Family Chore System {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Chore System

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It’s chore time!  How do you make chore time less of a battle in your house?  Recently we’re working on implementing a family chore system.  This comes from a review of The Everyday Family Chore System which is a PDF downloadable ebook from Everyday Homemaking.


The Everyday Family Chore System


Chore time can be a chore in and of itself.  We’ve always given our kids chores to do but that hasn’t stopped the whining or the nagging by me for them to get them done in a timely manner and done right.  How do you change this?  I know a lot of it is through good character training and we’re working on that.  More on character training and how that’s helping our daily life soon.

Today we’re discussing a family chore system as outlined in The Everyday Family Chore System.  It’s a 90 page ebook.  I printed mine out on 45 pages front and back after downloading it.  It downloads as a PDF.  The first half is just about how to use the system while the second half contains printables and lists that will help you effectively implement the chore system.

About the Program

Vicki Bentley is the creator of the Everyday Homemaking website and subsequently the products available through it.  She wanted to help parents by giving them practical tools and options for managing their homes effectively as well as their time.  As a mom of eight and also a foster mom of over fifty children she definitely has the experience to back up this desire.  This website and products combine all of her years of experience and wisdom in a fun and helpful way for both new parents and seasoned ones alike.  She’s here to help you make the most of your home and teach your children to help and be responsible all at once.


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The Everyday Family Chore System is available through the Everyday Homemaking website for $15.99 in the ebook form or $19.99 in print form.  While I normally prefer a physical book this is one example where an ebook is a bit better as I don’t have to copy the pages from a book but can merely hit print and then print as many copies of the one page as I need.

And as a side note I want to put in a plug that you should check out the homeschool planner she offers.  It looks amazing and I’m wishing it was in my budget this month as we’re starting school again!

Our Thoughts

As we’re implementing parts of this system to fit our needs I love how flexible it is.  I really think it’s going to end up blessing our household once I work out all the quirks that I’m having.  With ten kids and having been a bit too lax in the character training area of our life lately I do feel it will take time to get to where I want to be.  But with everything in life it takes work and effort on the parts of all involved to make any system ideal.

As a mom I like this system.  It’s straightforward and I don’t have to come up with it myself.  No reinventing the wheel needed.  Am I using every aspect?  No of course not.  But that’s the joy of this.  I can pick and choose and customize based on the ages of my children and what their individual needs are.  As we get more confident in our chore system and I get all the wrinkles ironed out I’ll be sharing more!  We’re just getting started with our new school year so there is lots going on in our house these days!

Learn More

You can learn more about Everyday Homemaking by finding them on facebook.  For more information about how other people have used the family chore system as well as the other item available for the Crew to review called Everyday Cooking please check out the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog


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Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom {Homeschool Review Crew}

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom 

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Are you a homeschol mom?  Overwhelmed by homeschooling?  Listen up because there is help for you momma; there is help for the harried homeschool mom.  I’ve recently had the chance to review a help for the harried homeschool mom and I want to share about it with you.  Homeschool Rescue created by Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has created this resource just for the homeschool parent who isn’t sure what they’re doing anymore!


Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom


About This Resource

This course is made for the homeschool parent.  In particular it is written to be a help for the harried homeschool mom with a vast age of children.  With this course comes lifetime access to the facebook group and materials.  There are five modules to work through with each module containing several different lessons.  It is self paced so you can work through at your own timing.   A unique aspect of this program is that it is only available for sale at different times during the year as the creator wants to have time to work with each group of people coming through.  She’s available through the facebook group and support to help and guide people through the program.

Because this is only for sale for limited times so the classes can get the most help I want to let you know it is open for enrollees now!  Mid May through June 1 you can sign up to go through this course yourself.  The class will run June-July but remember you get lifetime access to the information.  The course price is currently set at $97 that lets you into the modules and the facebook group.  If you’d like the VIP access which gives you the one on one coaching and support that is a slightly higher number.

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A Closer Look

The first module is titled Triage Your Homeschool.  As a nurse I am very familiar with triage and what that means.  Surprisingly though, I had never thought of applying the knowledge of triage to my homeschool or to my home.  Basically this module is your starting point to take stock of where you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there.  It will teach you how to determine what is the most important to you and what makes you driven and then work with those to help you form a plan.

Module Two is Time Management Systems and Organization.  This is my favorite module.  I find it really hard to say no sometimes to outside activities.  Mainly I’m an introvert but I want my children to have all the opportunities they can.  Newsflash!!  They don’t need it all.  Trust me.  None of our kids do.  I’m working this summer on pairing down what we do outside of the home so we can be more flexible for the fun things.  Fun is important.  Also this module talks on organization and with 12 people, two huge dogs, and four cats in a 1100 square foot house, I can use all the organizational helps and hints.

For Module Three we step into Curriculum Planning and Organization.  This is a great module to be going through right now as most people are ending a year and starting a new one soon.  For me, we school year round and our curriculum change up happens in January because that is when we have the most time to focus on a switch.  It’s my husband’s work slow season(he’s self employed) and we’re not gardening plus it’s not so nice the kids want to be outside all the time.  There is a section in this about classrooms.  We don’t have a classroom, so if you don’t either take note that even this section has relevance to you.  So don’t skip it!

On to Module Four!  Module Four delves into Setting Students up For Success.  This seems like a no brainer.  We all want our kids to succeed.  Otherwise why would we homeschool?  But we may not be going about it the right way.  This is where I’m at.  For me I see myself coming back to this section over and over and over again.  It chats about consequences, reward systems, mastering the follow through, and training up our children.  Oh my.  This is so hard guys.  We all know training our children is a full time job in and of itself.  For me the follow through each and every time consistently is the hardest part.  With ten kids and a baby still nursing it’s so easy to just tell them what’s going to happen and then not get up that exact minute to do it because I’m putting a baby down, but then I forget to finish that follow through.

The fifth and last module is all about Teaching Older Children/Students.  My oldest is only 12 right now so I haven’t really gotten into this module that much.  I don’t consider her an older child yet as we’re not into junior high or high school studies.  This module works on study skills and time management(which I will start working with her on soon) as well as talks on teaching teens.  I’m still in denial that my child will be a teenager next year.  Give me another month of denial until she tells me she’s hit that half birthday and I may have to kick myself out of my world of denial.

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Bonus Materials

We all love bonuses.  This course offers you several bonuses that I wanted to talk about.  I’ve mentioned the online facebook group just for members of the course which is amazing but there is  more!

I love the printable mom planners.  It’s so hard to find free ones that have all I want on them and I’m horrible and creating things myself so this was amazing for me.  

Along with the printable mom planners are academic planners for teens which I have not accessed yet but probably will be using for our next school year.  And to go along with this are to do lists for your children.  I am a lover of to do lists for me but hadn’t really used them with my kids before.  We are now!  I love knowing that they know what is required of them for the day.  Because they have this knowledge I also know when they are just choosing to let their personal desires and natures get in the way of what they should do.  This opens up areas for character training which is also covered in the modules.

You also get personalized support through emails.  Not many courses will offer this to you so make sure you take advantage of it if you need it.

Our Thoughts

I’m a seasoned homeschool mom.  Or I like to think I am maybe.  But I can definitely relate to the mom who needs help.  I’m a harried mom half the time.  There is always so much to get done and I felt that my schedule needed a revamp.  For some reason adding in baby #10 this past year just really threw me for a loop.  Maybe it was my health taking a quick downward spiral or the time that I worked outside of the home the fall before.  Whatever it was my home and our homeschool were suffering.

I was excited to start this program.  I have to admit I haven’t been able to work through the entire course yet.  What I have worked through is really good and helpful though.  This is a wonderful course.  I see it helping veteran homeschool moms and new homeschool moms alike.  It’s well done and very informative plus interactive.  The facebook group is a great place to chat and ask other moms opinions of things related to the course that you’re just not sure about.  It’s also a good place to share your own story and ask questions about how you’re implementing the changes.

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I’m greatly recommending this program.  Because you get life time access you can come back and revisit the modules as you reach different milestones in your homeschool and may need to revamp things.  There is help for the harried homeschool mom ladies and the future looks bright!

Learn More

Interested in what you’ve read?  Want to learn more?  Check out all the other reviews linked up over on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page.  You can also find Only Passionate Curiosity on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, and google +.


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Everyday Routine

Everyday Routine

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Everyday Routine


I don’t know about you, but having an everyday routine really helps my children and I to maintain the right attitude throughout the week and to know what is expected of us daily.  That doesn’t mean that everyday is exactly the same, but it does mean that the normal schedule is followed throughout the week.  Sundays tend to have a little more leeway of course because church is added in there.

What does your everyday routine look like?  My everyday routine stays the same Monday through Friday, as do my children.  Well for the most part.  You’ve got to figure in doctor’s visits and such in there but I try to keep that all limited to the afternoon so that our mornings can all be the same and include school.

Ready for a peek at my everyday routine?  Here goes!

I tend to wake up at 6am.  I should get up earlier and that’s in the process for me as I’m currently redoing a bit of my routine to include some early morning exercise and such.  If I don’t do it in the morning I don’t have the energy or the time it seems.  Of course, first on my agenda is going to the bathroom(I am pregnant after all) and then getting dressed and doing some personal hygiene type things.  

Next, I’m going to put the water on to boil for our morning oatmeal.  We have oatmeal most mornings as it’s filling and cheap for our large family.  I can buy oats in a 50lb bag from our Azure coop and we top with honey, dried fruit, and cinnamon.  So good. 

While I’m waiting for the water to boil I’m doing devotionals and saying good morning to my kids as they start to stagger out of bed.  I have some early risers who are awake before me and some that I have to drag out of bed.  We’re still working on waking up a bit nicer and being a bit faster for some of the kids, but we’re getting there!

By now I’m adding the oats and turning down the water.  The kids are getting dressed and doing their chores.  Morning chores are making the bed, getting dressed, and then they each have at least one other chore assigned to them, even down to the two year old.  They’re all expected to put their dirty clothes in the hamper and brush their hair/teeth.  But other chores would be cleaning their room, picking up the bathroom, matching socks, folding laundry, sorting hampers, taking dirty clothes baskets down to the laundry, etc.  Two also have outside chores to perform in the morning.

The goal is for everyone to have their chores done when breakfast is ready so we can all sit down and eat together.  That doesn’t always happen of course, but we’re getting closer daily!  After breakfast everyone takes care of their own dishes by putting them in the sink and then it’s free play or finish chores until school time.

I tend to also be sweeping and doing some household things likes dishes and laundry while I’m fixing breakfast and while the kids are having free play.  My chores rotate out in a schedule so that all rooms of the house get special attention at least one day a week from me.  This includes mopping, deep cleaning, etc.  My everyday routine has some variations during this time but only by what room I’m focusing on.

Next comes school.  The kids don’t all do the same subject at the same time because I can’t help them all at their different levels at the same time.  So two will do their math while two do handwriting and some others do their independent reading or spelling.  That way only one or two need my full help at a time.  We do school from around 9 until noon most days.  Noon is our lunch break.  We tend to do leftovers or easy lunches so that if not all the school was done before we can finish it.  Also afternoons are the running around time.  If we need to go take someone to the doctor, eye doctor, etc that’s done at this time.  Plus once a month I have a food coop called Azure we go to in the afternoon.  

I normally start supper around 4:30 and the kids have to start picking up any messes they may have made.  During the afternoon if we’re not going anywhere we may do some extra school or they may play outside, practice piano, or play board games.  Occasionally we’ll have a treat and watch a movie.  Or they can read books.  We’re avid readers in this house.

I do tend to work and play around with our everyday routine to try to get it to the best it can be for our needs.  For instance, trying to add exercise into my routine.  We also are relaxed on Saturdays.  Other than chores the kids are pretty much free to play or help daddy/mommy with things.  Sunday is our church day.  And there you have short and sweet version of our everyday routine.



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