The Everyday Family Chore System {Review}

Lately, our chore system has not been working as well as it used to and I really needed to find a way to get us back on track so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review The Everyday Family Chore System from Everyday Homemaking.

The Everyday FAMILY Chore System

This is a great book available in digital or print versions. I definitely recommend the digital since you will want to print the forms in the back and printing as many copies as you like is easier than copying in my opinion! It is a quick read with lots of great tips.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one gives an overview and basic tips on child training that is a necessary foundation for getting kids to do chores. The second part contains instructions and a variety of tips for implementing the system. There are suggestions given on several different ways the program could look in your home so you can tailor it to fit your needs. The last section contains all of the forms you will need to implement the system.

I had been thinking we were going to have to scrap our chore system altogether and start from scratch but after reading the section on how to implement this system I was thrilled to realize I could incorporate the tools and tips provided in this book into my current system to make it function better. There were several ideas I was able to implement such as clothes-pinning the chore cards to my kids to help them stay focused.

The instruction cards, which are provided in a printable format, are a wonderful tool and have reduced the amount of assistance and correction my kids need by spelling out exactly what is expected. The provided cards are wonderful and help to get the system going right away and I will be slowly replacing each of them with personalized cards tailored to my own home and preferences.

As I have time I will also be incorporating pictures and instructions posted on the wall into our cleaning and chore system to provide my kids with even more guidance and direction for completing chores thoroughly and correctly.

One of my very favorite parts of this book is the comprehensive list of chores that children should be able to complete at specific ages. The list gives both a suggested age to start teaching the chore and an age at which the child should be able to complete the chore independently. This is so helpful for me both in closing chores to assign and keeping realistic expectations of my children. I will also be using it as a sort of checklist of skills that my kids should be learning at specific ages. Even if that particular chore is not a child’s regular chore I will make sure they do it for a time in the specified age so that they know how to do it when they are out on their own.

Everyday homemaking everyday family chore system

This is a great resource for any busy mom. It is flexible can be used on its own as a complete chore system or you can incorporate the tips and tools into your current chore system.

Let me know in the comments if you plan to try out The Everyday Family Chore System.

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May – Life Giving Home Discussion {Link Up}

Welcome to the monthly discussion of A Life Giving Home! Make sure you read the whole post for important info on the future of this series. I hope you had a chance to read the May chapters in both the book and study guide. If not feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

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Update on Previous Goals:

 

Our schedule has been disrupted with summer arriving and activities ending, other activities beginning and visitors coming and going. Plus the busyness and unpredictability of a homestead in the spring has made it a challenge. I have just not gotten around to any of my intentions from this book this month.

Life has been rough for my family the last few months. Nothing dire or serious but a LOT of transition. We have had a huge move, a new town, a new baby, some health struggles, and some other things that are more personal and don’t need to be broadcast on a blog. I love what I’m reading in this book and all of the amazing ideas it has but the fact is my family is in survival mode right now and will continue to be for the next few months. For my own sanity and to get my family back to a state of peace and order I am focusing on the very basics….a very basic schedule and very basic levels of obedience. We are basically starting from the ground up. Sally’s ideas in this book won’t be something I can implement until I have that basic foundation back in place. Unfortunately, I’m just not in a place to implement what I’m reading right now.

My Thoughts and Going Forward:

 

So what I need to know from you to decide how and if I’m going to proceed with this series is if you want to continue participating. I love this book and the ideas Sally has, so I wouldn’t mind continuing to read and discuss but, for me, it would be from the perspective of what we may want to try eventually, not things we are trying right now. I haven’t had a lot of participation in the comments or on the linkup so far so if there isn’t anyone wanting to participate I will just discontinue the series and perhaps start it in the future when I am personally ready to put some of these ideas into practice. Please comment below if you would like me to continue posting monthly to discuss this book through comments or linkup.

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the May Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience and let me know if you woul like to continue this discussion. You have 3 ways to share:

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Does Your Homeschool Need a Rescue? {Review}

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

Over the past month and a half, I have had the pleasure of taking the Homeschool Rescue course from Only Passionate Curiosity. I didn’t necessarily expect to learn a lot myself since I have been homeschooling for several years, but I wanted to review it because I thought it could be a wonderful resource for any of my readers who may be new to homeschooling or going through a difficult season. I was pleasantly surprised and very blessed myself by working through the lessons.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by homeschooling? Are you running in many directions but not getting anywhere? Are you paralyzed by the number of curriculum choices and all that seems to need to be done? Are your kids running wild and not getting their school work or chores done like they should? Are you about ready to give up on homeschooling? If you answered yes to any of these you need to try Homeschool Rescue!!

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

Or maybe you don’t feel like your house is in crisis but you do feel a little overwhelmed. Or you have just decided to homeschool but are intimidated and not sure where to start. If either of these situations describes you, this program will help.

If you just feel like you could use a friend who is a little further along on the journey to walk along side of you and give you tips on how to make your homeschool run better or how to get started you can find that through Homeschool Rescue as well!

Homeschool rescue is designed for moms with kids of any ages who are just getting started homeschooling or feel like their homeschooling is in chaos and could use some help getting on track. It consists of 5 modules (so far) covering everything from basic homeschool organization and curriculum planning to homeschooling teens and more! In addition to the five modules, several bonuses are also included (such as printable planners and lists).

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

Each module consists of 3 to 5 lessons and each lesson includes additional resources, handouts, and homework. Within the lesson you will find the main course content on video, downloadable audio, and in a PDF document. This allows you to access the material in whatever way you learn best and that best fits into your lifestyle (for example you could listen to the audio download in the car). While I think it is awesome that Heather makes this available in so many formats, I encourage you to watch the videos when possible. Her heart for helping homeschool moms improve their homes and families really comes through the video. It feels like a trusted friend sitting next to you sharing coffee and her heart.

I was particularly blessed by the lessons on time management and not trying to do much as well as those on discipline and teaching your children to complete their chores and assignments. These are the issues my family happens to be struggling with right now. Like I said before, I didn’t really expect to find much new information in this course since I have been homeschooling for several years, but I really have benefitted from the lessons and resources, as well as the encouragement I’ve received through the private Facebook group for course members. Even tips and information I already knew were often presented in a new way or with such love and encouragement that it clicked and provided plenty of “aha” moments!

Homeschool help for parents, review of Homeschool Rescue Homeschool Parent Resource

I really feel like any homeschool mom would benefit from this class, and really even moms who are not full-time homeschoolers would find many helpful ideas and tips from this course (after all we ALL educate our children in some way). If you feel like you need more one-on-one coaching and help with your homeschool and home life there is a VIP option available for that!

When you join Homeschool Rescue you will have lifetime access to the material but registration for the upcoming class will only be open through June 1!! Make sure you get your spot in the class today!!

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April – Life Giving Home Discussion {Link Up}

Welcome to the monthly discussion of A Life Giving Home! I hope you had a chance to read the March chapters in both the book and study guide. If not feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

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Update on Previous Goals:

We are finally starting to fall into a decent routine. It seems like things have been constantly changing since we moved. Babies, visitors, extra activities, and activities ending and beginning keep interrupting our routines. That is still happening and will continue to happen as we approach summer but at least our core “at home” routine is down and can take the interruptions a little better. Now we are focusing on diligence and obedience and actually getting chores and school done when it is time for those.

We have continued to work on our property and the beauty outside. I still need to work on organizing and beautifying our inside environment; I’m hoping to make progress on that this month. I have updates coming up with more details about our projects around here.

We found a state park where we can go on nature walks and hikes. In fact, we were able to go on a “fossil hunt” there and discovered a lovely little alcove the creek runs through.

I still (STILL) need to discuss Sally’s three rules and her list of manners with my kids and incorporate those into our behavior expectations. I just haven’t had a chance to do that but I hope to this month.

I did manage to try out the Sunday tea-time idea. It didn’t really go all that well the first time but my kids loved the idea and we will continue to try it.

 

In the Book:

April is about the heritage of faith and passing on that heritage to your children. It likens faith to a pilgrimage and home to a training center for the journey. Sarah describes what Sally and Clay did in their home to prepare children for the journey including daily family devotions, teaching children to have their own quiet time, nurturing their souls by surrounding them with good music and beautiful art, and celebrating the holidays and seasonal traditions that are part of the Christian faith. She explains that all of these build up children so that when they are grown they are strong enough for their own journey.

 

In the Study Guide:

This month Sally focuses on Mom’s relationship with God and how that is critical for being able to lead your children well by words and example. She gives several ideas to help busy moms find time to have quiet time during different seasons and life circumstances. This is always a challenging thing for moms with little children but Sally has some geat ideas in this section of the study guide.

 

What I Tried:

April was sort of a disaster in my house. The kids and I are still going through a major transition and my health is not at its best (I’m working on that). We spend the month just trying to get back on a basic school schedule and I didn’t manage to add in Our 24 Family Ways or Pilgrim’s Progress like I had hoped. It is still on my list of things to do and hopefully, I can incorporate them in May. We ended up not really doing anything special for Easter either which I hate but we were more or less in survival mode. We went to church of course but that was pretty much it.

For my own time with God, I am reading through the Bible chronologically. I hope to start a more in-depth study soon but for now, my daily reading is keeping me sustained.

 

My Thoughts and Going Forward:

I still plan to start Our 24 Family Ways or Pilgrim’s Progress with my children as we continue to work on our routines and rhythms for the day. As I said before, I would like to begin a more in-depth study and hope to be able to do that soon. I will also continue working on the beauty of our environment and adding in music and art to inspire my kids.

 

Looking Forward (May):

The May chapter is about Days To Commemorate. Sally specifically discusses graduation, weddings and babies. She also talks about how they recognize and celebrate accomplishments when children preform (and gives some ideas on worthwhile endeavors in this area). This is something I struggle with- I am not that great at party planning. I like the ideas of celebrating better and will be digging into how I can incorporate this into our family. Come back in May to see what I tried or plan to try!

 

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the April Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. You have 3 ways to share:

  1. Here on the blog in a comment
  2. On the Facebook discussion
  3. On your own blog via the Link-up below

 

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  • ONLY link-up a post that discusses the April chapter of The Life Giving Home book.
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Next Month:

In the next week read through the May chapters of the book and study guide. Choose at least one suggestion from the book to try with your family. Join us here May 27th and share your thoughts from the chapter, what you tried, and what you plan to do going forward.

Want to read more from Sally? I am currently reading her new book written with her son, Nathan Clarkson, Different. (Yep, I’m still working on it!) I will be discussing it here on my blog when I am finished. Feel free to read along and join the discussion!