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February Quiet Hour Basket

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I created our Quiet Hour Basket to house independent work for my kinder and first grader. While most people have a morning time basket full of activities they do together I have a different take on this idea.We do a lot of learning and playing together for most of our day.  I also needed activities they could do if I needed to help my daughter, finish a project, during our audiobook time, or just need a quiet minute in my room to eat chocolate from my stash…thank goodness for my stash! These activities need to prepped and ready to go!

As I put our basket together I like to think about what the boys made need to review, practice, memorize, and a few activities that are just fun for them. I often forget to review things like mom and dad’s phone numbers or our memory verses on a regular basis so I like to add those exercises in the basket as well.

Watch the video below for a look inside our February Quiet Hour Basket:

 

Resources mentioned in this video:

Made for Me Literacy

Especially Education Task Boxes

Big Activity Books

Crazy Eight Card Game

Card Holder

Word Lists

Target Dollar Spot Educational Resources

Target Dollar Spot Blank Notebooks

I’ve been searching for more educational games to add to our basket.  Fortunately, the boys seem to love play them first thing in the morning. Gives mama some time to grab a cup of coffee and read one of their picture books aloud. I find it so much easier to read aloud while their little hands are busy. Let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions!

I’m busy working on our March and April baskets this week. I can’t wait to show you what we will be working on next! I hope you found some great resources that you can add to your routine this month.

 

Family Date Night Binder and Planner

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I’ve been searching for a way to organize all the fun family, kids, and spouse dates I find online or create myself. So I created this FAMILY DATE NIGHT planner and binder to keep everything organized. Watch the video below to see how I set them up.

 

 

I find most of our date ideas from The Dating Divas website. They have TONS of great free ideas and sets you can purchase as well.

Here are a few free options:

15 Dates in 15 Minutes

Superhero Movie Marathon

Discover A New Town Together

Library Date Night

Mall Dare Date

Target Date Night

Seriously there are so many more to choose from! If you don’t have time to search the site and you want everything already put together for you then try these paid options below.


Year of Dates 2.0 | The Dating Divas

 


fun activities with mom and dad


murder mystery party kit


Year of Dates: Around the World


52 Date Night Ideas for Two | thedatingdivas.com

 


Envelope Date Night Kits | TheDatingDivas.com

 


Open When Date Box from The Dating Divas


sports date ideas


Year of Family Dates

This is such a great way to create a weekly family bonding tradition. Start small and print one activity for this week. Then do the same next week and so on until it becomes a habit. Change your family culture one week at a time.

How are you creating family time? Let me know in the comments below.

Our Monthly Parenting Meeting | Five Facet Review

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In this video I’m talking about a monthly parenting meeting we have called The Five Facet Review. It’s basically us just checking in with each other on how are children are doing in five different areas: PHYSICALLY, SOCIALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY.

 

 

Below I’ve including a free printable that I use to keep track of what was discussed in each meeting. At the top I write in each of the kids names( if you have more than three kids you can double up or print a second page on the opposite site. Then fill in each box with a certain problem, strength, solution, goal, prayer, idea, etc. Print this sheet and keep it in your planner, home binder, or a safe place where you can review it on a regular basis.

 

Click here to download your free Monthly Parenting Meeting worksheet!

 

PARENTING AND MARRIAGE BOOKS WE LOVE

Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

LOVE THIS 5 FACET REVIEW IDEA? PIN THE IMAGE BELOW FOR LATER OR SHARE IT WITH A FRIEND.

 

2018 Planner Lineup

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This year I am trying to simplify my 2018 planner routine. Not all of the items you see in the video will be typical planners. Some are just notebooks that I keep ideas in or notes for projects I’m working on. I use The Happy Planner system because I love the functionality, price range, colors, options, and durability of their products. It really makes planning and staying organized more enjoyable!

Planners Mentioned:

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Mini Happy Planner

Classic Happy Planner

Big Happy Planner

Planner Dividers

Planner Hard Covers

Favorite Pens

Hammermill Paper (fav paper)

Sticker Paper

 

Mini Happy Planner

My mini of Homeschool- on- the – go planner holds all my ideas for schooling the kids outside the house. Teaching can be done in the grocery store, at a restaurant, in the bank, and just walking around Target. I want to make sure I’m using some of our time out t teach my kids our to interact with other adults, learn how to make returns, deposit checks, order food, or add the cost of items so that we stay under budget. This planner as it all and I love it!

 

Classic Catch All Planner

This planner layout is the newest addition to my planner family. I decided that I wanted to keep track of different areas in my life but keep them together in one planner. In addition to my monthly and weekly layouts I added a section for Health using the Wellness Extention pack, Home section is for my cleaning schedule and meal planning calendar, Business section is for keeping track of anything I want to complete that month for my blog, Youtube, social media, and one of our other businesses that I help run. I also have a Morning Time section, Fun section, and This week section to keep track of my to do lists.

Classic Bible Study Planner

One of favorite ways to study the Bible is with this planner. Every month I use  The Binder Co’s free Bible Study to journal my thoughts and prayers everyday.

 

Classic Notebook

Sometimes you just need a notebook! This planner is for one of our businesses that require me to do research, take online classes, and keep lots of notes. I love have all this in one place that I can separate with dividers and folders.

 

New Home Planner

Since we are in the process of building our first home I knew I needed a place to keep all our ideas, appointment dates, and extra paperwork. I set this planner up by rooms and keep filler paper to brain dump and sketch the different ideas we have.

 

Teacher Lesson Planner

I keep all out weekly and daily plans in this planner. I love the size and the space I have in this teacher planner. It’s perfect for keeping track of all three kids school lessons.

 

I’m working on filming individual videos for each other these planners, but if you have a question in the meantime just leave a comment below!