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«Homeschool Teacher Control Journal Copyright 2015 All rights reserved; FlyLady and Company Inc. Dear Home Educator, First of all I would like to ...»

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5. With the guilt comes blaming others and not looking at what our role was in our perpetual tardiness. Then we have martyrdom and the loud yelling voices that just add to the stress along with the guilt.

6. Now we are half dressed and not paying attention to what we are doing. Not to mention that you have skipped breakfast, and you still need to feed the kids.

7. You have wasted time being angry because you procrastinated and didn't go to bed in a decent hour to get up and start your day on the right foot instead of behind the eight ball.

Just writing this makes me nauseated. I can't live this way anymore. The constant surge of adrenalin is hard on our bodies. We have to find a way to relieve the stress that our procrastination causes in our lives. Are you listening to me! Procrastination can kill us and maim our children. It can be a slow painful death of our bodies turning on us because of the constant surge of adrenalin with immune dysfunction or it can be a quick one with a car accident. You have a choice to stop this right now!

If I can ever get you to feel the peace that comes from just a few simple routines in your life; you will never go back to living this way.

Here is what you have to do!

1. Set your priorities! I know you hear this all the time, so I am going to make this very clear to you! Is talking on the phone or the computer more important than your children's or your life? Is watching that movie better for you than a good nights sleep?

2. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow; use your creativity to accessorize your clothes. We love to do this but we never have time when we are so rushed. Look at your calendar and see what you need to do tomorrow. This will help you to pick out your clothes. Put your shoes with your outfit.

3. Go to bed at a decent hour; we can have time for ourselves in the morning when we are not rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off.

4. Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room so you will not be tempted to hit the snooze button. This is an ineffective habit that you have. When you start getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night you will not need that snooze button any more. You need to get your feet on the floor to turn off the alarm.

5. Put gas in your car when it is not empty. Look for times when you are not in a hurry to stop and fill up before you are running on fumes. This will not cost you as much money if you are only putting in a half of tank. You never know when you may need gas to get you to the emergency room in the middle of the night.

6. As part of your Before Bed routine; put everything you need to take with you tomorrow by the front door or in the car. This will keep you from having to search for things tomorrow morning and from forgetting something important.

7. Start your day without the chaos of the television by listening to beautiful music.

The television is filled with bad news that we can do nothing about. Open up your heart to a new morning with your favorite music or silence.

8. Get up 15 minutes before the rest of the family so that you can be dressed to lace up shoes before their little feet hit the floor. You will be in control! Put on those shoes.

All this is done because you laid out your whole outfit the night before; from jewelry to shoes and socks. You checked your calendar, and you know what to wear.

9. Without all the rushing you can sit down and eat a breakfast fit for the queen that you are! It may just be a yogurt smoothie but you will be filling up your personal fuel tank with good nutritious food not junk on the run. You may also have fewer digestion problems when you slow down your food consumption.

10. Now you are not rushing your children to get going on their routines and start school because you are ready for the day before they get up.

Every single thing we procrastinate about can be put into this avalanche scenario. Just stop and think when you hear yourself saying I don't have time or I don't feel like it right now. We are never going to feel like scrubbing the toilet but it sure is nice when you are hugging that piece porcelain during a round of stomach flu. We don't have to feel like doing it to just get up off our Frannys and do something! With this attitude, we are getting it out of the way so we can go play and enjoy our day without the stress and guilt that comes from procrastinating.

If you will just start with one little piece of this essay; you will be slowing down the effects of the avalanche. Soon you will begin to feel the peace that I have from my morning and before bed routines. If you will just get a small taste of this peace you will not want to live in the chaos of procrastination another day.

Are you ready to FLY by doing the little things in life that make living easier; routines?

Lesson #6: Setting up our Control Journals Here are some ideas on how you can combine your Homeschool Control Journal and Your Regular Control Journal. You don’t have to do this, but you have to promise that you will not allow your homes to fall apart once school starts.

Weekly Afternoon Routines

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Check off the morning’s assignments and record grades  File papers and put away teaching manipulatives/supplies 

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 Specialists schedules (includes schedules/student information for Remedial services, Occupational therapy sessions, Learning Support, and

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 Checklists: July/August Set-Up; End of Year Checklist  Permanent File (attendance, standardized test scores, immunization records, etc., according to state law)  Book List (books on hand and books you wish to purchase or borrow)  Contact Log (any pertinent phone/email addresses related to homeschooling)  Encouragement file (helpful or encouraging articles) Lesson #7: Schedule Suggestions & End of Year Checklist Here are some sample schedule suggestions to help you with your planning.

Daily Routine Notes (for Elementary Students with Preschoolers and/or

Babies):

Morning Circle time with Mom (at the kitchen table or on the sofa)  Morning Read Aloud Time, Singing, Bible Story, Science or History lesson (depends on what you want to do with them; this is for all ages)  Calendar Time and Weather Report from the weekly Meterologist (rotate this job each week, so each child gets to be the Meterologist)  Review assignments for the day with each child and get them started on independent work (language arts and math)  While older children work on independent work, play with the preschoolers and/or babies  Start the crockpot with dinner  Start a load of laundry; switch it if you started one when you first got up

Spelling/Phonics Time:

 Spend 15 minutes doing spelling or phonics with each child; short lessons are very effective

Review Independent work:

 Review Math and Writing Assignments; check-off in your planbook as you go along

Loving Movement:

 Spend 15 minutes with the children doing some sort of movement inside or outside  Have the children do a 15 minute room rescue while you switch the laundry

LUNCH:

 Include the children in lunch preparations; sit down and enjoy lunch with them

Quiet time/Nap time:

 Put the baby and/or preschoolers down for a nap  Give older children quiet time with reading or a quiet project  Mom can either nap or work on her Afternoon Routines After nap time and quiet time, the children should work on their Afternoon Routines. Mom uses this time to finish up her afternoon routine, laundry, and works on dinner preparations.

Daily Routine Notes (for Elementary Students and/or Middle School

Students):

Time with Mom (at the kitchen table or on the sofa)  Review assignments for the day; explain new concepts  Calendar Time and Weather Report from the weekly Meterologist (Give deeper requirements of Middle School Students on weather trends)  Do any teaching time that involves all of the children (I teach the same history and science lessons to all of my children up through grade 8.)  While children work on independent work, spend one-on-one time with each child to help with any questions or new concepts  Start the crockpot with dinner  Start a load of laundry; switch it if you started one when you first got up

Spelling/Grammar/Language Arts:

 Spend time with each child on language arts; return graded papers

Math:

 Review Math Assignments; check-off and record grades in your planbook as you go along

Loving Movement:

 Spend 15 minutes with the children doing some sort of movement inside or outside  Have the children do a 15 minute room rescue while you switch the laundry

LUNCH:

 Include the children in lunch preparations; sit down and enjoy lunch with them

Project time:

 Uninterrupted time to work on reading, research, or writing projects  Time to work on electives, such as art, music, or foreign languages After Project Time, the children should work on their Afternoon Routines.

Mom uses this time to finish up her afternoon routine, laundry, and works on dinner preparations.

Daily Routine Notes (Middle School and/or High School):

Time with Mom (at the kitchen table or on the sofa)  Review assignments for the day and go over any new concepts  Calendar Time and Weather Report from the weekly Meterologist (with younger children, the older students can track weather more in depth)  Students start independent work  Mom starts the crockpot with dinner  Mom starts a load of laundry; switch it if you started one when you first got up

Language Arts:

 Review Language Arts assignments for the day and record grades as needed

Math:

 Review Math Assignments and explain concepts not understood; checkoff in your planbook as you go along

Loving Movement:

 Do something active with your children  Have the children do a 15 minute room rescue while you switch the laundry

LUNCH:

 Include the children in lunch preparations; sit down and enjoy lunch with them

History:

 Review History Assignments; check-off and record grades in your planbook as you go along

Science:

 Review Science Assignments and do any experiments; record grades

Project time:

 Uninterrupted time to work on reading, research, or writing projects  Time to work on electives, such as art, music, or foreign languages After Project Time, the children should work on their Afternoon Routines.

Be sure to give them some free time. High school is more labor-intensive for the students, and they need time to de-compress. Mom uses this time to finish up her afternoon routine, laundry, and works on dinner preparations.

School Closing Checklist End of Year Close Down

Student activities:

 Take standardized test, if required by law  Write a paper (or paragraph) about what they learned that year and what was their most fun activity Collect student supplies  Sort through pencil boxes and throw out broken items  Math  Reading/Grammar/Spelling/Language Arts  History  Science

Sort Books on Bookshelves:

 Organize Bookshelves  Sell or give away books you don’t need  Start list for books you know you need to order for next school year

Craft Supplies:

 Sort and organize craft supplies  Toss items that need to be tossed; you can’t hold on to everything  File special projects in each child’s storage bin  Make a list of items you need to replace for the next school year Copies: (Review July/August Checklist)  Set up folders for new school year  Print attendance sheet  Start a list of books for each subject for each student for new year  Start a Summer Reading List for each child; join the library’s summer reading program  Make a list of summer field trips and activities you want to do  Print some math fact sheets for each child to do two or three times a week Schedule/Planning  Clean out Control Journal  Print a permanent copy of each child’s report card for the year and file  Start looking at your calendar to plan when you will start school in August or September  Research and purchase books and materials needed for new school year  Send in necessary paperwork to your state, if required by law  Complete transcript, if you have a high school student  Thoroughly clean out your school storage area or plastic bins  File any paperwork that you wish to keep  Clear off top of desk The next section is a blank Home/School Control Journal for you to fill out and begin to use.

Before Bed Routine (This starts after dinner)

1. Shine your sink

2. Lay out clothes for tomorrow

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4. Make any phone calls you need to make

5. Put drinking glasses in the dishwasher

6. Take a relaxing bubble bath, wash face, brush teeth, moisturize

7. Clear off any Hot Spots; coffee table, kitchen counter, chair Check Calendar for tomorrow’s family activities 8.

9. Turn off computer 10:00 pm 10. _____________________________________

11. _____________________________________

12. _____________________________________

13. _____________________________________

14. _____________________________________

15. _____________________________________

16. _____________________________________

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This is on the left side of the binder on the back side of a sheet protector. These two sheets face each other.

School Before Bed Routine

1. Put anything you need for the next morning by the front door launch pad or on your desk.

2. Check your calendar for any appointments you may have.

3. Make sure the clothes you have laid out are appropriate for tomorrow’s schedule.



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