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Simple Classical Conversations Review

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This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Classsical Conversations

A few years ago we joined the Classical Conversations community as a supplement to our homeschool. When we started homeschool, we started Classical Conversations. So at this point, our girls don’t know homeschool apart from CC. We are extremely happy with our choice of CC.

That is not to say there have not been some bumps along the way. And we are not doing any of the things (homeschooling, Classical Conversations, life) perfectly. But we have settled into a great groove with CC and have had many successes along the way.

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Growing Up

Settling into a Simple Homeschool Routine

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This entry is part 11 of 24 in the series Homeschool

I am a relatively organized person.  And I would have thought that would extend into my homeschooling experience.  But in the midst of starting homeschool for my girls I had two little ones underfoot.  Add to that the fact that homeschooling can be a complete upheaval of all homemaking routines. I spent the first 2 and a half years of homeschooling floundering without a sure foundation to ground us.  Every once in a while, we would settle into a homeschool routine.  And then life would shift and I would no longer have my feet underneath me.

It was, in short, a struggle.  Some things would get done regularly.  Other things would get put off for another day (Ahem…1st grade math…ahem).  And my kids knew that if they worked me hard enough, the whole day could be put off.  Often I felt like a homeschool mom failure.

As if the internal struggle wasn’t real enough, I also had two students who put up a MAJOR fight on most days just to get through the little bit we were getting done.  I understood that the early years of elementary learning are supposed to be loose, but this was not exactly what I pictured.  I needed a solution – on some days I thought I needed magic. Continue Reading

Nest Building

A Cleaning Routine that Works for Me, Mondays

creating and organizing a cleaning routine that works for you
This entry is part 38 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

I am kind of a neat freak with lazy tendencies.  I LOVE, love, LOVE the look of a clean space, but I have my places where the cleanliness of a space is just not what I want it to be.  I think this is referred to as “living with kids.”  And I honestly struggled to create a cleaning routine for a long time.  But I found something that really works for me and helps me to stay on track.  This cleaning routine may not work for you, but it definitely is working for me and I thought you might want to hear how I am implementing it. This week, I will be sharing a little bit each day about how my cleaning routine works for me and what I do each day in my house to keep the monsters at bay.  Continue Reading

Nest Building

Easy Things to Add to your Vacuum Routine

simple ways to get the rest of your house clean while vacuuming the floors

Oh, how I love a clean room.  And one of the biggest factors in my enjoyment of a clean room is a clean floor with beautiful vacuum lines.  There is something almost meditative about it.  And I must say, I am a better vacuum driver than I am a dust director or even bathroom scrubber.  There is something so great about a vacuum for ease of use and major results.  And I was working through the house with my vacuum the other day and started thinking about why I love my vacuum so much.  And I realized it is because I can do SO much with it and not spend a bunch of time on cleaning.  And then I wondered, “Does everybody vacuum the way I vacuum?”  So I thought I would share with you my Vacuum Routine – including the 4 things I get clean when I am vacuuming besides the floors. Continue Reading

Growing Up, Nest Building

Clean Kids Rooms Every Day – DAY 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Kids Clean Room Challenge

Do you struggle to keep your little ones rooms clean on a daily and weekly basis?  Do you find it hard to fit it in amongst all the naps and playing?  Are you frustrated to find your hard work cleaning undone in a matter of seconds?

Me, too!

So this week I am pledging to do something about it!  I am setting up a cleaning schedule for my little ones’ room that won’t take too much time out of the day and is easily maintained (with some help from the kids!).  And I am calling it the Kid’s Clean Room Challenge. Continue Reading