SC005: Living from Rest

Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! cum dignitate otium, or Sabbath Season 1: Education is For Life So, I discovered that otium was the Latin word for leisure, and although I have not encountered it in education talks, it seems … Read More

SC004: Seeking or Seeming?

Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! esse quam videri, or Virtue Season 1: Education is For Life Would we rather look good than be good, than do what is right? What if we prioritized being and doing good over looking … Read More

SC003: A Life of Repentance

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

SC002: Daily Faithfulness

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

SC001: The Simple Life

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

How this school year will make the next better.

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There’s something about that last month of lessons – no matter when that last month is. The paper piles seem higher. The dust and bits seem to multiply from the corners faster. The chaos builds quicker. Maybe when your school year is over you want to totally abandon all structure and routine. Maybe you relish digging into those piles and throwing out as much as possible. Maybe you feel ready to simply peter out and languish on the couch for … Read More

Do a homeschool brain dump.

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Our school year is over and I know many of you are also winding up. There’s something about the last month of lessons – no matter when that last month is. The paper piles seem higher. The dust and bits seem to multiply from the corners faster. The chaos builds quicker. Maybe when your school year is over you want to totally abandon all structure and routine. Maybe you relish digging into those piles and throwing out as much as … Read More

The frustrations of tidying up

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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. Tip 1: Starting is the hardest part. Setting a timer is … Read More

You need time to reset your perspective

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Here at Simplified Organization, I like to talk about how organizing your attitude is the most important thing you can organize. One key concept that helped me clarify how to do this was Jennifer Fulwiler’s definition of survival mode: If you don’t have at least a few blocks of time per week that are both predictable and uninterrupted, where you can prayerfully get your priorities in order, you are in survival mode. Many of us live in survival mode for … Read More

3 Steps for a Morning Review

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A morning review creates a power-start to your day. The process I recommend will take you less than 10 minutes, but it will give you peace and clarity about the day ahead of you and what you can reasonably accomplish. The best time to do a morning review is before the children are up and awake, while the house is peaceful and quiet and the day has not yet begun in earnest. However, that is not always possible. When, for … Read More

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