A Day in Our Life

 I’ve been reading quite a few day-in-the-life posts lately. Mostly from this blog. I thought it would be fun to do one on here.

So this is how life went for our family on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. ☺

3:45 – My day didn’t actually start this early, but I did get a wake-up request to nurse the baby. Next week we’re going to start night weaning him so he’ll sleep through the night. We started this once, and he got sick. I couldn’t not nurse him while he was sick so I stopped the night weaning, but next week we’ll start again.

5:50 – My husband wakes me up with a kiss – so much better than an alarm clock. I get up to make breakfast for him while he showers. I have it down to a science so once I get things rolling along I have time to read my Bible before he comes down to eat.

6:20 – The baby wakes up early so no “me time” when my husband leaves. Some mornings go that way.

6:25 – Sit with my husband while he eats his breakfast.

6:40 My husband is gone so I wake my children up. They will watch the baby and make breakfast while I shower. The joys of older children. If you have all little ones right now, hang in there. Life gets easier, especially if you teach them life skills like cooking.

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This one has a hard time waking up.

7:30 – Breakfast time. Half way through breakfast the baby gets down from his seat to ask to nurse. Sigh. He’s still not very interested in solid food.

8:00 – Breakfast is  over so I spend a few moments on my blog while the children clean up. Again, the benefits of training your children. They take turns at cleaning the kitchen. I also dress the two little boys.

8:30 – Time to start our school day. We start by praying around in a circle and reading a chapter from Proverbs. I nurse the baby during this time. It helps to keep him happy for a while when we start our work. We do twenty minutes of copywork. Then it’s time to start on the day’s assignments.

Reading while we do copywork - It keeps him quiet.

Reading while we do copywork – It keeps him quiet.

9:35 – I remember I want to make egg salad for lunch so I put a dozen eggs on to boil. I should have set the timer because I forgot them until they boiled dry. Oh well, they still tasted good.

working on a history project

working on a history project

10:28 – The baby wants to nurse again so I announce a break. After nursing him I take a few minutes to do an exercise video from Fit2be. I love this website for exercise videos.

10:47 – Back to school

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keeping each other happy with their favourite book

11:08 – I “need” some fudge. Thankfully I keep a supply of homemade-good-for-you fudge.

11:55 – School is over except for a few assignments some of the older children will finish on their own later.

happy to play with their big brother for a few minutes

happy to play with their big brother for a few minutes

12:10 – Lunch time and then I spend an hour or so on the computer – social media, a game or two, emails.

1:20 – My husband calls. When we finish talking it’s time for the baby to nap and everyone else to do something quiet. I take a short nap after reading for a while. The older children take turns watching my three-year-old so he stays occupied and quiet during nap time.

2:30 – Work on my blog some more while the children play/tidy up/practice the piano

3:50 – Everyone’s hungry so I decide to make popcorn for us to munch on while we watch “Cupcake Wars” on YouTube. In the middle of watching my preschooler breaks a bowl while trying to get more popcorn for himself. Everything stops while I clean it up. The baby always assumes when I’m sitting down it’s so he can nurse. He nurses at least once but usually twice during this forty minute show. When we’re finished watching I start supper and the younger children all go outside. Someone takes a glass out (against the rules) and it gets broken. Seriously, two breaks in one day?

5:35 - Everything is bubbling along for supper so I decide to do a few minutes of “school” with my preschooler. We do a few minutes here and there together throughout the day. It works best for his short attention span. After about ten minutes we’re finished so I go upstairs to freshen up. I like to look nice for my husband when he gets home.

reviewing what big "A's" and little "a's" look like

reviewing what big “A’s” and little “a’s” look like

6:00 – Daddy is home and supper is on. Just before we sit down to eat, I remember something I need to print for school so I get it going. After supper it’s time for family devotions. This is another time that my baby always asks to nurse – again, I’m sitting. ☺Then my husband and I are off to the mall to pick up a photo order and do a little shopping. The mall is close enough that we can walk there which is nice for some extra exercise. My husband is 6′ 7″ so he has a long stride, and I have to move to keep up with him. He has learned to slow down a little over the years we’ve been married.

Who I see across the table from me every meal. Makes my meal sweeter.

Who I see across the table from me every meal. Makes my meal sweeter.

7:30 – We’re home. I tape some paper to the door going to our basement so my husband can do his yearly tradition of drawing a tree. We then add leaves to it every day until Thanksgiving. On the leaves we write things we are thankful for. Every year the children give suggestions of things to add to the tree. My three year old asks for an alligator. I think it’s because we were talking about alligators earlier while discussing things that start with “a”.

drawing the tree

drawing the tree

 

offering "helpful" suggestions

offering “helpful” suggestions

 

Even the baby wants to help.

Even the baby wants to help.

7:50 – Time to start getting my littles ready to bed. First, the preschooler. Then the baby.

8:20 – The house is settling into the quieter night time routine. In half an hour my six and eight year olds will go to bed. An hour later the rest of us will. It’s a nice time of night. My husband and I enjoy sitting together and watching a movie or just talking. Generally we’re interrupted several times, but I figure the children haven’t seen Daddy all day and have important things to tell him. This is my favourite time of day. Quietly sitting with my husband, reviewing our days, talking with the children who “interrupt” us, a hot tea made by my husband just the way I like it.

I love my busy, full days. This is the life I dreamed about since I was a little girl. I feel so blessed to be living my dream. God has been good to me.

What’s your favourite time of day?
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Sorrow and Hope

Healthy Simplicity Ruth – how I love this story. It’s a beautiful love story that pictures God’s love for us, and it’s personal to me as I described here.

I just want to go through it a few verses at a time and share with you some of the things I’ve learned while meditating on this beautiful story.

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1  Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2  And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3  And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4  And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5  And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

This story starts out very sad. First of all, it takes place during the time of the judges. We know that this was a time of judgment for Israel over and over again. The first verse tells us they were experiencing famine. Whether this was a judgment for a specific sin or just the way life happens sometimes we don’t know. We do know though that famine is hard no matter what the reason for it is.

Names in the Bible are significant. Bethlehem means “house of bread” making the fact of a famine there all the more sad. This family was living in a place that should have had an abundance of food. Instead a famine had made them think of doing the unthinkable – moving away from the land God had given them.

Egypt in the Bible is a type of the world. While it is true that Elimelech and his family did not go to the “world”, they did leave the place where God had put them to go to a land that had never been friendly to the Jewish people. We can only imagine how desperate the famine must have been for them to take this step.

Elimelech’s name means “my God is king”. The fact that they were called “Ephrathites” shows that Elimelech was of a noble lineage. Knowing this fact makes their move to Moab away from their home even more sad. I’m not trying to be dramatic here, but I wonder about the soul-searching and agonizing that went in to this decision. I’m inclined to believe this was not a decision made on the spur of the moment.

Naomi’s name means “pleasant”, and I’ve always imagined that she was a pretty lady inside and out. Someone you’d enjoy visiting or knew would be there to help you if you needed her. When she finally returns to Bethlehem her former neighbours seem to be happy to see her and they genuinely rejoice with her at the end of the book. So I think she was someone you would have been to happy to call your friend.

The meanings for Chilion and Mahlon are not as clear but appear to have something to do with weakness and sickness – a clue perhaps to why they did not make it to old age? Perhaps.

Verse 1 talks about the family “sojourning” in Moab which has a meaning of being a temporary dwelling place. But then we see in verse 2 that they “continued there”. That certainly speaks of more permanence. What changed? They must have wanted to go home. Anyone who has spent time in a foreign country knows how much they miss their own language, food, culture, etc. We don’t know what changed their mind. Perhaps Elimelech became ill? He seems to have died after a short time.

Then we see the family really putting down roots through the sons marrying Moabite women. I think this shows how far the family had moved from the place of God’s blessing. Instead of going back to Bethlehem to marry Jewish wives they took foreign wives. These were women from a country that God did not His people to have dealings with. Someone can be very nice, but we still need to be very careful who we form relationships with always seeking to know if this is what God wants.

I do have to say though that I see God working in the background to provide for Naomi. Surely he led Mahlon to marry Ruth. God knows the end from the beginning. He knew Ruth’s heart. He knew she would one day love Him and be a blessing to her mother-in-law. God always works the gold and silver threads into the tapestry of our life.

Interestingly the family now has ten years of apparent peaceful living. I say “interesting” because I wonder if this was God’s grace – giving them time to return to Bethlehem. “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4 and “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Over and over again the Bible tells us that God is longsuffering.

We should never take advantage of this, but what a comfort to know that God IS longsuffering. If this were not true, we would all have been in big trouble long ago. There is always hope.

So, we don’t know if Elimelech, Chilion and Mahlon all died as a result of God’s judgment, but it does give us pause to stop and ask ourselves – Are we living in the place of God’s blessing or have we wandered out of the place where God wants us. If we have, God is ever merciful and forgiving allowing us to come back to Him.
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Favourite Blogs

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the blogs I enjoy reading. You may find one that is an encouragement to you.

So, without any further introduction and in no particular order here are some blogs that I read on a regular or semi-regular basis.

Heavenly Homemakers

This was one of the first blogs I discovered. I’ve read it for years. I appreciate Laura’s sense of humour and the way she makes healthy living simple. She is very encouraging to anyone who is on a journey of living. Her recipes are delicious.

 

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Keeper of the Home

This is another blog I discovered years ago. There is so much information on this blog about living healthy.

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 The Welcoming House Blog

There is a lot of good information on this blog about living simply and naturally. She also talks about prepping for an emergency – not crazy like “Doomsday Preppers” but sensible ways for being prepared.

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Titus 2

I can’t even remember how or when I first discovered the Maxwell family. It was years ago when I only had two children, I think. Anyway, Mrs. Maxwell has written a book about how to manage time as a mother. While I don’t follow her plan perfectly, I have implemented a lot of what she teaches. I’m also signed up to get her monthly email. She is a mom of eight with three married children and several grandchildren. She has a lot of wisdom to offer mothers. I enjoy reading the blog that is written mostly by her oldest daughter, Sarah. Their family has a ministry of encouraging and teaching families. I enjoy reading this blog so much.

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Whole and Heavenly Oven

I don’t read this blog every day, but honestly, if you’re looking for a good recipe to bake – GO HERE. Sarah has amazing recipes. I have never been disappointed in any that I have tried. We have had so much fun making marshmallows. Thank you so much, Sarah. They taste exactly like store-bought ones but are totally healthy (and crazy easy to make).

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Ramblings of a Janeite

This one is written by my daughter. I love reading what she writes. I know I’m prejudiced, but I think she’s a pretty good writer. She writes about all of her interests – books, movies, music and more books. I love reading her book reviews.

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To Put Together

My oldest son also has a blog. He doesn’t post as often as my daughter, but when he does you can usually see one of his awesome Lego builds. He has serious talent when it comes to using legos.

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Skip to My Lou

There are a lot of craft/sewing tutorials on the blog. I’ve tried some, and quite often go to this blog when I need a homemade gift idea. So if you like crafts and sewing check it out. There are also recipes.

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The Humbled Homemaker

This is another blog about being a natural, simple-living mama. Erin has written a book about cloth diapering and has a lot of information about it on her blog also.

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One way I keep track of what blogs I want to read is by using “bloglovin“. You just set up an account, and you can add blogs to it that you want to follow. You can either go to Bloglovin every day and check what has been published that day on the blogs you are following, or you can just read through the summaries they send to your email and decide which posts you want to read in entirety. I like not having to visit every blog every day. If the summaries don’t interest me, then I skip them and save my time for something else.

What blogs do you enjoy reading?
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Library Time 40

Library Time - Healthy Simplicity

 This week I’ve just done light reading. I’ve been reading through a children’s  series called “The 39 Clues”. Basically several  people loosely related (as in distance cousins) are racing around the planet searching for clues that will enable them to become a world leader. The main characters are the poor cousins – orphans Amy and Dan. The can trust no one except each other. I enjoy a good mystery and these are pretty good. Occasionally the siblings get into a fight, but in the end they always make up and have a good relationship. One thing my oldest daughter doesn’t like about this series is that she thinks it cheapens history – making historical figures out that they just did the things they did for the advancement of the family goals.

16-year-old  daughter – Glimpses of Truth by Jack Cavanaugh (her favourite Christian author)

14-year-old son – The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner. This is sci-fi and not everyone’s cup of tea. He won another Faulkner book at the summer reading club and enjoyed it, so he decided to give this one a try and enjoyed it also.

12-year-old son – Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins

10-year-old daughter – The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  You know it’s good when they read it again and again.

8-year-old daughter -The Blue Lotus (The Adventures of Tintin) by Herge

6-year-old son – Flip and the Morning by Wesley Dennis

3-year-old son - Blaze Shows the Way by C.W. Anderson. We seem to be into horse stories this week.

20-month-old son – Carl at the Dog Show by Alexandra Day. This is one of his favourites because it’s about his favourite animal – dogs.

 

better than Saturday morning cartoons

better than Saturday morning cartoons

 What’s been on your shelf this week?
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Sweet Things

Fruitful Friday - Healthy Simplicity

Our third week of school finished! It’s hard to believe we’ve had three weeks already. Fridays are our most relaxed day – a sweet and pleasant way to end our school week. Some subjects like history and science don’t need to be done every day, and I try to make sure we don’t have to do them on Fridays.

Basically on Fridays we do math and grammar and catch up on anything that we fell behind in. Then I spend time with each child figuring out where they are in each subject and planning out their work for next week. I love this routine. It leaves my Saturdays and Sundays free of school and doesn’t leave me scrambling Monday morning to figure out what we need to be doing. Plus, I love spending a few moments focused on each child.

Honey – another sweet in my life – We buy about thirty-five pounds at a time. My normal routine was just to fell up a glass jar I had several times a week as we used the honey up. You’ll notice I said “had“. The jar broke so I’ve come up with something different. Now I use my canning jars and fell them until I’ve used up all the honey in the bucket. So much nicer to have the jars on my pantry shelf rather than stumbling around a big bucket in the middle of my kitchen. I’ve done this twice now and wish I had thought of it sooner. Aren’t they pretty?

Healthy Simplicity - Sweet Things

I’ve mentioned a few times about a pre-school curriculum I’m using with my little sweetie three-year-old this year. It’s called God’s Little Explorer. There are four different components to it.

  1. A Bible time where you read and Bible story and sing songs and perhaps start a craft based on that week’s theme
  2. A theme activity – something to do with the general topic for that week
  3. A “school” time – learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colours, etc.
  4. A life skill – learning chores, manners or how to help others
  5. There are also suggestions for extra activities and books you can use to go with the theme. (I know I said four and this is five – I guess I don’t know how to count yet. ~smile)

So far, we LOVE this programme. It was worth every penny we spent on it. It’s not expensive at all. We don’t do everything exactly as laid out, but I love having a starting point. If you’re looking for something for your preschooler I highly recommend this programme. So far we’ve learned “x”, “g” and “a”.

This week our life skill was learning how to button buttons. I’ve been meaning to make a “button snake” for a long time, and this was the push I needed. He has absolutely loved practicing buttons this week. You can find how I made the “button snake” here. Isn’t he cute?

Healthy Simplicity - Sweet Things
Healthy Simplicity - Sweet Things

 How do you keep your preschooler occupied during school?
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The Divine Weaver

One of my favourite poems. I quote it to myself often.

Healthy Simplicity - The Divine Weaver
Are you discouraged? Is there something I can pray about for you?
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A Redemptive Love Story

I have long loved the book of Ruth. As a teenager I memorized it. I had just finished memorizing Romans 6 and was looking for something that was a little more challenging. I don’t know what led me to Ruth, but I’m glad I memorized it.

One thing I have discovered about Scripture memorization is that the Scripture really becomes mine. I find that as I review what I have learned it becomes a form of meditation. It calms me. Sometimes when I can’t sleep I start thinking about verses I have memorized, and it helps me relax.

I’ve also found verses I’ve memorized coming to mind just when I need them. For example, I met my husband on a Thursday night at his church. Ten days later he came to our house for supper and by the end of the evening we were engaged. The next day I was thinking about how my life had changed so completely in such a short amount of time, and I thought, “What have I done? I don’t even know this guy really.” Immediately my mind was flooded with the verse, “Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.” Ruth 3:18. Right away I was at peace. God had answered my worries with a verse that really applied to me. Hugo had finished the job of finding a wife in one day. If I hadn’t memorized Ruth, I wouldn’t have had this verse come to mind. I’m not saying God couldn’t have given me peace in some other way, but I was so glad to have this verse.

I’ve said all this as an introduction to say that in the days and weeks to come I’d like to bring a series of posts on the book of Ruth. I’ve taught this book a couple of times as a Bible college course and in our church’s ladies group. I’m hoping it will bless you, and I want to remind myself of all the reasons why I love this story.

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‘Ruth in the Fields’, Merle Hugues, 1876

What is your favourite book or portion of the Bible?
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Summer List – Update

It’s that time of year when I look back on what I did from my “To Do” list for the summer and think about what I want to do for the fall.

At the beginning of the summer I made this graphic and used it for my laptop wallpaper to remind myself of all that I wanted to do.

Healthy Simplicity - Summer 2014

 

  • say “yes” lots – I still have a long way to go in this area. I need to remind myself often that their desires are big to them even though they may feel like an interruption to me. So within reason I am truly trying to say “yes” more.
  • parks and picnics – Not as much as I wanted, but we still went to the park. We also had a planned picnic and an unplanned picnic. The planned picnic kind of bombed – bad weather and all the picnic tables were taken. It was a breakfast one too. Who would have thought that we wouldn’t be able to get a table at 9 a.m.?

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  • sewing – I still have to evaluate what exactly I did. I know I did quite a bit just not sure how it matches up with my list.
  • teach Bekah to bake bread – Well, we started. She’s not yet at the point where she could do the whole process start to finish on her own, but then she’s only nine so we have some time to work on that. ☺
  • teach Micah to read – I think this was my biggest success this summer. Micah’s reading went forward by leaps and bounds. I am so pleased at how well he is doing.
  • scrapbooking – Do we ever get caught up? Enough said.
  • plan next school year – This went really well. I’m happy with everything we’re doing this year especially with adding copywork into our schedule. In another post I’ll describe what my oldest son is doing for his literature. He’s studying Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, and thanks to some brainstorming with my youngest sister we came up with a really unique way for him to study this book.
  • sing and smile more – I don’t know. I think you’d have to ask my children about this one. Overall, I felt pretty relaxed this summer. So I’m guessing I did smile more.
I have to smile when I see those smiles.

I have to smile when I see those smiles (and yes, that’s my three-year-old trying to photobomb).

  • read books outside – I have to admit I only did this once. I got some bug bites and decided I’d go for comfort over fresh air for the rest of the summer. Wimpy, I know.
  • zoo trips – Sadly, our membership has run out, and we never got around to renewing it. We hope to do that this fall. We like going in the fall and spring better anyway when there aren’t as many people.
  • canning – This really didn’t happen this year. I was enjoying relaxing so much I decided I didn’t want to pressure myself to can. Also, we figured out that it’s cheaper to buy canned tomatoes than to do it ourselves. I’ll probably still do apples sometime this fall. Homemade applesauce is so easy, and it’s an activity we enjoy working on.
  • painting – Does picking out the colour and buying knobs for the one of the dressers count? Again, this is something that’s being shifted to my fall list because I really want to get this done. It’s been on my list for way to many years. Yes, I just said “years”. Don’t you hate those things you want to get done, but just keep having to shift them until another time? Ugh. This fall.

We also went to/were highly involved in a wedding this summer and threw an ice cream party for our church.


Now for my sewing goals

  • a skirt for myself – I’ve had the fabric for ages – I didn’t get that particular skirt made, but I made another one
  • a skirt for each of my daughters – I made two skirts each for my two youngest daughters and a skirt each for my oldest daughter and I
  • a bag each to hold my two baby wraps and my mai tei – I will use the method I posted here only bigger, of course – still want to do this
  • my oldest son’s quilt. I would really like to finish it this summer – did start up working on this quilt again. I love to quilt. It’s just so hard to find the time.
  • a church dress each for my two youngest daughters – I did do this. Plus an extra one for my youngest daughter for a wedding we went to. My youngest daughter wanted an orange dress for the wedding. I told her I wasn’t sure I could find a nice orange fabric, but I did. It’s an orange gingham with tiny daisies embroidered all over it. It’s always nice when you can go with their first colour.

Healthy Simplicity - God Makes No Mistakes

  • some bread bags - not yet
  • Lumber Jack hats for my two youngest boys for this winter – I’d forgotten about this. I need to look at the pattern again because it seemed like it would be such a fun project.
  • wallet for myself - no
  • a bag for holding my clothespins - no again
  • some doll clothes with my middle daughter – I didn’t get to this but I did figure out how to convert patterns for 18″ dolls so we can use them for her 14″ doll. Now I just need to pick some patterns and get her to pick some fabric.
    reusable paper towels – I have wanted to do this ever since I first saw it – sadly no again.

I made some pattern weights for myself. For a while now I’ve been using canned goods to hold down my patterns. I wish I had discovered pattern weights a long time ago. I hate the cutting out stage of sewing. Using weights saves time and effort making me enjoy the process more. I think I made them a tad too big. If so, they’re easy enough to make more.

Aren't they pretty?

Aren’t they pretty?

All in all, we had a great summer. Lots accomplished but lots of relaxing too. One of the favourite things we did together in the afternoon? Watch “Cupcake Wars” on YouTube and try to guess who would win compared with who we wanted to win.

How was your summer?
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Why Copywork?

Helathy Simplicity - Why Copywork?

Last week I mentioned that this school work we started something new – copywork. I’d been  seeing posts on this for a year or two now, but I just couldn’t face adding something else to our homeschool schedule.

Several things combined to convince me I should give it a try.

First, a couple of my children really have trouble focusing. As I talked about this with my husband he was convinced that having the children start their school day by doing copywork would also help them focus. He sent me a post he had read about copywork helping writers to hone their craft, and it also mentioned that it can strengthen memory and focus. Great writers including Robert Louis Stevenson and Benjamin Franklin used copywork to improve their skills. Copywork used to be a standard part of a child’s school day.

Then my mom sent me a post about how important knowing how to write cursive is. “Dr. Berninger goes so far as to suggest that cursive writing may train self-control ability in a way that other modes of writing do not…” That statement really caught my attention. The whole article is really interesting, and I would encourage you to read it.

Now, I’ll admit teaching penmanship is a weak link for me. It bores me, and I just haven’t done it like I should. My own penmanship is fairly good, but some of my children could use help. I determined that this year I needed to make penmanship more of a priority. Copywork would help. It would now fulfil two functions – focus and penmanship. I want my children to be able to write neatly AND to be able to read writing not just printing.

Then I discovered that my Grades 4 and 5 girls could barely write although they’d learned the basics. I knew I needed to change that.

 Healthy Simplicity - Why Copywork

So, to make it all more interesting I bought everyone their own composition book and told them they could make their own choice of what to copy – a favourite novel, a portion from the Bible, a poem or song. The only requirements were that we all do it together, no one talks (we’re still working on this one), no printing, and we’re going for quality of work not quantity.

Healthy Simplicity - Why Copywork

I have to say that I’m a convert. I love the time of day when we all sit around the table doing our copywork, because, yes, I do it too. I’m copying out Pride and Prejudice. I figure if I do a chapter and a half a week I’ll finish it this school year.

Healthy Simplicity - Why Copywork

For twenty minutes we all sit quietly (more or less) and write. The children are allowed to do any schoolwork they choose before breakfast if they want, but the one thing they have to wait for everyone to do together is copywork. The first couple of days my daughters struggled asking me again and again to show them how different letters were formed. However, by the end of the first week their penmanship had improved 100%, and they were writing with greater ease than they ever had before.

Healthy Simplicity - Why Copywork

This has truly been a great experience for us. I would encourage any homeschooling mom to add this to her day and enjoy the benefits. Our days seem to go smoother. I feel more focused and calm after starting my day this way. I would say that so far we are having the best school year we’ve ever enjoyed.

And just because he’s too cute here’s what the baby’s up to while we quietly (more or less) write… Hanging out with three favourites – his books, sippy cup and ball.

Healthy Simplicity - Why Copywork

A couple of other things…You can just see my Kindle in a couple of the pictures. I use it for copying from. I love not having to fight to keep a book open. Also, I know that not all of my children are exhibiting great penmanship posture, but we are just coming off of everyone being sick. Some of us are still in the recovery phase.

Do you use copywork in your homeschool?
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