I just had to blog about our day today
Day 1 of implementing our new schedule, which I finally put together over the weekend - after months of reading managers of the home and starting but never finishing it I decided to just sit until it was done (thankfully we were at my parents for the weekend so had some help with the children)
It has been a HUGE success
Ok then so we didn't follow it perfectly, children wouldn't always co operate and some got missed out - but on the whole I am very impressed and pleased with how today went.
There was a purpose all day - to be honest in previous days I would plan some school and then when things went off track I would just write the whole day off - leaving the children to their own devices (which meant sometimes playing nicely other times fighting and making messes) in the name of "unschooling" heehee.
But today - we had a plan to look too - throughout the day I would check our schedule to see what we were all supposed to be doing (only the baby didn't have a schedule) and it made the day go more smoothly, the children stayed out of trouble (most of the day) and I felt like we acheived something!
Some chores got done and some schooling - admittedly my eldest daughter refused to get dressed until after dinner and she also refused to do her schoolwork - but rather than stress at her I am deciding on a consequence for her to live with! And I am hoping as they realise this whole scheduling thing isn't going to go away, eventually she'll actually enjoy it - knowing what's happening and when - and knowing that we have time to fit things in that used to just be forgotten or we used to run out of time for - like building a gingerbread house!
more to come on the story of our gingerbread house - with more pics but that's a whole other blog post!!!