Special Needs Homeschooling is Not School at Home

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Special Needs Homeschooling is NOT “School at Home”

I attended public schools. I taught in public schools. When I began homeschooling my older daughter, our days looked much like the ones I’d participated in all my life—first as a student and then as a classroom teacher. I knew I wanted to homeschool my daughter, but I had no idea what homeschooling was. For a long time I thought it meant doing school (the way I had always seen it done) at home. I had no concept of homeschooling as a lifestyle of learning the whole family is engaged in. I bought books. I taught. She did the lessons. That was that.

Since my older daughter is a traditional learner, that worked okay for a while. The only thing that didn’t work was that she didn’t like the scripted lessons which required my being very involved. She wanted me to let her work independently. We found a different curriculum that let her work on her own, for the most part, and she was happy. I had taken one step away from the way I was taught by allowing her the independence she desired. She finished within a few hours and spent the rest of her days reading and exploring—teaching herself how to knit and crochet, learning about animals she loves, and writing songs and choreographing dances. It was an important step for our homeschool, because when my younger daughter began her formal lessons, I was going to have to make even bigger changes.

I started my younger daughter’s kindergarten year the same way I had with my older daughter. The very colorful, very expensive curriculum was back in play, with brand new consumable books ready to use. I read the scripted lessons, was heavily involved in assisting with concepts she didn’t understand, and expected the learning to go just as well as it had with her sister. It didn’t.

By Thanksgiving, I was on reading curriculum number four, and it wasn’t working either. I admitted defeat, began seeking answers, and found a whole new way to homeschool. I learned very quickly that my younger daughter’s learning glitches meant that she needed hands-on activities involving as many senses as possible (multisensory activities) to process, learn, and understand concepts. That’s when my thinking about learning—and the way I homeschool—changed.

The thing is that multisensory activities look a lot like play. I am amazed at how many concepts are “caught” through playing board games together, cooking together, shopping together, reading together, and just generally sharing life together.

Do I still buy books, curriculum, and resources for my kids? Yes, I do. My older daughter still uses the same curriculum she helped choose all those years ago for reading, language arts, and math, although science and social studies change from year to year depending on what we’re going to study as a family. My younger daughter uses a hodgepodge of resources that I pull together for her throughout the year, depending on when she’s ready to progress to the next level in a subject.

Now, however, I realize that all children learn through play and hands-on experiences, but it’s critical for children with special needs to have these opportunities so they can more fully engage with the concepts they need to learn. Because of my desire to provide as many of these experiences as possible for my children, we go on more field trips. We visit state parks, the zoo, hands-on science museums, and visit local landmarks to learn local history. We do hands-on science activities, lots of sensory integration activities, and plenty of read alouds! We have developed a lifestyle of learning that doesn’t end when we close the books and formal lessons are over for the day.

For us, special needs homeschooling is definitely not “school at home.”

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Summer Reading and Writing Wrap-Up

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Summer Reading and Writing Wrap-Up

Despite my lengthy reading list and the time I spent preparing to start our 2014-15 homeschool year, I started a new book this week. It’s one that wasn’t on my list, but I couldn’t resist. (I have a serious book addiction.) I’m almost halfway through a review copy of Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter, and it is continuing a work that God began in my life earlier this year when I read Rhinestone Jesus followed by Kisses from Katie.

I really thought that I would be moved to go overseas and become a full-time missionary, or start a nonprofit organization to help those in abject poverty, or become a full-time fundraiser for such an organization here in the States. To be honest, those things crossed my mind as I read, and then I realized that wasn’t what God’s call on my life is during this season.

What I found instead is that God was calling me to something that’s almost more difficult than starting over somewhere else—opening my eyes to the needs that are right in front of me and doing whatever I can to meet them. God has convicted me about my selfishness, and I have repented for not being willing to serve like Jesus did. I am praying that He will transform me into Christ’s likeness in the area of loving service to others. I want to have a heart that is willing to serve and serve faithfully in whatever ways God places before me.

As for my writing, I am happy to report that I have written over 5,000 words on my book now. I have written every day for over a week, working on the book and other writing projects. After reading Tricia Goyer’s Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home MomI realized that one reason I haven’t accomplished more of my writing goals is that I haven’t been disciplined to write regularly. I’ve written here and there, when I felt like it, and when I didn’t feel like it, I didn’t write. I used homeschooling and other activities as excuses for why I didn’t have time on certain days.

The truth is that I have time for the things that are important to me. These days I’m being more deliberate and intentional about how I spend my time, and I’m finding that I do have time to write. I may not have two or three hours at a stretch, but I can spend forty-five minutes here, an hour there, thirty minutes here. It’s amazing what you can get done when you sit down to do it and stay focused. I’ve made a commitment to myself to write at least 500 words a day, whether that’s a blog post, article for another site, or working on my book. Some days I’m writing for the book and writing an article! Please pray that I will continue to make choices that will allow me to accomplish my goals.

This pretty much wraps up my summer reading and writing “series” and the almost weekly giveaways! Next week I’ll start transitioning into our 2014-15 homeschool year and will begin writing more about special needs parenting, which is a topic I’ve wanted to write more about for a while.

What about you? What have you learned and how have you grown this summer?

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Well Planned Day Student Planner {Review}

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Well Planned Day Student Planner

If you’ve been around here much lately, you know I get a little excited about a good planner. I use My Blog Plan and the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner and love them. All my planner enthusiasm is contagious too. My older daughter begged to get the floral Well Planned Day Student Planner, which is designed for elementary and middle school students, and HEDUA was very kind to send one to her.

BookGirl is starting the sixth grade next week, and she has asked for permission to plan her homeschool year. I will be responsible for the planning of science and social studies, because we do those subjects together with her younger sister. But she will be responsible for planning for reading, language arts, and math, making sure that she is halfway through the curriculum by Christmas and on track to finish no later than the end of May next year. Our schedules get crazy sometimes, so she will have to work out how many lessons to do a day to catch up if we have to take an unexpected day off. (She uses a boxed curriculum that she loves and has used since first grade, so it’s easy for her to keep track of where she is in the program.) She did most of this on her own last year, but she’s taking full responsibility this year unless she needs my input or help for some reason.

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She plans to use the Well Planned Day Student Planner to map out her plan using the monthly calendars. She will use pencil so she can easily make changes. She likes the open format of the daily pages, where she can make lists of what she needs to do each day, then put a check in the corresponding box when she finishes. I like that there is a double column of lines and check boxes for each day, to accommodate particularly busy days, and I appreciate that the open format means that chores, extracurricular activities, and other things can be listed along with her school work, so that she can get a true picture of her day.

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BookGirl likes that there is plenty of room to jot down notes and reminders each month, and she was impressed with the extensive reference section. She also likes the fact that it’s pretty (which means she’s a lot like her mama) and that it is divided into semesters. The only fault she found is that there’s only one page per semester to record what books she’s read. That’s not going to be quite enough for my voracious reader! ;)

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As a mom, I like the simplicity of the planner and its small size (6 inches by 9 inches). I can definitely see it as being something she will use throughout the year because those features make it easy and convenient. I also like the Semester Success page at the end of each semester, where she can record things like the names of her closest friends, her favorite scripture verse, and something she discovered about God during the semester. Because it includes that summary, the reading list, and her notes for the year, I think this planner will become a sort of memory book that she can look through and use to reminisce about her sixth grade year. As in the other planners we have, there are inspirational quotes on at least half the pages.

Finally, as I flip through the planner, I really think it could be used by elementary and middle school students in public or private school, as well as homeschool students. There’s nothing in the planner that indicates it’s strictly for homeschool use (for those of you who might be wondering).

How to Get the Well Planned Day Student Planner

If you would like to get your own copy of the Well Planned Day Student Planner, you can purchase one from HEDUA, or enter this giveaway for a chance to win!

Update: Congratulations to Lisa F., the winner of the Well Planned Day Student Planner!

HEDUA is allowing me to give away ONE copy of the Well Planned Day Student Planner. (Winner will have the choice of floral style or tech style.)

  • The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
  • The giveaway ends on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
  • Only one comment per household.
  • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
  • The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in “And the Winner Is.”
  • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to Home Educating Family Association so your planner can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following question:

How would your student benefit from using this planner?

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10 Things I Learned About Myself This Week

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10 Things I Learned About Myself This Week

If you’re counting on an update on my reading and writing activities this week, I’m afraid that I’m a complete failure. Am I reading? Yes. Am I writing? Yes, more and more each week. I’m getting into the habit of daily writing so that I can reach my goals.

Can I tell you exactly which books I read or exactly which projects I wrote this week? Not at the moment. And the reason is because of some things I learned about myself this week:

  1. I am WAY better at setting goals for myself than I am at reaching them, and that is because . . .
  2. I am really good at thinking I have more hours in a day than actually exist.
  3. When I have friends in crisis, everything else goes to the back burner while I intercede for them, listen to them, and check on them multiple times a day.
  4. When I don’t feel well (and I haven’t this week, due to some sinus issues and a temporary side effect of a new medication), I move in slow motion, like I’m trying to walk and think through molasses. This does not lead to accomplishing all the overly ambitious goals I have set for myself.
  5. I’m still not good at waiting to hear results of medical tests or job applications, or for mail to arrive that is long overdue.
  6. I am more easily distracted than I was when I was younger, which is something I’m working on. I’m trying to make myself focus on one task at a time, finish that task, and move on. When I don’t, I find myself not completing anything but with 589 unfinished tasks all over the house.
  7. I do better if I break big projects down into smaller tasks. Instead of thinking about writing the whole book, when I sit down, I tell myself that I’m going to write 1000 words today. If I go over, great. If I make myself sit in the chair and write until I hit 1000, checking word count every five seconds, well . . . . At least I finally got 1000 words done.
  8. I am just as proud of my “daughters of the heart” that I am a sort of mom/mentor to as I am my biological children.
  9. I don’t miss chocolate as much as I thought I would, but . . .
  10. I am not doing so well at kicking the soft drink/caffeine habit.

Bonus: When there are stressful situations with my friends or family, I can function fairly normally and look like I’m being really productive, but when it’s time to give an accounting, my mind goes blank. I’ll try to do better next week!

On Monday, I’ll be running the last review/giveaway of the summer, which gets me mostly caught up on those. On July 28, we’ll be transitioning back into our school year, so you’ll hear more about that, and I’ll start working on some of the other posts and projects I’m planning! But first . . .

What’s something you learned about yourself this week?

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Reading Focus Cards {Review}

Reading Focus Cards {Review} - jenniferajanes.com*Note: I bought two combo packs of Reading Focus Cards from Brennan Innovators at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo in March. I am sharing here because my family has used them, and I feel like it might benefit you. The giveaway product was supplied by Brennan Innovators at my request.

Reading Focus Cards

In the years I’ve been working with my younger daughter, I have spent a lot of time and money on colored transparencies to use as reading filters and special bookmarks for helping her keep her place, and I have spent hours cutting up index cards to create windows just the right size for her to use with various books and resources we’re using in our homeschool. All of them served their purpose, but I was frustrated because I needed a combination of them. And, to be honest, my index cards didn’t hold up very well.

Then I met Joan Brennan of Brennan Innovators when I went to speak at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo. She kept telling me that she wanted me to come and visit her booth because she had read my blog and knew my daughter struggles with reading. I agreed to stop by—and I’m really glad I did!

After seeing the cards put together and Joan’s demonstration at the booth, I knew that the Reading Focus Cards were exactly what we needed to bring together all the bits and pieces I’d been struggling with! I took advantage of the convention pricing and bought two combo packs on the spot.

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When I got home, my daughter and I sat down and determined that the yellow made the text the most clear to her (and, to my surprise, to me too!). We put the short card together and began using it every day for her reading practice. (The other one somehow found its way to my Bible, and it’s still there. ;) )

The Reading Focus Cards have been great for us. They help my daughter keep her place more easily, offer contrast (with the yellow strip) with the type that makes it easier for her to focus on and read the words, and boost her confidence as she gains some momentum in her reading!

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These have been our experiences, but yours may vary a bit. See the study results for the Reading Focus Cards here.

We will continue to use Reading Focus Cards in our homeschool (and in my personal Bible reading too *ahem*), and I’m very excited that one of you will get to try Reading Focus Cards too!

Giveaway of a Combo Pack of Reading Focus Cards!

Brennan Innovators has agreed to offer ONE of you a combo pack like the ones I bought in St. Louis. The pack contains one long card and one short card in assorted colors. No-glare clear, blue, and yellow strips are included for each size card.

Update: Congratulations to Jennifer L., the winner of the giveaway!

  • The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
  • The giveaway ends on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
  • Only one comment per household.
  • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
  • The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in “And the Winner Is.”
  • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to Brennan Innovators, LLC so your Reading Focus Cards can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following question:

Why do you think your family would benefit from Reading Focus Cards?

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Better than Caffeine

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Better than Caffeine

Earlier this week, we were all at church camp. My husband and I went as adult leaders, and the girls went as campers. It was Princess Roo’s first year at camp, and it was BookGirl’s last year at the children’s camp. (Who told her she could get old enough to go to youth camp next year?!)

Keeping camp hours is much more difficult on an adult in her forties than a child who is nine or eleven years old. I was struggling. Some of the girls had been up extremely late the night before, homesick and having trouble going to sleep in a strange place without their parents nearby. And then they got up a few times during the night and came to find me. I reassured them and tucked them back in—and then the alarm went off very early.

I had consumed so much caffeine that I should have had boundless energy, but I was so tired that the caffeine wasn’t offering any relief by that afternoon. What finally woke me up was a spiritual high.

That very day, I had the privilege of spending time with two girls from our church who wanted to learn more about becoming a Christian. I talked with them, shared Scriptures with them, and prayed with them both.

As physically tired as I was, there was no way I could have slept after that. The joy that filled me as God used me to share eternal life with them was better than any amount of caffeine. I was good to go for a long time.

After praying with one of the girls, she asked me if God would answer her prayers now that she was a Christian. I offered 1 John 5:14-15, explaining that our prayers should be in line with God’s will and purpose. Then she explained that she wanted to not be scared anymore. I joyfully shared that the Bible tells us over and over again to not be afraid, anxious, or worried. We read verses about her immediate fears, and both of us were encouraged. I was so blessed that God used my own struggles with fear and anxiety and my growth in that area to minister to someone else (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

My reading and writing progress for this week: Other than reading my Bible and the Bible studies and curriculum for camp, I didn’t get much reading done. I didn’t get much writing done either. At camp, I didn’t have my laptop or an internet connection. When I got home, I had mountains of laundry and a lot of sleep to catch up on. The good news is that I have set goals for next week so that I will get writing done on my book and reading done too. I miss being in a routine!

So tell me—what did you read this week?

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Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper by Burton W. Cole {Review}

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Note: I received a free copy of Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper from Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I only recommend products that my family and I really enjoy. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site.

Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper by Burton W. Cole

After reading Bash and the Pirate Pigthe girls and I were excited to start Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper by Burton W. Cole. We weren’t disappointed. I started by reading the first two chapters to them, and they were laughing so hard they could barely hear me!

In Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, Ray is still learning about how to walk in the Spirit from his cousin Bash. He gets stranded at his cousin’s farm in a blizzard, and Bash decides that this is the perfect opportunity for them to exhibit all the fruit of the Spirit. He concocts some supposedly brilliant ideas for helping them to “achieve” all the fruit of the Spirit before the plows can break through and Ray’s family arrives.

Unfortunately for Ray (and fortunately for the reader), the results of Bash’s plans almost always result in hilarity and some awkward issues for Ray. But in the middle of the silliness, Ray and Bash do learn a thing or two about how the Spirit produces fruit in our lives, and they assist an unfortunate family grieving the loss of their husband and father and a homeless man along the way.

While Bash made us laugh regularly, there were also some tender moments as characters began to learn about how God works in the middle of our mess, how to extend grace in difficult situations, and how God can use even mixed-up kids to share Jesus with others. I admit that I got teary during those moments, but not so much that we couldn’t read another chapter or three.

When we finished the last page, my eleven-year-old said, “That was awesome!” And it really was.

How to Get Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper

If you would like to get your own copy of Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, you can purchase one for yourself—or enter this giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to Sherry B. for winning the copy of Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper!

Shelton Interactive is allowing me to give away ONE copy of Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper. Here’s the scoop:

  • The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
  • The giveaway ends on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
  • Only one comment per household.
  • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
  • The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in “And the Winner Is.”
  • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to Shelton Interactive so your book can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following question:

What do you think your family would love most about Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper?

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God Behind the Scenes

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God Behind the Scenes

We had VBS every night last week, and then we went to Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas over the weekend. Now we’re getting ready to attend church camp. I am still working on my summer reading list, but the most wonderful thing I’ve read in the past couple of weeks came from an email someone sent me. I haven’t heard from this person in almost two decades, and I honestly never expected to hear from him again. When his name appeared in my inbox, I was almost scared to open it. The last communications I received from him were full of deception and betrayal, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to open that Pandora’s box all over again. This email was far from damaging. It was full of repentance, a request for forgiveness, and an acknowledgement of the pain and hurt he’d caused all those years ago.

I was shocked and so blessed. I had chosen long ago to forgive him and had finally reached the point where I really felt it. I have continued to pray for this person through the years as God brought him to mind, and I am so thankful that God has answered my prayers.

I’m going through some tough times right now, and this email really encouraged me. It let me know that God is always working behind the scenes, even when we don’t see Him at work or understand what He’s doing. I might never have seen the results of all those prayers, but this email gave me a glimpse into God’s ways. He’s there. He’s working. Sometimes it takes minutes or hours. Sometimes it takes days. Sometimes it takes almost two decades. But count on it. He’s always there, doing what He does best—drawing people to Himself and bringing healing and restoration where we’ll let Him.

In what ways have you seen God at work around or in you recently?

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10 Reasons I Still Use The Well Planned Day Planner {Review}

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Note: I received a free copy of The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner from HEDUA for review purposes. Honestly, I would have bought a copy for myself if I hadn’t received a review copy. I love it! This post contains affiliate links. Thank you in advance for supporting my site!

10 Reasons I Still Use The Well Planned Day Planner

Next month I’ll begin using The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner for the fourth year in a row. I tried other homeschool planners early in our homeschooling experience, and I never found exactly what I wanted until I fell in love with this one.

Here are ten reasons I continue to use The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner:

  1. It has a monthly calendar. I need a monthly calendar so I can mark appointments, extracurricular activities, field trips, and other activities so I can see our month at a glance and plan for our homeschool accordingly. (The monthly calendars are tabbed too, which makes it even easier to find what you’re looking for.) Well Planned Day Monthly Calendar
  2. It has weekly layouts. The weekly layout is where you make notes for homeschool lessons, and this planner has space for your weekly priorities, dinner menu, and more! Well Planned Day Weekly Layout
  3. It inspires me. Every day, as I sit in front of my planner, I see the weekly verse and weekly quote. They inspire me and give me something positive to meditate on, apply to my life, and discuss with my children. Well Planned Day Weekly VerseWell Planned Day Weekly Quote
  4. It’s pretty. I have to admit that I find the graphic designs and colors inspiring too. Because it’s so nice to look at, I don’t dread sitting down to take care of my record keeping.
  5. I can keep all my records in one place. When I started homeschooling, I kept my lesson plans, attendance, and grades in separate books, like I had when I was a classroom teacher. It was too much. This planner has simplified my record keeping process by putting everything in one place. Well Planned Day Recordkeeping
  6. It contains report cards. There are four report cards (pretty, of course) printed on heavy card stock included in the back of the planner. I used to make a special trip to a local store to purchase report cards when I needed one for something. Now I have them right there if I need them. Well Planned Day Report Card
  7. It’s full of homeschool encouragement. Each month has an encouraging or informative article written to help homeschool families. Well Planned Day article
  8. It sets a good example for my children. My children see my using this planner every day, and they have learned how important it is to keep good records, the benefits of planning ahead, and that you can do both in a way that is easy and pretty! (There’s a review and giveaway of the Student Planner coming soon!)
  9. It’s easy to store. I keep my records and samples of my children’s work every year, just in case I ever need them. Because all of my records are in one place, I can keep all the records for an entire school year without taking up a lot of valuable storage space!
  10. It’s affordable. All this, and a great price too. What more could you ask for?

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How to Get The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner

If you would like to get your own copy of The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner, you can purchase one from HEDUA or enter this giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to Rachel H! She won the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner!

HEDUA is allowing me to give away ONE copy of The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner. Here’s the scoop:

  • The giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, June 30, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.
  • To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering the question below.
  • Only one comment per household.
  • Duplicate or “extra” comments or comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.
  • The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond with the requested information. If the information isn’t received, another winner will be chosen. The information will be sent to HEDUA so your planner can be shipped.

Ready to enter? Leave a comment answering the following question:

What’s your favorite feature of The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner?

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Handling a Change of Plans

 

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*This post contains affiliate links. Some of the books mentioned in this post were given to me to promote as I see fit. All opinions are my own and are my honest thoughts about the books.

Handling a Change of Plans

My reading and writing plans for this week didn’t go as scheduled. I had an out-of-town rheumatology appointment on Tuesday, and then I got sick with a GI bug about midnight that night. It took me some time to get past feeling weak from that, and then it was time to help set up for VBS, which starts tomorrow night. It has been a wild week, and I just haven’t had the time or energy to finish everything I had planned.

In the past, I would have been very frustrated by the change of plans. Fortunately, I’ve begun to relax more, realizing that life happens when we least expect it. As I was finishing up Blue Like Play Dough this week, I was reminded that it’s important to do even more than relax. Tricia Goyer wrote:

“I don’t ask myself, What things do I need to finish today?

I pray, God, what would you have me do?

I don’t worry about all that needs to get done (or at least I try not to). I just ask God, What’s next?”

While I’ve relaxed some when I experience a change of plans, I really need to stop and ask God what’s on His agenda for my day and follow His lead, knowing that He will help me to get done whatever needs to get done. This is something that I’m actively incorporating into my days now. If I’m here to bring glory to Him and to fulfill His purposes and plans, why would I handle my days any other way?

What I got done – reading:

Writing:

  • I got very little committed to paper. :(
  • I did a lot of thinking about what I’m going to write. :) This is how I often do my writing—in my head first, so that it’s mostly all written by the time I get to the computer to write it all down. This drives my husband nuts, especially when I have a deadline. He doesn’t process things this way, and so he doesn’t realize that I “write” in my head all the time.

Goals for next week:

  • Grace, grace, and more grace. I’m not going to commit to anything in particular because we’ve got VBS, I’ve got to pack and tweak my talks for Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas (Join me?), and I’ve got to sleep at some point! I’ll let you know how everything goes and what I accomplish.

What progress have you made on your goals for the summer? What are you reading?

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