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Sponsor Thank You: Davonne Parks, Organizer

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Davonne Parks, Organizer


Every homeschool parent needs to learn how to manage their time wisely if they want to make the most of their homeschool days. As a fellow homeschool mom, Davonne Parks really gets that.

And, in order to become more efficient in her own life, Davonne learned how to manage her time so she could start being on time. She also spent months learning how to make her home go from chaos to clutter-free, and she’s spent years refining those techniques.

Then she took the tools and lessons she learned and she turned them into incredibly helpful, well written, and easy-to-read eBooks.

Davonne’s books include hilarious embarrassing stories, practical tips, inspirational quotes, gentle encouragement, and fabulous suggestions that any mom who’d like to be a little more organized or timely can benefit from.

For the Blog Awards, Davonne is generously giving away 20 copies of Chaos to Clutter-Free and 20 copies of 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person!

Plus, anyone who subscribes to Davonne’s blog will receive a complimentary copy of her eBook 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms!

You can connect with Davonne Parks and get helpful encouragement and tips about organization, simplicity, and heart-filled motherhood on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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The Beauty of a Homeschool Routine

If you’re anything like me, you’ve stressed about creating the perfect homeschool schedule on more than one occasion. There are a TON of articles, books, and blog posts about homeschool scheduling. (Trust me, I’ve probably read them all.)

Even though I tried several different schedules over the years, I just couldn’t get the hang of following a timed plan with my kids. I tried getting them up at the same time every day, starting school at the same time every day, and even having lunch and brain breaks at the same time every day. But I just couldn’t stick with it for more than two or three weeks. In fact, I ended up obsessing more over following the schedule than teaching our lessons!

Then, I tried something different. I put together a homeschool routine to follow, instead of a timed schedule. And I was amazed at how quickly things improved. Here a few reasons why a homeschool routine worked better (for our family) than a timed daily schedule.

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How a Homeschool Routine Can Help Your Family

1. A routine is simple to create.

Making our homeschool schedule was a time-consuming process each year. How much time should we spend on math? Will I have enough time to cover music this week? It was an endless cycle of “what ifs”.

When I changed to using a homeschool routine, though, I could simply list which subjects needed to be covered on which days and then decide which order was best to cover them all. For example, math is an everyday subject but music is not. So I scheduled music for Friday afternoons when we were all in a relaxed mood.

2. A routine is flexible.

What if your routine doesn’t work? It’s so much easier to change a routine than a schedule. I tried having reading in the afternoon following lunch, but everyone was tired and disinterested and it was like pulling teeth. I just swapped it with Quiet Time and things worked much better.

Since our routine needed so many changes, especially at first, I used a dry-erase board to list all of the subjects we would cover each day. If I needed to make an adjustment, I just erased a few lines and rewrote them. No biggie.

3. A routine is easy for your children to remember.

The best thing about using a homeschool routine, though, is that your kids will pick up on very quickly. They’ll start to recognize what subject or activity comes next and they’ll begin doing the preparation for you.

After we left the breakfast table, our sons knew it was time to do math and they would go directly to their rooms to get their notebooks and pencils. And if your kids remember the routine, you’ll find yourself having to fewer reminders during school hours. :)

Do you use a timed schedule or a homeschool routine with your children? Which method works best for your family? Let us know in the comments!

Selena (7 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.

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Free Planning Resources for Homeschool Bloggers

I am a homeschooler. And a blogger. I actually started my blog because we homeschool. October, however, was the last month we had internet at home. Since then I’ve been a little scattered at how to get to my blogging on a schedule {homeschooling just keeps on no matter what!}.
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When looking for blogging schedules to help me organize and maximize my time while online, I went to the Facebook group Blogging Homeschoolers, of which I was a member, where I was directed to some great templates for just this purpose. Here are my favorites*:
A beautiful but simple planner from Oh the Lovely Things
“My Blog Topics” by Bridgett Edwards
Blog planner {60+ pages!} from Jolanthe
Planner with Review/Sponsors/Ideas pages by Just Another Static Heart

This is the one I used a couple years ago {but the link is for last year}:
Confessions of a Homeschooler, free 2013 blog planner or check out 2014’s freebie here. 

Here are a couple more that I am bookmarking but I don’t like quite as much, but are still worthy of mentions:
Blog Organizer Templates by My Girl Thursday
Weekly Blog Planner by Indie Fixx

I really want ones with minimum amount of color since I have to print them. At our libraries we are allowed to print, for free, 10 pages a day. I could conceivably print them off at the library and save some ink.

I am sure that a Google search will bring up many different templates to use. Some free, some for a fee. Of course, a spiral notebook and pencil works well, too!

Are you a homeschool blogger?  How do you plan your blogging time while homeschooling?


*Note: the ones I’ve linked are older and the links were working when I tried but they aren’t mine so may not work at a later time.


North Laurel (18 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.

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