A Quick Sunday Routine
Today I am going to be talking about a quick Sunday routine that prepares my family for the rest of the week. That routine is just writing what we have coming up for the week on my big whiteboard. It’s a small thing that has a huge impact on how our family runs.
I have broken down our homeschooling so that we only work on a few subjects a day. This gives us the freedom to work as much or as little as we need to on each subject. My 10-year-old is currently reviewing multiplication. Since we are memorizing the multiplication tables and playing Tri-fact-a (a multiplication board game), math takes longer than it did when she had mastered addition and subtraction. My 12-year-old is also spending more time on math since he is beginning to learn algebra.
To keep my week organized I use 3 tools;
I am a huge Flylady fan. I have been following her for about 10 years. Not perfectly of course, but I do my best to love myself anyway! I love using her app, which is basically just a checklist of what I need to get done. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyladyplus/id1115477521
Google Calendars is fantastic because of its convenience. As long as I am sure to put events in my calendar right away, they are at my fingertips when planning our week. My calendar info is shared across all of our families devices so everyone knows what to expect. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-calendar-time-planner/id909319292
My huge whiteboard is a staple piece for keeping my family informed. It allows for our plans to be big and bold so none of us misses anything and it only takes me a few minutes to write it up!
This is what this week looks week like:
- Monday our cleaning day. Getting these 5 Items done after a lazy weekend gets our house back in order for the rest of the week; vacuum, sweep and mop, windows and mirrors, change sheets and take out all of the trash. School work for that day is math, spelling, and writing. Right now we are writing their speeches for the 4H speech contest in April.
- Tuesday: Water and groom houseplants. School work is math, spelling, and geography.
- Wednesday: This is the day we set aside to work on any 4H items. Basically, we record any activities we attended that week and fill in any information we have for the erecords. There are several big 4H related projects every year like making a project related demonstration, the 4H speech contest and Fair entries. Wednesdays are dedicated to completing them. I like to break things into small chunks so that we aren’t overwhelmed.
- Thursday: Math, spelling and language arts. After school
hangout at the library. Every Thursday night we have a family game night. We all alternate picking the game. Some of our favorite games are Cranium Family Edition, Ticket to Ride, Pictionary, or any multiplayer video game.
- Friday: I like to make Friday an “easy” day, so we watch a documentary and then the kids spend the afternoon at the library. School is out on Friday’s in our area, so our fantastic library has kids programs going on all day! Friday is also family art night.
- Saturday: Electricity 4H project meetings and 4H Club meetings are held on Saturdays.
On the whiteboard, I also write down a list of tasks that need to be done every day. Everyone can be more productive with a checklist of tasks to be completed. Our checklist keeps us focused on the tasks we need to complete before our day ends. It includes taking the dogs out, feed and water the dogs, brush teeth and hair, get dressed, make your bed, tidy your room, do a chore, 30 minutes of reading, and take care of the hamster. None of it’s hard and I’m really just trying to build strong habits that follow them into adulthood. I started this routine because my kids were constantly asking me what we were doing next and my husband and I were often on different pages in different books! After incorporating this habit, our lives immediately became less stressful.
And that’s it! A super easy way to keep our lives organized! Do you have any quick routines that majorly impact your family? What are they and why did you start them? How did it change your life?