Book life, homeschooling, and a request.

I still have a few book reviews in draft, which are being slowed down significantly as we adjust to our new homeschool workload. Sometime over the next two weeks, I expect to post reviews of the following books:

  • Captains Courageous
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • A Bear Called Paddington
  • Your Man is Wonderful

In the meantime, we are experiencing quite the challenge juggling the demands of homeschooling, the homework and readings associated with the supplemental classes our kids are taking, and regular homemaking necessities.

The positives are that our kids are getting top notch instruction from some amazingly gifted women (and a few men) in subjects I could never have tackled with the same depth of knowledge and enthusiasm. Latin, literature, drama, speech, visual arts, and art appreciation taught by teachers with passion for the subjects, years of studying them, and a wholly Christian worldview are pretty priceless. We are thankful to have found such a great community to add to our homeschool repertoire and more parents to join us on the journey.

The challenge is that being out of the house two days a week means that we have to incorporate the reading and homework for those subjects, the instruction of the subjects I am solely responsible for (math and science primarily), meals laundry, and other daily duties into a workable schedule. This, five readers, is where you come in.

I am looking for a scheduling program -online or PDF- that I can use to organize our day, keep good records, and generally organize our new homeschool life. It doesn’t have to be free. I’m willing to pay for it so long as it is adaptable and works. Up until this point our days have been fluid and relaxed because we weren’t out as much with the exception of our much less demanding co-op. It’s a new day, and I need something new to tackle it with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Today has actually been a pretty sane day. So much so that we made it to the library. Everyone in our house has different reading interests, and as I moved about the house this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice the different stacks and what they revealed about the range of readers:



My stack.



lover of all things magical.


The eclectic reader.


foodie/aspiring culinary artist.


Too busy mapping northern Europe to check out books! Also busy reading Captains Courageous.

I’ve had to break out my long abandoned -but pretty effective- laundry schedule to keep that from being a huge pain. My slow cooker is also going to start getting quite the workout.

Basically, I’ve got to up my time management game since we decided to abandon the relaxed homeschooling approach.

9 thoughts on “Book life, homeschooling, and a request.

  1. Robyn says:

    Hey lady, you’re super busy! I really wish I could help more but our school was unschooling to slightly eclectic in style. For prioritizing time … that’s all i got.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers for finding a better organizational structure/system.


  2. Bike Bubba says:

    You can attach documents to Google Calendar, which works in conjunction with gmail on any google account for free. Also works to share schedules with others, share documents, etc.. There are also free pdf writers for Word, if you’re using Microsoft. Google also has similar programs to Word and Excel that are, again, free.

    Not that any commenter’s employer saves a boatload of cash this way or anything. :^) Seriously, I’ve gotten pretty good at it and like it.

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  3. elspeth says:

    I think I figured out a temporary measure for now. I’m gonna get me a big dry erase board with the calendar lines, fill in the school schedule, and start there. I do much, much better with a graphic I can see and not have to go pull it up.

    Now…there are still a lot of other details to work out, and I appreciate Bike’s suggestion as well.

    I don’t know if I’m busy so much as bad at keeping things moving in the right direction when monkey wrenches get thrown into the plan. And there’s always a monkey wrench waiting in the wings, isn’t there?

    I wish I could unschool. I just do not have the confidence that I can get these kids educated up to standards that their father will be satisfied with, so once the 11-year-old hit middle school age, I began searching for something that could take her to the next level and challenge her appropriately.

    We were very blessed to find the program we did. I mean seriously, middle school is studying A.W. Tozer. A.W. Tozer! Find me a private Christian school that gets that deep. I occasionally sneak into the back of the class for my own edification, LOL.

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  4. Robyn says:

    Oh I totally get that, I’m very visual too … even tactile. I went the route of all electronic … it didn’t work for me bc I need to be able to see AND touch the pages. I gave it a full calendar year and was completely stressed out by the end! I was sure glad when that experiment was over.

    I found that by being on a minimum non-flexible schedule … it opened us up for more flexibility in the long run. Different things work for different families, it just depends on what your family mission is.

    Choosing different colours for non-negotiable tasks and contrasting colours for those that are might be something to consider. OR … you know how you have repeat projects/subjects? use a card with the subject written on it and have sticky tack on the back … makes it easy to shift around. (I use this concept with my menu plan)


  5. hearthie says:

    Excel. I like Excel. My schedule’s really odd, with one in charter school (imagine: college schedule) and one in homeschool, excepting the two days/wk she does electives at CS. Which aren’t full days. We are just starting, so I won’t have a feel for this dance for a while. That needs to be okay. It’s not a comfortable thing, but that’s how it is.

    And you wonder why I’m forcing my son to learn to drive. :p

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  6. Jennifer says:

    I would use a whiteboard for stuff we did every day and memory work, then I just taped a sheet of paper to the wall for each kid every day with their schedule on it and they got to cross of things as they did them. I remember I always tried to be too perfect the first weeks of school and about a month in I would relax and we were all happier. I’m still trying to do too much my first weeks of fall, and then end up backing off.

    Love google calendar! I’ve started using it all the time, and it transfers to a phone app too. I’m using it to track finance for the year so I can figure out our monthly and yearly patterns.

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