Formula for My Deadlines

Time Spent

Formula for Time on Planning School.

Think about how much time it will take to complete the task? Maybe you need to think of a specific task. For example how long will it take me to plan 3 weeks of school lessons. I am sure I could to it in 4 hours, but that would be 4 hours of uninterrupted time. Well I only get that from the hours of 11pm to 5am. Not my best time for my brain to be working and thinking clearly.

Better double the amount of time I need. I am going to need 8 hours of time. Yes, 8 hours to plan 3 weeks of school lessons. I should be able to clear a Saturday and get things together.

 

Now multiply by 1/3 to account for unplanned life events. The printer will run out of ink after the first planning hour. The math teacher book will be hidden behind the bookcase for at least two hours. My husband will text me 23 times to clarify what the children are supposed to be doing.

Sprinkle in a few extra hours for unclear thoughts. Half way through the planning process I will forget where the files are for the free printables I downloaded last week. Around 2pm I will get sleepy and just stare at the wall for the rest of the hour until I get my second wind. Hopefully I do not get lost in answering emails when looking for the download.

 

So my 4 hour planning will really take about 11 hours to complete. That 11 hours may not happen in one day, probably will happen over 3 days because my other projects that I did not plan the correct amount of time will over lap my school planning.

When I think in the terms of days and months to complete a project you can see how quickly things can get out of hand.

My 2 day project will really take about 7 days.

My 5 month project will really take about 14 months.

Can I blame it on the math for missing deadlines?

 

 

Decorating with WonderMaps

 

Map Photos

Todays’ project: Decorating with Wonder Maps.

Our family is currently supporting different missionaries in far off lands. I wanted to be able to provide a visual of where they are serving for my kids. I did not want to just hang paper maps on the wall but have them blend in nicely with my decor. While picking up supplies at the craft store I decided to add an extra board for pray requests from our missionaries.

Materials Needed for Wonder Maps Wall Art:

  • WonderMaps I printed out maps of China, Turkey, India and Delaware. Some might argue that Delaware is not a far off land, but I think our first mission field is our home.
  • I purchased some 5X7 pieces of wood and an 8X10 piece of wood from the craft section.
  • Silver craft paint
  • Various Stickers
  • Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

I painted the the 5X7 boards silver. Red and silver are the main colors in my kitchen.

Then I cropped the maps and mod podged them to the 5X7 wood frames.

I added some stickers for more visual appeal and then another layer of Mod Podge.

I painted the 8X10 wood frame with chalk board paint. This is the one I will use to write down current prayer requests. Then I hung on 4 boards on my kitchen wall.

What about you? How will you use maps this year?

Decorative Maps

 

Breakfast Board

Breakfast Board

Every once in awhile I stumble on a new idea that really gets me excited! Have you heard about Breakfast Boards? After observing that in the morning my children will read anything laying on the kitchen table (including the cereal box multiple times) the idea behind the breakfast board really took off for me.The Breakfast Board concept is simple: it is a way of presenting information in a visually appealing manner. Pull it out daily for the kids to look at over breakfast and then store it away.My middle son knows that in the morning- as part of his breakfast chores – he is to set up the board on the table. As my kids eat, they read the board. Then after breakfast it is folded up and put away for another day.

They read anyway at breakfast – now they are reading and memorizing information that I choose in advance. So far this has been a fabulous and simple addition to our morning routine.

Here is how I made mine.

Breakfast Board Materials needed:

I would suggest choosing a theme for your breakfast board.  I chose “American History” and “Things my Kids Need to Remember.”

On my “American History” panel I put:

  • Map of the U.S.A
  • Map of the world
  • Explorers info and challenge cards
  • List of states and capitals.
  • U. S Presidents and their terms

On my “Things my Kids Need to Remember” panel I put:

  • Current weeks spelling words
  • List of Prepositions
  • Math facts (usually one addition and one multiplication)
  • Calendar with this day in history facts

Now I used red and blue card stock to back some of my different lists.  I used page protectors to slide in things that will change like the calendar and maps.  I cut up a page protector into 4 pieces and taped them closed except one end.  Then it is just about the right size to slide in an index card.  On the index cards I wrote the math facts I wanted them to work on.

My goal is to update it once a month with new information.