Repetition, The Best Teacher

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Repetitio Mater Memoriae, or Repetition part of the Education Is for Life series This motto is a bonus principle! When I started the Education is for Life series, I said I had five principles, trying to condense Christopher Perrin’s eight. But it turns out I couldn’t leave this one out. With each post, my thoughts kept returning to the idea of repetition. Actually, nearly every day I am confronted with the idea and the reality of repetition. The longer I … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom: Schedules and Routines Are Deep Waters

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Smith has a call-out box in chapter 2 titled “A Practices Audit.” Here, we get practical; we get personal. Even without that direct invitation to examine our habits, this chapter certainly had me thinking that direction. Do I have practices, habits, that I am assuming are thin, insignificant, when they are actually thick, charged with shaping power? If we mistakenly think that certain habits or practices are neutral, or even thin, when they are actually quite thick and loaded, then … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: My Year-Round Schedule in Real Life – Simply Convivial

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This month I am taking you on a tour of my favorite organizing solutions. They aren’t likely to hot on Pinterest or featured on a crafty blog, but they make life around here run more smoothly. Schooling Year-Round Yes, we are those sorts of homeschoolers who school year-round. It seems like people interpret this to mean we are always school, school, school. The truth is that I school year-round so I can have more of a break, not less. I … Read More

Real-Life Homeschool Organization – Simply Convivial

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I’m excited this month to take you on a tour of some of my favorite organization solutions I’ve stumbled upon during my five years of homeschooling. In this current internet culture of Pinterest, the temptation to compare ourselves to perfect organization standards is strong. “Organized,” in Pinterest terms, seems to mean cute, coordinated, and labeled with a fancy font. But in reality organization means having a place for our stuff so we can find it when we need it without … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Leverage the Bright Spots – Simply Convivial

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It has been a couple months now since I’ve reviewed the book Switch and promised a series about it. I’ve had the outline for said series sitting in my drafts ever since. I didn’t want to let it languish there further, however, because I do think there are some important ideas and strategies to glean as we all think about getting a new year of lessons underway. Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful change, through engaging … Read More

Teach Your Children to Resolve Conflict: Free Lesson Plans for The Young Peacemaker – Simply Convivial

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Timing is a funny thing. When I made our Elementary Lesson plans and our Circle Time plans, I considered, but decided against, using The Young Peacemaker. I heard about it a few years ago, purchased it, and used it during Circle Time. We worked through about a third of the 12-lesson book before I ditched it. The concepts taught are excellent, but the stories, examples, and explanations are geared for upper elementary & middle school, and it wasn’t a good … Read More

Book Review: Switch by Chip & Dan Heath – Simply Convivial

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath Publication date: 2010 Date read: 2013 Source: Local library. Recommended by: a thread on the Well-Trained Mind Forum My rating (out of 5): ★ ★ ★ 1/2 I recommend it, but borrow it from the library. Summary The authors examine the common denominators in successful change (personal and corporate), telling engaging stories and giving practical, useful advice for making positive individual & group changes. Switch … Read More

New Year Habits – Simply Convivial

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I’ve made resolutions for the new year for 3 or 4 years running now, not only tracking them throughout the year, but even checking in on them publicly at year’s end and admitting how [poorly] I did. I have, in years past, tried to make my goals projects or tasks that can be checked off and accomplished during the year, but there always seems to be one or two that are really aspirations more than projects. I have an aspiration … Read More

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