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A Few New Household Routines Work Wonders

August 13, 2007

Brightnewyear
Chers Amis,

It is a quiet Monday morning and il n’y a que moi awake for the moment, looking over our plans for the coming week, writing vocabulary words for French I on white strips and reading e-mail.  Cup of Joe #1 is long gone and at least a few brain cells are functioning.  Our first week of school in this bright new year went quite well.  We are easing into our course work a little at a time while I try out a few ‘solutions’ to last years difficulties.  I thought I would share a few that have helped make things easier.

  • Firm early start time – 8 AM – no more 9, 9:15.  I used to use the time after breakfast to do housework, but the day seem to drag too late.   
  • Set snack/potty break time – 10 AM – no migrating prior.  This helps the kids stay focused on getting their seat work done early.  They know that they are not tied to their desks forever 🙂 and that a snack is DEFINITELY going to appear.  The old carrot and the stick.
  • Make Lunch ahead  – Mom makes all sandwiches before breakfast when she makes Dad’s.  What a time saver!  I pack them up a la picnic and pop them back into the fridge until . . .
  • 11:30 Lunch time (also set firm)
  • Set dinner table immediately after cleaning lunch table. – While the kids clean up lunch, shake out place mats, wipe table, I start emptying the clean dishwasher.  Plates, silverware, and glasses go directly to the now spotless table.  Pippin does his "trivets, napkins, salt and pepper’ routine and we are ready for dinner.  This adds almost no time to our lunch routine since all those dishes had to be put away somewhere, but it helps immeasurably come dinner time! Love it!   

My time is up.  I hear feet. 

–Marjorie

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2007 6:25 pm

    Oooh! Sounds like you are having a great beginning! Makes me all excited to begin! Soon!

  2. August 15, 2007 9:51 am

    I’m setting up routines now too. Yours sound great.

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