Enjoying April Flowers and Your April Routines

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 

Dear Friends,
Happy April 1st, to you all! We are starting a new month, and we will be working on a new habit of the month.
Each morning, the first thing I do is to make my side of the bed. I do this as soon as my feet hit the floor. I turn around and immediately pull my blankets and spread up and fluff my pillow. When my husband gets up each morning, he does the same thing.
Each time I walk back into my room, I am greeted with a bed that is made up. Even if my day is not going according to plan, my bed is made, and I feel great.
If you are not making your bed daily, I want you to start today. If your children are not making their beds daily, now is a great time to instill the habit in their lives, too. Use positive words and praise them when they make their beds. Remember that it does not have to be perfect.
Here are you missions for the week:
Zone 1 Missions: The Front Porch, Entryway, and Dining Room
Monday – declutter items from your Front Porch that do not belong there.
Tuesday – sweep the Front Porch.
Wednesday – declutter in the Dining Room. Put things away or give them away if you are not using them.
Thursday – declutter in your Entryway. Enlist your family in putting away their things that are in the Entryway.
Friday – detail dust your Dining Room. Move things around and dust your furniture. If you have a lot of things sitting out in the Dining Room, consider putting some of your stuff away.
Set your timers for 15 minutes and then take a break when it goes off!
Weekly Menu Plan
Monday – Chopped Chicken Salad
Tuesday – Chicken and vegetables
Wednesday – Pasta and salad
Thursday – Soup and sandwiches
Friday – Take out
Enjoy your week! Keep your routines simple.
The weather is getting warmer here, and we are enjoying more time outside. For those of you who homeschool, consider how you can get more activity and fresh air incorporated into your day.
One thing that worked well when my children were young was to alternate sitting at the table doing book work with outdoor play. I used a timer, and I followed through on calling them back inside to do some more of their school work.
If you have children who struggle with sitting still for longer periods of time, try this strategy with your children. If you tell them your expectations and use a timer, this is a great way to add in physical activity to your school day.
For those of you reading this who do not have children at home, you can use this method to get in more physical activity for yourself. We all need movement, and it is easy to get caught up in our daily tasks and not get outside to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Go enjoy the April flowers!
If you have not completed your tax return, you need to move along on your preparations and get it filed before April 15.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wash the sheets.
Your Zone Mission for Monday is to declutter items from the Front Porch.
My menu plan for Monday is chicken salad.
Have a blessed day!

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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 Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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