We’ve almost finished the school year! With a family member’s health derailment during the winter, books had to be set aside and we shoved our end date back quite a bit. Most subjects were completed on time anyway! A little here, a little there, and we’ll be scratching through the entire to-do list. Whew! Blogging may actually become a “thing” again…
Find thy reward in the thing
Which thou hast been blest to do,
Let the joy of others cause joy to spring
Up in thy bosom too!—
And if the love of a grateful heart
As a rich reward be given,
Lift thou the love of a grateful heart
To the God of Love in Heaven!
Even though we are unable to meet in person this month, we will hold our meeting by way of the e-group and private fb page. You may eat, or drink whatever you choose at the meeting without judgement, or the possibility of allergic issues. ;0)
In the original meeting details on the Tailor Made Homeschool Support Group’s Calendar of Events for 2020-21, you were asked to bring a sharpie marker and a pencil to this meeting; now you’ll need to provide your own paper, too.
As you know, our topic title for this month is “Prioritizing Your Rocks: Demo and Moms in the Thinking Chair.” So, sit down and get ready to do some thinking!
A long, long time ago, in what seems to have been a galaxy far, far away, several former Tailors met for this very same demo and discussion. It involved glass and metal (a Mason jar), rocks, gravel, and some sand. Because we aren’t able to meet together, we current Tailors will tech-up and watch a YouTube video. (I’m fairly certain the original group did this prior to YouTube’s inception!)
(If you’d like to see what sorts of things we were discussing in Tailor Made way back then, check out the homeschool ministries of Marilyn Howshall and Barb Shelton.)
Please watch Jar of Life.
Now, it’s quite possible that last year your list of IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO was VERY different from this year’s list! If there comes a time when life reverts back to the way you lived before this year, you may choose to do this little project differently. Let’s work with what we’ve got right now and find peace about it.
I would’ve passed out paper at this point in the demo, but now you’ll need to supply your own. This is where you will also need your sharpie marker and pencil…with an eraser, just in case.
Now, using your pencil, follow the instructions to draw a large Mason jar. You’ll find the directions for this project at https://easydrawings.net/easy-drawings/draw-a-mason-jar/.
“Inside” your Mason jar, please draw seven large rocks. They need to fit, so use your pencil for this step, too. Add some gravel sized rocks all around the larger rocks. Next, add little bitty dots in all the cracks and crevices that are left in your Mason jar.
Turn your paper over and make a list. You’ll really need to think about this list. It’s a written record of all the possibilities that present themselves and take time during your day to complete. Put down everything you do in a day/week/month. On the side of your list, jot down the seven (7) MOST IMPORTANT things on that list. Use your sharpie marker to write these things on your large rocks on the other side of the paper. The gravel will hold the things that are next in line of importance. Lastly, the little bitty dots will be where you can fit in all those things that aren’t really important, but take up so much of your time…IF YOU AREN’T CAREFUL. Or, declutter them from your list and breathe easier!
If you’d like to add one more thing to your to-do list, color you Mason jar. Just kidding. Display it on your fridge, or another prominent spot as a reminder of the MOST IMPORTANT things you need to do. This will hopefully help you declutter your calendar and provide you with the time you need to accomplish what God has planned for you to do.
Until we meet again. https://tailormadehsg.wordpress.com/
For more information on the ministries of Marilyn Howshall and Barb Shelton, check out the following when it can fit into your jar.
Day one of the 2020-2021 school year went off without a hitch! After morning garden and animal chores, Posie wanted to start the day’s studies at the picnic table. It was a great idea. Bible study, ERU, and spelling all happened under the trees. We went inside for most of the rest of her assignments as many involve dvds, cds, or computer work. The day went smoothly and now there are technically only 179 days left of the school year! Way to go Posie!!!
Packages in yesterday’s mail were full of books. It’s down to the wire here at Planning Central. Posie wants to start attacking the stack on the 3rd of August!
We’re ready except for one minor technicality. I haven’t punched holes in the plans to put them in the “Teacher’s Binder”. The “Learner’s Binder” is impatiently waiting on this to happen.
Suffice it to say, it’s all written in pencil. Weekly pages will find their way to the copier to serve as Independent Study Checklists and Portfolio Oraganization Maps. While I wonder if dropping the CMO is the right thing to do, I really don’t want to enter all the books and things into the program when we already have everything on paper…even places to record grades..should we choose to do so.
Posie’s final list of literature this year https://topsyturvytoile.wordpress.com/2020/05/30/books-for-20-21/ only included nine titles instead of the original eleven previously posted. We decided to keep an extra from those that were cut. We found some time down the road (in theory). If things get too bogged down, we will shift it to the summer reading list.
As for the pre-reads? I’m only pre-reading two titles this go ’round. Mainly because I just can’t wait until next year to find out what’s between the covers!
And the titles are…
The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy L. Sayers
Off to read…
I had to save these quotes from the current issue of Victoria Classics’ “French Cottage”. Speaking to me right now, I was amazed that they each offered me something very familiar to ponder. I think, just maybe, they each appeal to the idea of “an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
“I’ve just begun to dare to think I perhaps am a bit of an artist.”
“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
“The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.”
“If the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
“The ache for home lives in all of us.”
So, I’m already adding to my next reading list…BUT. This one seems important enough to move to the top.
If We are to Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, by Eric Metaxas
Mr. Metaxas was going to speak at the THSC Convention this summer. We were all excited about it. Plus, Dennis Prager (Prager University) was going to be the KEYNOTE. Sadly, it’s been bumped to next summer. HOPEFULLY, they will both be there and we will get to go sans the whole halloween look.
Praying this event happens without a glitch next summer.
Homeschool Classifieds has very helpful academic planning tools. Two that we are using include the single-page calendar and the sequential weeks of numbered days sheet. Posie likes being able to SEE how many weeks we have until a break, or until we get started back up again. She also likes having a plan for the days/week to follow in order to keep up with lessons. I never did figure out a way to stay on top of printing things out for the week using the Charlotte Mason Organizer, so this paper plan is going to come in handy for her. I’m thankful that Mrs. S reminded me of these helpers.
Only a few more details and the next year is planned…will we be using any of the Good and Beautiful Honors Books Studies? Stay tuned to find out whether we choose one from Level 8, Highschool, or one/some from both.
Having a weekly to-do list for co-op during the 2019-20 “school year” helped keep assignments on track for those who referred to the weekly post. While we’ve had a posted schedule for years, we’ve mainly relied on Simply Charlotte Mason’s CM Organizer to keep up with assignments. Lots of book/resource title entering takes place during the summer months to get that awesome online organizer to keep things moving along and keep track of what’s being done…and what’s slipping by the wayside.
Thinking about how well the co-op posts worked, I’m kicking around the idea of creating a form for the week to help Posie keep track of her weekly to-do list. This most likely means more work each week for me, unless I enlist simplified spiral homeschooling scheduling. It does save $ each month, but how much is my time worth? I’ll know before summer’s end. I’m doing mini versions of both for summer studies. Sort of a trial run experiment to determine if doing weekly lists is sustainable for me and helpful for Posie.
IF we determine that we are both fine with the weekly checklists versus using the CMO, we’ll switch back to paper. Either way, this will be the weekly schedule:
*A monthly evaluation will be held on the last Friday of the month.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”