Answers to Your Schedule Questions: 4 Moms

We’re finally back on the grid.

Our power and phone went out just after I sent an email out to our friends here in Knoxville inviting them to stop by and look over the games, furniture, books, toys, etc. that we were giving away in our effort to simplify and then stay for a visit. The children spent a delightful week playing with many of their friends and since we were unavailable by phone we got a couple of surprise visits which kept everyone on their toes.

After several days of no and then sporadic phone and internet service, we are finally back online. I completely missed yesterday’s 4 Mom’s post where the other three moms answered reader questions. So I’m posting my Q & A today.

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My post about our summer schedule generated a number of questions, so I’ll be answering those today.

Kristina asked, “What time do you usually get to bed in order to get up at 5:30 everyday? And is Bella sleeping through the night?”

I prefer to be in bed by 9:30 or 10:00 in order to feel well rested during the day.

No, Bella (11months) is not sleeping through the night. Because of breastfeeding I’ve found that it’s best for us to continue night time feedings for as long as baby wants and so we don’t push sleeping through the night.

Sarah @ Delivering Grace wondered, “Do you find that schooling all year round is tiring or do you find that schooling becomes just part of the pattern of life?”

I don’t find it to be tiring, I love it and miss it when we take a break (although I do enjoy getting some extra  projects done). Keep in mind that we home educate differently than almost everyone I know.  We use very few textbooks and little to no busy work. If you’re interested, I’ve written a lot about how we homeschool.

Karen @ Faith, Family and Fibro says, “Would you like to do one (a schedule) for me, hubby, and two kids ages 6 and 9?”

Um, working on that one. 😉

Chantelle wondered, “Do you still go to yard/garage sales? Do you work that into your schedule or do that on Saturday mornings?”

I was able to purchase the kids summer clothes via yard sales, but since then I’ve avoided them because of our desire to simplify. When I do yard sale I go on Saturday morning from 8-10. (Check out my yard sale rules.)

Rachel @ Finding Joy asked, “Do you ever just decide to take a day off? Or does that mess the schedule up completely? And how strict are you with times?”

We frequently take the day off. It’s one of the reasons we school year round, it gives us the flexibility to tackle a project, head out for a field trip or visit with friends.

We’re also flexible with times, especially in the summer when everyone stays up later and we get involved in more projects. If it’s been a late night we’ll decide what time to have breakfast and then work through our schedule from there. We tend to be more strict with times during the winter when it gets dark earlier.

Sarah says, “Would you mind posting the book lists you’re using with your older children now that you’re no longer using Sonlight with them?”

Several people have asked for this, but we’re not planning on posting our book lists in their current form for two reasons:

  1. We’ve not yet pre-screened the books that we want to pre-screen.
  2. We have way more resources listed than we can possibly cover in a year or 12 years, so we need to trim things down a bit and pick the best.

Our plan is to consider sharing our list after we’ve had more time to pre-read and see how this works for our family.

Here is an idea of the types of things we’re including. We are using several resources from Vision Forum, (History of the World Mega Conference, History of Christianity and Western Civilization, Reformers and Revolutionaries, and more)  Answers in Genesis, (History Revealed and the Diana Waring audio CDs), Sonlight (some of their individual reader suggestions), influential books of Christendom (Rule of St. Benedict in English, Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History and more) and a lot of books that we own and wish for our children to read (books like Stepping Heavenwardand How to Be a Lady for our girls and Leaders in Action series and Missionary Patriarch for our boys)

You could say we’re using Vision Forum and History Revealed as our ‘spine’ and then fleshing that out with other resources.

Raylene asked, “I was curious how you work out having one or more kids serving at someone else’s house? Do you drop them off? I love this approach and want to implement it but am wondering if I stay in town (We live out in the country a little.) while they are serving or how you work it with nap times and all the other kids. Any ideas would help.”

I generally drop them off. Sometimes it works for Mark to drop or pick up and since we live close to lots of shopping, sometimes it works for the mothers they are helping to pick up or drop off.

I generally plan to have them where they need to be by mid-morning (10-11am) and I pick up (or Mark picks up) after our kid’s nap time (3-4pm). Since I have several older children now, I’m also able to pick up during nap time if that is expedient.

Millie said, “We are implementing a bible reading schedule and my question is; What version do you use with different age groups? They all have a KJV but I was wondering if the younger readers should read a different version.”

When our children are old enough to read we purchase them a NKJV Bible. Mark and I use both the ESV and the NAS in addition to KJV and NKJV. Our standard is that we want a faithful translation (not a paraphrase) for our children to read.

I will add one preference. Although Mark and I both read the English Standard Version, we have not had our children use that version because it chooses language that is a little more explicit than the KJ and NAS versions.

Visit the other moms of many to see what questions they answered:

Smockity Frocks – Connie talks about homeschooling with preschoolers.
Life in a Shoe – KimC answers several questions about homeschooling and also those baby/toddler meal time messies.
The Common Room – The Headmistress talks about handling the sensitive child and global warming.

Next Thursday come back and link up your favorite picnic recipes with 4 Moms with 35 Kids.

For more Moms of Many posts visit the 4 Moms page.

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9 Responses to Answers to Your Schedule Questions: 4 Moms
  1. Savannah
    June 24, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the post. I’m heading over right now to check out your “effort to simplify” posts!


  2. Dawn@OneFaithfulMom
    June 24, 2011 | 8:13 pm

    I am so glad you’re back! Hoping your freezers held up and you didn’t lose food.
    This was an awesome post! Such helpful answers.
    It sounds like you are very serious about the simplifying!! Neat idea though to invite folks over. I would think it would make it easier for the children to get rid of stuff if they know their friends are coming over to play!! We are doing a small summer purge right now. We need to do a big one, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that! We hope to build a house next year, so I am thinking we will do it then.
    I love your blog. As a fellow mom of ten, I find it very encouraging and helpful in my daily life! Thanks!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We didn’t lose any food, thank you.

    It does make it easier for kids to give their things to their friends. They enjoy watching people be excited about getting something ‘new’ and that the toy/book/game will be enjoyed again.


  3. Trooppetrie
    June 25, 2011 | 7:56 am

    I have started a new private blog about our new boys. i made it private so there mom could not read it. i would love to add you but need a e-mail


  4. chantelle
    June 26, 2011 | 9:38 am

    Thanks for answering my question. I was curious after I read your desire to simplify. I struggle with this. I only go during the summer months and don’t visit consignment shops, because I feel they are too expensive. I usually spend the winter pulling out things to get rid of that we don’t need…..then spend the summer months buying new things. Yesterday I went to sales and crossed so many things of my need/want list, it was such a huge blessing. I almost never ever buy anything new. I also know that I am buying things that we don’t necessarily need too. I’m glad you have your power back. 🙂


  5. Andie
    June 26, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    I have a question: I heard about Denise Sproul’s recurring cancer from your site with a plea for prayers. Is there any way you can post an update on how her treatment is going?

    I appreciate your thoughtful parenting style and am frequently encouraged/inspired when I stop by your site.



    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:


    I have ‘through the grapevine’ news. Denise is doing well and is currently at home.

    There was no sign of cancer before the bone marrow transplant(the beginning of June, I think), the transplant went well and the last tests showed 100% donor cells, which is terrific news.

    I have an email in get some news from a more direct source and will let you know if I find out anything new.

    Thank you for your prayers!


  6. Rachel
    July 10, 2011 | 9:09 am

    Thanks so much for your site – I am gleaning so much wisdom and yet still find myself with questions! 🙂 Concerning having your older children out of the home serving others: how do you handle school on those days? Do you just skip the “group” portion of your school? Or let that child skip but keep on with the others? I, too, have a larger family (7 so far) and seem to get hung up on having EVERYONE present during our group school times – which means it takes that much longer…


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Rachel,

    We’re still working this out. Generally we skip the group portion of school for that day. Sometimes we move the part of the group portion to the late afternoon when everyone is back home.

    We’re still working to find a good balance.


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