About Emmalee

Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God's word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Clay Bead Necklace

How to Make Clay Bead Necklaces - HomeschooLSurvival.com

 

My girls have been hard at work preparing for our local fairs. One craft that they worked hard on were these clay bead necklaces. Their hard work paid off! They both received purple ribbons at one fair and blue at the other! More importantly they had a great time making them!

This activity was fun for me also! It is also a very good fine more activity and math patterning activity in case you want to sneak in some school un-noticed! Plus, as an added bonus, you can use them as oil diffuser necklaces!

What you need:

Small Cookie Cutter

Wooden stick or end of a paint brush

Lacing or jewelry cord (We used this…Hemptique Hemp Cord Card, 20-Pound, Party)

Oven Baking Clay in desired colors (We used this one…Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Clay Variety Pack, 14-Ounce)

How To…

First, work on your medallion by pressing out a small lump of clay and cutting with cookie cutter. We then cut out another from a complementary color and place in the center. Using the end of a paint brush or stick carve in a design or initial.

 

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Next, work on your beads. Roll a “snake” of clay and use a plastic butter knife to cut it into even sections.

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Roll each section into a pea sized bead.

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Using the end of a paint brush or stick, poke a whole through the center of the bead for lacing.

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Bake beads and medallion on a sheet tray in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow to completely cool. Then lace onto cording. Tie cording securely at the ends.

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Using Restaurant Menus for Math Practice

Keep Math Fresh with Menu MathIf you don’t school year round then summer time, down time can sometimes cause a serious case of brain loss. You know, the time when your children forget the entire last year of learning and you have to start all over again! Well, today I am sharing a fun way to keep math in the for front of their minds and also show them why we need it in the first place.

We are doing some fun restaurant pretend play with a hidden agenda.

First, you will need some menus. I asked several of our favorite restaurants for to-go menus or printed some of the internet to use. The important part is that they have prices listed.

Menu Math

Second, you will need this Receipt Printable.

Menu Math Printable Receipt

It is also nice to have play (or real) money so they can practice counting out change. I found some at our local Dollar Store.

Menu Math, Using Play Money

Then let your kids play restaurant and practice filling out the order tickets. Then adding up the totals and counting back change!

Menu Math

 

 

About EmmaleeEmmalee Hoggatt - Copy:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs atwww.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Summer Pretend Play – Ice Cream Shop!

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School is out and it is beginning to heat up for summer in my neck of the woods! Although we don’t have “school” in the summer months I do plan activities to keep little hands busy and big minds active.

Today we did a fun pretend play activity with “Cloud Dough” (see recipe below). Cloud dough is soft and fluffy and will hold together when packed tightly or fall apart when crumbled. It is a very cheap, fun and entertaining sensory material.

We played Ice Cream Shop!

I gathered some simple supplies that I had on hand and our cloud dough.

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Then we headed outside!!! They set up shop in the shade under their club house and waited for their first pretend customer…Me!

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I had them color a price list and I paid in play money. The olders then had to count back change while the littles worked on fine motor skills of scooping the cones.

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Then we switched for the next customer!

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You could easily use real ice cream but cloud dough won’t melt! However, keep a watchful eye and provide gentle reminders that it is just for pretend!

CLOUD DOUGH RECIPE

8 cups all purpose flour

1 cup baby oil

Washable paint

Mix flour and baby oil in large bowl. Streak through washable paint and mix well. The paint will look like sprinkles mixed into the flour.

Emmalee Hoggatt - CopyEmmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs atwww.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Remembering…You Are More Than A Mom!

More-Than-A-Mom

Part of Homeschool Survival is in fact surviving! As a homeschool mother, I often find myself forgetting that I am also a person outside of the mom role. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids…I love being at home with them and teaching them…I am so incredibly blessed and thankful that God has called me to this adventure. However, I do have to be reminded that I am More Than A Mom!

Moms have a lot on their plates, period. Some choose to homeschool their children and some do not. There are also working mothers among us, some within the home and some outside of the home.  But something we all have in common, is the household demands placed on us, the worry and demands of rearing children, being wives, taxi drivers, cooks, etc…

So the question is, how do you remain a sense of yourself among all the demands that you face? How do you handle the “you” area of your life?

A friend of mine who is a veteran homeschool mom offered me this advice,

“I encourage you “younger” mothers to make the effort to be your own person as well as “Mom”. Now that most of my children are independent adults, I have had some difficulty deciding just who I am these days. Not a crisis or anything like that but changing roles…..I know it seems hard but, frankly, unless you carve out time for yourself now– you never will.”

This is a task that I am constantly working on. I have often said that my role and goal as a mother is to work myself out of a job. I want my children to leave home with the ability to care for themselves and others the way I would. That is just it…they will leave home… then what?

I am trying to do a better job about carving out time for myself. In fact, Hubby has volunteered to watch the kiddos one night a week and let me get out of the house. Not for shopping or running errands but for REAL me time. “ME” time doesn’t have to cost much or even be away form the house. Sometimes I might just sneak off and fold laundry in a different room by myself. I find that the time alone or with girlfriends makes me a better wife, mother and yes ME!

Since this is an area of my life that is a work in progress I polled the audience!

Here are some of the ideas that I received…

  • Most importantly have regular quiet times with the Lord! Get into the word, play worship music and bask in the presence of the Almighty.
  • Pamper yourself! Have regular appointments to get your hair done, nails done, or even a massage. (or even do it yourself at home AWAY from the kids)
  • Sneak off for a hot bubble bath in the quiet sanctuary of the bathroom.
  • Plan regular date nights with your hubby. It doesn’t even have to be outside your home. Sometimes we stick the kids in bed early and just talk, play board games or watch a movie.
  • Join a sports league.
  • Head to the gym or out for a walk. While you’re at it, listen to YOUR music.
  • Read a book that doesn’t have cardboard pages or children’s characters!
  • Make a list of things you always dreamed of doing and make it happen. A friend of mine always dreamed of owning a milk cow and now she does!
  • Take up a hobby of your very own. Get crafty and creative!
  • Record your favorite tv show and watch it when the kids are in bed.
  • Make time to visit with your friend. Either take the kids for a play date and chat or just go grab a coffee together.
  • Spend time outdoors. Garden, bike ride, hike or hunt. Just being outside in the fresh air will lift your spirits and leave you refreshed!
  • Attend mom night outs at your homeschool group or church.
  • And of course….Blog haha!

I hope you can use some of these ideas to re-claim your identity. We are in this together! Remember that a happy you, makes a happy family and homeschool. We are MORE than moms!

The Advent Adventure ~ Week 3

The Advent Adventure

Welcome to week 3 of this Advent season. I’m sure that your household is hustling and bustling as we prepare for Christmas. One of my favorite things to do this season is to bake. Actually, I really like being in the kitchen all year round, This is just an excuse to be there even more. haha!

One of the signs of Christmas that I chose to feature in The Advent Adventure is the special family tradition of baking lots of yummies to share with family and friends. I’m sure that you all have your favorites. It may be cookies, candies or breads… But, as we share these gifts with others we are reminded that Jesus is the true Bread of Life!

Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread”? What a perfect name for the birthplace of our savior, the Bread Of Life.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Christmas Cookie Sacks

For today’s activity I decided to go a little retro. I like making things that remind people of their own family memories. I used my grandma’s cookie press to make Spritz cookies.

Cookie Press

It is an easy recipe and if you don’t happen to have a cookie press, no worries. Just hand form into balls and flatten with a fork. Spritz cookies are similar to the little cookie you get in the tins around the holiday season. I have included two recipes. One for cinnamon orange and the other chocolate.

Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Orange

Ingredients:
1 c. shortening                                                        
1 tsp. orange zest
3 oz. cream cheese – softened                          
2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                  
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk                                                                  
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Cream sugar, shortening & cream cheese.
  2. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and orange zest.
  3. Gradually add in flour, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dough into cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove at once to cooling rack.

Chocolate

Ingredients:
2 oz. milk chocolate – melted and cooled                
1 egg
1/3 c. shortening                                                                
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. cream cheese – softened                                      
 2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                                
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Cream sugar, cream cheese, and shortening together.
  2. Add chocolate.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Place dough in cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.

The Advent Adventure ~ Week 2

The Advent Adventure

Wow, I can’t believe that the second week of Advent is already upon us. I hope that you had a blessed first week. We are striving to keep Christ at the center of our season. As a way of doing that we have studied a different sign of Christmas each day and thought of ways to apply it to our life and hope in Christ our Lord. In case you missed last week it isn’t to late to check it out!

This week we are studying Peace, Doves, Greeting Cards, Caroling, Christmas lights, Snowflakes and Poinsettias. Make sure to click over to The Hoggatt Homeschool to get all the corresponding devotionals and crafts.

The feature craft for this week is the Poinsettia…

Poinsettia

“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Joel Poinsett, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, brought a wild plant called “Flame” back home. This poinsettia became so popular, that it has earned the title “Christmas rose.” The real Christmas Rose is Jesus.In fact, the old Christmas carol “Lo, How A Rose Is Blooming” reminds us of that.

Did you know… The leaves of a poinsettia turn their bright red color as they die? Jesus is like that also. As Jesus surrendered His life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, His blood flowed. At Christmas we celebrate His birth. But, we must also remember that He came to die and rise from the dead so that we may have everlasting life with Him. This is the word of our testimony! The red poinsettia can add meaning to the celebration of Christmas and brighten our lives with the hope we find in Him. Through God’s love we are empowered to brighten the world.

How to make this week’s craft…

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Supplies:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Red Tempera Paint
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue
  • Assorted Jewels
  • Cord for hanging

 

 

First paint toilet paper roll red, inside and out, with tempera paint. Allow to dry completely.

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Next, cut painted roll into at least five sections. (about and inch wide) Place sections together forming a flower shape. Glue points together with either craft glue or hot glue.

Once the glue dries, glue a jewel to the center of the flower and attach cord to hang.

Poinsettia 

The Advent Adventure – Week 1

The Advent Adventure

A few weeks ago I did a post about our Advent learning plans on this site. The title of the post is “The Advent Adventure”. We always find a way to keep the focus on Christ during the Christmas holiday season. This year we have a set of 25 boxes. Each box contains an item that is often seen around this time of year. Things like Christmas trees, lights, bells, carolers, etc… Each item is meant to be a conversation starter to discuss the birth of Jesus. An example is,

 The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

From this post a daily family devotional has been born. Each day there will be a verse and a craft that correlate with the Christmas item in the box. Sunday’s are an exception, their will be a scripture reading followed by lighting of that week’s Advent candle. I encourage you to use that day as a family prayer day. I will post the verse, craft ideas etc.. at The Hoggatt Homeschool each Sunday in December. Monday’s the craft “How-to” will be posted on the Homeschool Survial site in more detail so make sure to visit both sites!

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This Week’s Feature Craft is…

Dec. 4 – Angels… The significance of the angels is great. An angel announced the good news to Mary, Joesph and the Shepherds.

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14

Christmas Angel

For this craft you will need:

  • Paper lace doily
  • Tongue depressor
  • Cotton ball
  • Pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Tacky craft glue or hot glue (use only hot glue with close adult supervision)
  • Markers

Begin by drawing a face on one side of the tongue depressor. Then glue on the cotton ball to form hair. Next, make a loop in one side of the pipe cleaner leaving a longer stem on the other side (see picture below). The pipe cleaner will then look kind of like a bubble wand.

Angel 1

Glue pipe cleaner “stem” to the back side of the tongue depressor and bend circle over to form the halo of the angel.

You are now ready for the wings and skirt. Start by cutting the paper doily in half. I used a heart shaped doily left over from valentines crafts but a circle or oval shaped would work well also.

Angel 2

Using half, (I used the top half since mine was heart shaped) fold and tack down in the middle. This will become the angels wings. Glue tongue depressor angel body to the middle that was tacked together. Make sure that the face of the angel is in front. Use the bottom half as the angels skirt. Let children decorate as the wish with markers, paint, glitter etc… You could also add a loop of yarn to create a Christmas ornament for your tree.

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Make sure to check out more Advent Adventure crafts at The Hoggatt Homeschool!

The Advent Adventure

The Advent Adventure

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I don’t know if it is because of the family, decorations, food or just all the festivities. In all the hustle and bustle of the season, however, the true meaning of Christmas can get lost. That is why we try to teach our children to look at all the symbols of Christmas as ways to remember what it is all about.

This year as we put the angel on top of one of our trees my oldest daughter (7 yrs old)  began to tear up. I asked her if she was alright. She replied that seeing the tree and the angel reminded her of how much she loves Jesus and how much He loves her. She added, that sometimes she forgets but that seeing all the decorations remind her of that. This got my wheels turning, and from that this post was born:  The Advent Adventure!

So, we all know what an Advent calendar is, right? This one is with a twist. It is 25 boxes filled with iconic Christmas symbols. Each has a tie back to Christ. It isn’t deep, just things to get the discussion flowing and our hearts and minds re-focused on Him.

Avent Boxes

Making it is simple. Just grab the items listed or make up some of your own. Then number boxes or sacks 1-25 and fill. Finally, simply open numerically from December 1 through the 25.

 DIY Advent Boxes

Dec. 1 – A small purple candle and the word HOPE. The first candle in the Advent wreath is Hope which invites us to think about the hope we find in Christ Jesus.

Dec. 2 – Evergreen Branch. This helps us to remember the renewed life we find in Him.

Dec. 3 – The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. 

Dec. 4 – Angels… The significance of the angels is great. An angel announced the good news to Mary, Joesph and the Shepherds.

Dec. 5 – A Candy Cane is full of symbolism. Read the legend of the candy cane.

Dec. 6 – You can see that the shape of the Christmas Tree is a triangle, reminding us of the Trinity…Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Dec. 7 – I used a Christmas bow to represent Giving Gifts. God gave us the best gift that we could ever ask for. He gave us salvation through his son Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who so ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Dec. 8 – The Peace candle is the second candle in the Advent wreath. (It is also a purple candle.) This candle reminds us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Dec. 9 – A white Dove reminds us of God’s promise to Noah, of Mary and Joseph’s offering upon Jesus’ presentation at the temple,  and of the peace we find through knowing Jesus.

Dec 10 – Christmas Greeting Cards are a reminder that we spread God’s peace and love to others. May the Peace of Christ Jesus be with you and your family!

Dec. 11 – Poinsettias are the official flowers of Christmas. This flower gets it’s red color as it begins to die. The redder the color the closer to death. As Jesus surrendered his life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, his blood flowed. His birth that we celebrate at Christmas wouldn’t have any significance without His death and resurrection.

Dec. 12 – Caroling is a favorite tradition of many. It is a way to share the good news of Jesus with other. Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King!

Dec. 13 – We all deck our tree out with twinkling Christmas Lights. When you see the lights remember that Jesus is the light of the world, and that we are to reflect that light to those around us.

Dec. 14 – Let it snow, Let it Snow, Let it snow!  Snowflakes can remind us of God’s purity. He can also cleanse us and make us fresh through his love.

Dec. 15 – The third Advent candle is pink and know as the candle of Joy. This one should be obvious, so let your kids run with it!

Dec, 16 – Haul out the Holly…which is a prickly plant. But it can be used to symbolize the crown of thorns and drops of blood that Jesus wore during his crucifixion.

Dec. 17 – Wrapping gifts is a great way to reflect on the fact that so long ago in a stable, Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes. She was wrapping the greatest gift ever given!

Dec. 18 – Baking is a family tradition that many of us share. Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread?” Fitting, since the Bread Of Life was born there!

Dec. 19 – We decorate our house inside and out for this special occasion. As we prepare our earthly houses with Ornaments, don’t forget that our bodies are the Lord’s temple.  We must do some cleaning and preparing for our eternal home also.

Dec. 20 – Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Hearing the sound of Bells should remind us to listen to God always.

Dec. 21- Nativity Scenes are a great way to pass on to our children the story of Christ’s birth, emphasizing Jesus’ humility.

Dec. 22 – God’s love for us is the reason we have the Christmas holiday. The fourth candle in the Advent wreath is the purple candle of Love.

Dec. 23 – Wise men followed a Star to guide them to the stable where Jesus lay. Today, we have his Word and the Spirit to guide us and direct us.

Dec. 24 – Santa may be a controversial topic in some households, but St. Nicholas was real. Through his love for others we can learn to show charity and compassion for one another.

Dec. 25 – A white Birthday Candle (Christ child candle) helps us to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ:  the true reason for the season!

Nativity

Resources used:

The Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel.

A Circle Of Love  by Caroline Pignat.

Advent.ures by Terry and Rich Steinke.

Making Literature Fun

Making Literature Fun!

As a child I struggled reading. I was never as fluent or finessed as the others in my class. I was embarrassed to read out loud. Later, it was determined that I had vision issues and possibly dyslexic. I still don’t have a love for reading but have come a long way from the scared and discouraged little girl that I was.

When I saw the same struggles creeping up on my oldest daughter I sprung into action I scoured the internet and asked lots of questions from homeschool veterans. Today I am sharing some of the ideas that I found then and use now.

Practice, Practice, Practice! The only way to get good at something is to put in the time and effort. Have your child practice reading out loud to a family pet. It takes the pressure off but still helps develop the skill.

Practice Reading to Gain Confidence

Make sure that their book choice isn’t above their reading level. Let them even go down a reading level until their confidence is boosted. Also make sure that the book is something that interests them.

Go over the larger or unfamiliar words before sending them off to read alone. If they can’t read the word they will most likely skip it and misunderstand the plot of the story.

My middle daughter has special reading time glasses that make her feel more confident. She came up with this idea after we made them as a craft.

Homemade Glasses to Build Confidence

Improve retention and comprehension by adding visual aids or manipulatives. We are reading some Halloween/Fall books currently in our home. I found some images from the books and printed them out. Then, I attached magnets to the back and let them re-enact the story. They also love to use them as puppets.

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Instead of book reports let them act out the story to see what they remember.

Let Children Act Out the Story to Improve Reading

My oldest is super interested in art. I let her draw her book report.

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The moral of the story is to play to their strengths and interests, eliminate stress and anxiety, be patient and practice. It will come! They will catch on, and – who knows – maybe they will even develop a love for literature!

What do you do in your homeschool to make reading more fun?

Homeschooling Under The Big Top

Homeschooling Under the Big Top

As a work-at-home “homeschool mom” I often feel like I’m the ring master of a 3 ring circus. In addition to homeschooling our three children (ages 7, 6, & 3) I juggle operating a small in-home childcare which adds 3-4 extras depending on the day. Then you add on the responsibilities of homemaking and other odds and ends jobs/activities. Whew!… I’m not complaining… but I do have a full plate like many of you do, I’m sure.

I often get questions about how I get it all done. My answer is always the same: “Not on my own strength but in God’s.” Another answer is that sometimes it just doesn’t! Sometimes we have school that doesn’t get done, other times my house looks like the circus elephants escaped and stampeded through it. There isn’t always a gourmet meal on the table three times a day. Stacks of laundry go days without being folded.

 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 reminds us, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

It’s a fact… We can’t do it but God can! If we are following his calling for our life and the life of our family He will provide, no matter how many directions you may feel yourself being pulled. Seek Him and His plan!

So, here are some tips that I find helpful to keep the plates spinning in our little circus act:

  • Know what is important and let the rest go. This may mean re-learning the meaning and use of the word NO. You can not and are not called to help every group, organization, extra curricular activity, etc… Sometimes you just have to say No. We have a rule that our children (and ourselves) only be involved in 2 extra activities at a time. One church activity and one non-church activity. For example… The girls have dance one night a week and Caravans – a church activity- another night of the week. We don’t count 4-H or Bible Quizzing because we consider them part of school.
  • Set daily priorities and goals. No matter what your style is, whether fly by the seat of your pants, schedule and plan every minute of your day, or somewhere in between: start each day with at least a rough plan of what you want accomplished. Stick to it. When it is done be done!
  • Learn to look past the chaos. Some days things are neat and organized, others…well, see the elephant comment earlier. Either way the show must go on!
  • Have a system. I use a weekly planning system that helps me organize meals/shopping/to-do’s and cleaning. This system helps me stay organized and on task. I have it posted in our kitchen as a Master Command Center. There are many methods available; this one just works for our family the best. You can get it FREE from The Hoggatt Homeschool. (Sticky Notes are also my best friend!)

Homeschool Organization

  • Learn to let downtime just be downtime. I confess this is not something I have mastered. So, I’m preaching to myself!!!! I blame it on my personality (haha). But we need a re-charge time. Otherwise we will quickly burn out. Everyone knows that a burnt-out mama is BAD for everyone!!!

When the curtains close at the big top each day, remember what this is all about. We are serving Christ first, followed by our husbands and families! It isn’t always easy being a ring master at the circus but with God’s help–and our obedience to him–we can and WILL survive!

 Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit” says the Lord God Almighty.

Emmalee Hoggatt - CopyAbout The Author:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.