In order to understand the reason for this new schedule, it would be helpful to look at my previous schedule and the following posts which describe the process I went through before deciding that I should change things a little bit. This schedule would not work for me if I had not done the following things:
Realized the joy of wholeness in my life
Decided to create an environment that fosters that wholeness
Cleared out distracting toys and activities
Got a new vision for my home in my mind
All of these things have made me realize the need for a new, simpler schedule that better fits my vision.
I also had to set up some new guidelines to help this work.
Here is what our days will now look like (unless specified, we do all of these things together):
5:45 Wake up
6:00 Exercise (or blog on one weekday)
6:45 Scripture study and journal
7:30 Get ready for our day
8:00 *Breakfast/Clean up
9:00 Family Work
Devotional (after the work is done)
12:30 Lunch/Clean up
1:30 Free Time (more on this later)
4:30 Dinner Prep (we do most of this in the morning so I sometimes let the kids play with friends between 4 and 5 pm - maybe about twice a week)
5:00 Dinner/Clean up
6:00 Family Time with dad
6:30 Family Reading Time
7:30 Bed Time for the kids (they can read until 8:30)
10:00 Bed Time for me
*We have been doing a lot of memorizing during meal times just because the kids ask to recite the things on their placemats.
We started this today - it was a wonderful day, but kind of different from the schedule :-) I'll have to write about why that was and how the rest of our week turns out.