A New Year, A New Plan

A New Year, A New Plan
I love it when New Year’s comes around.

Always a chance to plan and refocus, a lot like I do in September, after the summer is over.

I do a lot more life planning, as opposed to school planning, come January first.

  • Menu Planning- I really like having at least a loose plan for meals. I don’t shop to my recipes, but I have a few tried and true favorites always ready.
  • Workout Planning- I know. We ALL plan to workout every January. I have been researching Crossfit at home and it is totally something I can fit into my day.
  • Blog Planning- My blog goes so much smoother when I have a plan and direction.

I don’t forget, though, that my plan isn’t always His plan.
I don’t get so attached to mine that I don’t make room for His.
It’s no fun fighting it and trying to be a control freak. Ask me how I know this.

Do you use the New Year as a chance to plan and refocus at home?
What are some things that work for you?

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Katey K (14 Posts)

Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.


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Toddler and Baby Friendly Homeschool Room

This is my second year homeschooling.  My two older boys are in 1st grade and Kindergarten.  Easy peasy.  However, the 2 1/2 year old and crawling 8 month old are a force to be reckoned with.  The spring was a challenge with a newborn and a toddler, but now that the baby MOVES, I have to be as efficient as possible.  This means a tidy, organized, inviting, and baby proofed school room.

Here’s what I came up with.  Tips are in the captions below.  This morning was our first official day and it went pretty smoothly!

Toddler and Baby Friendly Homeschool Room

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Keep DVDs, TV, and DVD player up high. Those dangling cords proved to be a problem for me today. I need to find a taller trashcan to distract my 8 month old. He pulled the plug RIGHT in the middle of our Math U See lesson.

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We use Sonlight and last year I kept my notebooks on a desk and so many pages got ripped out by my then 18 month old. Keep mommy friendly things out of sight to prevent disorganization.

Keep books up high to prevent little ones from ripping pages.  A couch or comfy chair is a MUST if you're nursing a little one!

Keep books up high to prevent little ones from ripping pages. A couch or comfy chair is a MUST if you’re nursing a little one!

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Even though you’d like to keep the littles out so that you can concentrate…DON’T! Include them. Hands-on, non choking manipulatives are great (mine throw them and sometimes it gets nuts, but we’re working on that ;))

Post a clear, easy to understand schedule so that ALL your kiddos, young or old know what's coming.  (And so mommy doesn't forget!  I forgot handwriting for like a month last year!)

Post a clear, easy to understand schedule so that ALL your kiddos, young or old know what’s coming. (And so mommy doesn’t forget! I forgot handwriting for almost a month last year!)

Framed chicken wire hung up high is the perfect place to hang art work with clothespins.  Hanging things too low down will allow your little ones to rip them off the wall....and then eat them.  Hey, it's a rough homeschooling world out there!

Framed chicken wire hung up high is the perfect place to hang art work with clothespins. Hanging things too low down will allow your little ones to rip them off the wall….and then eat them. Hey, it’s a rough homeschooling world out there!

Keep markers, pencils, and big boy crayons up high.  I buy jumbo crayons for my little ones to use and keep them in a place they can access them.

Keep markers, pencils, and big boy crayons up high. I buy jumbo crayons for my little ones to use and keep them in a place they can access them.

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Liz (5 Posts)

Liz was a cheerleader swept off her feet by the football player back in high school. They’ve been married nearly ten years and are the proud parents to four young boys. She’d always envisioned working and sending her kiddos off to school so she could live the ‘normal’ American dream. However, life and the Lord surprised her and she’s learning to ‘redefine having it all’ while being a debt free homeschooling housewife. She enjoys finding strength from God’s word, the Today show, talking on the phone with friends, and being real about finances and parenting.


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The Refocusing

Definition of Focus

It happens every year. The need to focus.

Christmas is over. Winter is setting in for the long haul. Where we live, after the first snow, it may be Easter before we see the ground again.

I always say I’m going to do a lot of read-alouds and family game nights. I plan fun indoor learning activities. Which, for the most part, is true. Until about the end of February when we start to get antsy from hibernating.

With focusing comes organizing. Purging of old curriculum and books. Papers that don’t need to be saved until their wedding day.

You get the idea.

With the New Year comes new beginnings….again. Refreshed outlooks on our school year.  I look at it as a repeat of September when we are excited for school.

What will you be doing with the New Year?

Revamping your plan? Changing things up or plugging along? Do you purge old or buy new?

Katey K

 

Katey K (14 Posts)

Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.


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