I am hoping that this method works better than that the one I was hoping to do this year (Mama Planner) and is less labour intensive than this paper method I tried.
Mama Planner was a no go... one lad thought it was too much writing and looked like way too much work to do when I wrote it out in columns.. and when I asked if he could write out what he needed to do generated looks of horror and being backed up by dad. :)
The paper method kinda worked. Really it did. It went through several metamorphoses...but the checking things off and getting confused about meals and stuff... it was WAY more work that what either of us wanted.
This calendar method is rather simple and works around my needs and around the lads. :) It follows mostly the schedule we've been hashing out for the last month and a half. He's happy with routine, but is pleased to switch it out if it benefits him. :) For instance sometimes we don't do art because well.. yard work or a museum/field trip awaits or sunny weather let's go pokemon going!!! happens. :)
Because Friday are our co-op days having our Fridays be a do it differently day works best for us, means no change in routine for a routine oriented lad, all that changes in location. :) We do almost everything different on Fridays except the lad likes to do his Veritas Press studies every day. :)
I don't write down specific lessons since one thing simply follows the next. Do one lesson, then do the next, it's just how life goes. If you don't understand something in the next lesson, then go back and do the last lesson again until you know where you misunderstand things, or remember to ask questions, and then proceed on to the next thing. The lad knows I or Dad are always available for the asking of questions so no excuses for not being able to get help. :)
But I digress. I just used a $10 calendar from Costco. not too expensive, easily dumped if doesn't work, but I genuinely think that this will give him a good overview without causing stress, and letting him know what to expect for the next day.
Hopefully all hearts will be happy. :)
Tell me though...just in case it doesn't... what do you non-organized type of mammas do with your routine oriented children to keep the household sane? More ideas are always good. :)