So I decided a few things.
First of all, this next school year is going to take more time. I think each year takes a little more time than the previous year, especially when you add a student or change curriculum and of course, as your kids get older. I don't think it will start taking less time until they start graduating.
So there is no way we will get all our work done by lunch. We didn't do that often last year either, but I didn't make any plans to accommodate that change.
This year, however, I shall!
My concern is school taking so long that I get up from school and start fixing supper. When will I ever get anything done? So, here is my plan!
(Yes, I'm prepared to eat some of these words but you know....if you aim at nothing....)
1. We have to get up earlier. School can't start at 9:00 anymore. S is leaving for work earlier already, which has me getting up earlier, so I'm getting the girls up earlier. Might as well start a good habit.
2. Everyone will wash their own breakfast and lunch dishes. I bought one of these bad boys
(image from here--got mine at Wal-Mart.)
and moved the old bathroom stool to the kitchen so Little Bit could reach the sink. We're practicing that habit now.
3. Having a certain day to do certain things. I know, you have to be flexible. Still, I have decided Fridays are grocery shopping days. I decided something for all the other days but I can't remember them just now. The point is, I have a plan.
And I'm thinking on a family theme for this year. Seriously thinking on it. And I'm not kidding like last year. (Although we have gotten better at that previous theme idea!) Anyway, I still have some studying to do before I tell you my theme idea.
What are you planning to make your year smoother?