Large Family Living, Matthew, Rhythms and Routines

Make a date! One on one time in large families

When you have six children, finding one on one time can be tricky. Some weeks it seems like the best we can do are car rides when taking the children from one activity to another. This is one reason why I have tried to be very intentional about planning “dates” with my children each month.

I used to be very fastidious about going from oldest to youngest. Sometimes it’s a big date– a trip to a movie, a fancy dinner– and other times, it’s much less planned– running errands together or going for a walk in the park or grabbing at fifty cent ice cream cone at McDonalds.

Rhythms and Routines

A Day in the Life

Woke up, nursed a twin.

Came downstairs, threw in some laundry, made sure Oldest Child did his trash duties since it’s garbage day—he did! and he even remembered the recycling!—and then started the oatmeal.

Nursed a second twin,started some bread.

Supervised the morning chores.

And after a breakfast of oatmeal and raisins, followed by breakfast clean-up, we had morning meeting, consisting of prayer, Proverbs, poetry (I wasn’t even going for a P theme, honest!) and role-playing our character trait of the month, gentleness. We went over our memory verse (A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.) and then adjourned to the table for science.

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A Month of TUESDAYS!

Tuesday

Hmmm… so, a month of Mondays was both a success and a—well, I won’t say failure. Let’s just say I didn’t accomplish all my goals.

I’m going to try something different this month and actually write out and publish my goals here, and hopefully that will help me meet them.

In our home, Tuesdays are

  • paperwork day
  • personal care day
  • bedroom cleaning day
  • oats day
  • red day
  • coloring day
  • piano lesson day
  • trash and recycling day

And so, what I am hoping to share with you this month is

Homeschooling, Rhythms and Routines

Monday: The first of a three-day lesson block

Ever since I read about the three-day main lesson block over at Parenting Passageway, I’ve been hooked. It works especially well for us since we have co-op on Friday and Daddy’s day off is on Thursday. As Carrie writes, Waldorf is the only methodology that uses sleep as a teaching tool! So technically, our three-day main lesson block starts the night before, on Sunday, when I tell the story of the week at bedtime.

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A Month of Mondays: Monday is PURPLE!


Daniel, playing with purple gnomes by our makeshift purple centerpiece

Kara over at Rockin’ Granola did an awesome job explaining the colors of the day and how she implements them in her home. She does a far better job with this than I ever could. Truth be told, this is one of those Waldorf traditions that I would like to keep but just somehow don’t find the time for.

Some ideas I do try include

  • Smoothies in the color of the day. I totally ripped this off from Kara, I admit. Our current favorite purple smoothie? Blueberries and strawberries and some Greek yogurt, a banana and a splash of honey. Yummy.
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My Daily Intentions

I recently read a post on Our Front Porch View called “11 Things to Accomplish Every Day” and was inspired to create my own list of daily intentions. The visual list I made only has 10. There’s actually one more, but it’s personal. I tried to include health goals, spiritual goals, personal goals, and goals that would help my family.

My list includes:

  • Wake up early enough to start the day right. For me, this means early enough to beat everyone else downstairs so I have time to pray, read my Bible, and do a devotional.