The Simple Woman’s Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

For today … Sunday, August 30, 2009

Outside my window … crisp and cool. It feels like fall. I don’t mind too much, as it’s my favorite season.

I am thinking … about our fall schedule. I’m trying not to plan things out too much, but at the same time I want to keep things running smoothly. Instead of the term schedule, I recently read one woman use the phrase daily rhythm, and I like that concept a lot. It seems less rigid than schedule. So, I’m going to try and think of our routines in this way and see if it helps maintain a better balance.

I am thankful for … a blessed summer with my husband, children and mother

From the kitchen … I made a list of breads and muffins that I want to bake and freeze for school lunches and snacks. I also am going to give some recipes in this cookbook a try.

I am wearing … a black long-sleeved tee and navy blue crinkled skirt

I am reading … Lifeline and Led by Faith
I am hoping … for a successful week of transition. This will be our practice week—getting up earlier in the morning, going to bed earlier in the evening, etc.—before we jump into the new school year next Tuesday.

I am creating … some preschool lesson plans. I’m using the Little Saints program as a start, but I want to incorporate letters and numbers, too. I am trying not to take this preschool stuff too seriously. (It’s only preschool, after all!) But I do feel responsible for preparing her, even a little bit, for Kindergarten. Plus, I want to make this time special for her. Any advice from you homeschooling moms would be welcome here =) How did you keep it simple and doable, as you started out? How did you get over the feeling that you had to include it all? (Or am I the only one who feels that way?)
I am hearing … kids upstairs making Lego creations with their dad
Around the house … things are pretty clean and in fairly good order. This week, I will try out a new cleaning and laundry routine I put together, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One of my favorite things … a fresh start. That’s the sense I get with the approaching fall season. Back to school. A new daily rhythm. Sharpened pencils. Blank notebooks (for mom, too =)
A few plans for the rest of the week … Continue to work on our family’s new daily rhythm and my preschool lesson plans. Host a contest with the kids: keep up with their regular chores, practice getting ready for school in the mornings, no (or at least little) complaining. And the prize is this!
Here is a picture-thought I am sharing with you …

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream!

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4 thoughts on “The Simple Woman’s Daybook

  1. Sarah,
    Please do not stress about pre-school lesson plans! You could live your life just as you are with your family and send your darling daughter to Kindergarten when she is five and she would be wonderfully prepared!
    The most important thing you can do academically for your kids is to read aloud to them, even books that seem to be above their level. (Books on cd are great for this, too!) Learning letter sounds (I know you have fridge phonics), and spending some time practicing handwriting is great, but honestly, pre-schoolers have only recently been send to "schools" for these things! Just continue as you're already doing and enjoy the time you have with her at home. 🙂

  2. Love your daybook thoughts and plans.
    Cute pic of the kids. I am tempted to ask my dearie to go to the shopette (mini mart navy style) to get me a cone, but I am so not needing that. I am baking spuds for the potato soup and they are taking a long long time . . . I so miss gas ovens/stoves!!!

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