We are homeschooling mamas, and we like our planning, don't we? We write on our pretty planner pages in 5 different colors (ahem--maybe that's just me!) and we lay out the day's plans, all inky and fresh. In those quiet moments, we have a tendency to over-schedule, because we aren't quite thinking about all of the unforeseen challenges along the way--you know, a pitcher of water spilled on the laptop, chasing the new dog down in the field behind your house, or the air-conditioner repair guy coming 2 hours early.

Those are the day-to-day, unexpected challenges we face, but what about those scheduled, recurring interruptions to our school work? Things like doctor's appointments, grocery shopping or football practice? I know my tendency in planning on those days is to try to do that scheduled activity, plus all the school work we would normally do, too. You know, because I've laid it out so neatly in my color-coded planner.

Confession is good for the soul.

I've come to realize how stressful and foolish that is. . . as though I could somehow produce an extra 2 hours in my day. The truth is that if a big chunk of the day is spent elsewhere, then it was simply spent elsewhere and I can't take that back. That is okay! I should not feel guilty about that or try to make up for my fabricated guilt by trying to squeeze in school work.

So, how can we deal with it? Here's my new plan for scheduled interruptions:
  1. Do only the schoolwork that is most important for that day.
  2. Do only the schoolwork that can be done well.
  3. Try to do #1 and #2 before the scheduled interruption.
  4. Do something fun, breaking from the normal routine, once the interruption is over.
For our home, doing the first 3 will consist of Bible along with one or two of the three Rs.
But what about #4? Here's my idea: Do those extra, add-on's that I never seem to get to do, in the flow of my normal school day, like:
  • board games
  • crafts
  • nature walks
  • self-led project
  • painting
  • planting seeds
  • unit study
  • free reading
  • computer time
  • music
  • baking
When we've had a scheduled interruption, it is extremely hard to get my children's minds redirected to our regular routine (read: school work). Instead of trying to do that, I think going off the beaten path a bit and enjoying a variation in our learning can be fun. It also gives me the opportunity to try something new or different with the kids without hindering what is already working well.

How do you handle interruptions to your school day? How you do stay on track? How do you incorporate the "fun stuff" in your homeschool?


Also posted at Our Homeschool Forum.

We are still following a liturgical calendar in the No Idle Bread household. Doing so has helped us to keep track of Biblical time in the sense that, yes, the Bible is real, and yes, these things did unfold, for real, in history, in real life. Spiritually, it helps to keep us mindful of the way God orchestrated things from the Old Testament to the New Covenant, in the lives of the early Christians, and in our own lives as well.

Today, we are remembering the Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who ascended into heaven and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. (Acts 1:9-11, Ephesians 1:20, Hebrews 8:1)

This morning we read Acts 1:1-11 and we talked about what an impact that must have made on the disciples. We talked about Jesus' promise to never leave us and how He promised to send the Holy Spirit.

We have been counting the days between the Resurrection and the Day of Pentecost by following along with the happenings, according to Scripture, between those two major events. Ascension day is a pretty big deal, too, I would say. Can you even imagine?!

So, as we gazed out of the window this morning, I told the kids we could be called Cloud Watchers, because the best part is, one day Jesus will return in the same way He ascended--in the clouds.

And, what a glorious day that will be!

Ascension Day

by on Thursday, May 25, 2017
We are still following a liturgical calendar in the No Idle Bread household. Doing so has helped us to keep track of Biblical time in the...
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