Winning Wednesday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool


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Now, on to today’s encouragement, how is your school year going? We are doing a few different things this year, and it is going very well. My 9th grader is using Lifepacs for the first time this year for three subjects (science, history, and language arts). While this is not my preferred method of doing school, he likes having small booklets to work through. He was intimidated by the size of the high school history book and science book. He is using Saxon math with the DVD that teaches the lesson. He’s used Saxon for math for years, so we did not make any changes there.

Our son who is a high school junior is using Ray Stobaugh’s American History, Apologia’s Chemistry, Saxon Math, and his language arts are based on his American history lessons with writing and literature selections. The beauty of homeschooling is that I can buy materials that fit different students.

My hands-on science and history lessons this year are mainly for the 7th grader and 4th grader, but we include the older boys sometimes, too, especially at meal times when we have a “theme dinner and discussion.” Both of the younger boys use Saxon math and DVD’s. My 7th grader is using the Lifepacs for Language Arts. I do language arts with my 4th grader based on our history lessons.

All in all, I am pleased with everything we are using.

Today is anti-procrastination day. What are you putting off? Don’t put it off any more.

Grocery Shopping and Errand Day – Take your list, pack snacks, and water bottles.
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.


  • Tell me about your school year. Email me at
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Zone Focus: Master Bedroom – declutter one dresser drawer.
  • Errand day: Make your plan for grocery shopping and errands. Pack water bottles and snacks for everyone. Pack up your library books that need to be turned in.
Family Fun: Plan a fun activity while you are out. I am in the habit of checking for free activities that are going on while we are out doing errands.
When you get home from doing errands, have everyone work together to unload and put away everything.
Siggie - Tami Fox

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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