I admit that is is one of my greater struggles. I'm not a rigid by the books mom that has a set time for each subject, or a set in stone group of requirements. However, I struggle with fitting everything in. Organization is one of my greatest strengths and one of my greatest weaknesses. Hard to explain how it can fall under both, but that's how I describe myself.
I also LOVE pretty things. I'm visually oriented. I "NEED" physical things around me to remind me of what I feel is important. If you walk in our home and look around you are going to immediately notice that faith and family are my two most treasured "possessions". It's evident in the reminders that you see sitting around. Scripture, quotes, and pictures adorn every wall and every surface. I NEED it! Gosh, you can't even make a stop in a bathroom without scripture verses or quotes being on a mirror! (OK----now I admit that if you've been in our home in the last couple of weeks you might have had to step over toys, Christmas decor boxes, and such. You've probably had to walk past the dead plants in the yard and the dead grass. You've probably noticed this LARGE TV sitting in the middle of the living room floor because at the moment we don't have a sturdy enough table/entertainment center to hold it and it was given to us by a neighbor. Since it's a major upgrade from our 24 inch, 12 year old one.....well, it is just going to sit there for awhile. You've probably had to push baby gear out of the way if you want to sit down. I really don't care because I LOVE the joy that having a baby in our house brings. Just pretend you didn't see all of those things and you did notice all of the "other" things that remind me of faith and family.) I'm drawn to things that give me a visual reminder of what is important.
The Well-Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner by Home Educating Family Publishers is a super combination of pretty and practical! A visual reminder of what matters and the practicality of organizing. The family planner is great for multiple children! It is designed for up to 4 children. Wahoo!!!!
Some of my favorite features besides just general organizing....
- Encouraging articles (such as Raising Heavenly Minded Children, And on the 7th Day God Rested)
- Tear out shopping lists
- Beautiful design/artwork and encouraging quotes and scripture
- Semester Goals
- Card Registry----keep up with sending cards to encourage others
- Spots for Meal Planning
- Attendance Reports
- Progress Reports
- REPORT CARDS!
I'd love to give away the Family Planner to one reader. It doesn't matter if you have won a giveaway from me before or not. PLEASE enter!
To enter, just comment with one of the things you struggle with as a homeschool mother the most! Time? Balancing the needs of everyone (that is mine!)? Making curriculum decisions? What stresses you the most or the most often? Maybe just list what is stressing you today! (As a side note, I'll also be praying that whatever that struggle is that God will send you a HUGE boost in that department!)
Let's end this giveaway on December 10th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and must have a US shipping address.