Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Slowly getting in to a new routine but at least I’m getting there. Here’s how I did last week:

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 each morning.

3. Get started with the reading assignments and work for classes. (One of my classes is Christian Tradition so I will be doing bible reading for the class; therefore, I’m taking the bible reading off my list.)

4. Find a sitter for Andrew. (My babysitter for while I’m at school on Tuesdays had to back out last minute.) (Still working on this for a permanent sitter but at least my mother-in-law can take him this Tuesday and my mom will take him next Tuesday.)

5. Blog at least twice this week.

6. Finally, If I can swing it, I want to create and list one item for Etsy. (Didn’t happen. It is taking me a while to get my newest project done because it contains a lot of info. I’ll be so excited when it is done though, because I think it will help a lot of people!)

Here’s are my short goals for this week.

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. (Still waiting on one of the books I need for a class, so I will have to do some major catch-up when it comes in!)

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew.

6. Keep Andrew on track with his home school.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Yikes, it is Going to be Crazy, People!

Some of you know, but for those who don’t, I started my next semester of classes yesterday. I have three online classes and two campus classes. I kind of knew that I was going to be busy. The professor for the Christian Tradition had already posted assignments and reading on Friday, BEFORE the official beginning of the semester. It looks like it is going to be an interesting class. Anyway, I logged on to discover that I have a two-three page response paper due each week for two classes, plus the reading, plus the discussions. I am going to be hopping!

Please pray for me that I will be able to keep up with the classes and do well, keep up with Andrew’s homeschooling and everything else. I am hoping that I will be able to blog at least once a week but I may wind up neglecting the blog for the short term…

So, If you don’t see me around online much you know why. 🙂

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here’s what I got done this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times. (Made it to church everyday, woot!)

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Pre-write as many posts for August as I can. (Didn’t happen because I spent a huge chunk of time researching and revamping my home schooling curriculum for the new school year!)

4. Line up guest posts for September through December. (Interested in guest posting? I’d LOVE to have you. Read the post here.)

5. Hide a love note in Michael’s work bag and one in Andrew’s lunch bag (so he sees it at lunch in camp).

6. Go to “Family Camp Night” on Friday. (This was canceled due to severe thunderstorms. 🙁 )

Here’s my plan for this week:

1. Pray, read bible and go to daily mass at least 3 times.

2. Exercise 20 minutes, 3-4 times this week.

3. Pre-write as many posts for August/September as I can.

4. Work on getting more guest posts for September through December. (Like I mentioned above, to find out more, go here.)

5. Finish putting together, typing and printing out our home schooling curriculum for the fall.

6. Date night with Michael. (Our 9th wedding anniversary is coming up soon!)

7. Participate in Crystal’s 3 week “Make the Most of Your Mornings” challenge.

8. Revamp my Facebook timeline header.

What are your goals for this week? Share them in the comments or head over to the Money Saving Mom link-up and join others sharing their goals for the week.

Guest Post: 5 Things to Know Before Homeschooling

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Editor’s Note: Here’s a guest post by Jenny Ellis, a reader of Simple Catholic Living and freelance writer.

You may be toying with the idea that you want to homeschool your child. Before you start these next adventures, be sure you consider the following so that you are prepared:

Rules: Homeschooling is legal in the United States; however, each state has different homeschooling laws. It is important to know and comply with the laws of your state. You should know the requirements for grade reporting, testing, attendance records, access to public schools and curriculum levels. You can find the laws for your state online or you can check with your local homeschool organization.

Patience: It is very important that you realize how much effort homeschooling will take from you. It is a rewarding educational choice but it can be very overwhelming at times if you are not prepared. Lesson plans, grading and your child’s attention span are things you should consider before you start teaching. Patience is a great virtue, especially in homeschooling!

Needs: When considering homeschool, there are things that you will need to teach at home, such as a curriculum, notebooks, etc. It is not necessary to set up a traditional classroom setting, but it is important that your child has a place for learning. Overlapping living spaces can make it difficult for children to adjust to when it is time for learning or time for playing.

Cost: Homeschooling can be expensive but most parents who currently homeschool say the outcome of home education outweighs the expense. Depending on what you plan on doing for your child, such as the textbooks and supplies you will be using, will affect your cost. Extracurricular activities, supplies and field trips are other costs you may not at first account for. Parents may also have to move down to single income and not two. The best thing to do is to research and do your homework on the potential costs of homeschooling your child.

Socializing: Socializing your child is often a concern for those who are considering homeschooling. Socializing with other children teaches your child to cooperate, play and work with others. Just because your child is not in a typical school setting where they share class, lunch and recess with other children doesn’t mean they won’t get a chance to socialize. There are plenty of other families that homeschool their children. Look in your area for local homeschool groups. Play dates are often set up for families. Also consider enrolling your child in team sports and other extracurricular activities.

Homeschooling can be a fantastic way for you and your child to learn together. It is a wonderful experience to educate your child the way you see is best for them. But remember, it takes hard work and effort o your part; do you homework and research before you get started! Good luck and have fun teaching!

Jenny Ellis is a freelance writer, and a regular contributor for aupair.org.  She welcomes your comments at: ellisjenny728 @ gmail.com.

(Interested in writing a guest post here at Simple Catholic Living? I’d love to have you. Check out my guest post policy and then contact me at guestpost (at) simplecatholicliving (dot) com.)