered like at a try-out
* Puppets – handcrafted, popsicle stick, finger puppets, paper dolls – can be recorded to make a movie.




If you are interested in staging a scene, an abridged play, or simply delivering monologues with your kids or with a group, check out how these homeschool moms have done so in their homeschools:

* Shakespeare with a small group by Amber Vanderpol
* Shakespeare scripts adapted for children

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The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
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And then, the bottom section is for your vocations. And again, I’m not going to get into vocations but basically, those are your areas of responsibility. And the vocations, as we work through them, in Simplified Organization, the e-Course, and in Work the Plan, the vocations are names that help us to think about what our responsibilities are. What are we here to do? Who are we here to be? And, it’s not up to us to establish our own vocations or identities. Vocation means calling, so if we’re married then one of our vocations is a wife. If we have children then one of our vocations is a mother. And, we don’t pick that, necessarily. We can’t pick to not be.
So, it’s noticing what our vocations that we’re given are, and then organizing our life around that instead of trying to envision who we want to be or supposed to be in 10 or 5 years, our life goals, or whatever, it’s more looking around and observing where has God placed me, what am I called to do here and now (not necessarily super far into the future, but what about just right here and now), and identifying what am I doing in those areas, and what should I be doing in those areas. And, that helps us keep our eyes focused on the present, and who we’re called to serve right now, and what responsibilities we’ve been given right now, and that helps us filter the opportunities that come our way or the ideas that flit through our heads, so it helps us figure out what we should be spending our time on and what we should not be spending our time on.
Do current chosen vocations fall in that definition? It depends—there is a free guide, if you go to SimplyConvivial.com you can search for vocations, and I think the post is called “Know Your Vocations” and there’s a free guide that you can download on helping you figure out what your vocations are. If you’ve chosen to homeschool then that’s a responsibility—you can’t keep your kids home from school and then not school them. So, whatever you are responsible to do today, this week, this year, that somehow fits into your vocations.
So, it’s a little mental exercise, figuring out what the right names are the categories, then all of that, but I think it’s a very profitable exercise and thing to think through, because it helps us be intentional with our time and intentional with our decisions, and really know what we’re about, and that helps us to say no when we need to say no, and it helps to say yes when we need to say yes, also.

So, the bottom section is where I have things broken down by vocation, so that I can make sure I am keeping a balance on things – that I’m not over doing it on one end but I’m paying attention to all the different people, basically is what it comes down to, that each person in my life is each getting the part of me that they should be getting.

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It is by means of language that we both procure and use wisdom – for does not thought require language?
So practice in speaking and in using language (today we would add writing as a method of discourse) is of upmost importance not just to learn to communicate effectively with others, but even to be able to understand within our own minds.
It is speaking, being able to communicate your knowledge to others, that makes the knowledge useful, that makes it possible to do any good with the gain of it.
Language is the basis of wisdom.
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* Learning requires the language arts – Isocrates
* Even STEM kids need English – Cicero


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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
Though Shakespeare wrote to be performed, there is still great value in reading his plays with their beautiful use of English. However, there’s more than one way to read a text.
Audio + Visual = read along
My favorite way to read Shakespeare with the kids is to give each one his own paperback (multiple copies can be found at the library or any used bookstore usually, or Dover publishes cheap editions without frills) and play an audiobook version while we all follow along. Hearing someone who knows how the lines flow read them helps immensely with comprehension.
If I have an unmotivated or non-reader, I’ll give them a coloring page to keep their hands and eyes busy while they listen to the audiobook. Dover publishes a book of Shakespeare coloring pages, or even a book of plain designs to color in is a good activity for listening times.Having Shakespeare come in through both the eyes and the ears is a great way to foster success and engagement with young students.

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SO060: Build the Habit of Looking at Your Plan https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so060/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:20:13 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=57638 <p>Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here: So, one of the biggest reasons why planners don’t work and are a waste of time when the problem is us, is simply … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so060/" aria-label="SO060: Build the Habit of Looking at Your Plan">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so060/">SO060: Build the Habit of Looking at Your Plan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Season 10: Planner Pep Talks
The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:




So, one of the biggest reasons why planners don’t work and are a waste of time when the problem is us, is simply not looking at the planner. So, we need to make looking at the planner a habit, and something that we do at least once a day, but really more than once a day—at least three times a day, or else the planner is just not going to work for you.
It’s not going to be the useful, helpful tool if you aren’t looking at it. So, you’ve got to look at it in the morning, during your morning review, then you’ve got to look at it at least one other time in the middle of the day, in the midst of the crazy goings on, and then an evening review. So, those are the habits that make a planner work that we go over within Work the Plan and I also have several blog posts at SimplyConvivial.com about the morning review and an evening review, a weekly review, review, review, review – that basically means you have to look at it to for it to work for you. And a lot of times, almost anything would work if we used it. And the using it gives us that experience that helps us see which parts of it do and don’t fit our lives.
So, we won’t know what kind of planner works for us unless we actually get some experience using one. So, it’s totally OK to just start with something, even if your something is a blank sheet of paper that you just has notes all over. Or, it’s a page that has a sticky note per day and you jot notes. It does not have to be fancy. It does not have to be organized in an Instagram-photo shoot kind of way. It doesn’t have to be just so, or just the perfect planner, the kind you want to use for forever. It has to be something so you get experience and figure out what’s going to work for you right now.
So, it’s not so much about the planner page itself, the format, the template, what’s on it, what’s not on it – what really matters is that we have a place where we put things down that we can refer to so that we can keep things on paper and not in our own heads. If it’s not as pretty as the ones you see on Instagram it doesn’t mean that you’re doing it wrong.

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CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch059/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:02:00 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=57193 <p>Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control. Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch059/" aria-label="CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch059/">CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach
Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule.
One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave.
And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control.
Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?”
Isocrates reminds us of the point – or, at least, one point.
Education creates society, for good or ill.
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* Practicing Early Home Education – Plato
* What’s Education Good For?


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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
Shakespeare was meant to be seen. How many movie scripts make it into lit class? Not many at all; that Shakespeare does demonstrates his genius.Which would you prefer? Reading a movie script or watching the movie made from it? Of course we’d rather watch the movie because the movie is the point of the script. In the same way, Shakespeare was meant to be acted and interpreted. I absolutely love to watch multiple versions of a play and see how differences of inflection, of setting, and of context put completely different spins on the lines. This is the beauty of Shakespeare. None of them are “Right” (although some can be Wrong). Scripts allow actors room to interpret their characters and get into character, reflecting different facets of humanity as they do so. Is Hamlet’s ghost to be trusted? How that ghost is portrayed will affect how you feel about that central plot point. Shakespeare’s plays and themes are complex, as life and people are.
Always preview movies.
Of course you, as the parent, should always watch a Shakespeare production yourself before viewing it with your children. You know your children and your standards, so you need to preview movie options in light of those. Violence, bawdiness, even nudity are all issues in many Shakespeare videos, and there are also many that make Shakespeare feel dull and confusing. You’re going for an experience that will leave your children with a positive enjoyment of Shakespeare, so watch the movie options beforehand and try to find ones that will be a good fit for your family. There are a number of movie versions that I enjoy that I wouldn’t let my kids watch, but there are some we’ve watched as a family.
Your mileage, of course, may vary. I’m not promising you or yours will like them. If you can’t find a movie you can endorse in its entirety, sometimes you can watch brief clips on YouTube. Something is better than nothing: the kids need to see that Shakespeare was written to be done and not just endured.
Check for live productions.
Movies are not actually the only way to watch Shakespeare performed. Before film, there was still theater. As an added bonus, many school or local groups will refrain from excessive violence or lewdness in their plays, at least in our town. High schools, local theaters, and area acting companies are all likely places to find the occasional Shakespeare play. I have sometimes chosen the play we read in school based on what will be performed locally. Ask around and see if there are groups you don’t know about yet.

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SO059: Planning Seasonally https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so059/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:02:02 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=57188 <p>Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here: So, we go through these different seasons where we’re using time differently, we need to think about time differently, and put together the … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so059/" aria-label="SO059: Planning Seasonally">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so059/">SO059: Planning Seasonally</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Season 10: Planner Pep Talks
The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:




So, we go through these different seasons where we’re using time differently, we need to think about time differently, and put together the plan in a way that matches how our life is flowing. So, if you have a baby, or if you have primarily toddlers, then the way that your time flows, the way your day flows, is unique and it’s a thing. So, don’t try to fit your life into a planner, fit the planner to your life.
So, maybe your time chunks are morning and afternoon, and that’s it. Still, you get three things per time block, and if you hit those things you’re good. And the things can’t be “clean the whole house” – that’s not one thing! We have to evaluate our expectations and what’s realistic. “Clean a drawer” is one thing. So, the important thing is looking at how your day flows and putting together a planner that reflects that is tricky, but thinking about it in that way, I think, helps us see other possibilities rather than just trying to print off (even mine, including mine) someone else’s planner template and then just trying to paste that into our life. But, to look at all the different templates that are out there and then say, “I like this about that one, I like this about this one” and try a few and maybe, for your interval, where you have six weeks of focus on certain projects – maybe a project for an interval is to figure out a planner that works for me.
And, so each week you can try out a new thing. But, you’ve got to give it at least a week before you know whether or not it’s working for you. And, you also, as you evaluate have to honestly evaluate is the planner not working for me because it doesn’t match the way my life flows or the categories that my brain thinks in, is it not working for that reason, or is it not working because I wasn’t looking at it, because I wasn’t working the plan myself. Was the problem the planner or was the problem me? And, going through and just honestly doing that evaluation, it’s not the sort of condemnation, sort of thing, like if the problem is you (because sometimes it is, sometimes it’s me – a lot of the times it’s me) and when you realize that, it’s not a guilt-fest, it’s a well-what’s-getting-in-the-way? Is it my attitude? Is it my habits? And, how can I change my attitude? And, how can I change my habits, because those are things that we do have control over and we can change. And, just being aware and trying things out and being intentional is the first step, because that’s when we notice what’s going on in our heads, it’s when we notice what our habits are, and that’s really the first step – is paying attention and noticing.
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CH058: A Teacher’s Goals https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch058/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:01:01 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56898 <p>Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction. If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace. Education is about how we … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch058/" aria-label="CH058: A Teacher’s Goals">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch058/">CH058: A Teacher’s Goals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach
Mothers must be both teachers and learners.
As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction.
If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace.
Education is about how we treat others and comes by imitation.
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* What makes a good teacher? – Plato
* Portrait of a Graduate – Isocrates


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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
Familiarity breeds affection, not contempt.
Ken Ludwig, author of How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, writes:


Having thought about Shakespeare for most of my life, I have concluded that the best way to learn about his plays, his language, his themes and his stories with any real depth and integrity is to memorize a few passages from his plays so that you have them at your fingertips.

Memorization doesn’t have to be an ordeal. During the weeks you watch and read the play, simply repeat the lines you’ve chosen for memory.
I print the selections in large font, with the phrases broken up and each on their own line – plenty of white space makes it easier to follow and easier to see in the mind’s-eye for recall. Then before we read or watch or talk about the play, we repeat each selection 2-3 times, all together.
Easy. Simple. It really works.

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SO058: Your Planner is a Focus Tool https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so058/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:33:42 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56889 <p>Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here: It’s a way to realistically evaluate what’s going on in your life and what you need to be doing and what you are … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so058/" aria-label="SO058: Your Planner is a Focus Tool">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so058/">SO058: Your Planner is a Focus Tool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Season 10: Planner Pep Talks
The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:




It’s a way to realistically evaluate what’s going on in your life and what you need to be doing and what you are doing and what you should be doing, because the potential of what we could do is great. And, maybe if you have your mind wrapped around what you are doing, you find that there is room for me, there is room for that creative project, there’s room for this or that, or sometimes you evaluate where you are and you think, ‘Oh, that’s why I feel crazy because I feel like I’ve got all these things going on and now I need to look through and maybe cut some things,’ so the planner is really a tool of evaluation and a tool of focus, but we are still the ones doing the work.
The planner’s not going to do any of the work for us, and the planner’s not going to make it easier to do the work either, it’s just going to make what the work is clearer, but writing things down is huge, and I think that’s the real power for having a planner sheet is just that it is written down and out of your head, because when we try to keep all the details in our head that’s where we’re bound to go crazy and feel like we can’t key above, we can’t juggle it all, and a lot of times the problem is just that all the details are in our heads and so we can’t use our heads for thinking or creative problem solutions or even doing the work because our heads are so full of just trying to keep track of the details, so we need to use the paper for what it’s good for, which is keeping track of the details and then our heads for what they are good for, which is thinking things through, coming up with solutions and maybe moving us forward.
Keeping things on paper or outside of your head at least so you don’t have to keep track of everything.
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CH057: A Teacher’s Attention https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch057/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 04:19:28 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56603 <p>Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach If we start off on this homeschool journey with no idea what education is, why we’re doing it, or where we want to be at the end, we’ll flounder, frustrated and fickle. We’ll have no idea whether what we’re doing is working or if we’re doing a good job. We have to have a measuring stick to determine if we’re straightened out and moving forward. A measuring stick has a beginning and … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch057/" aria-label="CH057: A Teacher’s Attention">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch057/">CH057: A Teacher’s Attention</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach If we start off on this homeschool journey with no idea what education is, why we’re doing it, or where we want to be at the end, we’ll flounder, frustrated and fickle. Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach
If we start off on this homeschool journey with no idea what education is, why we’re doing it, or where we want to be at the end, we’ll flounder, frustrated and fickle. We’ll have no idea whether what we’re doing is working or if we’re doing a good job.
We have to have a measuring stick to determine if we’re straightened out and moving forward. A measuring stick has a beginning and an end.
To teach, we have to pay attention to where we are leading and to who we are leading.
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* A Teacher Must Pay Attention
* We Need to Know What We’re After – Xenophon


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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
The first step is to do basically a Cliff’s-Notes version of the play. When the plot and the story line are known beforehand, then our attention is free to enjoy the details without having to keep track of who is who.
But we also don’t want the introduction to introduce the idea that Shakespeare is dull. A plain enumeration of the characters and salient plot points makes for a boring introduction and a bad starting point.
So introduce the play with an engaging retelling.

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SO057: Are You Trapped in Productive Procrastination? https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so057/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:33:57 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56520 <p>Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here: Partial Transcript: So, our planning system and our planner in particular is something that we do have to come back and revisit and … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so057/" aria-label="SO057: Are You Trapped in Productive Procrastination?">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so057/">SO057: Are You Trapped in Productive Procrastination?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Season 10: Planner Pep Talks
The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:




Partial Transcript:
So, our planning system and our planner in particular is something that we do have to come back and revisit and reiterate, put together again. That’s not a waste of time. If we’re coming back at it regularly but not re-making the entire plan everyday (I’ve done that, it is a waste of time), it’s productive procrastination. Procrastination that feels productive: “my life is entirely falling apart, I don’t even know what to do next, I’m just going to make a new planner page (because that’ll help) and honestly, it often does feel like if I just get this planner thing right, everything will fall into place.” That’s not actually the way it works.
We’ve got a road — the productivity road, the road of doing what we’re supposed to be doing when we’re supposed to be doing it. There’s a ditch on one side of the road that says “I don’t feel like I’m going as fast as I want to or I don’t know if I’m on the right road and so I’m going to re-do my planner even though I made one yesterday.” That sort of re-upping, re-evaluating too soon where you haven’t actually had time to work the plan; there’s not time to have experience in the planner and figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and why. And so, the solution we come up with as our creativity outlet is coming up with a new planner page. There are better creative outlets and more refreshing ones than that.
So, we don’t want to re-create our planner pages at the drop of a hat just because one thing didn’t go well today or because we actually don’t want to do the plan, making a new planner page is not going to make us want to do the plan. But, sometimes that’s the reason why we choose a planner, or we try to re-do it, or we buy a new planner. We look to the planner to change, basically to change our hearts, and it’s not going to do it. And, then the ditch on the other side of the road is to just throw off all planning altogether and say, “Well, I have wasted time, the planner didn’t work for me today, or this whole week, or this whole month, and so I must not be a planner. This doesn’t work for me so I’m not going to do any.” That is a ditch on the side of the road; being organized, being productive doesn’t mean that you have to be a driven type, a super fast, high energy kind of person.
Planning, keeping a planner, trying to be organized is just about trying to be prepared for the service and responsibilities that God has given you and it’s about thinking through what those responsibilities are because so much of the time our minds are filled with ‘ought to’s’ that aren’t necessarily ‘ought to’s’ – maybe they’re can’s, I might be able to do this, or maybe I should do this, but I think that we, too often, feel obligated to do things that we shouldn’t necessarily feel obligated to do. So, the process of planning is distilling what are my responsibilities and where should my focus be, so that when those different ideas, details, possibilities, come at you, you can legitimately and without too much decision-fatigue, or a gut-wrenching pro’s and con’s list just say, “Not room for that” or “That’s not part of my priorities right now,” and it helps make that decision on yes, I can do that, no I can’t do that.
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CH056: The Reason for Education https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch056/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:24:19 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56226 <p>Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach The one thread that strings through all the classical educators from Perrin to Plato is that education’s aim is virtue – not a diploma, not a job, not a stack of accomplishments. Our children – and even ourselves – should be better people, inherently, because of the education we received, no matter what circumstances or results come afterward. Education is for the soul. Read the original post: The reason for education Listen: … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch056/" aria-label="CH056: The Reason for Education">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch056/">CH056: The Reason for Education</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach The one thread that strings through all the classical educators from Perrin to Plato is that education’s aim is virtue – not a diploma, not a job, not a stack of accomplishments. Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach
The one thread that strings through all the classical educators from Perrin to Plato is that education’s aim is virtue – not a diploma, not a job, not a stack of accomplishments. Our children – and even ourselves – should be better people, inherently, because of the education we received, no matter what circumstances or results come afterward.
Education is for the soul.

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Simple Sanity Saver: Teaching Shakespeare
Shakespeare can be an intimidating subject to introduce. Isn’t the language archaic and the doesn’t high quality mean high difficulty? Actually, the language isn’t that difficult when it’s read (that is, interpreted) by an experienced reader. The profound themes within plots were created not as pure art, but also to entertain the masses. Shakespeare was the hot movie in his day, and he can still be enjoyed that way today.
You don’t have to wait for high school to do Shakespeare with your kids, and you don’t need to be homeschooling to study Shakespeare together. If you do any reading aloud or movie watching together, you can do Shakespeare together.
Shakespeare was written in order to be seen, scripted in order to be performed. Shakespeare wrote popular entertainment, not philosophical treatise. We can draw out deep themes and discuss grand philosophy using monologues and plots we find in Shakespeare, but we should never study Shakespeare to the exclusion of simply enjoying the fun of Shakespeare – Shakespeare was meant to be fun.
I believe that Shakespeare, the greatest artist whose medium was the English language, can and should be introduced to children. The deep discussions about betrayal, cowardice, truth, love, and piety can wait for high school, but the enjoyment of the plots, the characters, and the language doesn’t have to wait. Introducing children to the world of the plays will help them feel more at home and navigate those deeper waters later in a more knowledgeable and understanding way, because they’ll already know the lay of the land.

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SO056: When Planning Feels Like a Waste of Time https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so056/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:15:54 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=56170 <p>Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here: There are all kinds of ways to do planning, to have a planner, to use a planner. Different things will work for different … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so056/" aria-label="SO056: When Planning Feels Like a Waste of Time">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so056/">SO056: When Planning Feels Like a Waste of Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 10: Planner Pep Talks The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner. Season 10: Planner Pep Talks
The episodes in season 10 are excerpted from a live workshop I gave in February 2018 about how to make sure your planner and planning is not a waste of time. Hint: it’s more about us than about the planner.
Get access to the whole workshop, the chat replay, and more here:



There are all kinds of ways to do planning, to have a planner, to use a planner. Different things will work for different people and different things will work for the same person at different times. So, we’re going to share some ideas and try to help each other to figure out what is working and what isn’t working with our planning system.
The key to having a planner that works is being able to customize it to what we need. How many times have you tried to use someone else’s planner and had the boxes or the question not work for you? You thought that this format that worked for other people, that someone really smart put together, should work and if it didn’t, the problem was probably you.
Other people’s planners for sale have questions, boxes to fill in, menu plan sections – you start filling it in and you feel like you spend way too much time planning, or it’s just not the right fit, it just doesn’t click. It feels like a waste of time, and who wants to waste time?
Not all planning time is a good use of time. We can waste our time planning. But, if we start going into that pattern of thinking where we say that all planning, or any time spent planning is a waste of time, or any planner is a waste of time, then we can guarantee they won’t work for us. We won’t use our planner in a good way because we’re coming at it with a bad attitude.
So, we’re going to look at planning and the different ways to go about it, to make sure our planning is not a waste of time.
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CH055: Handling Plans with Flexibility (with Celeste Cruz) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch055/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:10:56 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=55071 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial. Celeste is a … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch055/" aria-label="CH055: Handling Plans with Flexibility (with Celeste Cruz)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch055/">CH055: Handling Plans with Flexibility (with Celeste Cruz)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips
This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below.

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Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial.

Celeste is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mother with 8 children 10-and-under (at the time of this recording – now 9). When she has free hands, she enjoys distance running, nature journaling, beach days, reading, and writing about home education at Joyous Lessons.

You can also find Celeste on Instagram: both at her own account (@celeste_cruz) and as a part of the Charlotte Mason IRL community (@charlottemasonirl).

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SO055: Clear Vocations https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so055/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:28:02 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=54231 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude If there’s one thing that derails our attitudes, it’s feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what we should actually be doing. There are so many options, so many opportunities. We simply must say no at times, but how can we know when we should say no and when we need to be stretched by saying yes? The answer lies in our vocations. Our vocations are made up of the big responsibilities we’re given. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so055/" aria-label="SO055: Clear Vocations">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so055/">SO055: Clear Vocations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude If there’s one thing that derails our attitudes, it’s feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what we should actually be doing. There are so many options, so many opportunities. Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
If there’s one thing that derails our attitudes, it’s feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what we should actually be doing.
There are so many options, so many opportunities. We simply must say no at times, but how can we know when we should say no and when we need to be stretched by saying yes?
The answer lies in our vocations.
Our vocations are made up of the big responsibilities we’re given.



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CH054: Homeschooling with lots of littles (with Celeste Cruz) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch054/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:02:53 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=55064 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial. Celeste is a … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch054/" aria-label="CH054: Homeschooling with lots of littles (with Celeste Cruz)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch054/">CH054: Homeschooling with lots of littles (with Celeste Cruz)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips
This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below.

Listen:
Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial.

Celeste is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mother with 8 children 10-and-under (at the time of this recording – now 9). When she has free hands, she enjoys distance running, nature journaling, beach days, reading, and writing about home education at Joyous Lessons.

You can also find Celeste on Instagram: both at her own account (@celeste_cruz) and as a part of the Charlotte Mason IRL community (@charlottemasonirl).

excerpted transcript

Mystie – There’s a spread of abilities and also needs. How do the expectations that we have as moms going into that situation affect how we do it, what we do, and our sanity as we do it. So, how would you say that your expectations have maybe changed or when you go into a school year.

Celeste – Since I’ve always had little kids while I’m schooling, usually a toddler and a baby, pretty much every year since I started homeschooling,.. I have a certain curriculum, a certain amount of work that I’d like to get done with my big kids but I have to be flexible in terms of where and how we fit in those things, and I have to be willing to think outside of the box in terms of our school day…

Mystie – When there’s so many interruptions and you have to get up and take care of the baby, there are just a lot of things all going on at once, and you’re trying to decide do I do [this] or [this]. How do you keep track of what you should be doing or what you need to get back to when the interruption calms down?

Celeste – I think of my day really in terms of blocks. At the beginning of each year I set out a schedule for myself where I have time slots and that is not actually something that we’re going to live by, that’s me making sure I’m not over-scheduling myself, that technically these things could potentially fit in this order on a given day that might or might not actually occur…

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SO054: Prayerful Pause https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so054/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 04:56:11 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=54224 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude Anxiety and worry are attitudes we need to rid ourselves of. Peace and joy (among others) are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the attitudes of Christ we are to put on. God’s peace, by the Holy Spirit, guards our hearts, changes our attitudes, when we pray with thanksgiving. Having peace and joy is not something we must do on our own before we present our requests, but something we ask for … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so054/" aria-label="SO054: Prayerful Pause">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so054/">SO054: Prayerful Pause</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude Anxiety and worry are attitudes we need to rid ourselves of. Peace and joy (among others) are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the attitudes of Christ we are to put on. God’s peace, by the Holy Spirit, Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
Anxiety and worry are attitudes we need to rid ourselves of. Peace and joy (among others) are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the attitudes of Christ we are to put on. God’s peace, by the Holy Spirit, guards our hearts, changes our attitudes, when we pray with thanksgiving.
Having peace and joy is not something we must do on our own before we present our requests, but something we ask for with thanksgiving and in the moment – all the moments, the many moments – we need it.
But prayer is also something we can weave into everything we do, as 1 Thessalonians tells us, “pray without ceasing.”



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CH053: Communicating Plans with Kids (with Amy Roberts) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch053/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:53:43 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=54778 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Listen: Mystie and Amy chat about reactive v. responsive planning, communicating plans with children, teaching kids time management, and what to do when life feels like a series of fires to put out.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch053/">CH053: Communicating Plans with Kids (with Amy Roberts)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Listen: Mystie and Amy chat about reactive v. responsive planning, communicating plans with children, Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips
This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016.

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Mystie and Amy chat about reactive v. responsive planning, communicating plans with children, teaching kids time management, and what to do when life feels like a series of fires to put out.
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SO053: Thoughtful Truth https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so053/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:49:16 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=53895 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude But we also need bite-sized truths to meditate, not just general reading. To meditate means to deliberate over, to ponder, to consider, to mull over. We can’t really mull over chapters upon chapters at a time. We need to give ourselves little segments to sink down deep, little bit by little bit. Over a lifetime, it creates a deep well. In order to meditate on truth, we have to know truth. We … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so053/" aria-label="SO053: Thoughtful Truth">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so053/">SO053: Thoughtful Truth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude But we also need bite-sized truths to meditate, not just general reading. To meditate means to deliberate over, to ponder, to consider, to mull over. We can’t really mull over chapters upon chapters at a t... Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
But we also need bite-sized truths to meditate, not just general reading. To meditate means to deliberate over, to ponder, to consider, to mull over. We can’t really mull over chapters upon chapters at a time. We need to give ourselves little segments to sink down deep, little bit by little bit. Over a lifetime, it creates a deep well.
In order to meditate on truth, we have to know truth. We have to be filling our minds with truth.



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CH052: Homeschooling Middle & Little Kids (with Amy Roberts) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch052/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:30:07 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=53885 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Amy Roberts in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it. Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows Amy’s Instagram, Amy … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch052/" aria-label="CH052: Homeschooling Middle & Little Kids (with Amy Roberts)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch052/">CH052: Homeschooling Middle & Little Kids (with Amy Roberts)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Amy Roberts in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips
This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Amy Roberts in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below.
Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it.

* Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows
* Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows
* Large Family Homeschooling eBook
* Schedules for Homeschooling Year Round


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This is a partial transcript of the episode.
Mystie: So in your large family how do you group your kids for instruction time?
Amy: I have natural sections of kids. There is almost a four year gap between what I call my “big kids” and “middle kids” and then there’s a gap between my “middle kids” and “small kids” because we lost a daughter eight years ago. So there’s a natural gap.
I always start with my littles. I get my big kids started with their individual work which is pretty auto-pilot for them. My two oldest don’t require much from me at all anymore. My middles still require some instruction, but they have things like handwriting and copyworb they can do without me.
I’ve said this a million times on the blog: it does not take as long as you think it does to teach little people. It takes 30 minutes. That’s it.
Mystie: So true! Until they’re about eight, we do a little phonics and a little math. But not even every day for those early years. If they’re resistant or stubborn, it’s better at those younger ages to have them on board when you are working with them rather than push them or turn school into a fight.
We want school to be this thing we do together. We need to pay attention to the atmosphere and dynamic that we’re having together and if that gets off track it’s better to just not do anything than to get into the habit of fighting over it in the morning.
Amy: I want my kids to love learning, and I want them to see it as a lifelong thing, so there are always lots of toys and hands-on things that they can be doing. The can be outside exploring and you’re doing science. I want them to love learning.
Mystie: And you’re only doing 30 minutes a day with your 5 & 7 year olds?
Amy: That’s right! That’s all it takes. The rest of the time is exploring outside, talking about things, reading books. I don’t count readalouds as school work. I’m talking 30 minutes seat work. That’s all those little people can handle.
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SO052: Intentional Stories https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so052/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:08:41 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=53867 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude It’s difficult but essential to notice that our perception of what’s going on is an interpretation, a story overlaid on the bare facts. Stripping the story away entirely so that we are unconnected, stoic observers of our lives is not desirable, but we also do not have to be stuck with the story that first and naturally pops into our minds. And by changing our thoughts, we can change the story we … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so052/" aria-label="SO052: Intentional Stories">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so052/">SO052: Intentional Stories</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude It’s difficult but essential to notice that our perception of what’s going on is an interpretation, a story overlaid on the bare facts. Stripping the story away entirely so that we are unconnected, Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
It’s difficult but essential to notice that our perception of what’s going on is an interpretation, a story overlaid on the bare facts. Stripping the story away entirely so that we are unconnected, stoic observers of our lives is not desirable, but we also do not have to be stuck with the story that first and naturally pops into our minds.
And by changing our thoughts, we can change the story we see ourselves acting.



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CH051: Planning with a Large Homeschool Family (with Amy Roberts) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch051/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:03:36 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=53624 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it. Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows Large Family Homeschooling eBook It’s Not a Season I’m In Table … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch051/" aria-label="CH051: Planning with a Large Homeschool Family (with Amy Roberts)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch051/">CH051: Planning with a Large Homeschool Family (with Amy Roberts)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips
This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016.
Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it.

* Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows
* Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows
* Large Family Homeschooling eBook
* It’s Not a Season I’m In
* Table Chores


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This is a partial transcript of the episode.
Mystie: I really enjoyed your post awhile back about how the metaphor of seasons of life affected you and the metaphor you used instead. How we think about our life matters so much and changing the discouraging metaphors is so important. Can you tell us about that?
Amy: I had someone tell me that when this season is over you can do x, y, z. And I just found that extremely discouraging because I have been in this season for 18 years, and I probably have another 18 or more left, so telling me this is just a season was sort of discouraging. I felt I was never going to get past this season.

I really needed to see this a journey or a voyage, where I’m on it and living it right now. Instead of waiting to start my life, this is my life.
Mystie: Even just realizing the metaphor you’ve been told or have been using is becoming a source of discouragement and finding a way to change that metaphor is key. It matters a lot and can help that mindset, attitude shift, a lot.
So what does planning look like for you?
Amy: It has looked different over the years. For a long time I was able to do our homeschooling planning every Sunday night. I would sit down and plan through the next week. I’m not a long-range planner. I do a little bit at a time, about a week at a time. And some things we have on auto-pilot, so it’s never really planned in our homeschool.
Amy then explains her Traveler’s Journal planner method
Amy: I’m simply writing down what we’ve done. If I write down what we’ve done, I’m way more productive.
Amy then shares her current routine, how it’s changed, and what runs on auto-pilot in her home.

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SO051: Realistic Expectations https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so051/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:09:19 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=53679 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude We only know what expectations are realistic when we evaluate our reality. We have to take that time to look back over that day we were at the end of our rope. What made us feel that way? What could we have done differently? How can we set things up to circumvent the frustration and prepare for what’s most likely to happen? Living life well is not about checking off as many … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so051/" aria-label="SO051: Realistic Expectations">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so051/">SO051: Realistic Expectations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude We only know what expectations are realistic when we evaluate our reality. We have to take that time to look back over that day we were at the end of our rope. What made us feel that way? Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
We only know what expectations are realistic when we evaluate our reality.
We have to take that time to look back over that day we were at the end of our rope. What made us feel that way? What could we have done differently? How can we set things up to circumvent the frustration and prepare for what’s most likely to happen?
Living life well is not about checking off as many tasks as possible. It’s about knowing and doing the right things.



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CH050: Keeping Track of the Day’s Work (with Virginia Lee) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch050/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:23:58 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=45136 <p>Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about different methods and strategies for keeping track of all that stuff. So, how do you … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch050/" aria-label="CH050: Keeping Track of the Day’s Work (with Virginia Lee)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/ch050/">CH050: Keeping Track of the Day’s Work (with Virginia Lee)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we... Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips

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Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about different methods and strategies for keeping track of all that stuff. So, how do you keep things straight in an average homeschool day?
Virginia Lee: Well, I think my biggest battle in that is, honestly, just myself. I have a lot I want to get done in a day and a certain way I’d like it to happen by a certain time, and so, I really have to spend a lot of time just thinking about what are the underlying principles for my day and for these people that God’s gifted me with before I think about how to manage everything.
Mystie: Yeah.
Virginia Lee: So, I just spend a lot of time reminding myself that my children are born persons, being Charlotte Mason homeschoolers that is one of the key philosophies of Charlotte Mason and principles for our home, and so just whatever method I employ I have to remind myself am I respecting that fact that my children are born persons? It’s not about getting X number of things done by a certain time.
Mystie: Right.
Virginia Lee: And that just keeps me from steamrolling over everybody. Whatever you use to keep track of your daily stuff and make sure your daily things are going to happen we have to know what is our reason, what is our goal for doing all of this? We want our children to learn to care rightly about things, to serve their family, to be good stewards of their time, and to have a joyful personality through it all, so I think even when we’re thinking about what we’re going to use we have to be really aware of how am I modeling this and the things that I’m choosing to balance with is the stuff that’s me poking and prodding them through the day or rewarding them because they want marks and prizes, or am I allowing natural consequences of the good and the bad, that kind of thing. So, I guess that’s my biggest thing. I feel like there are a lot of different ways to manage how you’re going to juggle everything in a day for yourself and your kiddos but the most important part is to really think about what is my vision, what is my goal here, who are these eternal souls in my home, and what I choose to use, is it respecting that?
Mystie: And even how I’m implementing it.
Virginia Lee: Oh yes. See, here, I’m thinking about ‘OK, how am I going to organize this?’
Mystie: If you don’t know why you’re doing each of those things on the check list then you really don’t know how to prioritize. So, you really have to start from that why: why are you doing each thing? Why are the things prioritized the way that they are? And, why are keeping you track? Why are you managing the way that you’re managing? When you know those things I think it allows you to be flexible.
Virginia Lee: Especially when you’re not having an average day because, I mean, let’s face it—that’s probably not the norm. Average is to not have an average day when you have multiple different ages and people. So, I feel like I can say this is what we do in our house but sometimes I worry about that because then I think that people think, ‘Oh well, let me see your checklist. Let me see what timers or if you’re using something like that. Those things are helpful to see of other people’s …
Mystie: But that’s not really the best place to start. You can’t just adopt someone else’s strategies and methods and the way that they’re doing it, the little things that they’re doing and get the same results, because it’s really those underlying principles and the why.
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SO050: Brain Dump Tips (with Virginia Lee) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so050/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:09:52 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=45124 <p>Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude This episode is a conversation between Mystie and Virginia Lee Rogers, who helps with member support. Mystie: So, welcome to the first episode of 2018. So, we’re going to be kicking off the season again with a conversation about brain dumps with Simplified Organization’s Customer Support Assistant, Virginia Lee Rogers. Thanks for joining me, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, hi everyone. Mystie: Do you want to start with a brief introduction … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so050/" aria-label="SO050: Brain Dump Tips (with Virginia Lee)">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/so050/">SO050: Brain Dump Tips (with Virginia Lee)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude This episode is a conversation between Mystie and Virginia Lee Rogers, who helps with member support. Mystie: So, welcome to the first episode of 2018. So, we’re going to be kicking off the season again wi... Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude
This episode is a conversation between Mystie and Virginia Lee Rogers, who helps with member support.
Mystie: So, welcome to the first episode of 2018. So, we’re going to be kicking off the season again with a conversation about brain dumps with Simplified Organization’s Customer Support Assistant, Virginia Lee Rogers. Thanks for joining me, Virginia Lee.
Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, hi everyone.
Mystie: Do you want to start with a brief introduction for those who may not know you yet?
Virginia Lee: Sure, I can do that. I live in northern Colorado with my husband. We’ve been married for 17 years and we have five kiddos. Our oldest is 12 and our youngest is 16 months already (oh, it went so fast!). And then, we’re Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, and I guess if you want to know more than the brief introduction you can find me on Instagram. I don’t keep a blog or anything like that but I am on Instagram in quite a few places; I’m one of the nine curators for Charlotte Mason In Real Life on Instagram and I also run an Instagram bookstore called “The Jolly Reader”.
Mystie: So, I like to say that all organization projects should begin with a brain dump. So, I thought that the best place to start would be to talk briefly about what a brain dump is and then we can start talking about tips and hacks and troubleshooting and what works for us and that sort of thing. A brain dump is basically sitting down with a pen and paper and just writing down everything that’s in your head, either everything everything or just everything about a particular problem or a project, maybe, that’s driving you crazy. So, when you get it down and onto paper it really clears your head of the details and lets you look at what’s going on more objectively, it gives you a little perspective. David Allen, author of GTD (Getting Things Done) says that when you use paper to hold the information and the details then your mind is free for creative thinking and problem solving. So, it’s kind of like decluttering your brain.
Virginia Lee: Which we could all use.
Mystie: Especially with Christmas over and the New Year, it’s time to declutter.
Virginia Lee: Most definitely. Well, I have a question for you about that.
Mystie: OK.
Virginia Lee: With brain dumps do you feel like it’s really important to do it on paper or can a brain dump be done in an electronic version or way? I’ve always been curious about that.
Mystie: I’ve done it both ways. It’s kind of depended on what I’m brain dumping about because sometimes I just need to make a list. If my mind is really working fast I can type faster than I can write so then I’ll just open up something in Evernote and just start typing. I think it really depends on the person and the way you think and process. If I’m going to be writing sentences at all then I probably want to be typing because I’ll write better sentences, I’ll think through what I’m thinking about better if I’m typing, fingers move faster, but if I am not sure of the idea, like I’m trying to figure something out and brainstorm, maybe I want this thing over here and then I want to put something over here and make it a little more visual then writing it down is the better way to sort those ideas. And then, also, there’s just sometimes I’ve just had a notebook on the counter with a pen so that just here and there I can add a little bit.
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SC049: Organized Homeschool White Board https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc049/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:51:09 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16644 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, because I could tuck it away quickly and easily when I didn’t want our schedule, consequences, and school assignments on display. Then, my 3-year-old used it as a slide (which means he was climbing up it). The frame and plastic … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc049/" aria-label="SC049: Organized Homeschool White Board">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc049/">SC049: Organized Homeschool White Board</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, because I could tuck it away quickly and easily when I didn’t want our schedule, consequences, and school assignments on display.
Then, my 3-year-old used it as a slide (which means he was climbing up it). The frame and plastic cracked. I tried to salvage it by simply sticking printed pages on it, but that simply didn’t work as well nor look as good.
So I explained the situation to my husband, asking for his diy-expertise to solve all my chore-board-issues. He is the brains and brawn behind this perfect solution.
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The final thing to do is to put it all together so it’s convenient.
Organization is about being prepared not about being perfect. Pull everything you need for your Morning Time into one place where you can grab and go as smoothly as possible. Print or write your memory work and songs for the system you choose in Step 1. Gather the books and your memory work and make them a home; a shelf, a container, a box.
Print or write out your agenda and make it handy and durable. You can use a clipboard, page protectors, or laminate a page. It’s one thing to buy the books and supplies, 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 it to take the time and imagine the day even so.
The more practice in imagining the day and planning for contingencies before the heat of the moment the better you’ll become at rolling with the punches of a real life homeschool day in a household bustling with people.


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SO049: Menu Planning for Each Personality Type https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so049/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:09:13 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=36944 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips There’s more than one way to menu plan, and your personality will predict which one is most likely to work for you. So let’s break it down and see why that is and what might work for you that doesn’t work for me or your best friend – and why! Read the original post here: The Best Menu Planning Method for Each Personality Type</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so049/">SO049: Menu Planning for Each Personality Type</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips There’s more than one way to menu plan, and your personality will predict which one is most likely to work for you. So let’s break it down and see why that is and what might work for you that doesn’t work for me or your ... Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips
There’s more than one way to menu plan, and your personality will predict which one is most likely to work for you.
So let’s break it down and see why that is and what might work for you that doesn’t work for me or your best friend – and why!



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SC048: A Digital Homeschool Planner https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc048/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:05:56 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16623 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff Keeping track of what each student is supposed to be doing, and making sure they are doing it is one of the struggles of homeschooling moms everywhere. Here’s how we’re managing it with a free online (and mobile) app called Trello. Some people use spiral notebooks for a daily list; we use Trello for weekly lists. Here are the details and even some video tutorials to get you started! Giving the kids a checklist of … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc048/" aria-label="SC048: A Digital Homeschool Planner">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc048/">SC048: A Digital Homeschool Planner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff Keeping track of what each student is supposed to be doing, and making sure they are doing it is one of the struggles of homeschooling moms everywhere. Here’s how we’re managing it with a free online (and mobile) app... Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
Keeping track of what each student is supposed to be doing, and making sure they are doing it is one of the struggles of homeschooling moms everywhere. Here’s how we’re managing it with a free online (and mobile) app called Trello.
Some people use spiral notebooks for a daily list; we use Trello for weekly lists. Here are the details and even some video tutorials to get you started!
Giving the kids a checklist of their own cuts down on the amount of nagging reminding I have to do, which makes everyone happier.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Time Memorization Hacks
The next thing to do to set up your Morning Time memorization is to make an agenda; list out everything that you want to do in your own Morning Time gathering.
Ours usually involves listening to a chapter from Proverbs, prayer, singing, memory work, and sometimes we begin or end with a devotional reading or appreciation or a playlist of timeline or geography songs, but pick one. It’s also been fruitful for us to start with an overview of our day.
Once you have your first draft of an agenda estimate generously how long each item will take. Then add them up. For your first year of starting Morning Time try to start with under 30 minutes.
I always try to keep mine at less than 45 minutes and then block off about an hour for it because there will always be interruptions and issues. Our first years of Morning Time were like a refining fire that brought out all our impurities. No one could sit still, although they did it at dinner. Half of the time, at least half the participating (I use the word loosely) children and at that time half of them was equal to one were uncooperative and my oldest and I spent too much of the time vying for control of the situation and routine. It was clearly good for us.
Because Kendra Fletcher and Cindy Rollins were saying it was the best thing ever, I did not give up easily and was determined to stick it out. It was so worth it.
If you are in the midst of the Morning-Time-is-chaos phase be encouraged. It might take three years to overcome but it’s worth it. Those early years without older kids was just flat difficult. Change things up, problem solve, get creative, and persevere. Those little ones will be your leaders in just a few short years and your assets who will make maintaining consistency much easier in your next round of chaos.


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SO048: How Often Should You Grocery Shop? https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so048/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:13:04 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=36752 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips Many factors go into the decision about how often you should grocery shop. But it will simplify life and greatly decrease the mental energy and stress involved if it is a decision rather than a haphazard, “Ack, we need milk today!” affair. There are three most common options: shopping weekly, every other week, and monthly. As always, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Many families are likely to choose some combination of these strategies. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so048/" aria-label="SO048: How Often Should You Grocery Shop?">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so048/">SO048: How Often Should You Grocery Shop?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips Many factors go into the decision about how often you should grocery shop. But it will simplify life and greatly decrease the mental energy and stress involved if it is a decision rather than a haphazard, “Ack, Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips
Many factors go into the decision about how often you should grocery shop. But it will simplify life and greatly decrease the mental energy and stress involved if it is a decision rather than a haphazard, “Ack, we need milk today!” affair.
There are three most common options: shopping weekly, every other week, and monthly. As always, there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
Many families are likely to choose some combination of these strategies.



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SC047: How I Catalog My Books https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc047/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:13:36 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16514 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff You know I love lists. And I also love books. So what could be better than a list of books? How about a list of my books? I won’t try to convince you that you need to catalog your books, because you probably don’t. But having a catalog of the books on my own shelves is something inherently appealing to me, and it might be to you, too. Read the original post: How I catalogued … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc047/" aria-label="SC047: How I Catalog My Books">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc047/">SC047: How I Catalog My Books</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff You know I love lists. And I also love books. So what could be better than a list of books? How about a list of my books? I won’t try to convince you that you need to catalog your books, because you probably don’t. Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
You know I love lists. And I also love books. So what could be better than a list of books?
How about a list of my books?
I won’t try to convince you that you need to catalog your books, because you probably don’t. But having a catalog of the books on my own shelves is something inherently appealing to me, and it might be to you, too.
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The next thing to do is to choose your new memory work. Here are some categories of memory work you might want to choose from: Scripture, Psalms, hymns and songs, Latin chants, poetry, catechism and creeds, historical speeches, mottos, maxims or quotes.
Start with only 1-3 items; start with only 1-3 passages, or 1-3 new things per term. Build slowly but consistently and you’ll be amazed at your own index once you’ve been doing this for a few years. You can check out my memory work index here.
Rather than pursuing perfect recitation that will likely not last beyond their childhood I’m seeking more to begin to set a deep foundation that would be continually and cyclically renewed and built upon throughout their lives. I want familiarity, language patterns and ideas to seep in.
I’m not a meticulous person, I am more of a hack. We recite one passage and one Psalm daily for one term which is six weeks and whether it’s memorized in two weeks or not memorized perfectly yet by the end we move it to the review section and start a new one. After a week or two of saying it daily, however, usually the children can recite it by the end of the term.
But because my goal is building a lifetime of familiarity rather than perfect rote memory the fact that they rarely say it perfectly no longer frustrates me. This is my own personal good-enough-and-works-for-us memory method because it keeps my priority on being simple, no pressure, and focused on exposure, familiarity, and whole ideas rather than perfection. If memory work has been a stressful thing in your family don’t give it up, just pare it back, remove the pressure and expectation, and remember that God’s Word is active and will bear fruit in time.
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SO047: Plan All the Meals https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so047/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:47:15 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=35679 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping I know it seems overwhelming. I know even just planning dinner sometimes seems overwhelming. But, seriously, who wants to wake up and decide in the pre-coffee fog what to feed the troops for breakfast? It has to be decided ahead of time. Read the original post here: You need to plan ALL THE MEALS</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so047/">SO047: Plan All the Meals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping I know it seems overwhelming. I know even just planning dinner sometimes seems overwhelming. But, seriously, who wants to wake up and decide in the pre-coffee fog what to feed the troops for breakfast? Season 8: Grocery Shopping
I know it seems overwhelming.
I know even just planning dinner sometimes seems overwhelming.
But, seriously, who wants to wake up and decide in the pre-coffee fog what to feed the troops for breakfast?
It has to be decided ahead of time.



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SC046: Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc046/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:01:33 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16507 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff We homeschool without a schoolroom. Like many homeschoolers, the kitchen table is where much of our work happens. We use our kitchen table, we use our dining room table, we use our couch, and we make due with the space we have. I could write up a great-sounding post about why we don’t have a school room on principle. Something about school blending in with real life and not being contained in a separate box. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc046/" aria-label="SC046: Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc046/">SC046: Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff We homeschool without a schoolroom. Like many homeschoolers, the kitchen table is where much of our work happens. We use our kitchen table, we use our dining room table, we use our couch, Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
We homeschool without a schoolroom. Like many homeschoolers, the kitchen table is where much of our work happens. We use our kitchen table, we use our dining room table, we use our couch, and we make due with the space we have.
I could write up a great-sounding post about why we don’t have a school room on principle. Something about school blending in with real life and not being contained in a separate box.
But the truth is that I’d rather have a playroom than a schoolroom, a place for the toddlers and preschoolers to freely set up a block city complete with railroad tracks, a place for the air hockey table we inherited, a place for the computers that are used both for work and for play. And our house layout doesn’t have the space for both a playroom and a schoolroom.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Time Memorization Hacks
The second thing you need to do for morning time memory is gather your memory work review material.
What memory work have you already learned? What songs are already part of your family culture? Start a list. Morning Time doesn’t have to be long or complicated. We all start where we are and just take the next step. Even if you have no memory work at all under your belt just start with Psalm 1 and begin building.
Whenever we set out to do something we should know what end we’re aiming for, what goal we are attempting, what point we want to make. I know when I think of memory work I’m tempted to envision my five children lined up in a row in perfect unison and cheerful voices reciting an entire Psalm. Of course, their shirts would even be clean at the same time and that just goes to show this is totally an imaginary scenario.
But what I actually want is to be never done with a piece of memory work. What I want is for it to be planted within us, to grow and blossom in its time, for us to grow and love God’s Word and poetry and beautiful language more and more and more the more time we spend with it.
If we desire to commit to memory whole thoughts, entire passages, whole chapters, we must commit to investing lots and lots of time. This is hard because in the short term we rarely have anything to show for it. With a handful of random verses memorized a child can stand up, recite them perfectly, earn a prize, and then empty his mind so he can learn the next set. Mom gets the moment of performance glory and the child gets some candy. But if we want to learn whole passages, if we want to learn the Creeds, the old hymns of the faith, and beautiful poetry, we will have to be content postponing seeing the fruits of our investments.
It will take years, and not weeks, but it’s worth it to stick at that review and continue growing those seeds.
It will be worth it.
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SO046: Taking Kids to the Grocery Store https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so046/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:03:39 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=34819 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping I think taking the kids with me on my grocery excursions is a valuable thing to do. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t exhausting. But, my kids are homeschooled, and they do need to get out just as much as I do. Plus, they are homeschooled, so they think going to the grocery store is a grand day out. Plus, I am a homeschooler, so I think it counts as a field trip and “real life … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so046/" aria-label="SO046: Taking Kids to the Grocery Store">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so046/">SO046: Taking Kids to the Grocery Store</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping I think taking the kids with me on my grocery excursions is a valuable thing to do. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t exhausting. But, my kids are homeschooled, and they do need to get out just as much as I do. Plus, Season 8: Grocery Shopping
I think taking the kids with me on my grocery excursions is a valuable thing to do. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t exhausting. But, my kids are homeschooled, and they do need to get out just as much as I do. Plus, they are homeschooled, so they think going to the grocery store is a grand day out. Plus, I am a homeschooler, so I think it counts as a field trip and “real life learning.”
Over the 12 years I’ve been grocery shopping with kids in tow, I’ve learned some tricks and techniques.



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SC045: Organizing Your Homeschool with Shelves & Bins https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc045/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:55:08 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16490 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff The real trick about having a tidy or organized house is for everything to have a home. Things without homes are clutter. Things with homes can be put away, leaving space for life to happen. Mid-day, the house might look chaotic, but by evening, if everything has a place to go, it can look decently in order again. Read the original post: Homeschooling Without a School Room: Shelves Listen: Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Time Memorization … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc045/" aria-label="SC045: Organizing Your Homeschool with Shelves & Bins">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc045/">SC045: Organizing Your Homeschool with Shelves & Bins</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff The real trick about having a tidy or organized house is for everything to have a home. Things without homes are clutter. Things with homes can be put away, leaving space for life to happen. Mid-day, Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
The real trick about having a tidy or organized house is for everything to have a home. Things without homes are clutter. Things with homes can be put away, leaving space for life to happen. Mid-day, the house might look chaotic, but by evening, if everything has a place to go, it can look decently in order again.
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First, you have to start by picking your memory work organization method. How do you want to run your morning memory work time? Will you say a line and have the children repeat it back to you? Will you handwrite each piece on an index card or type it out and print them out? Would it work better if each student had his own binder? Could you set it all up in Evernote and avoid a bunch of papers?
I use a binder and make a duplicate copy of each binder for each reading student. For some reason my children had a hard time repeating back after me when they were younger but they were early readers so we switched to this method and simply read aloud each passage that I wanted them to memorize daily having them follow along with their ears and mouth.
Having this binder system also allowed us to continue morning time memorization routine when a baby started fussing or a toddler needed attention. The kids could just keep on trucking.
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SO045: Grocery Store Tips https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so045/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:22:39 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=34264 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping How many grocery store trips feel like a random grab-bag and confused wandering? It happens to us all, but if feeding our people and keeping the shelves stocked is an important part of our service – and it is – then we need some better strategies for making the most of our grocery trips. We want to minimize the time they take, the brain power they require, and the mistakes and oversights we make. Here are … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so045/" aria-label="SO045: Grocery Store Tips">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so045/">SO045: Grocery Store Tips</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping How many grocery store trips feel like a random grab-bag and confused wandering? It happens to us all, but if feeding our people and keeping the shelves stocked is an important part of our service – and it is – then we need s... Season 8: Grocery Shopping
How many grocery store trips feel like a random grab-bag and confused wandering? It happens to us all, but if feeding our people and keeping the shelves stocked is an important part of our service – and it is – then we need some better strategies for making the most of our grocery trips.
We want to minimize the time they take, the brain power they require, and the mistakes and oversights we make.
Here are five tips to help us do just that.



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SC044: How We Organize Homeschool Stuff – with Virginia Lee https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc044/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:00:46 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16473 <p>Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff We are doing something new starting this season and that is kicking things off with a FAQ episode. Joining me to do this is Virginia Lee Rogers. Virginia Lee and I have known each other online for years and she is now helping me with customer support so if you send an email to Simplified Organization or Simply Convivial you might just get a reply back from Virginia Lee and I want you to get … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc044/" aria-label="SC044: How We Organize Homeschool Stuff – with Virginia Lee">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc044/">SC044: How We Organize Homeschool Stuff – with Virginia Lee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff We are doing something new starting this season and that is kicking things off with a FAQ episode. Joining me to do this is Virginia Lee Rogers. Virginia Lee and I have known each other online for years and she is no... Season 8: Organize Homeschool Stuff
We are doing something new starting this season and that is kicking things off with a FAQ episode.
Joining me to do this is Virginia Lee Rogers. Virginia Lee and I have known each other online for years and she is now helping me with customer support so if you send an email to Simplified Organization or Simply Convivial you might just get a reply back from Virginia Lee and I want you to get to know her as well because she is a great resource. She is the homeschooling mom of five children and also an ENTJ. So, we have a very similar approach which will be fun to talk about.
Mystie: And so, Virginia Lee, you want to tell us a little bit more about you and where people can find you online?
Virginia Lee: Yes, I’d love to. I live in Colorado and I’ve been married for 17 years. We have five kids and we are a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family. And just sort of all different personalities in our crew but I guess probably the best way to describe us is just joyfully chaotic, sort of organized chaos but lots of joy. It’s not quiet at our house. And online, I don’t keep a blog, but I am on Instagram quite a bit. You can find me on — I run an Instagram bookshop called “The Jolly Reader” sort of a play on “The Jolly Rogers” since that’s our family’s name. And then I am also one of the nine curators for Charlotte Mason in Real Life. That’s on Instagram at CMIRL, we share posts from the community that show how different families are implementing Charlotte Mason’s philosophies but in a practical, day to day life. It’s a really joyful community filled with a lot of encouragement but also just really showing how you can take Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and live it out practically day by day.

* Jolly Reader on Instagram
* CharlotteMasonIRL on Instagram

Mystie: That’s fun. So this season, season 8 of the Simply Convivial podcast is going to be about organizing homeschool stuff. So I thought we’d just have a brief conversation about how stuff gets organized in our homes. I think it’s easy when you say “organized” to start thinking of the magazines or the Pinterest where organized means everything looks really pretty and looking pretty is nice especially if you’re a personality who’s good at that but I’m not. Really, being organized is about having a home for things and knowing where things go. So everything has a place so that then you can put it away because it has a place. So we’re going to talk about some of the ways that we give stuff homes in our homeschools. Virginia Lee, what kind of homes do you have in your homeschool?
Virginia Lee: Well, I guess one of my biggest things is that I’m not a big stuff person so if I have the stuff in my house it has to have a home and if I can’t find a home for it, it probably means I don’t need it. So I guess that’s one of the biggest ways I look at stuff. In fact my kids give me a hard time, “Don’t throw this away, we’re going to put this here so mom can’t throw it away!” But the other big thing of what I think of when I’m going to organize stuff is I need it to be practical. I’m not very good, like you said, I’m not one of those personalities where everything is pretty and maybe always pleasing to the eye but with the way our crew works is that it needs to be practical, it needs to be sturdy, and it needs to be in places where we can actually use it.
Mystie: Right. I think that’s key. Because we have a basement so I could reserve a shelf in the basement and put things away on the shelf downstairs where they’d be out of the way but if they’re too much out of the way I’ll end up not actually using them.
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SO044: How We Fit in Grocery Shopping https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so044/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:56 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=33960 <p>Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips We’re doing something new this season. We’re going to be starting off each season with a FAQ episode about the season’s topic. This season is going to be about grocery shopping so I’m here with Virginia Lee Rogers who is helping me with customer support for Simplified Organization and we are going to talk about how to fit grocery shopping into our busy schedules. Transcript Mystie: So, hello, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, thanks … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so044/" aria-label="SO044: How We Fit in Grocery Shopping">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so044/">SO044: How We Fit in Grocery Shopping</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips We’re doing something new this season. We’re going to be starting off each season with a FAQ episode about the season’s topic. This season is going to be about grocery shopping so I’m here with Virginia Lee Rogers who is... Season 8: Grocery Shopping Tips
We’re doing something new this season. We’re going to be starting off each season with a FAQ episode about the season’s topic. This season is going to be about grocery shopping so I’m here with Virginia Lee Rogers who is helping me with customer support for Simplified Organization and we are going to talk about how to fit grocery shopping into our busy schedules.
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Mystie: So, hello, Virginia Lee.
Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, thanks for having me.
Mystie: Do you want to tell us a little bit about yourself?
Virginia Lee: I’d love to. I live in Colorado and I am a homeschooling mom of five kiddos ages 12 and under and we are Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. To find me online I don’t keep a blog but I am on Instagram quite a bit, I run an Instagram book shop called “The Jolly Reader” sort of a play on words for “The Jolly Rogers” since Rogers is our last name and I’m also one of the nine ladies who curate Charlotte Mason In Real Life and that’s on Instagram at CMIRL, so that’s sort of a community where show what it looks like to take Charlotte Mason’s philosophies and live those out practically day by day.

* Jolly Reader on Instagram
* CharlotteMasonIRL on Instagram

Mystie: Awesome. So, both of us are homeschooling and we have five kids and it turns out that these people need to eat. That means we need to go to the grocery store.
Virginia Lee: Yes, yes, yes.
Mystie: So I think one of the things that really makes a difference in the grocery store routine and getting it in there is how close they are because how much commuting time there is really makes a big difference in where it can fit in.
Virginia Lee: Yes, most definitely. And especially, we live in Colorado so the weather six months out of the year is not always optimal. So that is a big thing to think of if you’re going to have to drive any sort of distance.
Mystie: So how is the town where you are? Are the discount grocers close or do you … ?
Virginia Lee: We have a bulk store in our town and we have a couple of chain grocery stores as well and the chain grocery stores that we have are definitely not discount stores they’re a little more expensive but they’re not bad if you want to find something specific and they always tend to have better produce, of course. But I am not one of those people who likes to shop at four or five different places…
Mystie: No.
Virginia Lee: … so I’d rather plan my menus around what I can get from the most convenient place to shop and I know some moms don’t mind at all, they enjoy it and they’ll go to a few different spots to get their groceries, but I’m just not really in that season of life right now.
Mystie: Yeah. I used to but I think that was maybe it was baby number three where I stopped.
Virginia Lee: Yes, yes. We’ve done grocery shopping a couple of different ways and I think you’re right it really does depend do you have a baby, do you have older kids going with you, you know, that kind of thing. For awhile we used to, at the bulk store that we have, you can put in online orders so you can just get online, choose every single thing you want, and place the order, and you do have to be prepared because you can’t do it the day you want to pick it up, I mean, you have to do it at least the day before, they need a day to get it and process it but what we used to do is I would stick that order in on Saturday because dad was home and so that allowed me a chunk of time to get online and have complete thoughts without interruptions, get that put in, and then we’d go to church on Sunday and then when church was out the bulk store was sort of near our church so we’d just go as a whole family over there,]]>
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SC043: Homeschool Mottos https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc043/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:38:43 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16406 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere We recite mottos during our Morning Time. I think the first place I encountered the idea was when listening to ACCS teacher training audio (back before there were CiRCE conferences or podcasts). The elementary classes of Logos School, at least back in the old days, had mottos they recited daily that then the teacher could call to mind when they were relevant. As a family, we already had a few little sayings – ways to … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc043/" aria-label="SC043: Homeschool Mottos">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc043/">SC043: Homeschool Mottos</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere We recite mottos during our Morning Time. I think the first place I encountered the idea was when listening to ACCS teacher training audio (back before there were CiRCE conferences or podcasts). Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere
We recite mottos during our Morning Time.
I think the first place I encountered the idea was when listening to ACCS teacher training audio (back before there were CiRCE conferences or podcasts). The elementary classes of Logos School, at least back in the old days, had mottos they recited daily that then the teacher could call to mind when they were relevant.
As a family, we already had a few little sayings – ways to keep a frequent command familiar, memorable, and pithy.
Over the years I’ve collected mottos, adding to and subtracting from our repertoire, but finally settling down on a select few for this year.
This year, these mottos are behind the daily tab of our binder, and most days we go over them quickly. We alternate this selection with a selection of pithy Shakespearean proverbs each term.
These mottos are not only reminders for the kids. They are reminders for myself, as well.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
To learn and grow ourselves, we must repeat our lessons.
Knowing is not the same as doing, isn’t that the truth?
Learning is not simply knowing. It is acting in accordance to what we know. Every day. So, learning is not a once-and-done thing. It’s daily bringing our actions in line with our knowledge. Yes, to learn and grow we have to expand our knowledge, but we also have to grow our capacity for living out the knowledge we have. Application – continual, daily application – is a part of learning.
So when you have to do the dishes again, teach a math lesson again, put on a smile again, repent again, rejoice again, sweep the floor again, don’t pine for time to read more, thinking that’s real learning. It is, but so is the living it out. So embrace the daily repetitions, the daily opportunities to put into practice what we know.
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SO043: Focused Habits https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so043/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=33280 <p>Season 7: Habits We are often encouraged to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. It sounds great, and those goals do have a place. But when much of our lives is about developing people (ourselves and our children), we can’t put ourselves or others into such neat little boxes. We must treat people as people instead of as projects. So for many of our hopes for the future, we’d do better to focus on our processes – what … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so043/" aria-label="SO043: Focused Habits">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so043/">SO043: Focused Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits We are often encouraged to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. It sounds great, and those goals do have a place. But when much of our lives is about developing people (ourselves and our children), Season 7: Habits
We are often encouraged to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. It sounds great, and those goals do have a place. But when much of our lives is about developing people (ourselves and our children), we can’t put ourselves or others into such neat little boxes. We must treat people as people instead of as projects. So for many of our hopes for the future, we’d do better to focus on our processes – what we do today and tomorrow and the next day – rather than on reaching a particular outcome.
Aim for the habits and the actions, not the outcome.



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SC042: The Secret to Sanity https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc042/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:05 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16350 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere In the first episode of The Scholé Sisters Podcast we talk about how levity – lightheartedness, humor, cheerfulness – is a burnout prevention method. When we sink into seriousness, into get-it-all-done mode, into self-importance, we’re bound to be pulled down, lose our joy, and want to give up. To prevent burnout and also to recover from it, we need to shed our anxieties and pride – and we do that through laughter. Laughter comes from … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc042/" aria-label="SC042: The Secret to Sanity">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc042/">SC042: The Secret to Sanity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere In the first episode of The Scholé Sisters Podcast we talk about how levity – lightheartedness, humor, cheerfulness – is a burnout prevention method. When we sink into seriousness, into get-it-all-done mode, Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere
In the first episode of The Scholé Sisters Podcast we talk about how levity – lightheartedness, humor, cheerfulness – is a burnout prevention method. When we sink into seriousness, into get-it-all-done mode, into self-importance, we’re bound to be pulled down, lose our joy, and want to give up.
To prevent burnout and also to recover from it, we need to shed our anxieties and pride – and we do that through laughter.
Laughter comes from a humble heart, a heart not weighed down with burdens or full of itself.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
To teach our children, we must repeat ourselves.
Did you catch that these three words are not only alliterative. They don’t just all begin with R, they all begin with re. They are all words that require repetition, doing again, over and over.
Repenting and rejoicing are not once-and-done projects or tasks. They are to characterize all our lives, every day.
If you find you have to repent again, even though you did yesterday, don’t get discouraged and disheartened, just do it. Then comes the ability to rejoice in God’s grace, not our own strength.
If you find you have to tell your children the same thing again today that you did yesterday, don’t despair. Just repeat and remember to rejoice because God’s giving you a chance to exercise His patience, kindness, and steadfastness.
Repetition is built into life. Don’t fight it. Just do it.
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SO042: Productive Habits https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so042/ Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:14 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=33168 <p>Season 7: Habits What does being productive even mean? It’s not simply getting more done, but getting the right things done, done well, and done cheerfully. Whether or not you want to do more in 2016, I bet you want to do what you do better – whether that means more consistently, more joyfully, or more skillfully. Me, too. Just because I write about productivity and organization doesn’t mean I have it all together. It just means I’m always paying … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so042/" aria-label="SO042: Productive Habits">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so042/">SO042: Productive Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits What does being productive even mean? It’s not simply getting more done, but getting the right things done, done well, and done cheerfully. Whether or not you want to do more in 2016, I bet you want to do what you do better – whether t... Season 7: Habits
What does being productive even mean?
It’s not simply getting more done, but getting the right things done, done well, and done cheerfully.
Whether or not you want to do more in 2016, I bet you want to do what you do better – whether that means more consistently, more joyfully, or more skillfully.
Me, too.
Just because I write about productivity and organization doesn’t mean I have it all together. It just means I’m always paying attention and trying to improve. I write what I need to hear myself as much as what I’ve learned and what I do.
If we can hone in on these practices, we will become more effective in and more satisfied with our work.



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SC041: The Scary Homeschool Mom https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc041/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:49 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16303 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere You’ve met her. Maybe you’ve been her. Maybe you are her. Some homeschool moms might scare you. Some homeschool moms scare their children. But I think we’ve all experienced another kind of scary homeschool mom: the one who scares herself. Are you scary? Who do you scare? Read the original post: The Scary Homeschool Mom Listen: Recommended Reading: Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat. To learn and grow ourselves, we must rejoice. Learning and growing … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc041/" aria-label="SC041: The Scary Homeschool Mom">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc041/">SC041: The Scary Homeschool Mom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere You’ve met her. Maybe you’ve been her. Maybe you are her. Some homeschool moms might scare you. Some homeschool moms scare their children. But I think we’ve all experienced another kind of scary homeschool mom: the one who s... Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere
You’ve met her. Maybe you’ve been her. Maybe you are her.
Some homeschool moms might scare you. Some homeschool moms scare their children. But I think we’ve all experienced another kind of scary homeschool mom: the one who scares herself.
Are you scary? Who do you scare?
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Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
To learn and grow ourselves, we must rejoice.
Learning and growing is stifled by pride, anger, and bitterness. Rejoicing is not only the opposite of these vices, it is also the antidote.


When we’re on our guard, resentful, tight-fisted, angry, proud, our minds and hearts close up and harden. When we rejoice, our minds and hearts are open, receptive, and soft.
Of course, when we have closed ourselves off, we often cannot do the work of changing our heart. But God can and will if we ask and submit, giving up our bad attitudes for His good ones.
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SO041: Start with Habits https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so041/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:53 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=33039 <p>Season 7: Habits Rather than grandiose goals for a new year, we should be focusing on small habits that we can build upon. These new year habits continue giving, because they become automatic. So we can gain their benefit without expending much energy to do so. A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Read the original post here: Start New Year Well: Keystone Habits Recommended Reading</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so041/">SO041: Start with Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits Rather than grandiose goals for a new year, we should be focusing on small habits that we can build upon. These new year habits continue giving, because they become automatic. So we can gain their benefit without expending much energy ... Season 7: Habits
Rather than grandiose goals for a new year, we should be focusing on small habits that we can build upon. These new year habits continue giving, because they become automatic. So we can gain their benefit without expending much energy to do so.
A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.



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SC040: Beating Homeschool Morning Blahs https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc040/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:30 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16252 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere Sometimes it’s weather, sometimes it’s illness, sometimes it’s simply fatigue. If you’ve been homeschooling for awhile, you’re probably familiar with the feeling: homeschool morning blah. It’s normal; it’s natural; it’s bound to happen. But it’s also one of a homeschool mom’s most insidious enemies. No, I’m not exaggerating. Unless we learn how to overcoming homeschool morning blah, we will not have consistency and we will not be modeling the cheerful grit we want our students … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc040/" aria-label="SC040: Beating Homeschool Morning Blahs">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc040/">SC040: Beating Homeschool Morning Blahs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere Sometimes it’s weather, sometimes it’s illness, sometimes it’s simply fatigue. If you’ve been homeschooling for awhile, you’re probably familiar with the feeling: homeschool morning blah. Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere
Sometimes it’s weather, sometimes it’s illness, sometimes it’s simply fatigue. If you’ve been homeschooling for awhile, you’re probably familiar with the feeling: homeschool morning blah.
It’s normal; it’s natural; it’s bound to happen.
But it’s also one of a homeschool mom’s most insidious enemies.
No, I’m not exaggerating.
Unless we learn how to overcoming homeschool morning blah, we will not have consistency and we will not be modeling the cheerful grit we want our students to have.


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Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
To teach our children, we must rejoice.
Our tone and our mood as mothers and teachers matters immensely. Is this life of learning, this life of sanctification a good life or a bore? Is it a good life or a torture? 

Our demeanors teach our children about life.
The good life isn’t the easy life. We shouldn’t think so and we don’t want our children to think so. How will they recognize the good life? By smiles, laughter, enjoyment, joy.
If we do not have joy, we will not teach effectively the most important lessons. If we do not have joy, God can and will supply it when we ask – it is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s not something we have to gin up – it’s something that comes when we’re willing to forsake our sins, set aside our own agendas, and receive God’s grace, minute by minute.
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SO040: The Habit of Making My Bed https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so040/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:52 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=31361 <p>Season 7: Habits Why make my bed? It is not so much the made bed itself that is the goal, but the “easy win” factor. By making my bed in the morning I set the tone for the day. It is a victory of willpower (because I’m pathetic and require willpower to make my bed) that doesn’t tax my willpower much (not, like, breaking a habit of eating chocolate in the evening – for a purely theoretical example). Walking in … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so040/" aria-label="SO040: The Habit of Making My Bed">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so040/">SO040: The Habit of Making My Bed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits Why make my bed? It is not so much the made bed itself that is the goal, but the “easy win” factor. By making my bed in the morning I set the tone for the day. It is a victory of willpower (because I’m pathetic and require willpower to... Season 7: Habits
Why make my bed?
It is not so much the made bed itself that is the goal, but the “easy win” factor. By making my bed in the morning I set the tone for the day. It is a victory of willpower (because I’m pathetic and require willpower to make my bed) that doesn’t tax my willpower much (not, like, breaking a habit of eating chocolate in the evening – for a purely theoretical example).
Walking in upon a room with a made bed is a reminder throughout the day that I am in charge, I am making progress, I am becoming a more orderly person.



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SC039: Choose Conviviality https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc039/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:30 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16240 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages. And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking three hours to do what should take one three minutes. However, cause and effect might be different than his perception. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc039/" aria-label="SC039: Choose Conviviality">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc039/">SC039: Choose Conviviality</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages. And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking ... Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere
Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages.
And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking three hours to do what should take one three minutes. However, cause and effect might be different than his perception.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what one has to do. — J.M. Barrie
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Simple Sanity Saver: Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.
To learn and grow ourselves, we must repent.
George Grant has said that education is repentance. That’s because before we can learn, we must admit that we don’t know, that we need something we don’t have, that we’re inadequate.
Learning requires humility, a willingness to be wrong, an openness to truth, goodness, and beauty, even if it becomes uncomfortable to our pride.
True learning should not make us proud, boastful, or arrogant. Learning should put us in the posture of wonder and curiosity and humility. If it doesn’t, we can repent. We can ask God to change our hearts and help us take our eyes off ourselves so we can better see and know Him and His Word and His world.
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SO039: Focus on Keystone Habits https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so039/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:00:11 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=31227 <p>Season 7: Habits Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit Keystone habits, according to Charles Duhigg, are habits that give “small wins [that] fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so039/" aria-label="SO039: Focus on Keystone Habits">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so039/">SO039: Focus on Keystone Habits</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Organization podcast: Incremental change is the best approach, and keystone habits are the increments that have the biggest impact. Mystie Winckler clean 4:30 31227 SC038: Mom’s Mood Matters https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc038/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:00:18 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16206 <p>Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere It was about 5 years ago now that I deleted my old blog and started over from scratch, choosing the name Convivial Home for my new effort. A real estate agent promptly offered me a large sum for that domain, so I sold it and switched my name to Simply Convivial. I did not want to let go of the word convivial – though perhaps it is a more unusual word than I realized. Convivial … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc038/" aria-label="SC038: Mom’s Mood Matters">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc038/">SC038: Mom’s Mood Matters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere It was about 5 years ago now that I deleted my old blog and started over from scratch, choosing the name Convivial Home for my new effort. A real estate agent promptly offered me a large sum for that domain, Convivial must describe our life as a whole, and learning, living, and loving must be intertwined. Mystie Winckler clean 7:25 16206 SO038: Habits, Not Results https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so038/ Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:00:14 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=31091 <p>Season 7: Habits What will bring lasting traction? It’s our habits – those small daily patterns that keep life rolling, not only for us, but for our entire family. When we focus on those little things we do daily, we will build gradual, incremental change that will provide lasting momentum and real progress. Recommended Reading Read the original post here: How to Focus on Habits, not Results</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so038/">SO038: Habits, Not Results</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 7: Habits What will bring lasting traction? It’s our habits – those small daily patterns that keep life rolling, not only for us, but for our entire family. When we focus on those little things we do daily, we will build gradual, When we focus on those little things we do daily, we will build gradual, incremental change that will provide lasting momentum and real progress. Mystie Winckler clean 4:09 31091 SC037: How to lesson plan so you’re never behind https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc037-lesson-plan-youre-never-behind/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:38:08 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16182 <p>Season 6: Homeschool Planning 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 planning, lesson plans seemed more like a waste of time than anything else. 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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 planning, lesson plans seemed more like a waste of time than anything else.
The truth is that a plan does make a thing more likely to happen.
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Clever Curriculum Connection
Now, Latin has been hit or miss, quite honestly, in our average days. Too often Latin is what gets bumped when life goes awry. With a DVD and workbook, it would be easy to have my boys simply go through the motions of progress of Latin on their own: They can watch the video, I can assign workbook pages, and that could be all. But that is really just a waste of everyone’s time. No language is going to be learned that way. It’s all going to go in one ear and out the other and never stick.
So, rather than simply move on through the curriculum so we can stay on schedule and cover a book a year, we have taken the next step as we can and tried to master the lesson before moving on. This means a slower pace, especially since Latin might only happen twice a week rather than every day. But I’m ok with slow progress, especially if not finishing a book a year means we’ve actually gained the ground we’re covering.
So it has taken us about two years per level in Latin for Children , which is written as a year-long curriculum. That’s ok. Some Latin is better than none. And learned Latin is better than skimmed Latin.
I’ve been less apt to ditch the Latin when feeling the squeeze this year, choosing to prioritize it over other things. Also, I am sleeping through the night and don’t have a baby – that means fewer lessons get skipped than used to be. Perhaps when my third and fourth child start Latin we will actually be able to do a level a year.
Perhaps they will teach it to their children and so actually get to the point of reading Latin. Perhaps my grandchildren will be able to teach my great-grandchildren Latin through speaking it and actually achieve the immersion approach. Taking the long view helps ease the pressure of “finishing up.” This is a generational journey, not simply a school-year journey. I am planting seeds and do not know what fruit will be reaped 10, 20, 30 years from now. I am content to be planting little seeds and watering them as best I can, even while wishing I were a harvester of ripe crops – that’s not my place in the story.



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SO037: Evernote for Homemaking https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so037/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:18:47 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=30743 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Evernote is awesome. It is my digital filing cabinet. Instead of lugging around a heavy binder, or filing reams of paper, it all goes into Evernote. Not only does Evernote save my documents in an organized way, it even recognizes text – printed and handwritten – in images, pdfs, and scans saved there. This means I can search for documents when I need them instead of going through and looking in the right folder. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so037/" aria-label="SO037: Evernote for Homemaking">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so037/">SO037: Evernote for Homemaking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Evernote is awesome. It is my digital filing cabinet. Instead of lugging around a heavy binder, or filing reams of paper, it all goes into Evernote. Not only does Evernote save my documents in an organized way, Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
Evernote is awesome. It is my digital filing cabinet. Instead of lugging around a heavy binder, or filing reams of paper, it all goes into Evernote. Not only does Evernote save my documents in an organized way, it even recognizes text – printed and handwritten – in images, pdfs, and scans saved there. This means I can search for documents when I need them instead of going through and looking in the right folder. I can type “Costco receipt” and up comes all the Costco receipts I’ve saved, whether they’re in the same notebook or note.
With such quick retrieval, a huge database of saved records and notes is no longer daunting and useless to flip through.



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SC036: Plan a Homeschool Day https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc036/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:04:14 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16175 <p>Season 6: Homeschool Planning What, out of everything in the plan, is essential to make our homeschool day count? Because more often than not, at least at my house, the entire plan doesn’t get checked off. So what does need to happen, without fail? Here’s my version. 5 Essential Pieces of Our Homeschool Day Read the original post: 5 Essential Pieces of Our Homeschool Day Listen: Recommended: Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin So, I use a simple practice page for this … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc036/" aria-label="SC036: Plan a Homeschool Day">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc036/">SC036: Plan a Homeschool Day</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Homeschool Planning What, out of everything in the plan, is essential to make our homeschool day count? Because more often than not, at least at my house, the entire plan doesn’t get checked off. So what does need to happen, without fail? Season 6: Homeschool Planning
What, out of everything in the plan, is essential to make our homeschool day count?
Because more often than not, at least at my house, the entire plan doesn’t get checked off. So what does need to happen, without fail? Here’s my version.
5 Essential Pieces of Our Homeschool Day
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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin
So, I use a simple practice page for this that I created not because there are not enough review materials in Latin for Children as it is, but because it simplified our review process. I pull sentences provided within the LFC workbook, but copy them onto these sheets for a few reasons:
*I’m not confident enough in my own Latin yet to compose my own Latin sentences.

* Those sentences were already composed to help the student review the lesson material.

* My boys’ handwriting doesn’t fit well in the space provided in the workbook a lot of the time. These workpages have much more blank space.

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If I copy out the sentences, I can pull sentences from previous lessons. Chances are, they don’t remember the sentences they did last month anyway, and I can at least swap out a different verb with the same conjugation if I want to change it up. This allows us to get a lot more translation practice, which I consider the most valuable part of Latin, while still using the sentences written by the curriculum people (i.e. people who know what they’re doing).

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Usually the workbook only requires parsing or translating, and rarely marking sentence parts. But if the boys already have to mark sentence parts, then they’re a step ahead when they have to parse. I want them to do all 3 steps as much as possible.


In helping my boys through these translation exercises over and over again, I have finally made it over my own Latin difficulties and see how the endings work, what they’re doing, and that they are communicating something. I have several key phrases I repeat each and every time as I help them over their own bumps and stalls:

* “What is the ending?”
* “What does that ending tell you?”
* “Is it a noun or a verb?”
* “What parts does a noun have?”
* “What parts does a verb have?”
* “What’s number mean? What are the two options?”
* “What’s missing in your translation?” (Usually it’s a capital letter and a period.)

The good news is that after about 100 repetitions of the same question, they actually do start to ask it themselves. Just when you think it will never happen, suddenly you hear one muttering the question under his breath to himself and then you know it was sinking in after all. Just don’t be surprised if it takes a solid year – or two.
It takes patience, certainly. So we are all being stretched and growing: they are learning discipline and I am learning patience – and we are all learning perseverance. Learning is often difficult, and that’s ok.
We used to only do two sentences in a sitting, because it stretched them so much. Now they can do four, and though some days are still tearful, by the time we’re done, we’ve pulled through and taste success.
Learning to read Latin might be an important classical aim, but even if we never do, learning Latin will have made us better people.



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SO036: How to Get Information Into Evernote https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so036/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:00:59 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=30459 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Because you asked… When you scan things to Evernote, is this time consuming? Do you scan it to a PDF file and attach the file? I’d be very curious as to what this process looks like for you. I tried with a manual the other day and it seemed to take forever, and I had to try several different ways to get it to work. It’s fast and easy, I promise! Read the original … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so036/" aria-label="SO036: How to Get Information Into Evernote">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so036/">SO036: How to Get Information Into Evernote</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Because you asked… When you scan things to Evernote, is this time consuming? Do you scan it to a PDF file and attach the file? I’d be very curious as to what this process looks like for you. Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
Because you asked…
When you scan things to Evernote, is this time consuming? Do you scan it to a PDF file and attach the file? I’d be very curious as to what this process looks like for you. I tried with a manual the other day and it seemed to take forever, and I had to try several different ways to get it to work.
It’s fast and easy, I promise!



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SC035: 3 Tools for a Sane Homeschool Plan https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc035/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 21:28:21 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16166 <p>Season 6: Homeschool Planning 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 … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc035/" aria-label="SC035: 3 Tools for a Sane Homeschool Plan">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc035/">SC035: 3 Tools for a Sane Homeschool Plan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Homeschool Planning 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 – ... Season 6: Homeschool Planning
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 bustling with people.
Here are three tools I use to help me put together my homeschool day.
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Clever Curriculum Connection
So, I use a simple practice page for this that I created not because there are not enough review materials in Latin for Children as it is, but because it simplified our review process. I pull sentences provided within the LFC workbook, but copy them onto these sheets for a few reasons:

* I’m not confident enough in my own Latin yet to compose my own Latin sentences.
* Those sentences were already composed to help the student review the lesson material.
* My boys’ handwriting doesn’t fit well in the space provided in the workbook a lot of the time. These workpages have much more blank space.
* If I copy out the sentences, I can pull sentences from previous lessons. Chances are, they don’t remember the sentences they did last month anyway, and I can at least swap out a different verb with the same conjugation if I want to change it up. This allows us to get a lot more translation practice, which I consider the most valuable part of Latin, while still using the sentences written by the curriculum people (i.e. people who know what they’re doing).
* Usually the workbook only requires parsing or translating, and rarely marking sentence parts. But if the boys already have to mark sentence parts, then they’re a step ahead when they have to parse. I want them to do all 3 steps as much as possible.

In helping my boys through these translation exercises over and over again, I have finally made it over my own Latin difficulties and see how the endings work, what they’re doing, and that they are communicating something. I have several key phrases I repeat each and every time as I help them over their own bumps and stalls:

* “What is the ending?”
* “What does that ending tell you?”
* “Is it a noun or a verb?”
* “What parts does a noun have?”
* “What parts does a verb have?”
* “What’s number mean? What are the two options?”
* “What’s missing in your translation?” (Usually it’s a capital letter and a period.)

The good news is that after about 100 repetitions of the same question, they actually do start to ask it themselves. Just when you think it will never happen, suddenly you hear one muttering the question under his breath to himself and then you know it was sinking in after all. Just don’t be surprised if it takes a solid year – or two.
It takes patience, certainly. So we are all being stretched and growing: they are learning discipline and I am learning patience – and we are all learning perseverance. Learning is often difficult, and that’s ok.
We used to only do two sentences in a sitting, because it stretched them so much. Now they can do four, and though some days are still tearful, by the time we’re done, we’ve pulled through and taste success.
Learning to read Latin might be an important classical aim, but even if we never do, learning Latin will have made us better people.



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SO035: How to Organize Evernote https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so035/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:27:05 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=30314 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Evernote is simply my external brain. Everyone should have an external brain of one sort or another, and Evernote is mine. I keep everything corralled into one of nine stacks. These stacks are named after my vocations. Developing your own vocation categories and goals is part of Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done, so I won’t go into that here. The stacks are numbered so that they are ordered in the … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so035/" aria-label="SO035: How to Organize Evernote">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so035/">SO035: How to Organize Evernote</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning Evernote is simply my external brain. Everyone should have an external brain of one sort or another, and Evernote is mine. I keep everything corralled into one of nine stacks. Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
Evernote is simply my external brain. Everyone should have an external brain of one sort or another, and Evernote is mine.
I keep everything corralled into one of nine stacks. These stacks are named after my vocations. Developing your own vocation categories and goals is part of Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done, so I won’t go into that here.
The stacks are numbered so that they are ordered in the order I want them in and not alphabetically by their names. The “Records” and “Reference” stacks are like long-term archives – information goes in there when it’s no longer current, but I’m probably not going to need it unless I need to know something about what happened years ago.



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Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture.
There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where does that go in the schedule?

If there’s one thing that trying to live by a schedule teaches us right off the bat, it’s that we are not actually in control.
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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin
When we read Latin together once a week, the child can choose a selection from our collection:

* Winnie Ille Pu
* LFC History Readers
* Fabulae Mirabiles

They only read aloud and orally translate (and we use an online Latin dictionary to help) about 3 sentences at a time and we stick with one story until we’ve read it all.
It’s hard, but we do it together, and I’ve found this addition has actually helped both my boys enjoy learning Latin more. Perhaps it makes it seem worthwhile instead of merely an exercise in abstraction. It’s decoding, and what boy doesn’t like a code that tells a message when you work it out?
I have been surprised how much just finding the right weekly rhythm has helped make Latin happen consistently and with less resistance. I am always afraid I’m over-tweaking and making changes just out of discontent and for fun, but then I stumble upon a logistics tweak like this that makes it easier to be consistent and I find it all worth it!
Now I just need to leave the Latin routine alone and adjust something else, like the logistics of mopping the floor.



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SO034: Digital Menu Planning https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so034/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:28 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=29311 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning I am all about the tips and tricks to minimize the time and brain-power we pour into menu planning. It’s something we need to do, something we need to become consistent with, but it doesn’t have to drain us or take an entire Saturday morning. We can streamline things and make it simpler. One tool I use to streamline a lot in my life is Evernote. I heart Evernote. Here’s how it helps my … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so034/" aria-label="SO034: Digital Menu Planning">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so034/">SO034: Digital Menu Planning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning I am all about the tips and tricks to minimize the time and brain-power we pour into menu planning. It’s something we need to do, something we need to become consistent with, Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
I am all about the tips and tricks to minimize the time and brain-power we pour into menu planning. It’s something we need to do, something we need to become consistent with, but it doesn’t have to drain us or take an entire Saturday morning.
We can streamline things and make it simpler. One tool I use to streamline a lot in my life is Evernote.
I heart Evernote.
Here’s how it helps my menu planning routine.




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SC033: Why make plans? https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc033/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:56:09 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16124 <p>Season 6: Homeschool Planning We might think that making a plan and working a plan is all about the planner, the app, the method, but the truth is that how we think about our planning going into it matters tremendously. I remember very vividly being struck by a line of poetry by T.S. Eliot once quoted by Cindy Rollins: What I really, really wanted was a system so perfect that I wouldn’t have to expend any effort at all, I … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc033/" aria-label="SC033: Why make plans?">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc033/">SC033: Why make plans?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Homeschool Planning We might think that making a plan and working a plan is all about the planner, the app, the method, but the truth is that how we think about our planning going into it matters tremendously. Season 6: Homeschool Planning
We might think that making a plan and working a plan is all about the planner, the app, the method, but the truth is that how we think about our planning going into it matters tremendously.
I remember very vividly being struck by a line of poetry by T.S. Eliot once quoted by Cindy Rollins:
What I really, really wanted was a system so perfect that I wouldn’t have to expend any effort at all, I could just hum along doing whatever I wanted and everything would just work out.
Turns out life doesn’t work that way.
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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin
Being consistent with Latin over the years has been a struggle – one I have not always won. My oldest began Latin for Children Primer A when he was 8 – four years ago – and he’s now 3/4 of the way through Latin for Children Primer B.
I’m sure glad Dr. Perrin’s favorite motto is festina lente.
In my years of Latin inconsistency, we’ve had to continue to go backward before moving forward, reviewing vocab again, reviewing grammar again, because you can’t build on a foundation that isn’t there. In the end, I think this will actually help their forward progress in Latin, because we ended up not moving forward until concepts clicked rather than getting into a groove and simply moving on when they could give the right answer without understanding. Just as students should be drilled in their math facts until they are second nature – and this might take the entirety of their elementary education – so we keep revisiting what case means, what conjugating means, what declining means, not to mention how to do so.
This year consistency is possible for us, and I spent the first two terms of school focusing on getting our Latin consistent and solid and prioritized. I went through many iterations of weekly Latin assignments before I found one that flowed and worked for us.

I’m not sure this will work for you, but I offer it as a starting place. It’s much more feasible and realistic for a homeschool setting than the schedule offered in the book, I believe. It makes about half the Latin work independent work, which frees me up. This is the routine I use for both my boys, so it works with Latin for Children Primer A and Primer B.
Our Weekly Latin Assignments

* Daily: We listen to one Latin chant track from both Primer A & B most Morning Times for chant & vocab review
* Day 1: Watch a Latin lesson from the DVD, complete the Latin worksheet for that lesson
* Day 2: Practice reading & oral translation with mom, complete the lesson’s derivatives worksheet in the workbook
* Day 3: Fill out a conjugation practice worksheet (homemade), copy the lesson’s vocab into a Latin copywork spiral notebook.
* Day 4: Complete the lesson’s quiz in the workbook, write 2 original Latin sentences that contain at least one word from this lesson’s vocab (Mom has to conjugate & translate them)
* Day 5: Latin translation page (homemade, with sentences from the chapter)




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SO033: Evernote for Daily To-Do Lists https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so033/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:41 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=28875 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how going all digital would work out for me. I have gone back to writing out a short daily to-do note, but I learned a lot from my little experiment. Using Evernote for a … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so033/" aria-label="SO033: Evernote for Daily To-Do Lists">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so033/">SO033: Evernote for Daily To-Do Lists</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how... Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how going all digital would work out for me.
I have gone back to writing out a short daily to-do note, but I learned a lot from my little experiment. Using Evernote for a daily to-do list and journal is definitely a viable option with several benefits.




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SC032: Planning for Real Life https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc032/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:36:31 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=16066 <p>Season 6: Homeschool Planning I love new year goals and resolutions, but they can lead to discouragement unnecessarily. Sometimes we conclude that because we can never reach and maintain our ideal, then it is the ideal bringing us down. We’re tempted to stop trying to clean the house, organize the toys, lose the weight, balance the budget, or train the children because we never reach our desired (usually unrealistic) goal, or if we do, it doesn’t last long. However, the … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc032/" aria-label="SC032: Planning for Real Life">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc032/">SC032: Planning for Real Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Homeschool Planning I love new year goals and resolutions, but they can lead to discouragement unnecessarily. Sometimes we conclude that because we can never reach and maintain our ideal, then it is the ideal bringing us down. Season 6: Homeschool Planning
I love new year goals and resolutions, but they can lead to discouragement unnecessarily.
Sometimes we conclude that because we can never reach and maintain our ideal, then it is the ideal bringing us down. We’re tempted to stop trying to clean the house, organize the toys, lose the weight, balance the budget, or train the children because we never reach our desired (usually unrealistic) goal, or if we do, it doesn’t last long. However, the primary problem is our own paradigm, not our goal.
Focus on habit-building rather than goal-reaching, and your abilities to reach goals will be dramatically increased as a side benefit.
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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin
Because we are following the classical model of education in our homeschool, we have added Latin to our average days. I have zero background in Latin and only 2 barely-passed years of Spanish under my belt. Yet, I agreed with the principles of classical education so much that I decided we’d take the practice of Latin on trust and see what happened.
There are generally three reasons given for studying Latin:

* It helps with vocabulary and thus with high test scores.
* It helps with logical thinking, because it’s grammar study that actually makes sense.
* It is the language of Virgil and much of the literature of Christendom, which we should be trying to read in the original.

When my son was 9 and had just taken his state-mandated standardized test, he asked me afterward, “Mom, what does donor mean?” “A donor is someone who gives something,” I replied. “That’s what I guessed!” he exclaimed, “because dono means I give.” That vocabulary word had been in a Latin lesson from the previous year. There is certainly something to the first reason for choosing Latin, but I hate to let state-mandated tests determine my curriculum choices.
No, it is option 2 that got me on board with Latin and keeps bringing me back to it every time we have fallen off the boat. I love grammar, and I know how much my smattering of Spanish helped with my understanding of grammar. I am also an Elizabethan history buff and I knew that simply translating Latin into English and English into Latin constituted a large part of Queen Elizabeth I’s education – and that seemed to turn out pretty well. So, we take a grammar-heavy approach to Latin rather than an immersion approach, which would be nearly impossible for us anyway.
But grammar, grammar I can do.
Find out more about how we homeschool Latin.



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SO032: Evernote for Home Routines https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so032/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:02:15 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=28495 <p>Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning There is so much to keep track of at home. Where is the best place to keep track of daily and weekly routines? If you’re a paper planner, you might have a separate page in your planner, you might have your own weekly list you print, you might keep a list behind a page protector and reuse it or on a whiteboard where everyone can see it. But what if you’d rather not deal … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so032/" aria-label="SO032: Evernote for Home Routines">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so032/">SO032: Evernote for Home Routines</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning There is so much to keep track of at home. Where is the best place to keep track of daily and weekly routines? If you’re a paper planner, you might have a separate page in your planner, Season 6: Evernote for Digital Planning
There is so much to keep track of at home.
Where is the best place to keep track of daily and weekly routines?
If you’re a paper planner, you might have a separate page in your planner, you might have your own weekly list you print, you might keep a list behind a page protector and reuse it or on a whiteboard where everyone can see it.
But what if you’d rather not deal with paper? What if you prefer glancing at the screen in your pocket to look at your list? What if you don’t like the visual clutter often attendant with paper?
Evernote is the answer, of course.




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SC031: Convivial Means Life https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc031/ Thu, 25 May 2017 10:59:42 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15569 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? What sort of elderly person will I be? Of course a large part of the situation will depend on circumstances and what my particular physical or mental ailments will end up being. But what of the different temperaments? Will I be a sweet old lady, grateful and encouraging up to her dying day? Or will I be a fault-finding, cranky old lady? When whatever my infirmities will be come upon me — no matter the age … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc031/" aria-label="SC031: Convivial Means Life">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc031/">SC031: Convivial Means Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? What sort of elderly person will I be? Of course a large part of the situation will depend on circumstances and what my particular physical or mental ailments will end up being. But what of the different temperaments? Season 5: Why Convivial?
What sort of elderly person will I be? Of course a large part of the situation will depend on circumstances and what my particular physical or mental ailments will end up being. But what of the different temperaments? Will I be a sweet old lady, grateful and encouraging up to her dying day? Or will I be a fault-finding, cranky old lady?
When whatever my infirmities will be come upon me — no matter the age at which it happens — what will it do to me? Can hard circumstances turn you into someone you were not? Or do they reveal who you actually were by removing your defenses?
Affliction will come, sooner or later, and what will it show? If how I respond then will be simply a magnification of how I respond now to minor irritations and inconveniences, then I doubt I’ll be a sweet old lady.
What story do I want told at my funeral?
Whatever it is, now is the time to start living it.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
So, you’ve decided to create a homeschool checklist for your kids. Now what?


There are lots of ways to make a checklist and keep a checklist.
Using a spiral notebook for a daily list is a popular option.
Creating a weekly template you can print also works well.
Or, you might even use an app like Asana or Trello or use your weekly template digitally on Google Drive or in Evernote.
The important thing to do is to find the workflow that smoothes the way the most. Your checklist system should appeal to you and to your kids, so it’s not a headache to check. It should include all the items your kids are responsible to complete – for example, ours includes their morning chores. And it should be clear to everyone how to use it.
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SO031: Gratitude Makes You Productive https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so031/ Mon, 22 May 2017 11:02:40 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=22429 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization Why do we do what we do? Sometimes, an end result can look the same even when the motivations behind the action are opposite. The exact same action and the exact same result could be caused by a completely different heart. Your heart matters. Recommended Reading: Read the original post here: Gratitude will make you more productive</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so031/">SO031: Gratitude Makes You Productive</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization Why do we do what we do? Sometimes, an end result can look the same even when the motivations behind the action are opposite. The exact same action and the exact same result could be caused by a completely different hear... Season 5: Attitude Organization
Why do we do what we do?
Sometimes, an end result can look the same even when the motivations behind the action are opposite.
The exact same action and the exact same result could be caused by a completely different heart.
Your heart matters.

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SC030: Convivial Means Keeping in Fellowship https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc030/ Thu, 18 May 2017 11:59:37 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15568 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Keeping short accounts leaves no room for resentment, no room for bitterness. It also means that even in the midst of argument, I am more careful in how I express myself, or where I let myself go — better to not sin in the first place than have to ask for forgiveness and make … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc030/" aria-label="SC030: Convivial Means Keeping in Fellowship">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc030/">SC030: Convivial Means Keeping in Fellowship</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Keeping short accounts leaves no room for resentment, no room for bitterness. Season 5: Why Convivial?

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Keeping short accounts leaves no room for resentment, no room for bitterness. It also means that even in the midst of argument, I am more careful in how I express myself, or where I let myself go — better to not sin in the first place than have to ask for forgiveness and make it whole and right again. It also means I can express myself openly and honestly and have confidence that we are both striving to reach unity and oneness, and in the ways we fail on our way there, restoration will be sought.
We all fall short; we all need short accounts kept for us.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
Encouraging ownership & independence with our kids often feels like a mysterious process and we don’t know how to go about it. We hope it just happens with age and maturity, but it doesn’t – it’s not a given. It’s a character trait that’s developed over time, but it won’t develop without practice. A checklist is a means of practice – and skills come after a period of deliberate, consistent practice.
If you want your child to grow in independence with his schoolwork, start with a checklist and a daily meeting – one to start the day and one to make sure it’s done. When he wanders off, redirect back to the checklist. When he asks you what’s next, redirect back to the checklist. Make free time or a hobby pursuit contingent upon checklist completion – then he becomes master of his time. The amount of free time will be directly dependent upon his use of his time. There will be hard life lessons along that line, but holding the line and showing him that he has some control over his day will, in the end, grow responsibility and maturity.
Independence only comes along with responsibility and maturity. Focus on responsibility and maturity, and independence comes as a bonus – for you both.
Along those lines, keep in mind that independence will start developing in the double-digits. You might give your seven or nine year old a checklist – I do – but they are in the hand-holding phase. I don’t expect them to work independently with that checklist; they are only learning, by my pointing referring back to it with them, where to go to find what needs to be done next and what “done” looks like. Baby step elementary kids into responsibility with a checklist, but don’t expect it to bloom until middle school – and trying to force the bloom will not result in a healthy plant.
Remember, if we want them to be responsible, so must we be.
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SO030: Frustrated No Longer https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so030/ Mon, 15 May 2017 11:40:35 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=22428 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization I set the timer for fifteen minutes. Surely in fifteen minutes, I thought, I can make a difference in this room. The room was mine. The mess was an assortment of laundry, books, accumulated junk, out-of-season kids’ clothes, and random bits. I knew there was no way I was going to finish cleaning the room in fifteen minutes, or even that day, but I had to make a start. Starting is the hardest part. Recommended Reading: … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so030/" aria-label="SO030: Frustrated No Longer">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so030/">SO030: Frustrated No Longer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization I set the timer for fifteen minutes. Surely in fifteen minutes, I thought, I can make a difference in this room. The room was mine. The mess was an assortment of laundry, books, accumulated junk, Season 5: Attitude Organization
I set the timer for fifteen minutes.
Surely in fifteen minutes, I thought, I can make a difference in this room.
The room was mine. The mess was an assortment of laundry, books, accumulated junk, out-of-season kids’ clothes, and random bits.
I knew there was no way I was going to finish cleaning the room in fifteen minutes, or even that day, but I had to make a start.
Starting is the hardest part.

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SC029: Convivial Means Obedience https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc029/ Thu, 11 May 2017 05:11:50 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15567 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? When the Bible says things like “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” God means it. It’s true. It’s what we are to strive to attain, and what we need to confess when we fall short. There are no excuses, only repentance. There are times it’s more difficult, for sure, but then … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc029/" aria-label="SC029: Convivial Means Obedience">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc029/">SC029: Convivial Means Obedience</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? When the Bible says things like “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” God means it. It’s true. Season 5: Why Convivial?
When the Bible says things like “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
God means it. It’s true. It’s what we are to strive to attain, and what we need to confess when we fall short.
There are no excuses, only repentance. There are times it’s more difficult, for sure, but then again, God’s promises are there for us:

“[God’s] grace is made perfect in weakness.” and “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

The dare to not speak anything that isn’t for edification? It’s from God.
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Convivial Home: The Dare

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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
Checklist tasks can’t be vague, especially for kids. So often, we know what we mean when we write “practice piano” or “complete math page” – but what exactly must be done before it can be checked off turns out to be a more of a mystery to the kids than reasonable.
The more clear and specific you can be on the checklists, the better. Don’t use shorthand or vague tasks unless you are also prepared to follow them up before and after with clear guidance daily – and doesn’t that partially negate the benefit of giving them checklists in the first place?
Before hand a checklist to a child, make sure and go over everything with them and clarify and ask for questions. Then do watch and clarify the first week and periodically after that. What you thought was clear might not be for your kids. Or, they might have strong differing opinions about what done looks like, or they might love to negotiate and think everything is always up for debate. Be aware of those tendencies in your kids and follow up more often with them. Some kids will take that checklist and follow it to a tee – but those types are rarer than the others.
Check out my free reference with 5 tips for using checklists in your homeschool below, but you might also want to check out the personality resources that I have to determine what approach will best help you with each of your children.
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SO029: Realistic Expectations https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so029/ Tue, 09 May 2017 00:37:04 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=22427 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization What happens when we organize something? It gets messed up. Inevitably. We catch up on the laundry, but more clothes hit the hamper within hours. We wash the dishes and clear the counters, then dinner is over and the kitchen is in ruins, with stacks of dirty dishes. We put the kids’ closets in order, but by the end of the week the neat stacks are in shambles. We put our own closets in order, but … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so029/" aria-label="SO029: Realistic Expectations">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so029/">SO029: Realistic Expectations</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization What happens when we organize something? It gets messed up. Inevitably. We catch up on the laundry, but more clothes hit the hamper within hours. We wash the dishes and clear the counters, Season 5: Attitude Organization
What happens when we organize something?
It gets messed up. Inevitably.
We catch up on the laundry, but more clothes hit the hamper within hours.
We wash the dishes and clear the counters, then dinner is over and the kitchen is in ruins, with stacks of dirty dishes.
We put the kids’ closets in order, but by the end of the week the neat stacks are in shambles.
We put our own closets in order, but then comes a busy day, and it all falls apart.
We clean out the fridge, and then the next day a big spill happens.
It is so tempting to think that our work is undone, a waste of our time, useless, futile.
But it isn’t. I promise.
Our work isn’t meant to accomplish a static state. Our work is ongoing maintenance, regular service.

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SC028: Convivial Means Choosing Your Attitude https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc028-convivial-means-choosing-attitude/ Thu, 04 May 2017 14:50:20 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15549 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? I don’t feel guilty for not doing the things that I have to do, I feel persecuted that I have things to do. The pesky homekeeping tasks should just all evaporate and leave me be, leave me to do whatever I want, whatever I feel like, all day. Stupid housework. Down with housework! Up with play! Housework is boring. How can I harp on my kids when I do the same thing with my own work? … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc028-convivial-means-choosing-attitude/" aria-label="SC028: Convivial Means Choosing Your Attitude">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc028-convivial-means-choosing-attitude/">SC028: Convivial Means Choosing Your Attitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? I don’t feel guilty for not doing the things that I have to do, I feel persecuted that I have things to do. The pesky homekeeping tasks should just all evaporate and leave me be, leave me to do whatever I want, Season 5: Why Convivial?
I don’t feel guilty for not doing the things that I have to do, I feel persecuted that I have things to do.
The pesky homekeeping tasks should just all evaporate and leave me be, leave me to do whatever I want, whatever I feel like, all day. Stupid housework. Down with housework! Up with play! Housework is boring.
How can I harp on my kids when I do the same thing with my own work?
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Choosing Conviviality or Perpetuating a Pity Party?

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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
You need to check your kids’ checklists.
Bad News: Not only will the checklists not magically make your kids independent, but you still need to check not only their work, but also their checklists.
Don’t expect what you don’t inspect.
It’s alarming, but true.
I go through this cycle myself, even though I know better. First, I’m on top of it, checking the kids’ work as well as their checklists. Then, they get used to the work and we seem to be doing quite well. So, I stop checking regularly. Then I stop checking at all. After awhile, I get suspicious and look into those checklists and realize – things have been checked off without being done, things that were done aren’t checked off, and the kids’ definition of “done” and my definition of “done” are not matching up.
Sure, the kids should know better, but so should I. As the mom and the teacher and the administrator, checking up and monitoring is my job – when I have to turn that cycle back to the beginning again, I am the one who apologizes, while making sure the backlog of work is done.
After all we can’t expect the kids to become responsible if we do not show them what taking responsibility and being the one responsible looks like.
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SO028: How to Organize Your Attitude https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so028/ Mon, 01 May 2017 14:00:16 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=22292 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization My new tagline is “organize your attitude,” because I think our own mindset as moms is crucial in our homes. Charlotte Mason said that fully 1/3 of our children’s curriculum is atmosphere, and though candles and art on the wall are nice touches, I believe that it is our own attitudes as we go about our business that creates the atmosphere our kids grow up in. Mom sets the tone, whether we like it or not. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so028/" aria-label="SO028: How to Organize Your Attitude">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so028/">SO028: How to Organize Your Attitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization My new tagline is “organize your attitude,” because I think our own mindset as moms is crucial in our homes. Charlotte Mason said that fully 1/3 of our children’s curriculum is atmosphere, Season 5: Attitude Organization
My new tagline is “organize your attitude,” because I think our own mindset as moms is crucial in our homes.
Charlotte Mason said that fully 1/3 of our children’s curriculum is atmosphere, and though candles and art on the wall are nice touches, I believe that it is our own attitudes as we go about our business that creates the atmosphere our kids grow up in. Mom sets the tone, whether we like it or not.
We must organize our attitudes, for our children’s sakes.
Here’s how.

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SC027: Convivial Means Lighten Up https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc027-convivial-means-lighten/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:54:02 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15518 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? Sometimes “purposeful” and “intentional” can turn into “taking oneself too seriously.” Anything that doesn’t go as planned (and isn’t that usually most things?) is a temptation to discouragement or at least to the laser-eye of analysis. Instead, it might just be a reminder that God is in charge and we are not, and we need to be willing to laugh at ourselves. To create a convivial home, we must lighten up. Read the original post: Making … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc027-convivial-means-lighten/" aria-label="SC027: Convivial Means Lighten Up">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc027-convivial-means-lighten/">SC027: Convivial Means Lighten Up</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? Sometimes “purposeful” and “intentional” can turn into “taking oneself too seriously.” Anything that doesn’t go as planned (and isn’t that usually most things?) is a temptation to discouragement or at least to the laser-eye of ... Season 5: Why Convivial?
Sometimes “purposeful” and “intentional” can turn into “taking oneself too seriously.” Anything that doesn’t go as planned (and isn’t that usually most things?) is a temptation to discouragement or at least to the laser-eye of analysis. Instead, it might just be a reminder that God is in charge and we are not, and we need to be willing to laugh at ourselves.
To create a convivial home, we must lighten up.
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Making a Convivial Home: Lighten Up

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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
Reality check: Checklists don’t magically make kids independent. Becoming independent takes time and training, for some more than others – it’s a personality thing.
But even though giving your kids a checklist doesn’t turn them into independent learners overnight, it does start the process and it does empower them to take ownership, gradually, of their work.
Instead of being the source of all answers, including “What’s next?”, you are the guide, pointing them back to the source. If they ask a question about history, you point them to the encyclopedia or their timeline. If they ask a question about grammar or math, you look it up in the teacher manual. Just so, with checklists, you walk them over to the list and talk over what it tells you both – what is next? Let’s choose something.
One way this saves your sanity is that you get to stop being Mommy-Bossy-Pants, controlling and micromanaging every detail. A student checklist allows you to offload some of that authoritarian tone to the impersonal paper. You’re less of the bad guy and more of the help alongside.
Sure, you made the list, but once it’s outside your head and on paper in front of you together, it’s something you’re tackling together instead of something you’re pulling off the top of your head and insisting on.
If you feel like you’re pulling teeth and dragging everyone along all day long, try independent work checklists – not so much because they’ll suddenly be independent, but because it changes the relational dynamic of the school day.
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SO027: Dreaming of Perfect Systems https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so027/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:07:10 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=22085 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization I do not have a system that will make life easy, because that’s not the goal in life. God’s goal for our lives is our sanctification. That’s not an easy road. But it is a good one. And if our eyes and our aims are fixed on growth rather than checkmarks, on building rather than on success, then our attitudes will be aligned with reality, the reality that God doesn’t let us control our outcomes. But … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so027/" aria-label="SO027: Dreaming of Perfect Systems">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so027/">SO027: Dreaming of Perfect Systems</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization I do not have a system that will make life easy, because that’s not the goal in life. God’s goal for our lives is our sanctification. That’s not an easy road. But it is a good one. Season 5: Attitude Organization
I do not have a system that will make life easy, because that’s not the goal in life.
God’s goal for our lives is our sanctification. That’s not an easy road. But it is a good one. And if our eyes and our aims are fixed on growth rather than checkmarks, on building rather than on success, then our attitudes will be aligned with reality, the reality that God doesn’t let us control our outcomes. But He does call us to faithful obedience and stewardship.
Therefore, our purpose in learning to make better plans and work them out more effectively is to serve well, not to prove ourselves.
The reason we care about planning at all is that we want to fulfill the responsibilities God has given us. We want to be ready and willing to meet the good works God has laid out for us to do, and then, as Paul writes, do so more and more.
We really must begin with organizing our attitude before we organize anything else.

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SC026: Convivial Means Enjoyment https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc026/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:36 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15490 <p>Season 5: Why Convivial? I wanted answers, a formula, a guarantee. Do this. That works. This will guarantee results. I thought it was a dichotomy. Either what I do as a parent will guarantee certain results or how I parent doesn’t matter, is inconsequential. It was either find the Right Answers or give up. The answer I got instead was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto thee.” But what does this … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc026/" aria-label="SC026: Convivial Means Enjoyment">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc026/">SC026: Convivial Means Enjoyment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Why Convivial? I wanted answers, a formula, a guarantee. Do this. That works. This will guarantee results. I thought it was a dichotomy. Either what I do as a parent will guarantee certain results or how I parent doesn’t matter, Season 5: Why Convivial?
I wanted answers, a formula, a guarantee. Do this. That works. This will guarantee results. I thought it was a dichotomy. Either what I do as a parent will guarantee certain results or how I parent doesn’t matter, is inconsequential. It was either find the Right Answers or give up.
The answer I got instead was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto thee.” But what does this mean? What does it look like? It means God’s providence in our stories — ours and our children’s — doesn’t always (usually does’t?) end up neat and tidy. It means He doesn’t guarantee things like early marriage, good kids, or good jobs. But He does guarantee sanctification. He guarantees His faithfulness and love and mercy and forgiveness. He promises to use means, to use us, to bless others, including our children. We should parent in reliance and in faithfulness to God’s call on our lives, being as consistent as we can with His model of Fatherhood, praying to be a blessing to our children, who are individuals under God’s care in their own right and not through us. God will use our children to sanctify us, and God will use us in the sanctification of our children. But it is God’s work and not our own.
We can be free to enjoy our children and our life when our trust is placed in God’s faithfulness rather than our own.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Homeschool Checklists for Kids
You should give your kids a checklist.
Why? Because it reduces decision-fatigue. Not only have you already decided what each child should do, but they pester you for the next task – or wander off aimlessly because you aren’t next to them – less often. A checklist reduces the number of times the children come and ask, “What’s next?” Even if you know, being asked 217 times a day is exhausting in and of itself.
With a checklist they can use, you will only be asked about 178 times, but you’ll have 1 answer: What’s left on your list?
Redirecting them to consult their list trains the habit and discipline of independent work, even though it takes years – yes, years – of pointing them back to it.
Even if they still ask you questions, you have a single, go-to answer, so your sanity is saved for other minor daily crises.
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SO026: Learn to Love What Must Be Done https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so026/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:34 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=19735 <p>Season 5: Attitude Organization Many of us are task-driven. We want to see things done, accomplished, finished. This is what the world tells us is productivity. However, our life at home is not the kind of world where things are often finished. You might check off “laundry” for the day, but before the day is out, there will be more dirty laundry in the hamper. You might check off “make dinner,” but dinner will have to be made again tomorrow. … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so026/" aria-label="SO026: Learn to Love What Must Be Done">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so026/">SO026: Learn to Love What Must Be Done</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 5: Attitude Organization Many of us are task-driven. We want to see things done, accomplished, finished. This is what the world tells us is productivity. However, our life at home is not the kind of world where things are often finished. Many of us are task-driven. We want to see things done, accomplished, finished. This is what the world tells us is productivity.<br /> <br /> However, our life at home is not the kind of world where things are often finished. You might check off “laundry” for the day, but before the day is out, there will be more dirty laundry in the hamper. You might check off “make dinner,” but dinner will have to be made again tomorrow. Not only that, but because you made dinner today, there are now dishes in the sink to wash.<br /> <br /> Perhaps there is actually glory in repetition, if we had the eyes to see it.<br /> <br /> Get the attitude organization freebie at <a href="http://www.simplifiedorganization.com/2017/so025">Simplified Organization</a> Mystie Winckler clean 5:35 19735 SC025: Classical Homeschooling in Our Home https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc025/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:00:56 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15404 <p>Season 4: Classical Education Basics I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, we will be tossed to and fro by all the practical tips out there. Over the last year, I’ve written about classical education principles and how they affect not only our curriculum and our teaching, but also how we as mothers live out our … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc025/" aria-label="SC025: Classical Homeschooling in Our Home">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc025/">SC025: Classical Homeschooling in Our Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 4: Classical Education Basics I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, Season 4: Classical Education Basics
I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, we will be tossed to and fro by all the practical tips out there.
Over the last year, I’ve written about classical education principles and how they affect not only our curriculum and our teaching, but also how we as mothers live out our lives in our homes with our families. Because principles don’t just shape how we school. They shape how we live.
What your homeschool looks like, even as you try working toward classical education principles, depends on where you’ve been, and how and when you entered this path.
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Simple Sanity Saver: Morning Prep Sheet
If we strategize ways to jump-start our days, to pull ourselves out of our whining heads, and to just get started – and then do them – we’ll find we aren’t as lazy as we feared. We can consistently show up and do the work, and even consistently be excited about it.
We simply have to turn our attention away from our in-the-moment desires and set our minds actively on what really, eternally matters. Then act on those truths.
Using the morning prep sheet will help you do just that. By repeating to ourselves our priorities and vision, we can keep our sight on things above, on our goals and our purpose rather than on details and discouragements. It’s simple, straightforward, and crazy effective.
The Art of Homeschooling is all about building in such streamlined practices to keep us clear and capable in our homeschool journey.
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SO025: A Brain Dump Strategy for Moms https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so025/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:00:30 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=18345 <p>Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue Brain dumping is such a helpful strategy, especially for moms at home. When we start holding a lot of things in our heads, trying to remember them is going to stress us out. It might just be a low-level stress we don’t even recognize, but when we get the details out onto paper, we will recognize the relief. So then, when you have that Brain Dump, especially that first BIG crazy spill onto … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so025/" aria-label="SO025: A Brain Dump Strategy for Moms">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so025/">SO025: A Brain Dump Strategy for Moms</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue Brain dumping is such a helpful strategy, especially for moms at home. When we start holding a lot of things in our heads, trying to remember them is going to stress us out. Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue
Brain dumping is such a helpful strategy, especially for moms at home.
When we start holding a lot of things in our heads, trying to remember them is going to stress us out. It might just be a low-level stress we don’t even recognize, but when we get the details out onto paper, we will recognize the relief.
So then, when you have that Brain Dump, especially that first BIG crazy spill onto paper, then what do you do with that?
Really, that’s what Simplified Organization is all about – what you do after the brain dump.

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SC024: What is Education? https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc024/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:30 +0000 https://www.simplyconvivial.com/?p=15407 <p>Season 4: Classical Education Basics So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Here’s one of the quotes I’ve found. EDUCATION – Noah Webster’s Dictionary The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc024/" aria-label="SC024: What is Education?">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/sc024/">SC024: What is Education?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 4: Classical Education Basics So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Season 4: Classical Education Basics
So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Here’s one of the quotes I’ve found.
EDUCATION – Noah Webster’s Dictionary

The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and dorm the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

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Simple Sanity Saver: A Morning Prep Sheet
How do you set up a prep sheet?
A morning prep sheet is an attitude focusing tool. It’s simple and straightforward, and might even seem silly. But I promise it’s crazy effective.
Reading over carefully selected quotes slowly, repeatedly, and prayerfully is one concrete way we can anchor our conviction in truth and make choices aligned with the truth we know, because we’ve put that truth in our bones, deliberately and daily.
Do you need my prep sheets? Not at all! In fact, setting up your own will likely be even more effective, especially if you already have a scattered collection of quotes that inspire you. It’s as simple as hand-copying some quotes and verses onto a journal page or typing them up and printing them out. Just keep them where they are easy to access and quick to review.
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]]> Mystie Winckler clean 11:13 15407 SO024: Write it down, right away. https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so024/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:06:03 +0000 https://www.simplifiedorganization.com/?p=18327 <p>Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue You won’t remember – don’t try. When does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone. Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture. Ubiquitous capture is a term from David Allen’s Getting Things Done that basically means you should always have a way … <a class="kt-excerpt-readmore" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so024/" aria-label="SO024: Write it down, right away.">Read More</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2017/so024/">SO024: Write it down, right away.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplyconvivial.com">Simply Convivial</a>.</p> Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue You won’t remember – don’t try. When does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue
You won’t remember – don’t try.
When does the brilliant idea strike?
When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk?
It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list.
But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone.
Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture.
Ubiquitous capture is a term from David Allen’s Getting Things Done that basically means you should always have a way to write down, right away, any information you need to have rather than assuming you’ll remember it or remember to write it down later.
You have to write it down, right away.



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