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Heart of the Matter hosts a weekly meme. This particular meme is from July: “Healthy Ideas for Picky Eaters.” Two of my three children are NOT picky – – they will eat almost anything you put in front of them – – and they will do so in earnest!! My youngest is Lil’ Miss Picky. It has been suggested to feed her things that she likes, in ADDITION to what I make normally for dinner; however, I just don’t think it sends the message **I** want my family to get: This is dinner, you may choose to eat or not; however, it is NOT a short order restaurant.

I choose ‘healthy’ cereal for breakfast. Lunch is usually leftovers from dinners. Dinner is comprised of a a balanced meal, using most or all of the food groups. Since I am also a picky eater, I am careful to plan meals that everyone will eat SOMETHING from the selection.

I also try to make some healthy snacking items. Banana Bread is our family’s favorite! Here is the recipe:


Banana Bread

2 C. Mashed Bananas
1t. Lemon Juice
2 C. Flour
2 t. baking powder
½ C. Butter (or shortening)
½ C. White Sugar
½ C. Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
½ C. mini-chocolate chips (optional) *
½ C. Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with sugar (you can also do a cinnamon/sugar mixture).
Cream eggs, butter/shortening, and sugars until fluffy.
FOLD in remaining ingredients.
Mix Well.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until done.
* Our family really likes the added chocolate chips to the mix!!

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 Heart of the Matter hosts a weekly Meme – – one of the previous meme’s was: “How You Schedule.” When I pulled Boo from Public School, I had been reviewing several “techniques” (CM, Classical, and Unschooling). I used information from Ambelside Online (Year 1) to base our basic ‘rest of the year’ curriculum/schedule. At that time, I knew that I wanted to homeschool year-round – – but, I needed to figure out if I should do “hard-core’ schooling during the ‘normal’ school-year and ease-up in the summer OR stretching out whatever the curriculum that I had chosen, throughout the year – – making it all about the same. In the last nine months, I have realized some pretty significant things: 1) Our family/Boo works better with a ‘hard-core’ Public School schedule and an easier summer; 2) Boo works best with structure (unschooling won’t work for her – – at least for now); 3) I need to be more persistent versus allowing her to lead; 4) Boo likes grades and she responds best with a perceived ‘threat’ to any grade lower than an ‘A.’

Taking all of that into consideration, I am going to have three 14 week terms – – and whatever is left (throughout the summer) will be more low key. I am basing most of the curriculum around the United States: US History, US Geography, US Civics/Elections, science in Colonial Times {in the US], three US artists, three US composers, etc. I will basically break down the material I am using into ‘workable’ chunks during the day – – starting slower and building up.

So here is an example of how I would organize a day:

9:30am – – First Wake-up call {for Boo}
9:45am – – Second Wake-Up Call
10:00am – – I get up
10:30am – – Spelling/Vocabulary {I will have more specific posts about HOW we do this and WHAT we use.}
11:00am – – I will read a picture book or two to her
11:15am – – She will test {www.bookadventure.com} on the previous books, if applicable
11:30am – – We will read from the SS text, History Book, and/or Famous Americans Book.
12:00pm – – While we eat, we will listen to whatever historical fiction/non-fiction CD that ‘matches’ the time period we are studying.
12:30pm – – We take a break
1:00pm – – I will read another picture book or two to her – – OR she will read to herself
1:15pm – – BookAdventure Test(s), if applicable
2:00pm – – We will read through the Science Text or the colonial science book
2:30pm – – We will watch the Math-U-See (MUS) lesson and then work through the lessons in the workbook.
3:30pm – – We will take another break
3:45pm – – Quiet reading (from historical fiction series)
4:15pm – – Language Arts (copywork, handwriting, grammar, etc.)
5:00pm – – We are usually done!! AND Daddy is probably on his way home.

9:00pm – – Bed time. She can read whatever she wants for as long as she wants – – provided that she remains IN bed. If she gets up, lights go out and its bed time.
She is usually asleep by 11:00pm.

Now, I want to make sure that you know, the above is a ROUGH sketch of what a day would be like – – and it all depends on her. Sometimes we are done by early afternoon – – sometimes it is early evening before we get done. I also only school four days a week, as we usually go to town once a week (or so). Once I can get a better handle on our schedule, I will post it.
If you are interested in how others schedule, hop on over to HOTM, and check out their blog posts.

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